Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Feel Like Going Home

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Feel Like Going Home

     
 

The fascinating links between the early Delta blues and their African origins are explored in Feel like Going Home. Seminal masters of the Mississippi style -- Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton -- and later performers including Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, and John Lee Hooker are represented. Country blues in its modern form finds committed…  See more details below

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The fascinating links between the early Delta blues and their African origins are explored in Feel like Going Home. Seminal masters of the Mississippi style -- Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton -- and later performers including Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, and John Lee Hooker are represented. Country blues in its modern form finds committed practitioners in Taj Mahal, Corey Harris, and Willie King and the Liberators. Across the ocean, African stars Ali Farka Touré and Salif Keita, both profoundly touched by the power of the blues, draw influences from the U.S. style while giving tantalizing suggestions of the origins of the music itself. Feel like Going Home provides immense pleasure while raising intriguing questions. How much music these days can you say that about?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Drawn from the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's seven-part television documentary on the blues, Feel Like Going Home documents the roots behind the roots, traveling from the American South to West Africa and back again, resulting in a remarkable collection that spotlights the past, present, and future of this historically important musical genre. From early 78s by seminal figures Charley Patton ("High Water Everywhere"), Son House (his early version of "Death Letter," here called "My Black Mama"), and Robert Johnson ("Hellhound on My Trail"), through field recordings collected by the venerable Alan Lomax (an early Muddy Waters tune called "Rosalie," which includes rough-hewn country fiddle from Henry "Son" Simms) and the restructured contemporary African blues of Ali Farka Toure and Salif Keita, this fine soundtrack knocks the dust off of the blues and exposes its vital and creative center. Highlights include the wild and eerie sound of Othar Turner and Napoleon Strickland's fife and drum ensembles and the up-to-the-minute trance-inducing blues of Willie King & the Liberators. On "Terrorized," King sings: "You talk about terror/I've been terrorized all my life. "That's the blues, circa 2003. Feel Like Going Home is a fine introduction to the long history and promising future of this impressive musical form.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0827969048924
catalogNumber:
90489
Rank:
113696

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Jones   Bass
Eddie Kirkland   Guitar
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Harmonica,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Salif Keita   Guitar,Vocals
Ali Farka Touré   Guitar,Vocals
Songhai   Percussion
Ernest "Big" Crawford   Bass
Louis Ford   Mandolin
Son House   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Kirkland   Drums
Fiddlin' Joe Martin   Mandolin
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Shines   Guitar,Vocals
Sunnyland Slim   Piano
Percy Thomas   Guitar
Corey Harris   Guitar
Napoleon Strickland   Fife,Vocals
Souleye Kane   Djembe
Fatoumata Traore   Vocals
Willie King   Guitar,Vocals
Rodney Evans   Snare Drums
Otha Andre Evans   Snare Drums
Aubrey Turner   Bass Drums
Leroy Williams   Harmonica
Aaron Hodge   Guitar
Otha Turner   Bass Drums,Fife,Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Charley Patton   Composer
Taj Mahal   Arranger,Composer
Salif Keita   Composer
Ali Farka Touré   Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer,Producer
Samuel Charters   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Nick Gold   Producer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Robert Johnson   Composer
Don Law   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Johnny Shines   Composer
Sam Watson   Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Napoleon Strickland   Composer
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Jules Taub   Composer
Alex Gibney   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Willie King   Composer
Richard Hutton   Producer
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
John W. II Work   Producer
Bill Grauer   Producer

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