Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Best of the Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Best of the Blues

     
 

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There’s a quote you might be hearing a great deal in this “Year of the Blues” (2003). “The blues are the roots,” said the legendary songwriter Willie Dixon. “Everything else is the fruits.” Proving Dixon’s point -- once again -- is this compact collection, which brings together some of the classic blues artists with their rock 'n' rolling progeny. And even a handful… See more details below

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There’s a quote you might be hearing a great deal in this “Year of the Blues” (2003). “The blues are the roots,” said the legendary songwriter Willie Dixon. “Everything else is the fruits.” Proving Dixon’s point -- once again -- is this compact collection, which brings together some of the classic blues artists with their rock 'n' rolling progeny. And even a handful of finely chosen selections from the early blues figures is enough to point out how the blues form became the model for later R&B and pop music. The open emotionality of such giants as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Bessie Smith can also be clearly heard in blues-loving rockers like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Bonnie Raitt. A slew of recent artists that reflect a strong blues influence -- Keb’ Mo’, Cassandra Wilson, and Susan Tedeschi among them -- make telling appearances as well. Although it just whets the appetite for more blues and blues-rock, you can’t go wrong with killer cuts including “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Red House,” “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “I’d Rather Go Blind” -- each a high point of American vernacular music.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A massive media campaign comprising seven documentary films broadcast on public television and released as a DVD box set, plus accompanying soundtrack albums, a 13-part radio series, a companion book, 12 individual artist compilations, and a five-CD box set, The Blues, executive produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, threatened to be even more all-pervasive than Ken Burns' Jazz project, after which it was clearly patterned. And you might say it all boiled down to this single-disc distillation, which draws upon the vaults of major labels Universal and Sony. Even if all of that other material didn't make it clear, the absurdity of reducing the blues to a one-hour, 17-track album would be obvious anyway. But the way one judges this disc may depend upon whether it is trying to be "the best of the blues" or "the best of 'The Blues.'" It hasn't much hope of being the former, but as a one-CD sampler of the five-CD set, it does just fine. At the very least, it contains many indisputably classic blues performances by some of the indisputably major blues artists. Purists may object reasonably that it covers a very wide range, from the rural blues of Robert Johnson to the Southern rock of the Allman Brothers Band and the -- what can one call it? -- designer blues of Keb' Mo'. But that is in keeping with the series of films on which the five-CD set and this highlights disc are based. If the album doesn't really work as a collection, despite the individual talents and performances included, that may suggest that "the blues" has long-since become an umbrella term covering many different musical styles, not all of which work well together. And that only demonstrates its pervasive influence.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Utv Records
UPC:
0602498603741
catalogNumber:
000070402
Rank:
87289

Tracks

  1. Cross Road Blues  - Robert Johnson
  2. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
  3. Devil Got My Woman
  4. Evil (Is Going On)  - Howlin' Wolf
  5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  6. Boom Boom
  7. Death Letter Blues  - Son House
  8. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)  - Ray Charles
  9. I'd Rather Go Blind
  10. The Thrill Is Gone
  11. All Your Love  -  John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  12. One Good Man
  13. Red House
  14. One Way Out  -  Allman Brothers Band
  15. Pride and Joy  - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  16. Am I Wrong
  17. Just Won't Burn
  18. Voodoo Music  -  Lobos
  19. Vietnam Blues
  20. Round and Round
  21. I Pity the Fool  - Shemekia Copeland

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals
Etta James   Vocals
Skip James   Guitar,Vocals
Little Walter   Harmonica
Bessie Smith   Vocals
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Gregg Allman   Electric Piano,Vocals
Dickey Betts   Guitar
Ray Charles   Piano,Vocals
Dr. John   Piano
Janis Joplin   Vocals
John Mayall   Organ,Vocals
Ivan Neville   Organ
Bonnie Raitt   Guitar,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Luis Gasca   Trumpet
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
Noel Redding   Bass
Jody Williams   Guitar
Wilson   Harmonica
John McVie   Bass
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Duane Allman   Slide Guitar
Maury Baker   Drums
Carl Banks   Organ
Fred Below   Drums
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Victor Bisetti   Percussion
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet
Howlin' Wolf   Harmonica,Vocals
Brad Campbell   Bass
Lonnie Castille   Drums
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Terry Clements   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Ricky Fataar   Drums
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Hughie Flint   Drums
Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers   Baritone Saxophone
Jack Hale   Trombone
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
Jeff Haynes   Percussion
Jimi Hendrix   Guitar,Vocals
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Vocals
David Hood   Bass
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Son House   Guitar,Vocals
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass,Vocals
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Jaimoe   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Kermode   Organ
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Chris Layton   Drums,Group Member
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Albert Lowe   Guitar
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Gene Miller   Trumpet
Mitch Mitchell   Drums
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Saxophone
Berry Oakley   Bass
Earl Phillips   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Cesar Rosas   Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Shannon   Bass,Group Member
Roosevelt Sheffield   Bass
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Otis Spann   Piano
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Butch Trucks   Drums
Aaron Varnell   Saxophone
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Riley Webb   Trumpet
Willie Weeks   Bass
Tom West   Organ
Keb' Mo'   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Breit   Guitar
Tom Hambridge   Drums
Roger Dawkins   Drums
Dewey Oldham   Organ,Piano
Willie Dixon Band   Bass
Louie Pérez   Guitar
Susan Tedeschi   Guitar,Vocals
Shemekia Copeland   Vocals
Sam Andrews   Guitar
Jim Lamond   Bass
Steve Jordan   Drums
Cougar Estrada   Percussion
Jeff Scott Young   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Paul "Harry" Harris   Keyboards
Marvin Sewall   Guitar
William Peebles   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Skip James   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Janis Joplin   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Producer
John Hammond   Producer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer
Chas Chandler   Producer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Frank Driggs   Producer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Bill Foster   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Son House   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Gabriel Mekler   Producer
Kevin Moore   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Otis Rush   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Jo Trent   Composer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer
Bert de Coteaux   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Steve Durkee   Engineer
Mark A. Humphrey   Liner Notes
Tom Hambridge   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Harry Richman   Composer
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble   Producer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Susan Tedeschi   Composer
Margaret Bodde   Video Producer
Rick Darnell   Composer
Steve Jordan   Producer
Max Feldman   Engineer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Richard Hutton   Video Producer
Ellen Nygaard   Icon
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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