Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Son House

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Son House

by Son House
     
 
Although he’s not as famous as his fellow musicians Charley Patton or Robert Johnson, the guitarist and singer Son House was a formative master of the Delta blues. An excellent introduction to House’s compelling work, this CD collects some of his key performances, including “My Black Mama,“ ”Preachin’ Blues,” “Walking Blues,” and “Death Letter.” Arguably comparable

Overview

Although he’s not as famous as his fellow musicians Charley Patton or Robert Johnson, the guitarist and singer Son House was a formative master of the Delta blues. An excellent introduction to House’s compelling work, this CD collects some of his key performances, including “My Black Mama,“ ”Preachin’ Blues,” “Walking Blues,” and “Death Letter.” Arguably comparable to the best of Patton and Johnson, House’s work retains all its slashing power to this day. Each of these nakedly emotional performances makes a good case for House’s status as one of the crucial figures in the story of the blues.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This collection spotlights the great Delta bluesman Son House at three distinct points in his life. Included here are three of his 78s issued in the 1930s by Paramount Records, several of the Library of Congress field recordings done by Alan Lomax in 1941-1942, and a sampling of rediscovered 1960s concert pieces, including a riveting version of Blind Willie Johnson's "John the Revelator." All of this material is available elsewhere, but having examples of these different eras all on one disc makes this set a nice introduction to the full sweep of House's recorded legacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969048528
catalogNumber:
90485

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Son House   Primary Artist,Vocals
Wilson   Guitar
Fiddlin' Joe Martin   Mandolin,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Leroy Williams   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Larry Hoffman   Liner Notes
Son House   Arranger,Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Dick Waterman   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Vartan   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Alex Gibney   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Richard Hutton   Producer
Ellen Nygaard   Icon
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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