Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume, this brings together a lengthy single-disc program of blues of various shades from the vaults of Folkways. Most, though not all, of these 22 tracks are acoustic, with acoustic guitar blues being well represented with selections from Leadbelly, Pink Anderson, Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Josh White, as well as lesser-known figures like Cat Iron, who plays an eerie slide guitar on "Poor Boy a Long, Long Way from Home." Give the compilation credit for supplying a good deal of variety, however, also dipping into piano blues by Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, and Mary Lou Williams; though Williams is known as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume, this brings together a lengthy single-disc program of blues of various shades from the vaults of Folkways. Most, though not all, of these 22 tracks are acoustic, with acoustic guitar blues being well represented with selections from Leadbelly, Pink Anderson, Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Josh White, as well as lesser-known figures like Cat Iron, who plays an eerie slide guitar on "Poor Boy a Long, Long Way from Home." Give the compilation credit for supplying a good deal of variety, however, also dipping into piano blues by Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, and Mary Lou Williams; though Williams is known as a jazz pianist rather than a blues one, she's the accompanist for Nora Lee King's blues-jazz outing "Blues -- Until My Baby Comes Home." There's also room for a little full-band blues too, with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry's "Dark Road" on which they're backed by a drummer, and the much fuller "Down in the Alley," an early electric band recording by the Chambers Brothers. And a couple of white performers make it into the program too, those being Barbara Dane, Roscoe Holcomb with "Graveyard Blues", and a young Lucinda Williams who covers "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor". A solid and wide-ranging collection this is, but like its predecessor, it suffers from an absence of original recording or release dates for much of the material, though the annotation in the 24-page booklet is otherwise extensive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074014820
  • Catalog Number: 40148
  • Sales rank: 114,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dark Road (2:46)
  2. 2 Step It Up and Go (2:38)
  3. 3 It Was Early One Morning (2:27)
  4. 4 Blues (Until My Baby Comes Back Home) - Nora Lee King & Mary Lou Williams (2:55)
  5. 5 That's No Way to Do It (2:25)
  6. 6 Farro Street Jive - Little Brother Montgomery (2:18)
  7. 7 I Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Depot Blues) - Son House (2:59)
  8. 8 Graveyard Blues (3:02)
  9. 9 44 Blues (2:45)
  10. 10 Big Fat Mama - David Honeyboy Edwards (2:59)
  11. 11 Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (3:53)
  12. 12 Lieutenant Blues (2:40)
  13. 13 The Woman Is Killing Me - Sonny Terry (2:26)
  14. 14 Little Drops of Water - Edith North Johnson & Henry Brown (3:09)
  15. 15 When Things Go Wrong With You (It Hurts Me Too) (3:01)
  16. 16 Poor Boy a Long, Long Way from Home - Cat-Iron (2:47)
  17. 17 My Jack Don't Drink Water No More - Shortstuff Macon (3:44)
  18. 18 'Way Behind the Sun (3:51)
  19. 19 Tell Me, Baby - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:36)
  20. 20 Just a Dream - Memphis Slim (4:15)
  21. 21 Jelly Jelly - Josh White (2:29)
  22. 22 Down in the Alley (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucinda Williams Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Mary Lou Williams Piano
Henry Brown Piano
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
George Chambers Bass
Lester Chambers Harmonica
Willie Chambers Guitar
John Grimaudo Guitar
Brian Keenan Drums
Gene Moore Drums
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Warner Williams Guitar, Vocals
Edith North Johnson Vocals
Jay Summerour Harmonica
Nora Lee King Vocals
Joe Chambers Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Lead Belly Composer, Author
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
Oscar Peterson Composer
Tampa Red Composer
Trade Martin Composer
Alan Lomax Engineer
Pat Terry Cover Photo
Brownie McGhee Composer
Samuel Charters Engineer
Verna Gillis Engineer
Tamara Johnson Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Jeff Place Archival Assistant
Stafford Simon Composer
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Robert Ellen Composer
Barry Lee Pearson Liner Notes, Annotation
Traditional Composer
Harold Dorwin Photo Assistance
Mark Gustafson Photo Assistance
Brian Shimkovitz Photo Assistance
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