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Big Bill Broonzy - The Father Of Chicago Blues Guitar (2009)

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Big Bill Broonzy - The Father Of Chicago Blues Guitar (2009)

Big Bill Broonzy - The Father Of Chicago Blues Guitar (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 125 Mb
Label: Pea Vine Blues | # PCD 15831 | Time: 01:02:40
Acoustic Chicago Blues, Country Blues, Pre-War Blues

Big Bill Broonzy was viewed as a beloved country blues player when he died in 1958, a master of raw and authentic-sounding folk-blues. But this public image, although Broonzy worked hard to maintain it in his later years, does him a bit of a disservice. He was much more than a rustic relic, however well he played the part. Broonzy was an excellent and even sophisticated guitarist, starting out in the '30s as a rag and hokum player but he was versatile enough to work with jazz and R&B combos, and his guitar approach was instrumental in the early formation of the Chicago blues sound. He was also a crafty songwriter, who managed to write blues pieces that bridged the line between traditional blues themes and modern structure. This 21-track collection focuses mostly on his early solo acoustic material, although there are some band pieces included as well toward the end of the sequence.

VA - Chicago Urban Blues 1923-1945 (1999)

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VA - Chicago Urban Blues 1923-1945 (1999)

VA - Chicago Urban Blues 1923-1945 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
Pre-War Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: AMB | # ABMMCD 1227 | Time: 01:15:16

Chicago Urban Blues 1923-1945 is a concentrated anthology of historic recordings by individuals with ties to communities all across the southern United States. This collection includes well chosen examples by pianists Meade "Lux" Lewis, Bob Robinson (of Hokum Boys fame), Roosevelt Sykes, Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, and Jimmy Yancey, who played on one of only two recordings known to have been made by vocalist Faber Smith. Amos Easton, also known as Bumble Bee Slim, was backed on the ivories by Myrtle Jenkins, who also made records with Priscilla Stewart, Mary Mack, and the State Street Swingers. There's enough female energy in here to settle anybody's business. You hear Ida Cox accompanied by pianist Lovie Austin; Bertha "Chippie" Hill by Richard M. Jones, and Hannah May, who might have been Victoria Spivey's sister Elton Spivey, with Georgia Tom Dorsey and Tampa Red. Lil Johnson sings "My Stove's in Good Condition" backed by pianist Black Bob and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy. "Squat It" comes from a large body of works generated by the team of Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy. Sippie Wallace sings the "Bedroom Blues," and her little brother Hersal Thomas performs his own "Suitcase Blues," which became a staple of the piano blues repertoire and received its best reinterpretation on a 1939 Blue Note recording by Albert Ammons.

VA - Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities (2005) 4CD Box Set

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VA - Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities (2005) 4CD Box Set

VA - Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities (2005) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.28 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 684 Mb | Scans ~ 271 Mb
Label: Proper Records | # PROPERBOX 7 | Time: 04:59:19
Pre-War Blues, Country Blues, Delta Blues, Piedmont Blues, Boogie-Woogie

Broke, Black & Blue delivers multiple surprises within its 100 songs of prewar blues. Arranged chronologically by Joop Visser, the set admirably covers the first 22 years of recorded blues, 1924 to 1946, from vaudeville and Delta to boogie-woogie and jump blues. It's a swell gift for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of blues. But old-timers will be pleased, too, as special attention has been paid to culling rare and idiosyncratic tracks by the well-known and the obscure. The first three discs present single tracks by artists as diverse as the Memphis Jug Band, De Ford Bailey, Tommy Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Peetie Wheatstraw, Lonnie Johnson, and Bukka White, alongside unknowns such as Isaiah "The Mississippi Moaner" Nelson, Barbecue Bob and Laughing Charley, Ed Andrews, Chicken Wilson, and Bumble Bee Slim. On the fourth disc, this convention is jettisoned to luxuriate in a series of very rare sides of lovely, oddly subdued boogie-woogie and jump blues by Jimmie Gordon, Johnny Temple, and Lee Brown.

VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998) 9CD Set [Re-Up]

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VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998) 9CD Set [Re-Up]

VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.46 Gb | Booklet Scans ~ 46 Mb | 10:53:44
Oldies, Vocal Pop, Ragtime, Early Jazz, Folk, Pre-War Blues, Country Blues, Gospel | Label: West Hill

An outstanding nine CD collection of rare jazz, blues, country, pop, cowboy, march, ragtime, vaudeville and gospel recordings that form our musical legacy, compiled by jazz historian Allen Lowe. More than10 hours of music in a presentation slipcase with a 127 page booklet containing many photos and a wealth of interesting information about the music. Space here only permits artist and song title listings of the first 4 CD's in the 9 CD set.

VA - Deep River of Song: The Alan Lomax Collection (1999-2004) 12CDs [Re-Up]

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VA - Deep River of Song: The Alan Lomax Collection (1999-2004) 12CDs [Re-Up]

VA - Deep River of Song: The Alan Lomax Collection (1999-2004) 12CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks/Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.66 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.88 Gb | Scans included
Traditional Folk, Work Songs, Blues, Gospel, Country Blues | Label: Rounder | 12:41:25

The Alan Lomax Collection gathers together the American, European, and Caribbean field recordings, world music compilations, and ballad operas of writer, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. Deep River of Song: African-American field recordings made for the Library of Congress from 1933 to 1946, a transformative period when black singers of the South and the Caribbean created a new musical language and thousands of brilliant songs that would captivate people throughout the world.

Blind Willie McTell - Last Session (Recorded in 1956) (1961) Remastered 1992

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Blind Willie McTell - Last Session (Recorded in 1956) (1961) Remastered 1992

Blind Willie McTell - Last Session (Recorded in 1956) (1961) Remastered 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Label: Original Blues Classics, Prestige Bluesville | # OBCCD-517-2 | Time: 00:36:24
Acoustic Blues, Pre-War Blues, Country-Blues, Piedmont Blues

This recording has a less-than-stellar reputation, principally because it was done so late in McTell's career, and it is true that he lacks some of the edge, especially in his singing, that he showed on his other postwar recordings. On the other hand, his 12-string playing is about as nimble as ever and a real treat. McTell cut these sides for record store owner Ed Rhodes, who had begun taping local bluesmen at his shop in Atlanta in the hope of releasing some of it – McTell took to the idea of recording only slowly, then turned up one night and played for the microphone and anyone who happened to be listening, finishing a pint of bourbon in the process – the result was a pricelessly intimate document, some of the words slurred here and there, but brilliantly expressive and stunningly played.

Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

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Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 291 Mb | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Label: Columbia | # CK 92431 | Time: 02:01:17
Piano Blues, Minstrel, Folk-Blues, Pre-War Blues

The 40 tracks compiled on this two-disc set represent the entire span of pianist and singer Leroy Carr's recording career that spanned a brief seven years, from 1928-1935. The material represented here – all but one of these tracks were recorded for the Vocalion label – features accompaniment by guitarist Scrapper Blackwell on all but one selection, and Josh White on a handful as well. Carr's material here ranges from the classic piano blues of the era that spawned Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to vaudeville and hokum tunes made popular by artists like Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Carr's voice is the haunting thing here; it's higher and very clear, sweet almost, as evidenced by most of these sides. But there was an edge, too; one that belied a kind of pathos underneath even the most cheery material – check "Mean Mistreater Blues" or "Bread Baker." But the darker material such as "Suicide Blues" (one of six previously unissued performances), "Straight Alky Blues," or "Shinin' Pistol," is strange and eerie given Carr's smooth approach. Carr may not be the most well-known bluesman of the era, but his contribution is profound and lasting.