Le Blues 1925-1952

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The blues is a long and intricate story, representing much more substantial diversity and depth than many plugged-in contemporary bar bands ever get around to hinting at. In 2002, Le Blues 1925-1952, a 72-track, three-CD anthology of historic recordings appeared on the import Body & Soul label. The objective was clearly to present as many artists as possible, for each title was originally issued under a different name. This multi-faceted approach resulted in a wide spectrum of styles and textures, from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, and Barbecue Bob, to J.B. Lenoir, Elmore James, and B.B. King. Casual and studious listeners alike will enjoy the blend of famous, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The blues is a long and intricate story, representing much more substantial diversity and depth than many plugged-in contemporary bar bands ever get around to hinting at. In 2002, Le Blues 1925-1952, a 72-track, three-CD anthology of historic recordings appeared on the import Body & Soul label. The objective was clearly to present as many artists as possible, for each title was originally issued under a different name. This multi-faceted approach resulted in a wide spectrum of styles and textures, from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, and Barbecue Bob, to J.B. Lenoir, Elmore James, and B.B. King. Casual and studious listeners alike will enjoy the blend of famous, not so famous, and obscure names. While the subject matter covers the tradition's usual range of human traits and tendencies, the producers of this useful compilation divided the material into three categories, one per disc: acoustic, electric, and female. Gathering the women onto one disc concentrates a lot of potency where it can and will transform the listener. As is the case with the anthology as a whole, the "female" portion traces the evolution of this music from the earliest electrically recorded blues (1925) to the volatile transformation of rhythm & blues into rock & roll (1952). Le Blues is an ideal choice for workdays, road trips, and house parties.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2003
  • Label: Body & Soul France
  • EAN: 3448969231221
  • Catalog Number: 2312
  • Sales rank: 311,367

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mr. Conductor Man - Big Bill Broonzy (3:04)
  2. 2 Bottle It Up and Go - Tommy McClennan (2:50)
  3. 3 Mississippi Heavy Water Blues - Barbecue Bob (3:05)
  4. 4 Undertaker Blues - Buddy Moss (3:12)
  5. 5 Away Down in That Alley - Lonnie Johnson (2:54)
  6. 6 That Crawling Baby Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:41)
  7. 7 Stack of Dollars - Big Joe Williams (2:47)
  8. 8 I Love You Baby @@McCoy, Big Joe & His Washboard Band (3:02)
  9. 9 Wipe 'Em Off - Seven Gallon Jug Band (2:43)
  10. 10 Midnight Hour Blues - Leroy Carr (3:09)
  11. 11 East St. Louis Blues - Faber Smith (2:50)
  12. 12 Humming Blues - James "Bat" Robinson (2:54)
  13. 13 County Jail Special - Champion Jack Dupree (3:17)
  14. 14 Too Many Blues - Curtis Jones (2:39)
  15. 15 Grasshoppers in My Pillow (2:48)
  16. 16 Good Feeling Blues - Blind Boy Fuller (2:43)
  17. 17 Hootin' the Blues - Sonny Terry (2:00)
  18. 18 Hitler Blues - Florida Kid (2:56)
  19. 19 Training Camp Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:52)
  20. 20 County Jail Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather (2:56)
  21. 21 Let's Try It Again - Tampa Red (2:58)
  22. 22 What's Getting Wrong With You - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:50)
  23. 23 Booker T. Blues - Washboard Sam (2:40)
  24. 24 Chauffer Blues - Jazz Gillum (2:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Boogie Chillen' - John Lee Hooker (3:10)
  2. 2 Louisiana Blues - Muddy Waters (2:54)
  3. 3 Big Town Playboy - Johnny Jones (2:56)
  4. 4 The World Is in a Tangle - Jimmy Rogers (2:57)
  5. 5 Lima Beans - Eddie Ware (2:36)
  6. 6 Blue Baby - Little Walter (2:15)
  7. 7 Back to Korea - Sunnyland Slim (3:08)
  8. 8 Korea Blues - J.B. Lenoir (2:51)
  9. 9 No Mail Blues - Memphis Slim (2:47)
  10. 10 Six Three O - Robert Nighthawk (2:53)
  11. 11 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:44)
  12. 12 How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf (2:44)
  13. 13 You're My Best Poker Hand - T-Bone Walker (2:56)
  14. 14 River Blues, Pt. 1 - Lowell Fulson (2:40)
  15. 15 Fine Lookin' Woman - B.B. King (2:24)
  16. 16 Texas Hop - Pee Wee Crayton (2:42)
  17. 17 Freight Train Blues @@"Lightnin'" Hopkins (2:50)
  18. 18 Since I Seen Your Smiling Face - Country Paul (2:48)
  19. 19 Rock Little Baby - Cecil Gant (3:11)
  20. 20 Country Clown - Isaiah Ross (2:34)
  21. 21 Gotta Go Baby - Joe Hill Louis (2:30)
  22. 22 Rockin' and Rollin' - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (2:34)
  23. 23 Mighty Long Time - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:57)
  24. 24 No Riding Blues - Charley Booker (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Never Told a Lie - Memphis Minnie (2:41)
  2. 2 Rolling Log Blues - Lottie Kimbrough (3:20)
  3. 3 Leaving This Morning - Ma Rainey (3:09)
  4. 4 The Yellow Dog Blues - Bessie Smith (2:58)
  5. 5 T & N O Blues - Lucille Bogan (3:01)
  6. 6 Doggone My Good Luck Soul - Hattie Hudson (3:14)
  7. 7 Penitentiary Blues - Bessie Tucker (3:34)
  8. 8 Christmas Morning Blues - Victoria Spivey (3:21)
  9. 9 When a Gator Hollers - Margaret Johnson (2:50)
  10. 10 Territory Blues - Georgia White (2:25)
  11. 11 Razor Totin' Mama - Perline Ellison (3:19)
  12. 12 Double Trouble Blues - Jane Lucas (2:45)
  13. 13 These Young Men Blues - Beatrice Booze (3:20)
  14. 14 Good Old Easy Street - Yas Yas Girl (2:49)
  15. 15 Whip It to a Jelly - Yack Taylor (3:03)
  16. 16 Unlucky Woman - Helen Humes (3:07)
  17. 17 Papa Tree Tap Blues - Albinia Jones (2:34)
  18. 18 The Lowdown Lonely Blues - Sweet Georgia Brown (3:12)
  19. 19 Put Me Back in the Alley @@Mae Hopkins (3:09)
  20. 20 Why Don't You Do Right? - Nora Lee King (2:54)
  21. 21 Down the Line - Ethel Mae (2:49)
  22. 22 Lonesome - Lillie Mae Kirkman (2:29)
  23. 23 Crazy World - Julia Lee (3:01)
  24. 24 Bootin' the Boogie - Christine Chatman (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbecue Bob Guitar, Vocals
Scrapper Blackwell Guitar
Lucille Bogan Vocals
Eddie Boyd Piano
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Leroy Carr Piano, Vocals
Pee Wee Crayton Guitar
Blind John Davis Piano
Willie Dixon Contrabass (Vocal)
Georgia Tom Dorsey Piano
Champion Jack Dupree Piano, Vocals
Blind Boy Fuller Guitar, Vocals
Lowell Fulson Guitar, Vocals
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson Guitar, Vocals
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Curtis Jones Piano, Vocals
Floyd Jones Guitar
Lead Belly Guitar, Vocals
J.B. Lenoir Guitar, Vocals
Little Walter Harmonica
Joe Hill Louis Guitar, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals
Tommy McClennan Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Minnie Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Buddy Moss Guitar, Vocals
Robert Nighthawk Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Smith Vocals
Victoria Spivey Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals
Big Joe Williams Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Yancey Piano
Josh White Guitar
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Group Member
Helen Humes Vocals, Group Member
Julia Lee Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Pete Brown Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Ralph Bowen Tenor Saxophone
Bill Davis Basse
Jack Marshall Guitar
Tampa Red Guitar, Vocals
Doctor Ross Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Jones Piano, Vocals
Cecil Gant Piano, Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Big Maceo Merriweather Piano, Vocals
T-Bone Walker Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Tucker Vocals
Sammy Price Piano
Snooky Pryor Harmonica
Ma Rainey Vocals
Reginald Adams Trumpet
Ed Allen Cornet, Group Member
Edward J. Allen Piano, Group Member
Joshua Altheimer Piano
Alex Atkins Alto Saxophone
Benny Carter Trombone
Big Crawford Contrabass (Vocal), Group Member
Abe Bolar Contrabass (Vocal)
Charley Booker Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Lee Bradley Drums
Brownie McGhee Guitar
Howlin' Wolf Harmonica, Vocals
Christine Chatman Piano, Vocals
Ernest Cotton Tenor Saxophone
Ernest "Big" Crawford Contrabass (Vocal)
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Alfred Elkins Contrabass (Vocal)
Elgin Evans Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Buddy Floyd Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Foster Guitar
Martin Fulson Guitar
Wiley Gatlin Guitar
Jazz Gillum Harmonica, Vocals
Porter Grainger Piano
Neil Green Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Contrabass (Vocal)
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Group Member
Lightnin' Hopkins Guitar, Vocals
Ike Turner Piano
Mike Jackson Piano
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals
David Lee Johnson Piano
K.D. Johnson Piano
Odie Johnson Contrabass (Vocal)
Lottie Kimbrough Vocals
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Ransom Knowling Contrabass (Vocal)
Willie James Lacey Guitar
Ernest Lane Piano
Oscar Larkin Drums, Group Member
Joe McCoy Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Willard McDaniel Piano
Bump Meyers Tenor Saxophone
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Frock O'Dell Drums
George Orendorff Trumpet
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Miles Pruitt Guitar
Judge Riley Drums
Jimmy Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Walter Roland Piano
Washboard Sam Vocals, Washboard
Jimmy Shirley Guitar, Group Member
Sunnyland Slim Piano
Faber Smith Vocals
Joe "Fox" Smith Cornet
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano, Group Member
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Amanda Sortier Washboard, Group Member
Willie Steel Drums
Henry Taylor Contrabass (Vocal), Group Member
Alfred Wallace Drums
Eddie Ware Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Bob Warren Drums, Group Member
Clarence Williams Vocals, Jug, Group Member
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica, Vocals
Georgia White Piano, Vocals
Billy Butler Guitar
Willie Tyson Piano
Solomon Hardy Tenor Saxophone
E.A. Kemp Drums
Ford Nelson Piano
Willie Johnson Guitar
Charlie Green Trombone
Bob Escudero Tuba
Beatrice Booze Vocals
Margaret Johnson Vocals
Kansas Joe McCoy Guitar
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Charles Drayton Contrabass (Vocal), Group Member
Sam Lovett Drums
Hal West Drums
Hattie Hudson Vocals
Albinia Jones Vocals
James Walker Contrabass (Vocal)
Houston Boines Harmonica
Dorothea Smith Drums
George "Bull City Red" Washington Washboard
Nora Lee King Vocals
Yack Taylor Vocals
Tom Morris Cornet
Bob White Piano
Percy Joell Contrabass (Vocal)
Dave Cavanaugh Tenor Saxophone
Nelson Berry Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Randy Nathan Drums, Group Member
Yas Yas Girl Vocals
Horace Washington Drums
Sweet Georgia Brown Vocals
Wingy Carpenter Trumpet, Group Member
Country Paul Guitar, Vocals
Perline Ellison Vocals
Ethel Mae Vocals
Florida Kid Vocals
Lillie Mae Kirkman Vocals, Group Member
Ed Hudson Banjo, Vocals
Technical Credits
Lucille Bogan Composer
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
Pee Wee Crayton Composer
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Lowell Fulson Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Blind Lemon Jefferson Composer
Lonnie Johnson Composer
Curtis Jones Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Joe Hill Louis Composer
Tommy McClennan Composer
Buddy Moss Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Big Joe Williams Composer
Jimmy Yancey Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Doctor Ross Composer
Johnny Jones Composer
Robert Brown Composer
Bessie Tucker Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Christine Chatman Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Elmore James Composer
Lottie Kimbrough Composer
Riley King Composer
Joe McCoy Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Washboard Sam Contributor
Sonny Terry Composer
Amanda Sortier Contributor
Eddie Ware Composer
George Washington Contributor
Clarence Williams Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Georgia White Composer
Major Merriweather Composer
Jacques Demetre Text
James "Bat" Robinson Composer
Hattie Hudson Composer
Gilles Petard Concept
Jules Taub Composer
Walter Jacobs Composer
Minnie McCoy Composer
Robert McCollum Composer
Red Burns Composer
Traditional Composer
Léon Dierckx Remerciements
Lillie Mae Kirkman Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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