American Folk Blues Festival: 1962-1965

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
From 1962 until 1971, the American Folk Blues Festival was responsible for bringing dozens of the most celebrated American blues artists to audiences from England to Poland. For many of the musicians, these were the largest audiences they'd ever played to, and the first and often only decent money they ever made. This five-CD set captures the vital early years of the festival more fully than any prior issues, with previously unreleased bonus tracks some of which overlaps. The 1962 volume was recorded live in Hamburg, and has no extra tracks, but the material is so vital and robust that this volume, featuring Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry and ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
From 1962 until 1971, the American Folk Blues Festival was responsible for bringing dozens of the most celebrated American blues artists to audiences from England to Poland. For many of the musicians, these were the largest audiences they'd ever played to, and the first and often only decent money they ever made. This five-CD set captures the vital early years of the festival more fully than any prior issues, with previously unreleased bonus tracks some of which overlaps. The 1962 volume was recorded live in Hamburg, and has no extra tracks, but the material is so vital and robust that this volume, featuring Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, never needed it. The 1963 disc, recorded live in Bremen, opens with three previously unreleased live Memphis Slim cuts, and follows these with a previously unissued Muddy Waters solo acoustic guitar piece and three more never-issued numbers featuring Muddy backed by Dixon, Otis Spann, and Matt "Guitar" Murphy. The three Sonny Boy Williamson bonus tracks were very late in the day and constitute some of the very last songs left behind by the increasingly ailing harp legend. The 1964 volume is a little less enhanced, with two songs by Willie Dixon and one song each by Sonny Boy Williamson, Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon, and Sugar Pie DeSanto. The 1965 volume was always the odd one in this series; as a studio recording rather than a concert document, it lacks the vibrancy of the earlier volumes, but its eight bonus tracks do include some interesting moments by Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, and Big Walter Horton. The sound quality is good, but given the time that's passed, a full set of notes might have been nice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1995
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182610024
  • Catalog Number: 26100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rockin' the House - Memphis Slim (2:59)
  2. 2 I Wanna See My Baby - T-Bone Walker (3:18)
  3. 3 I'm in Love - T-Bone Walker (3:58)
  4. 4 I'm Crazy 'bout You - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (3:58)
  5. 5 Stewball - Willie Dixon (4:19)
  6. 6 Let's Make It - John Lee Hooker (4:34)
  7. 7 Shake It Baby - John Lee Hooker (4:12)
  8. 8 Night Time Is the Right Time - John Lee Hooker (6:16)
  9. 9 Ah'w Baby - Shakey Jake Harris (2:13)
  10. 10 Love My Baby - Shakey Jake Harris (3:06)
  11. 11 Crying at the Station - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (4:03)
  12. 12 Wee Baby Blues - Memphis Slim (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Blues Is Everywhere - Memphis Slim (2:29)
  2. 2 John Henry - Memphis Slim (2:52)
  3. 3 Wish Me Well - Memphis Slim (2:48)
  4. 4 Memphis Boogie - Memphis Slim (3:16)
  5. 5 My Captain - Muddy Waters (3:51)
  6. 6 Catfish Blues - Muddy Waters (2:59)
  7. 7 Blow Wind Blow - Muddy Waters (3:57)
  8. 8 My Home Is in the Delta - Muddy Waters (4:42)
  9. 9 Five Long Years - Muddy Waters (5:03)
  10. 10 That's All I Want Baby - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:51)
  11. 11 Don't Misuse Me - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:47)
  12. 12 I Don't Know - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:26)
  13. 13 I'm Gettin' Tired - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:14)
  14. 14 Goin' Down Slow - Otis Spann (3:52)
  15. 15 Sonny Boy's Harmonica Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Goin' Down Slow - Otis Spann (3:36)
  2. 2 Sittin' and Cryin' the Blues - Willie Dixon (3:23)
  3. 3 Crazy for My Baby - Willie Dixon (2:27)
  4. 4 Grant Spivey - Victoria Spivey (33:53)
  5. 5 T.B. Blues - Victoria Spivey (4:29)
  6. 6 Big Roll Blues - Big Joe Williams (3:00)
  7. 7 Back in the Bottom Blues - Big Joe Williams (3:16)
  8. 8 I Have No Friends - Big Joe Williams (2:53)
  9. 9 Baby Please Don't Cry - Big Joe Williams (2:03)
  10. 10 Careless Love - Lonnie Johnson (3:13)
  11. 11 C.C. Rider - Lonnie Johnson (2:37)
  12. 12 It's Too Late to Cry - Lonnie Johnson (4:42)
  13. 13 Matt's Guitar Boogie - Matt "Guitar" Murphy (5:17)
  14. 14 Bye Bye Blues - Memphis Slim (2:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm Trying to Make London My Home - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:24)
  2. 2 Dissatisfied - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:15)
  3. 3 Everytime I Get to Drinkin' - Sunnyland Slim (4:22)
  4. 4 Ain't It a Pity - Lightnin' Hopkins (6:47)
  5. 5 Baby Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:37)
  6. 6 I'm a Tearing Little Daddy - Sleepy John Estes (1:59)
  7. 7 I Ain't Gonna Pick No More Cotton - John Henry Barbee (4:11)
  8. 8 No Title Boogie - Hubert Sumlin (4:01)
  9. 9 Slip-In Mules - Sugar Pie DeSanto (2:56)
  10. 10 Dust My Broom - Howlin' Wolf (6:00)
  11. 11 I Got to Cut Out - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:05)
  12. 12 Weak Brain and Narrow Mind - Willie Dixon (2:48)
  13. 13 Big Legged Woman - Willie Dixon (2:43)
  14. 14 Your Best Friend's Gone - Sleepy John Estes (3:19)
  15. 15 Baby, What You Want Me to Do - Sugar Pie DeSanto (3:23)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Highway 61 - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:02)
  2. 2 Slow Down Woman - J.B. Lenoir (1:48)
  3. 3 Blues Harp Shuffle - Big Walter Horton (3:25)
  4. 4 Christine - Big Walter Horton (4:00)
  5. 5 Come on Back Home - Roosevelt Sykes (2:31)
  6. 6 Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd (3:14)
  7. 7 The Big Question - Eddie Boyd (2:49)
  8. 8 Rosa Lee - Jimmie Lee Robinson (2:12)
  9. 9 King of the World - John Lee Hooker (3:41)
  10. 10 Della Mae - John Lee Hooker (4:04)
  11. 11 First Time I Met the Blues - Buddy Guy (4:30)
  12. 12 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (3:17)
  13. 13 My Black Name Is Ringing - Doctor Ross (4:32)
  14. 14 Della Mae - John Lee Hooker (3:14)
  15. 15 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (3:31)
  16. 16 South Side Jump - Buddy Guy (2:54)
  17. 17 If I Get Lucky - J.B. Lenoir (3:04)
  18. 18 Got a Letter This Morning - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:09)
  19. 19 Sail On - Roosevelt Sykes (2:59)
  20. 20 Farewell Baby - Doctor Ross (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Boyd Organ, Piano, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals
Sleepy John Estes Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Guy Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Big Walter Horton Harp, Vocals
Lonnie Johnson Guitar, Vocals
J.B. Lenoir Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocals
Hammie Nixon Jug
Victoria Spivey Piano, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals
Big Mama Thornton Vocals
Big Joe Williams Guitar, Vocals
Sugar Pie DeSanto Vocals
Doctor Ross Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals
T-Bone Walker Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Fred Below Drums
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
Shakey Jake Harris Harp, Vocals
Lightnin' Hopkins Guitar, Vocals
Clifton James Drums
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Jimmie Lee Robinson Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Sunnyland Slim Piano, Vocals
Sonny Terry Harp, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano, Vocals
Billy Stepney Drums
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harp, Vocals
Armand Jump Jackson Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Little Brother Montgomery Composer
John Mooney Composer
Victoria Spivey Contributor
Aretha Franklin Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
T-Bone Walker Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Jerry Gordon Reissue Producer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Sigfried Loch Producer
Eurreal Montgomery Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Lew Herman Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Johnny Temple Composer
Horst Lippmann Executive Producer
Edward VanLandeghem Engineer
Alan Edwards Contributor, Reissue Production Assistance
George Rothacker Art Direction
Traditional Composer
James Oden Composer
Dean Coulson Composer
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