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Paramount Blues: Lock and Key Blues


  • 1. Showers of Rain Blues - Edward Thompson
    2. Seven Sisters Blues - Edward Thompson
    3. Mamlish Blues
    4. Last Kind Words Blues - Geeshie Wiley
    5. Skinny Leg Blues - Geeshie Wiley
    6. Touch Me Light Mama
    7. So Lonesome - Ramblin' Thomas
    8. Lock and Key Blues - Ramblin' Thomas
    9. Barbershop Rag - William Moore
    10. Raggin' the Blues - William Moore
    11. Mississippi Jail House Groan - Reverend Rubin Lacy
    12. Jailhouse Fire Blues
    13. Shaggy Dog Blues
    14. Tired of Being Mistreated, Pt. 1
    15. Eagles on a Half - Geeshie Wiley
    16. Pick Poor Robin Clean - Geeshie Wiley
    17. Pistol Blues - Bo Weavil Jackson
    18. Why Do You Moan? - Bo Weavil Jackson
    19. Tom Cat Blues
    20. Woman Woman Blues - Ishman Bracey
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 37

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge H. Buck, Jr.
    Engineer

    Liner Note Author: Lars Edegran.
    Author: George H. Buck, Jr.
    The Paramount record label of the 1920s and '30s started out as an a side venture of the Paramount Furniture Company in Grafton, WI, a way to sell the company's line of phonograph players by featuring a line of cheaply made 78s to play on them. Luckily, the Southern blues musicians the company recorded at the time just happened to be pretty vital, and such country-blues legends as Charley Patton, Skip James, Blind Blake, and Blind Lemon Jefferson all recorded classic sides for Paramount, as did dozens of lesser known and obscure figures, many of whose recordings are collected here on this 20-track compilation. There aren't any big country-blues names here, but there are plenty of little gems, including Geeshie Wiley's stark and haunting "Last Kind Words Blues" from 1930, Ramblin' Thomas' poignant "So Lonesome" from 1928, Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins' "Shaggy Dog Blues" from 1927, and Freddie Spruell's "Tom Cat Blues" from 1928. Wiley's "Last Kind Words Blues" aside, none of these sides is absolutely essential to any blues collection, but they won't diminish one, either. ~ Steve Leggett

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