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Various Artists - The Rough Guide To The Roots Of The Blues (Reborn And Remastered) LP

Various Artists - The Rough Guide To The Roots Of The Blues (Reborn And Remastered) LP

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Featuring the greatest names in early blues music including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Charley Patton and Ma Rainey. The perfect overview of the many different styles and key performers of early blues on one album. An incredibly diverse selection of tracks including bottleneck guitar, barrelhouse piano, classic songster tunes and vaudeville blues. An album which traces the development of blues music during its early recorded history of the 1920s and unique insight into the first great wave of blues artists who remain an inspiration to this day.

The first documented description of what we now recognise as the blues occurred in 1903 when the composer and musician W.C. Handy was waiting for a train at Tutwiler, Mississippi. He heard a man playing a guitar by pressing a knife against the strings and singing a song with the line, “Goin’ where the Southern cross the Dog”.

Handy went on to become a great collector and populariser of the blues and was hugely influential in bringing this local folk music from the Mississippi Delta to public attention.

Along with Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey spearheaded the 1920s “classic era” of recorded blues. Handy’s ‘St. Louis Blues’ were recorded in the mid-1920s heyday of the classic blues era, shortly before the female dominance of the genre was eclipsed by the rougher sound of the country blues. Likewise, many white musicians were heavily influenced by the blues including the ‘Father of Country Music’, Jimmie Rodgers, whose yodel-infused blues became a prominent element of his music.

There can be little doubt that the blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta as an elaboration on work chants, slave songs and the lyrical and haunting field hollers. Unquestionably the most influential of all the blues forms, the Delta blues laid the foundations for what was to become rock and roll, with all roads leading to its father figure Charley Patton who served as a major influence on other legendary bluesmen who followed including Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.


1. Got the Blues, Can't be Satisfied [Mississippi John Hurt]
2. Cow Cow Blues [Cow Cow Davenport]
3. Statesboro Blues [Blind Willie McTell]
4. Stack O'Lee Blues [Ma Rainey]
5. See That My Grave is Kept Clean [Blind Lemon Jefferson]
6. Fishing Blues [Henry Thomas]
7. All I Want is a Spoonful [Papa Charlie Jackson]
8. Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues [Charley Patton]
9. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time [Blind Willie Johnson]
10. St. Louis Blues [Bessie Smith]
11. Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas) [Jimmie Rodgers]
12. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie [Clarence "Pinetop" Smith]
13. West Coast Blues [Blind Blake]

About this product: this remaster is pressed on black vinyl.