Let Me Tell You About The Blues: The Evolution Of Memphis Blues

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
£9.99
Release date: 1 Aug 2009

ALBUM OF THE WEEK - MARK LAMARR 'RADIO 2

5/5  UNCUT

4/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

"This Fine 3CD collection is a decades-spanning wealth of locals and pilgrims…Small wonder, with this legacy to draw on, Elvis became king."  (UNCUT, MAY 2010)

 

CAT No: FVTD022UPC TEXT: 5055311000220

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Memphis was the town blues musicians passed through on their way to Chicago. But some of them stayed and the record companies sent their mobile units to record them. Over a three-year period from 1927, an astonishing amount of talent was recorded: local stars like the Memphis Jug Band, Frank Stokes, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Jim Jackson, Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins, Bukka White, Memphis Minnie, Joe Callicott and Sleepy John Estes.

It was also where musicians from neighbouring states came to try their luck. Men like Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey, Mississippi John Hurt, Lonnie Johnson, Lewis Black, Charlie McCoy, Kid Bailey and Blind Willie Reynolds. All of these musicians are featured on the first CD of this collection, caught at their best, cutting songs that became blues standards, like ‘Big Road Blues’, ‘Cannon Ball Blues’, ‘I’m Wild About My Lovin’’, ‘That’s No Way To Get Along’ (covered by the Rolling Stones as ‘Prodigal Son’), ‘The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair. In 1950 Sam Phillips set up his Memphis Recording Service and a couple of years later, Sun Records. He took it as his mission to record the wealth of black talent in Memphis that was being ignored.

He gave first recording opportunities to Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Rosco Gordon, Doctor Ross, Willie Nix, Honeyboy Edwards, Joe Hill Louis, Little Junior Parker, Little Milton, Rufus Thomas and Walter Horton. Once again, standards like ‘Moanin’ At Midnight’, ‘Rocket 88’, ‘Saddle My Pony’, ‘Bear Cat’ and B.B. King’s ‘Three O’Clock Blues’ were laid down in his studio at 708 Union Avenue. But all the time he was looking for a white singer who sounded like a bluesman and in 1954 he found him. Elvis Presley recorded ‘That’s All Right’, ‘Mystery Train’ and others, and history was made. That history is presented over the three CDs in this collection.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. SUN BRIMMER’S BLUES (MEMPHIS JUG BAND)
  2. POOR BOY, LONG WAYS FROM (BANJO JOE (GUS CANNON))
  3. LITTLE ROCK BLUES (PEARL DICKSON )
  4. SPRINGDALE BLUES (CANNON’S JUG STOMPERS)
  5. DOWNTOWN BLUES (FRANK STOKES)
  6. BIG ROAD BLUES (TOMMY JOHNSON)
  7. SATURDAY BLUES (ISHMAN BRACEY)
  8. FRANKIE (MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT)
  9. AWAY DOWN IN THE ALLEY BLUES (LONNIE JOHNSON )
  10. DEATH BELL BLUES (TOM DICKSON)
  11. I’M WILD ABOUT MY LOVIN’ (JIM JACKSON )
  12. CANNON BALL BLUES (FURRY LEWIS)
  13. LAST TIME BLUES (CHARLIE McCOY)
  14. THAT’S NO WAY TO GET ALONG (ROBERT WILKINS)
  15. COTTONFIELD BLUES – PART 1 (GARFIELD AKERS)
  16. THE GIRL I LOVE, SHE GOT LONG CURLY HAIR (SLEEPY JOHN ESTES )
  17. ROWDY BLUES (KID BAILEY)
  18. CHICKASAW SPECIAL (NOAH LEWIS )
  19. FARE THEE WELL BLUES (JOE CALLICOTT )
  20. BEDSIDE BLUES (JIM THOMPKINS )
  21. BUMBLE BEE (MEMPHIS MINNIE )
  22. THE PANAMA LIMITED (BUKKA WHITE)
  23. MARRIED MAN BLUES (BLIND WILLIE REYNOLDS)
  24. MOANIN’ THE BLUES (ALLEN SHAW )

CD2

  1. JAZZBO STOMP (MEMPHIS JUG BAND )
  2. OLD JIM CANAAN’S (ROBERT WILKINS )
  3. THE COCKEYED WORLD (MINNIE WALLACE)
  4. HARD SCUFFLIN’ BLUES (LITTLE BUDDY DOYLE)
  5. BEALE STREET HOLIDAY (CHARLIE BURSE & HIS MEMPHIS MUDCATS )
  6. SINGLE MAN BLUES (JAMES DE BERRY & HIS MEMPHIS PLAYBOYS)
  7. BOOGIE IN THE PARK (JOE HILL LOUIS)
  8. LITTLE BOY BLUE (WALTER HORTON)
  9. I’M LONESOME BABY (IKE TURNER )
  10. ROCKET 88 (JACKIE BRENSTON )
  11. MOANIN’ AT MIDNIGHT (HOWLIN’ WOLF)
  12. SHE’S DYNAMITE (B.B. KING )
  13. JUICED (BILLY LOVE)
  14. THREE O’CLOCK BLUES (B.B. KING)
  15. DR. ROSS BOOGIE (DR. ROSS)
  16. BOOTED (ROSCO GORDON)
  17. RATS IN MY KITCHEN (SLEEPY JOHN ESTES)
  18. SADDLE MY PONY (HOWLIN’ WOLF)
  19. T-MODEL BOOGIE (ROSCO GORDON )
  20. THE LAST TIME (WOODROW ADAMS)
  21. WE ALL GOTTA GO SOMETIME (WALTER HORTON)
  22. SEEMS LIKE A MILLION YEARS (WILLIE NIX )
  23. SWEET HOME CHICAGO (HONEYBOY EDWARDS)
  24. EASY (JIMMY & WALTER )
  25. BEAR CAT (RUFUS THOMAS)

CD3

  1. THAT’S ALL RIGHT (ELVIS PRESLEY)
  2. WALKED ALL NIGHT (CHARLIE BOOKER)
  3. GREYHOUND BLUES (D.A. HUNT)
  4. FEELIN’ GOOD (LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER)
  5. COUNTY FARM BLUES (WILLIAM STEWART)
  6. TIGER MAN (RUFUS THOMAS)
  7. BELIEVE I’LL SETTLE DOWN (BOYD GILMORE)
  8. BLUE GUITAR (EARL HOOKER)
  9. PINETOP’S BOOGIE WOOGIE (PINETOP PERKINS)
  10. BEGGIN’ MY BABY (LITTLE MILTON)
  11. UGLY WOMAN (JOHNNY O’NEAL)
  12. HYDRAMATIC WOMAN (JOE HILL LOUIS )
  13. MYSTERY TRAIN (LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER)
  14. STRAIGHTEN UP BABY (JAMES COTTON)
  15. WOLF CALL BOOGIE (COY ‘HOT SHOT’ LOVE)
  16. BUT HIGH (KENNETH BANKS )
  17. WAY AFTER MIDNIGHT (BILLY LOVE )
  18. LOOKIN’ FOR MY BABY (LITTLE MILTON)
  19. COTTON CROP BLUES (JAMES COTTON)
  20. THAT’S ALL RIGHT (ELVIS PRESLEY)
  21. I’M GONNA MURDER MY BABY (PAT HARE )
  22. MYSTERY TRAIN (ELVIS PRESLEY)
  23. WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS (BILLY ‘THE KID’ EMERSON)
  24. FEEL SO WORRIED (SAMMY LEWIS-WILLIE JOHNSON)
  25. FEEL SO WORRIED (SAMMY LEWIS-WILLIE JOHNSON)
  26. CHEESE AND CRACKERS (ROSCO GORDON)