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Detroit Blues: Blues from the Motor City 1938-1954

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I'm in the Highway Man - Calvin Frazier
    2. This Old World's in a Tangle - Calvin Frazier
    3. Lilly Mae - Calvin Frazier (take)
    4. Welfare Blues - Calvin Frazier
    5. Blues - Calvin Frazier
    6. She's a Double-Crossin' Woman - Calvin Frazier
    7. Calvin Frazier Interview - Calvin Frazier
    8. Dirty Dozens, The - Calvin Frazier
    9. Calvin Frazier Interview - Calvin Frazier
    10. Boogie-Woogie - Calvin Frazier
    11. Lilly Mae - Calvin Frazier (take)
    12. This Old World's in a Tangle - Calvin Frazier
    13. Highway 51 Blues - Calvin Frazier
    14. John Henry - Sampson Pittman
    15. Cotton Farmer Blues - Sampson Pittman
    16. Sampson Pittman Interview - Sampson Pittman
    17. Joe Louis - Sampson Pittman
    18. Sampson Pittman Interview - Sampson Pittman
    19. Welfare Blues - Sampson Pittman
    20. Sampson Pittman Interview - Sampson Pittman
    21. I Been Down in the Circle Before - Sampson Pittman
    22. Sampson Pittman Interview - Sampson Pittman
    23. Levee Camp Story - Sampson Pittman
    24. Highway 61 Blues - Sampson Pittman
    25. Brother Low-Down and Sister Do-Dad - Sampson Pittman (take)
    26. Brother Low-Down and Sister Do-Dad - Sampson Pittman (take)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Cold Chills (All Over Me) - John Lee Hooker
    2. Rock Me Mama - John Lee Hooker
    3. It Hurts Me So - John Lee Hooker
    4. I Got Eyes for You - John Lee Hooker
    5. Key to the Highway - John Lee Hooker
    6. Bluebird Blues - John Lee Hooker
    7. It's Been a Long Time Baby - John Lee Hooker
    8. Ride 'Til I Die - John Lee Hooker
    9. I Tried Hard - John Lee Hooker
    10. Rock House Boogie - John Lee Hooker
    11. It's Stormin' and Rainin' - John Lee Hooker
    12. Let's Talk It Over - John Lee Hooker
    13. Cool Little Car - John Lee Hooker
    14. Lookin' for a Woman - John Lee Hooker
    15. Boogie Rambler - John Lee Hooker
    16. No More Doggin' - John Lee Hooker
    17. Love Money Can't Buy - John Lee Hooker
    18. Please Take Me Back - John Lee Hooker
    19. My Baby Don't Love Me - John Lee Hooker
    20. Pouring Down Rain - John Lee Hooker
    21. Real, Real Gone - John Lee Hooker
    22. Guitar Lovin' Man - John Lee Hooker
    23. Stuttering Blues - John Lee Hooker
    24. Too Much Boogie - John Lee Hooker
    25. Need Somebody - John Lee Hooker
    0. DISC 3:
    1. My Special Friend Blues - Baby Boy Warren
    2. Nervy Woman Blues - Baby Boy Warren
    3. Lonesome Cabin Blues - Baby Boy Warren
    4. Don't Want No Skinny Woman - Baby Boy Warren
    5. Forgive Me Darling - Baby Boy Warren
    6. Please Don't Think I'm Nosey - Baby Boy Warren
    7. I Got Lucky - Baby Boy Warren
    8. Let's Renew Our Love - Baby Boy Warren
    9. Taxi Driver - Baby Boy Warren
    10. Bad Lover Blues - Baby Boy Warren
    11. Sanafee (Not Welcome Anymore) - Baby Boy Warren
    12. Hello Stranger - Baby Boy Warren
    13. Chicken - Baby Boy Warren
    14. Baby Boy Blues - Baby Boy Warren
    15. Chuck-A-Luck - Baby Boy Warren
    16. Mattie Mae - Baby Boy Warren
    17. Santa Fe - Baby Boy Warren
    18. Somebody Put Bad Luck on Me - Baby Boy Warren
    19. Stop Breakin' Down - Baby Boy Warren/Various Artists
    20. It's Time for Lovin' to Be Done - Eddie Kirkland
    21. That's All Right - Eddie Kirkland
    22. Please Don't Think I'm Nosey - Eddie Kirkland
    23. No Shoes - Eddie Kirkland
    24. No Shoes - Eddie Kirkland (alternate take)
    25. Mistreated Woman - Eddie Kirkland
    26. Time for My Lovin' to Be Done - Eddie Kirkland
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Papa's Boogie - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
    2. Notoriety Woman - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
    3. Hello Miss Jessie Lee - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
    4. Dealing with the Devil - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
    5. Lonesome Blues - Henry Smith
    6. Good Rockin' Mama - Henry Smith
    7. Going Down to the River - L.C. Green
    8. Ramblin' Around Blues - Sam Kelly
    9. Cadillac Woman - Robert Richard
    10. Wig Wearing Woman - Robert Richard
    11. Root Hog - Robert Richard
    12. Stop Messing Around - Walter Mitchell
    13. Pet Milk Blues - Walter Mitchell
    14. Looking for My Woman - Joe Von Battle
    15. Gonna Play My Guitar - Playboy Fuller
    16. Sugar Cane Highway - Playboy Fuller
    17. Strange Man - John Brim
    18. Mean Man Blues - John Brim
    19. Leavin' Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather
    20. Have You Heard About It - Big Maceo Merriweather
    21. Worried Life Blues No. 2 - Big Maceo Merriweather
    22. Strange to Me Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather
    23. Without You My Life Don't Mean a Thing - Big Maceo Merriweather
    24. Eloise, Don't Play Me for a Fool - Big Maceo Merriweather
    25. Hastings Street Opera: 1 - Detroit Count
    26. Hastings Street Opera: 2 - Detroit Count
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7736

  • Credits

    Personnel: Eddie "Guitar" Burns (vocals, guitar, harmonica); L.C. Green, Henry Smith , Little Eddie Kirkland, Louisiana Red, Sampson Pittman (vocals, guitar); Sam Kelly, Eddie Burns, L.C. Green (vocals, harmonica); Joe Von Battle (vocals); Percy Lee Brown, John T. Smith, George Jackson, John T. Smith, Little George Jackson, Percy Lee Brown (guitar); Sonny Boy Williamson , Jesse Lee Williams (harmonica); John Hooks, Johnny Hooks (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Miller, Jimmy Miller (trumpet); Charles Mills, Joe Woods, Joe Woods, Charley Mills, Johnny Walters (piano); Milt Hinton (bass guitar); Allison Tucker, Jimmy Tarrant, Thomas Whitehead, Curtis Foster, Jimmy Turner, Thomas Whitehead, Curtis Foster, Jimmy Tarrant, Alonso Tucker (drums); Washboard Willie (washboard, unknown instrument); Eddie Kirkland, John Lee Hooker, Baby Boy Warren, Playboy Fuller, Calvin Frazier (vocals, guitar); Grace Brim (vocals, harmonica); Big Maceo Merriweather, Detroit Count (vocals, piano); John Brim (guitar); Robert Richard, Walter Mitchell (harmonica); Chuck Smith, Boogie Woogie Red (piano); Bernard Besman (organ, xylophone); Ray Brown (drums).
    Recording information: Cincinnati, OH (10/15/1938-??/??/1954); Detroit, MI (10/15/1938-??/??/1954).
    Though Detroit may never have had the instant blues recognition of a city like Chicago, it too experienced, housed, and influenced its fair share of important musicians, not the least of whom was Robert Johnson associate Calvin Frazier and, of course, John Lee Hooker. But Detroit Blues: Blues from the Motor City 1938-1954 does its best to show that the scene consisted of more than these two stars. Though the first two discs (of four!) are dedicated to Frazier and Sampson Pittman and then Hooker, respectively, the second two, and especially the last, explore the work of musicians like the prolific Baby Boy Warren, who never found much recognition beyond Hastings Street, Playboy Fuller (aka Louisiana Red), Big Maceo Merriweather, Sam Kelly, Eddie Burns, and even Joe Van Battle, a local entrepreneur and label owner, and a man who recorded a lot of the artists included here (because of the relative dearth of major studios, Detroit bluesmen weren't given as much exposure as their Windy City counterparts). The discs are not ordered chronologically, which can be a bit of an annoyance, but the detailed liner notes, which fully explain the simple, gritty, urban-industrial blues brought up from Southern workers to the factories of the North, more than make up for this. Moving from Alan Lomax field recordings and professional studio work, Detroit Blues: Blues from the Motor City 1938-1954 is a great explanation of what was happening in the city during that time period, as blues began to migrate north and become influenced by its new surroundings, as well as a great jumping-off point for an exploration of the artists who made up the lifeblood of Detroit blues. ~ Marisa Brown

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