Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1 is a curious and fascinating collection of field recordings of Mississippi country blues guitarists done between 1967 and 1991, most of the selections recorded in the musicians' homes, which means there is a good deal of incidental background noise, including people talking and laughing, dogs barking, and a whole lot of foot stomping. All of this adds a certain degree of intimacy to the performances, which range from excellent to incredibly shaky. Jessie Mae Hemphill, Sam Chatmon, and Jack Owens fare the best, while the lone track by Son House, "Baby Please Don't Dog Me 'Round," is a horrible recording, with more distorted foot stomp...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1 is a curious and fascinating collection of field recordings of Mississippi country blues guitarists done between 1967 and 1991, most of the selections recorded in the musicians' homes, which means there is a good deal of incidental background noise, including people talking and laughing, dogs barking, and a whole lot of foot stomping. All of this adds a certain degree of intimacy to the performances, which range from excellent to incredibly shaky. Jessie Mae Hemphill, Sam Chatmon, and Jack Owens fare the best, while the lone track by Son House, "Baby Please Don't Dog Me 'Round," is a horrible recording, with more distorted foot stomp than guitar although it is still a fascinating track, in spite of it all. Furry Lewis does "Going to Brownsville" here on electric guitar, which is interesting, since he was normally recorded in an acoustic setting. Also worth noting is a single cut by Mager Johnson, Tommy Johnson's brother, who does "Traveling Blues" on electric guitar. Not always a smooth listen, Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1 has probably more archival and historical value than anything else, but the sheer intimacy of some of these recordings gives it a very special grace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1998
  • Label: Wolf Records
  • UPC: 799582091123
  • Catalog Number: 120911
  • Sales rank: 290,782

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eagle Bird (3:40)
  2. 2 Shame, Shame (2:45)
  3. 3 Baby Please Don't Dog Me 'Round (7:33)
  4. 4 Stoop Down Baby (2:12)
  5. 5 Baby Please Come Back to Me (2:24)
  6. 6 Stop and Listen (2:16)
  7. 7 44 Blues (3:51)
  8. 8 Suitcase Full of Troubles (3:48)
  9. 9 Texas - Santa Fe (2:50)
  10. 10 Going to Brownsville (4:22)
  11. 11 Hard Times - Jack Owens (3:28)
  12. 12 Cherry Ball - Jack Owens (2:53)
  13. 13 Give Me Your Money - Jack Owens (2:50)
  14. 14 Devil Blues - Jack Owens (4:33)
  15. 15 Traveling Blues - Mager Johnson (2:32)
  16. 16 Traveling Man Blues (2:21)
  17. 17 Someday Blues (1:46)
  18. 18 Bad Night Blues (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Chatmon Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jessie Mae Hemphill Guitar, Vocals
Furry Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Son House Guitar, Vocals
Eugene Powell Guitar, Vocals
Jack Owens Guitar, Vocals
Mott Willis Guitar, Vocals
Carey Mason Guitar, Vocals
Mager Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Hannes Folterbauer Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Michael Hortig Engineer
Mott Willis Composer
Andrea Folterbauer Engineer
Ulrich Hahn Engineer
Carey Mason Composer
Daniel Gugolz Liner Notes
Mager Johnson Composer
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