Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

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The history of the blues is so rich and varied that even a five-CD box set can't cover it all, but this comprehensive collection gives a mighty fine overview nonetheless. From the beginnings of the music (in its recorded form, that is) to contemporary artists still in love with the blues, A Musical Journey does a welcome job of demonstrating both the beauty and

Overview

The history of the blues is so rich and varied that even a five-CD box set can't cover it all, but this comprehensive collection gives a mighty fine overview nonetheless. From the beginnings of the music (in its recorded form, that is) to contemporary artists still in love with the blues, A Musical Journey does a welcome job of demonstrating both the beauty and the durability of one of America’s greatest gifts to the world. Dip in anywhere, and you find gems, be they early masterpieces (Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues”), venerable Chicago Blues numbers (Muddy Waters’s "(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”), blues rock classics (Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House"), present-day tributes (Cassandra Wilson’s “Vietnam Blues”), and all manner of blues styles in between. The list of significant artists becomes dizzying: Son House, Elmore James, Louis Armstrong, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Turner, Elvis Presley, B. B. King, just to name a handful. A taste of each will be enough to turn any neophyte listener into a blues lover for sure.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This five-disc, 116-track box set presents a sweeping history of the blues from its emergence in the early 1900s clear through to its various contemporary guises, and includes samples of country blues in all of its regional variations, as well as cuts from string bands, jug bands, jazz combos, gritty Chicago blues outfits, and a look at how rock artists like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix incorporated the blues into their distinctive styles. Intelligently gathered and arranged, it treats the blues both from a historical perspective and from a working assumption that the form is still alive and well, continually morphing and transforming itself. There simply isn't a better or deeper survey of the blues on the market.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0044003952324
catalogNumber:
000039302

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Shortnin'/Henduck @@Turner, Othar & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
  2. Long John
  3. Crazy Blues
  4. St. Louis Blues
  5. Muddy Water
  6. Match Box Blues
  7. Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee
  8. "Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom
  9. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
  10. Savoy Blues
  11. Downtown Blues
  12. Frankie
  13. Fishin' Blues
  14. How Long, How Long Blues
  15. Canned Heat Blues
  16. Statesboro Blues
  17. It's Tight Like That
  18. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
  19. Guitar Blues
  20. Pony Blues
  21. Diddie Wah Diddie
  22. K.C. Moan
  23. Standin' on the Corner
  24. Sitting on Top of the World
  25. Preachin' the Blues

Disc 2

  1. Devil Got My Woman
  2. C.C. Rider
  3. Baby Please Don't Go
  4. Dirty Mother for You
  5. Billie's Blues
  6. Cross Road Blues
  7. Good Mornin' Little School Girl
  8. Shake 'Em on Down
  9. Roll 'Em Pete
  10. Catfish Blues
  11. Going to Chicago Blues
  12. Key to the Highway
  13. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
  14. Worried Life Blues
  15. Cross Cut Saw Blues
  16. Evil Gal Blues
  17. Strange Things Happening Everyday
  18. Honeydripper, Pt. 1
  19. Driftin' Blues
  20. Let the Good Times Roll
  21. That's All Right Mama
  22. Call It Stormy Monday
  23. Good Rockin' Tonight
  24. Ain't Nobody's Business, Pt. 1
  25. Double Crossing Blues

Disc 3

  1. Mother Earth
  2. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  3. Rocket 88
  4. Dust My Broom
  5. No More Doggin'
  6. Juke
  7. Hound Dog
  8. Reconsider Baby
  9. The Things That I Used to Do
  10. In the Night
  11. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  12. Eisenhower Blues
  13. Blue Monday
  14. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
  15. I Hear You Knocking
  16. Mystery Train
  17. Don't Start Me to Talkin'
  18. Smokestack Lightnin'
  19. Who Do You Love?
  20. I'm a King Bee
  21. Johnny B. Goode
  22. Farther Up the Road
  23. So Many Roads, So Many Trains
  24. First Time I Met the Blues
  25. Big Boss Man

Disc 4

  1. Hide Away
  2. Drivin' Wheel
  3. Boom Boom
  4. Frosty
  5. You Can't Lose What You Never Had
  6. Killing Floor
  7. Death Letter Blues
  8. You Gotta Have
  9. Highway 61 Revisited
  10. Hoodoo Man Blues
  11. Wang Dang Doodle
  12. All Your Love
  13. I've Got a Mind to Give Up Livin'
  14. Red House
  15. Born Under a Bad Sign
  16. Mama Talk to Your Daughter
  17. Tell Mama
  18. I Ain't Superstitious
  19. She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)
  20. Black Magic Woman
  21. One Good Man

Disc 5

  1. The Thrill Is Gone
  2. Dallas
  3. Have You Ever Loved a Woman
  4. Give Me Back My Wig
  5. One Way Out
  6. Down Home Blues
  7. Pride and Joy
  8. Smoking Gun
  9. Tuff Enuff
  10. I'm in the Mood
  11. Timbarma
  12. Am I Wrong?
  13. Cherry Red Wine
  14. Bill
  15. Just Won't Burn
  16. Voodoo Music
  17. Round & Round
  18. Vietnam Blues
  19. I Pity the Fool
  20. Sweet Home Chicago

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Scorcese 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The show hasn't come out yet---but I already see some flaws...there is definitely some very important blues figures that have been completely left out of the soundtrack, and therefore the show. Where is Lighnin Hopkins? Blues is indebted to him. I don't know about anyone else--but I'd take Lighnin Hopkins over Keb Mo any day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martin Sorsese Presents the Blues is indeed a musical Journey where the blues of yesterday meets the blues of today. If you listen closely, you can here where the music of today got its beat, its sence of feeling, and its very soul. This blues reflects the pain and suffering that accompanies the blues along with the joy it sometimes expesses.