Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

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Talk about a labor of love. Here, Former Rolling stones bassist and full-time blues aficionado Bill Wyman picks 47 of his favorite classic blues songs (nothing goes past the early 1950s), one track each from some of the most significant blues artists of the past century. Wyman, it turns out, has great taste. Although the compilation's not bursting with surprising material, there are plenty of superb performances from the likes of Bessie Smith, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. King -- the cream of the crop. As a basic blues sampler, this double-CD set can hardly be beat.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Talk about a labor of love. Here, Former Rolling stones bassist and full-time blues aficionado Bill Wyman picks 47 of his favorite classic blues songs (nothing goes past the early 1950s), one track each from some of the most significant blues artists of the past century. Wyman, it turns out, has great taste. Although the compilation's not bursting with surprising material, there are plenty of superb performances from the likes of Bessie Smith, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. King -- the cream of the crop. As a basic blues sampler, this double-CD set can hardly be beat.
Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
This two-CD Blues Odyssey set accompanies a book and a television show of the same name, all produced under the supervision of Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. The music collected here amounts in many ways to yet another Best of the Blues collection, featuring one cut each in chronological order from no less than 46 blues artists, recorded between 1926 and 1951. Many of the usual suspects are here, including Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, “Big Joe” Williams, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and a very young B. B. King. It’s also nice to see some lesser-known greats included, such as Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Tampa Red, and Blind Willie McTell. But there are some inexplicable absences, too -- no sign of the great Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, or Little Walter. It is especially strange not to hear Son House after seeing him mentioned in the notes, but on any collection like this, tough choices have to be made. Wyman’s bias seems to be toward rock 'n' roll precursors and -- less predictably -- boogie-woogie piano players. So we get “Lil’ Son” Jackson’s “Rockin’ and Rollin’…and an obscure but enjoyable boogie-woogie track by a certain Montana Taylor, recorded in 1929. This sort of collection is best used as a way into the blues, but there’s plenty more to explore, so if this is the first time you’ll be hearing Charley Patton sing “Shake It and Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama)”…be forewarned that you’ll probably be needing another Charley Patton album soon so you can hear a whole lot more. All the cuts are in good, remastered sound, clear but with a minimum of hiss, and the extensive notes are written with an eye to the memorable anecdote and the connection between this music and the rock 'n' roll that might be more familiar to many listeners. There’s no denying that what is here is some of the greatest American music ever scratched into wax, and this set makes a fine introduction to a proud heritage.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
English musicians listened and learned from the blues long before their American counterparts did. In fact, the Rolling Stones and the Yarbirds covered classic blues material, re-introducing Americans to their own music. Now Document has given Bill Wyman the opportunity to trace his romance with the blues over a two-disc set, beginning with Mamie Smith's "Goin' Crazy With the Blues" in 1926 and traveling all the way to Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" in 1951. Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey grew out of a television project of the same name. The 46 selections include familiar names (Blind Lemon Jefferson) and less familiar ones (Bo Carter); familiar songs ("Stack O' Lee Blues)" and less familiar ones ("Kid Man Blues."). All styles sit comfortably beside one another: Chicago and Delta, solo performers and full bands, acoustic and electric. This rich, deep collection includes a plethora of highlights. Georgia White sings the infectious, raunchy "Alley Boogie," while Memphis Minnie belts out the delightful "Me and My Chauffeur Blues." Classics from Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Big Bill Broonzy make appearances. A trio of post-1940 classics, John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen," Muddy Waters' "You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead and Gone)," and B.B. King's "3 O'Clock Blues," represent the revolution of the electric guitar. This collection excels any way one looks at it. To the unfamiliar, it introduces 46 performers; for blues aficionados, it works as a tasty overview of '20s, '30s, and '40s blues. Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey offers a closer look at the songs that inspired a generation of English musicians.

English musicians listened and learned from the blues long before their American counterparts did. In fact, the Rolling Stones and the Yarbirds covered classic blues material, re-introducing Americans to their own music. Now Document has given Bill Wyman the opportunity to trace his romance with the blues over a two-disc set, beginning with Mamie Smith's "Goin' Crazy With the Blues" in 1926 and traveling all the way to Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" in 1951. Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey grew out of a television project of the same name. The 46 selections include familiar names (Blind Lemon Jefferson) and less familiar ones (Bo Carter); familiar songs ("Stack O' Lee Blues)" and less familiar ones ("Kid Man Blues."). All styles sit comfortably beside one another: Chicago and Delta, solo performers and full bands, acoustic and electric. This rich, deep collection includes a plethora of highlights. Georgia White sings the infectious, raunchy "Alley Boogie," while Memphis Minnie belts out the delightful "Me and My Chauffeur Blues." Classics from Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Big Bill Broonzy make appearances. A trio of post-1940 classics, John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen," Muddy Waters' "You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead and Gone)," and B.B. King's "3 O'Clock Blues," represent the revolution of the electric guitar. This collection excels any way one looks at it. To the unfamiliar, it introduces 46 performers; for blues aficionados, it works as a tasty overview of '20s, '30s, and '40s blues. Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey offers a closer look at the songs that inspired a generation of English musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: DOCUMENT
  • UPC: 714298322026
  • Catalog Number: 3220

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goin' Crazy With the Blues - Mamie Smith (3:02)
  2. 2 Lock and Key (2:59)
  3. 3 All I Want Is a Spoonful - Charlie "Papa" Jackson (2:40)
  4. 4 Matchbox Blues (3:00)
  5. 5 Church Bells Blues (3:16)
  6. 6 Southern Rag - Blind Blake (2:52)
  7. 7 What's the Matter Blues (2:59)
  8. 8 Stack O' Lee Blues (2:56)
  9. 9 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Smith (3:21)
  10. 10 Indiana Avenue Stomp (3:27)
  11. 11 The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas - Tampa Red (2:54)
  12. 12 Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama) (3:05)
  13. 13 Come on Mama, Do That Dance (2:49)
  14. 14 Blue Goose Blues - Jesse Babyface Thomas (2:35)
  15. 15 The Dirty Dozen - Speckled Red (3:01)
  16. 16 South Carolina Rag - Willie Walker (3:08)
  17. 17 Pussy Cat Blues - Bo Carter (2:53)
  18. 18 Searching the Desert for the Blues (3:09)
  19. 19 Cows, See That Train Comin' (2:48)
  20. 20 West Dallas Drag - Rob Cooper (3:00)
  21. 21 Ramblin With That Woman - Bumble Bee Slim (2:49)
  22. 22 W.P.A. Blues (3:16)
  23. 23 Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Terraplane Blues (3:02)
  2. 2 Ice Pick Mama - Walter "Wolfman" Washington (2:55)
  3. 3 Gamblin' Jinx Blues - Black Boy Shine (2:26)
  4. 4 Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp (2:36)
  5. 5 Good Boy - Big Bill Broonzy (2:49)
  6. 6 Alley Boogie (2:33)
  7. 7 Meat Shakin' Woman (2:43)
  8. 8 Railroad Blues - Cow Cow Davenport (2:43)
  9. 9 Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues) (2:54)
  10. 10 Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Turner (2:49)
  11. 11 Jersey Belle Blues (2:58)
  12. 12 Brown Skin Girl (2:44)
  13. 13 Beer Drinking Woman - Memphis Slim (3:21)
  14. 14 Me and My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie (2:49)
  15. 15 Baby, Please Don't Go - Joe Williams (2:47)
  16. 16 Dive Bomber - Pete Johnson (2:57)
  17. 17 Carolina Blues - Sonny Terry (3:06)
  18. 18 Kid Man Blues - Big Maceo (2:33)
  19. 19 Boogie Chillen' - John Lee Hooker (2:35)
  20. 20 You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead and Gone) - Muddy Waters (2:35)
  21. 21 Rockin' and Rollin' - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (2:31)
  22. 22 3 O'Clock Blues - B.B. King (3:01)
  23. 23 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim Vocals
Bo Carter Guitar, Vocal Ad-Libs
Cow Cow Davenport Piano, Vocals
Sleepy John Estes Guitar
Blind Boy Fuller Guitar, Vocals
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson Guitar, Vocals
Lonnie Johnson Guitar, Vocal Ad-Libs
Tommy McClennan Guitar, Vocal Ad-Libs
Blind Willie McTell Guitar, Vocal Ad-Libs
Memphis Minnie Guitar, Vocal Ad-Libs
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocal Ad-Libs
Charley Patton Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Smith Vocals
Mamie Smith Vocals
Frank Stokes Guitar, Vocals
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Vocals
Peetie Wheatstraw Piano, Vocals
Big Joe Williams Guitar, Vocals
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Pete Johnson Piano
Speckled Red Piano, Vocals
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon Track Performer
Pinetop Smith Piano, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Tampa Red Guitar, Harmony
Big Maceo Merriweather Piano, Vocals
Blind Blake Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Montana Taylor Piano
Casey Bill Weldon Guitar, Vocals
Joshua Altheimer Piano
Leroy Batchelor String Bass
Big Crawford Bass
Ben Branch Tenor Saxophone
Sam Brooks Guitar
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Christian Banjo
Melvin Draper Drums
Alfred Elkins String Bass
Leroy Foster Guitar
Ike Turner Piano
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals
Little Son Joe Guitar
Odie Johnson Bass
Robert Johnson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
R.J. Jones Piano
Luke Jordan Guitar, Vocals
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Meade "Lux" Lewis Piano
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Frock O'Dell Drums
Bill Settles String Bass
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Jasper Taylor Washboard
Jesse Babyface Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Willie Walker Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Piano, Vocal Harmony
Georgia White Vocals
Black Boy Shine Piano, Vocals
Joe Pullum Vocals
Myrtle Jenkins Piano
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Georgia Tom Piano
Robert Cooper Piano
Ruby Glaze Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
James Hurt Guitar, Vocals
James Walker Bass
Rob Cooper Track Performer
James P. Johnson & his Orchestra Piano
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & His Hot Shots Vocals
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band Double Bass
Tom Morris Cornet
Andy Boy Piano
Ted Curry Drums
Charlie "Papa" Jackson Vocals
Davis "Blind" John Piano
Technical Credits
Tommy McClennan Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
Bill Wyman Liner Notes
Montana Taylor Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Elmore James Arranger, Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Luke Jordan Composer
Johnny Parth Composer
A. Taylor Composer
Gary Atkinson Executive Producer
Keith Holden Composer
James Hurt Arranger
Richard Evans Graphic Design
Richard Havers Liner Notes
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