Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1928-1934) by Papa Charlie Jackson | 714298508925 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1928-1934)

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1928-1934)

by Papa Charlie Jackson
     
 
Papa Charlie Jackson's last 25 recordings, dating from September of 1928 through November of 1934, and doing more proper blues here than on either previous volume. By the time of the release of the material here, Jackson was one of the most seasoned of studio bluesmen, with nearly half a decade recording experience behind him -- his vocal presence on all of these

Overview

Papa Charlie Jackson's last 25 recordings, dating from September of 1928 through November of 1934, and doing more proper blues here than on either previous volume. By the time of the release of the material here, Jackson was one of the most seasoned of studio bluesmen, with nearly half a decade recording experience behind him -- his vocal presence on all of these records is extraordinary, and he knows how to get the most out of his instrument, guitar or banjo. "Ma and Pa Poorhouse Blues" and "Big Feeling Blues," both duets with Ma Rainey, present him at his most mature and naturally expressive vocally, in sharp contrast to the almost perfunctory vocals on volume one of this set. The Hattie McDaniels duets, two halves of "Dentist Chair Blues," are also extremely worthwhile as far more than novelty numbers. In addition to some priceless topical songs, such as "You Got That Wrong," there are some notable re-recordings here, including a killer 1934 remake of Jackson's earlier hit "Skoodle-Um-Skoo" (which by then had entered the repertory of Big Bill Broonzy, who was taught guitar by Jackson), and his last follow-up to "Shake That Thing," "What's That Thing She's Shakin'." The delightfully risqué-sounding "You Put It In, I'll Take It Out" closes this collection. The only drawback to any of this is that, despite the fact that it consists of material recorded much later than anything on volumes one or two, the sound quality on this disc is far lower, with lots of distracting surface noise on many of the sources used for individual songs -- the most disappointing of these are the two sides that Jackson cut with Blind (Arthur) Blake, who was very much an influence on Jackson; two of the greatest blues
agtime guitarists and songsters of the early blues era together on record, and the scratchiness is nearly maddening. Only the four final 1934 sides really come up to the level one would wish on this stuff.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2000
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298508925
catalogNumber:
5089
Rank:
134389

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Tracks

  1. Good Doing Papa Blues
  2. Ma and Pa Poorhouse Blues
  3. Big Feeling Blues
  4. Jungle Man Blues
  5. Corn Liquor Blues
  6. Don't Break Down on Me
  7. Baby Please Loan Me Your Heart
  8. Dentist Chair Blues, Pt. 1
  9. Dentist Chair Blues, Pt. 2
  10. Hot Papa Blues, No. 2
  11. We Can't Buy It No More
  12. Tailor Made Lover
  13. Take Me Back Blues, No. 2
  14. 'Tain't What You Do But How You Do It
  15. Forgotten Blues
  16. Papa Do Do Do Blues
  17. I'll Be Gone Babe
  18. Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It, Pt. 1
  19. Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It, Pt. 2
  20. You Got That Wrong
  21. Self Experience
  22. Skoodle-Um-Skoo
  23. If I Got What You Want
  24. What's That Thing She's Shaking?
  25. You Put It in, I'll Take It Out

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Papa Charlie Jackson   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Ida Cox   Vocals
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Freddie Keppard   Cornet
Blind Blake   Rhythm Guitar,Voices
Ma Rainey   Vocals
Louie Austin   Piano
Arthur Campbell   Piano
Dentist Jackson   Vocals
Hattie McDaniel   Vocals
Jasper Taylor   Percussion
Eddie Vincent   Trombone
Reverend Charlie Jackson   Banjo
Lovie Austin & Her Blue Serenaders   Piano

Technical Credits

Ma Rainey   Composer
Johnny Parth   Producer
Reverend Charlie Jackson   Composer
Chris Frazer Smith   Liner Notes

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