Country Blues Troubadours 1938-1948

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Country Blues Troubadours contains 125 tracks, spread out over five CD's, tracing blind harpist Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee's earliest recordings between 1938 and 1948. JSP not only does an admirable job remastering the tracks, but providing recording dates, personnel, and a bit of history that is easily accessible in individual jewel cases, as opposed to a bulky booklet. Recorded in New York and Chicago, the Piedmont duo encounter, both separately and collectively, blues, jazz, and R&B veterans including Washboard Slim, Baby Dodds, Curley Russell, Hal "Cornbread" Singer, Gene Ramey, Big Chief Ellis, Blind Boy Fuller, Stick McGhee, and Champion Jack Dupree. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Country Blues Troubadours contains 125 tracks, spread out over five CD's, tracing blind harpist Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee's earliest recordings between 1938 and 1948. JSP not only does an admirable job remastering the tracks, but providing recording dates, personnel, and a bit of history that is easily accessible in individual jewel cases, as opposed to a bulky booklet. Recorded in New York and Chicago, the Piedmont duo encounter, both separately and collectively, blues, jazz, and R&B veterans including Washboard Slim, Baby Dodds, Curley Russell, Hal "Cornbread" Singer, Gene Ramey, Big Chief Ellis, Blind Boy Fuller, Stick McGhee, and Champion Jack Dupree. The discs are divided into five themes: "Getting started and getting around," "Blind Boy Fuller and what followed," "Library of Congress and living with Leadbelly", "New York residents and established artists," and "Mainly Brownie and an interlude with Champion Jack." As far as budget-blues box sets are concerned, this is one of the best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065772123
  • Catalog Number: 7721
  • Sales rank: 190,428

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mountain Blues (3:09)
  2. 2 The New John Henry (3:32)
  3. 3 Fox Chase (3:16)
  4. 4 Lost John (3:16)
  5. 5 Train Whistle Blues (2:48)
  6. 6 New Love Blues (2:44)
  7. 7 Harmonica Blues (2:42)
  8. 8 Harmonica and Washboard Breakdown (2:37)
  9. 9 Harmonica Stomp (2:48)
  10. 10 Harmonica and Washboard Blues (2:54)
  11. 11 Forty-Four Whistle Blues (2:50)
  12. 12 Blowing the Blues (2:54)
  13. 13 Touch It Up and Go (2:24)
  14. 14 Picking My Tomatoes - Brownie McGhee (2:45)
  15. 15 Me and My Dog Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:44)
  16. 16 Born for Bad Luck - Brownie McGhee (2:53)
  17. 17 I'm Callin' Daisy - Brownie McGhee (2:38)
  18. 18 Step It Up and Go - Brownie McGhee (2:34)
  19. 19 My Barkin' Bulldog Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:36)
  20. 20 Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Baby - Brownie McGhee (2:41)
  21. 21 Poison Woman Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:36)
  22. 22 Back Door Stranger - Brownie McGhee (2:43)
  23. 23 Be Good to Me - Brownie McGhee (2:48)
  24. 24 Not Guilty Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:37)
  25. 25 Coal Miner Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Step It Up and Go No. 2 - Brownie McGhee (2:46)
  2. 2 Money Spending Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:51)
  3. 3 Death of Blind Boy Fuller - Brownie McGhee (3:00)
  4. 4 Death of Blind Boy Fuller - Brownie McGhee (2:42)
  5. 5 Got to Find My Little Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:32)
  6. 6 I'm a Black Woman's Man - Brownie McGhee (2:51)
  7. 7 I'm a Black Woman's Man - Brownie McGhee (2:51)
  8. 8 Dealing With the Devil - Brownie McGhee (2:36)
  9. 9 Double Trouble - Brownie McGhee (2:35)
  10. 10 Double Trouble - Brownie McGhee (2:42)
  11. 11 Woman I'm Done - Brownie McGhee (2:55)
  12. 12 Key to My Door - Brownie McGhee (2:48)
  13. 13 Million Lonesome Women - Brownie McGhee (2:34)
  14. 14 Ain't No Tellin' - Brownie McGhee (2:53)
  15. 15 Try Me One More Time - Brownie McGhee (3:02)
  16. 16 I Want to See Jesus - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers (2:31)
  17. 17 Done What My Lord Said - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers (2:33)
  18. 18 I Want King Jesus - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers (2:59)
  19. 19 What Will I Do (Without the Lord) - Brother George & His Sanctified Singers (2:36)
  20. 20 Key to the Highway 70 - Brownie McGhee (2:41)
  21. 21 Key to the Highway 70 - Brownie McGhee (2:42)
  22. 22 I Don't Believe in Love - Brownie McGhee (3:03)
  23. 23 So Much Trouble - Brownie McGhee (2:44)
  24. 24 Goodbye Now - Brownie McGhee (2:51)
  25. 25 Jealous of My Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Unfair Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:48)
  2. 2 Barbecue Any Old Time - Brownie McGhee (2:48)
  3. 3 Workingman's Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:47)
  4. 4 Sinful Disposition Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:35)
  5. 5 Back Home Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:56)
  6. 6 Deep Sea Diver - Brownie McGhee (2:40)
  7. 7 It Must Be Love - Brownie McGhee (2:54)
  8. 8 Swing, Soldier, Swing - Brownie McGhee (2:24)
  9. 9 Swing, Soldier, Swing - Brownie McGhee (2:43)
  10. 10 John Henry (2:28)
  11. 11 Fox Chase (1:33)
  12. 12 Fox Chase (2:16)
  13. 13 The Red Cross Store (3:22)
  14. 14 Sweet Woman (3:06)
  15. 15 Fox Chase (2:06)
  16. 16 That's the Stuff (Watch Out) (2:56)
  17. 17 Knockabout Blues (Carolina Blues) (3:07)
  18. 18 Easy Ridin' Buggy (2:53)
  19. 19 Women Lover Blues (2:46)
  20. 20 Run Away Woman (2:46)
  21. 21 Shake Down (2:52)
  22. 22 Movin' to Kansas City (3:08)
  23. 23 Railroad Bill (2:53)
  24. 24 Rocks in My Bed (2:49)
  25. 25 Tennessee Shuffle (2:58)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Precious Lord Hold My Hand (3:04)
  2. 2 If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (2:50)
  3. 3 Rum Cola Papa - Brownie McGhee (2:28)
  4. 4 Mean Old Frisco - Brownie McGhee (2:41)
  5. 5 Sportin' Life Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:57)
  6. 6 Worried Life Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:31)
  7. 7 Brownie's Guitar Boogie - Brownie McGhee (2:38)
  8. 8 Lovin' With a Feeling - Brownie McGhee (2:27)
  9. 9 Night Time Is the Right Time - Brownie McGhee (3:13)
  10. 10 Bad Blood - Brownie McGhee (2:56)
  11. 11 I Don't Care - Brownie McGhee (2:55)
  12. 12 Big Legged Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:42)
  13. 13 B.M. Blues - Brownie McGhee (3:02)
  14. 14 Evil But Kindhearted - Brownie McGhee (2:42)
  15. 15 Seaboard and Southern - Brownie McGhee (2:47)
  16. 16 Dissatisfied Woman - Brownie McGhee (3:15)
  17. 17 How Can I Love You - Brownie McGhee (3:19)
  18. 18 Hello Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:17)
  19. 19 Whoopin' the Blues (2:44)
  20. 20 Leavin' Blues (2:59)
  21. 21 Riff and Harmonica Jump (2:49)
  22. 22 All Alone Blues (3:07)
  23. 23 Me and My Dog - Brownie McGhee (2:49)
  24. 24 Pawn Shop Blues - Brownie McGhee (3:11)
  25. 25 The Way I Feel - Brownie McGhee (2:53)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Go on Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:39)
  2. 2 Auto Mechanic Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:58)
  3. 3 I'm Talking About It - Brownie McGhee (2:44)
  4. 4 Dollar Bill - Brownie McGhee (2:57)
  5. 5 Country Boy Boogie - Brownie McGhee (2:52)
  6. 6 Harmonica Rag (2:27)
  7. 7 Screamin' and Cryin' Blues (2:50)
  8. 8 Beer Garden Blues (2:46)
  9. 9 Worried Man Blues (2:43)
  10. 10 Aunt Jane's Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:45)
  11. 11 Ma Belle - Brownie McGhee (2:54)
  12. 12 So Long Baby - Brownie McGhee (2:34)
  13. 13 Poor Boy Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:51)
  14. 14 Custard Pie Blues (2:59)
  15. 15 Early Morning Blues (2:50)
  16. 16 Crow Jane Blues (2:35)
  17. 17 Hot Headed Woman (3:13)
  18. 18 Wrong Man Blues - Brownie McGhee (3:01)
  19. 19 Married Woman Blues - Brownie McGhee (3:07)
  20. 20 Robbie-Doby Boogie - Brownie McGhee (2:22)
  21. 21 My Fault - Brownie McGhee (2:44)
  22. 22 Brown Mule Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:33)
  23. 23 Hard Bed Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:54)
  24. 24 My Bulldog Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:46)
  25. 25 Gin Headed Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Terry Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree Piano
Blind Boy Fuller Guitar
Buddy Moss Guitar
Hal Singer Tenor Saxophone
Big Chief Ellis Piano
Ralph Willis Guitar
Gene Ramey Bass
Baby Dodds Drums
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Pops Foster Bass
Arthur Herbert Drums
Heywood Jackson Drums
Sticks McGhee Guitar, Vocals
Curly Russell Bass
Franklin Skeete Bass
Count Edmundson Bass
Jordan Webb Harmonica
Lannie Scott Piano
Melvin Merritt Piano
George "Bull City Red" Washington Washboard
Sammy "Stick" Evans Drums
Technical Credits
Etta Baker Composer
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Blind Boy Fuller Composer
Peg Leg Sam Composer
Johnnie "Geechie" Temple Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Del Shannon Composer
Johnny Winter Composer
Allen Collins Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Steve Walsh Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Jeff Carlisi Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Bill Jackson Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Sticks McGhee Composer
Bret Michaels Composer
Jimmy Sigler Composer
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
Sonny Terry Composer, Vocal Effect
Larry Steele Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Donnie Van Zant Composer
Ronnie Van Zant Composer
H. Whittaker Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Bobby Dall Composer
C.C. DeVille Composer
Rikki Rockett Composer
Lew Herman Composer
Brother George & His Sanctified Singers Composer
Chris DeGarmo Composer
Geoff Tate Composer
Walter Brown McGhee Composer
Major Merriweather Composer
Robert Ellen Composer
Fulton Allen Composer
Traditional Composer
Bill Shepherd Composer
Rick Finch Composer
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