Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Road to Memphis

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Many blues artists have passed through Memphis, Tennessee, on their way to fame, infamy, or obscurity, and The Road to Memphis compiles recordings from some of the more prominent performers. The set opens with Gatemouth Moore strolling down Beale, now a sort of blues-club theme park, and talk/singing about how the street has changed since he played there. B. B. King, who was a DJ in Memphis, brings his big, bright guitar sound to an early recording of "Three O’clock Blues” and a later version of the hymn “Precious Lord.” Elmore James’s classic “Dust My Broom” and the Ike Turner–produced version of “Rocket 88,” sung by Jackie Brenston, portray the up-tempo, rockin’ side ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Many blues artists have passed through Memphis, Tennessee, on their way to fame, infamy, or obscurity, and The Road to Memphis compiles recordings from some of the more prominent performers. The set opens with Gatemouth Moore strolling down Beale, now a sort of blues-club theme park, and talk/singing about how the street has changed since he played there. B. B. King, who was a DJ in Memphis, brings his big, bright guitar sound to an early recording of "Three O’clock Blues” and a later version of the hymn “Precious Lord.” Elmore James’s classic “Dust My Broom” and the Ike Turner–produced version of “Rocket 88,” sung by Jackie Brenston, portray the up-tempo, rockin’ side of Beale Street. Bobby Bland and Little Junior Parker’s soul shines through on “I Pity the Fool” and “Mystery Train,” respectively. Rendering the Memphis blues sound of today are Bobby Rush, Killing Floor, and Bring It on Home.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Filmmaker Richard Pearce's documentary The Road to Memphis, one of the seven films included in the PBS-TV series The Blues presented by Martin Scorsese, nominally follows the career of B.B. King, but in a more general sense it is an examination of the blues and R&B music of Memphis. This focus is even more pronounced on the soundtrack album, on which King rates only two tracks, which is as many as Howlin' Wolf, Rosco Gordon, and Pearce's real favorite, Bobby Rush, get. The album works as a collection of classic Memphis blues tracks, including King's "Three O'Clock Blues," Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years," Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," Bobby Bland's "I Pity the Fool," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Bring It on Home," and Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88." The newer tracks are less impressive, but perhaps inevitable; there seems to have been direction from the top that each soundtrack must mix the old with the new, as if to demonstrate that the blues is a living music and, incidentally, create cross-marketing opportunities. Of course, such a combination is inevitable in order for the filmmakers to have something new to shoot and not just rely on archival footage. So, while David Johansen may not be most people's idea of a Memphis bluesman, he is here and, as it happens, his cavernous bass-baritone is not unsuited to "Killing Floor." But the best numbers remain the old reliables.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: HIP-O RECORDS
  • UPC: 602498603758
  • Catalog Number: 000070502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beale Street Ain't Beale Street No More - Gatemouth Moore (1:10)
  2. 2 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:44)
  3. 3 Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King (3:01)
  4. 4 How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf (2:44)
  5. 5 Moanin' at Midnight - Howlin' Wolf (2:59)
  6. 6 Rosco's Boogie - Rosco Gordon (2:45)
  7. 7 Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:27)
  8. 8 Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston (2:50)
  9. 9 Precious Lord - B.B. King (3:23)
  10. 10 Hoochie Man - Bobby Rush (6:19)
  11. 11 Done Got Old - Robert Belfour (4:05)
  12. 12 Hen Pecked - Bobby Rush (5:55)
  13. 13 Medley: Stand Still, Stay Right Here/Dance for the Devil - Rev. Charles E Polk & The St. Luther Choir (4:55)
  14. 14 I Pity the Fool - Bobby "Blue" Bland (2:43)
  15. 15 Bring It on Home - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:35)
  16. 16 Killing Floor - David Johansen (3:58)
  17. 17 Now You're Gone - Rosco Gordon (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Vocals
Henry Gray Keyboards
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
The Charioteers Vocals
Johnny Ace Piano
Rosco Gordon Piano, Vocals
David Johansen Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar
Bobby Rush Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Bob Margolin Guitar
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones Bass
Kenneth Banks Bass
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Saxophone
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Jackie Brenston Baritone Saxophone, Vocal Ad-Libs
Howlin' Wolf Harmonica, Vocals
Rayfield Davers Baritone Saxophone
Pluma Davis Trombone
Al Duncan Drums
Earl Forest Drums
Forest Gordon Drums
Willie James Hatten Bass
Raymond Hill Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Howard Drums, Vocals
Ike Turner Piano
Vasti Jackson Guitar
Doug James Saxophone
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Jesse Knight Bass
Lafayette Leake Organ
Frock O'Dell Drums
Junior Parker Vocals
Charles Polk Vocals
Milton Rector Bass
Richard Sanders Tenor Saxophone
Hamp Simmons Bass
Willie Sims Drums, Saxophone
John Starks Drums
Leonard Ware Bass
Albert Williams Piano
Sonny Boy Williamson Harmonica, Vocals
John Murray Daley Drums
Tuff Green Bass
Willie Kizart Guitar
Willie Wilkes Saxophone
John Bowers Drums
Adolph Duncan Tenor Saxophone
L.A. Hill Tenor Saxophone
Willie Johnson Guitar
Floyd Murphy Guitar
William "Cat" Johnson Piano
Gatemouth Moore Vocals
Fred Robinson Bass
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Organ
Jeffery McAllister Drums
Teddy Reynolds Piano
Terry Richardson Bass
Russ Wilson Drums
John Alford Keyboards
Robert Belfour Guitar, Vocals
William C. Brown Vocals
Stacey Robinson Drums
Joe Scott Trumpet
Little Ray Guitar
John Packer Bass
Mick Rodgers Guitar
Rev. Robert Skinner Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Jackson Trumpet
Steve Johnson Guitar
Dexter Allen Guitar
Big Rickey Bass
Paul Brown Keyboards
Darron Daniel Keyboards
James Taylor Drums
Willie Steele Drums
Saint Luther Choir Vocals
Carolyn Minor Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Rosco Gordon Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Duke Robillard Producer
Rufus Thomas Liner Notes
Bobby Rush Composer, Producer
Junior Kimbrough Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Vasti Jackson drum programming
Elmore James Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Riley King Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Junior Parker Composer
Dick Pearce Producer, Liner Notes
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Sam Phillips Composer, Producer
Gatemouth Moore Composer
Willie Dixon Band Producer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Martin Scorsese Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Jules Taub Composer
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Alex Gibney Producer
Adam Owett Art Direction
Tommy Dils Engineer
Ellen Nygard Icon
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Thomas Dorsey Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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