Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Filmmaker Charles Burnett uses a blues soundtrack for Warming By the Devil’s Fire, the story of a boy's life in 1955 Mississippi. The set reaches back to pianist Jelly Roll Morton for the gentle instrumental “Turtle Twist.” Ma Rainey, the original Queen of the Blues, is joined by Louis Armstrong for “See See Rider.” Guitarist and singer Son House’s “Death Letter,” which terrifyingly stirs between the devil and salvation, is featured, as is Billie Holiday’s sad but sophisticated version of “I’m a Fool to Want You.” Many sides of the blues echo through this set. Mississippi John Hurt’s gentle picking on “Big League Blues” is nothing like the Mississippi blues; the Memphis...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Filmmaker Charles Burnett uses a blues soundtrack for Warming By the Devil’s Fire, the story of a boy's life in 1955 Mississippi. The set reaches back to pianist Jelly Roll Morton for the gentle instrumental “Turtle Twist.” Ma Rainey, the original Queen of the Blues, is joined by Louis Armstrong for “See See Rider.” Guitarist and singer Son House’s “Death Letter,” which terrifyingly stirs between the devil and salvation, is featured, as is Billie Holiday’s sad but sophisticated version of “I’m a Fool to Want You.” Many sides of the blues echo through this set. Mississippi John Hurt’s gentle picking on “Big League Blues” is nothing like the Mississippi blues; the Memphis Jug Band’s “K.C. Moan” features a kazoo, an instrument seldom found in the blues; and W. C. Handy, often called the father of the blues, sounds more like a theatrical singer than a bluesman on “Beale Street Blues.”
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the directors who did films in the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series, Charles Burnett has the most direct connection to the music. Born in Mississippi in 1944, Burnett grew up listening to the Delta sounds as the came from the radio in his home, and the Chicago innovations of the music as it developed there by Delta artists. On the Warming by the Devil's Fire collection, Burnett creates an aural montage of the profane and spiritually haunted manifestations inside the music of the Mississippi Delta. These coincide with his cinematic narrative about a young boy who goes to Mississippi to be baptized in the mid-'50s and is exposed -- via a kidnapping by his uncle -- to the rough and rowdy sounds of the "devil's music." Sonically, this is one of the most consistent and satisfying of the series' volumes. From whorehouse anthems such as Jelly Roll Morton's "Turtle Twist" and Ma Rainey's "See See Rider," to the hunted, spiritual sickness of Son House's "Death Letter"; from the bawdy joy of Mississippi John Hurt's "Big Leg Blues," to the victorious gospel transcendence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head," to the place where both sides of the equation come to break a man apart in John Lee Hooker's "I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive," Warming by the Devil's Fire exercises and exorcises demons and spirits with a rolling, pulsing, breathing soundtrack where room is made for all conflicting notions of blues and how they can both liberate and tear a person asunder.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969049020
  • Catalog Number: 90490
  • Sales rank: 110,062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turtle Twist - Jelly Roll Morton (3:06)
  2. 2 See See Rider - Ma Rainey (3:11)
  3. 3 Death Letter (4:22)
  4. 4 I'm a Fool to Want You - Billie Holiday (3:27)
  5. 5 Big Leg Blues (2:52)
  6. 6 K.C. Moan (2:32)
  7. 7 Sweet Home Chicago (2:59)
  8. 8 Deep Blue Sea Blues (3:01)
  9. 9 Muddy Water (3:09)
  10. 10 Cross My Heart (3:22)
  11. 11 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:45)
  12. 12 You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - Muddy Waters (2:57)
  13. 13 Beale Street Blues - W.C. Handy (2:42)
  14. 14 Hang It on the Wall (2:46)
  15. 15 Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) (2:33)
  16. 16 Give Me Freedom - Steven James Taylor (3:32)
  17. 17 Mr. Thrill (2:33)
  18. 18 I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive - John Lee Hooker (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Mississippi John Hurt Guitar, Vocals
Tommy McClennan Guitar, Vocals
Charley Patton Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Smith Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Urbie Green Trombone
Hank Jones Piano
Jelly Roll Morton Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Mel Davis Trumpet
W.C. Handy Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Clarinet
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar
Marie Knight Vocals
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Sammy Price Piano
Ma Rainey Vocals
Louis Armstrong Trumpet
Mac Arnold Bass
Duke Barker Drums
Fred Below Drums
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Billie Holiday Vocals
Wallace Bishop Drums
Tewee Blackman Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Burse Vocals
Allen Clark Baritone Saxophone
Francis Clay Drums
Charles L. Cooke Piano
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Ray Ellis Accompaniment
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Pops Foster Bass
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Jimmy Harrison Trombone
Milt Hinton Bass
Son House Guitar, Vocals
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals
Oliver Johnson Drums
Robert Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Carl Lott Bass
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Frock O'Dell Drums
Ben Ramey Kazoo, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Guitar, Vocals
Luther Tucker Guitar
Carmen Twillie Vocals, Background Vocals
Leonard Ware Bass
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Charlie Green Trombone
Willie Dixon Band Bass
Mildred Jones Vocals
Steven James Taylor Background Vocals
Sammy Price & His Texas Bluesicians Accompaniment
Bert Kendrick Piano
Jimmy Vincent Trumpet
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Tommy McClennan Composer
Charley Patton Composer
Frank Sinatra Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Greg Guidry Composer
Steven Berkowitz Producer
Ma Rainey Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Tewee Blackman Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Ulrich Felsburg Executive Producer
Son House Composer
Elmore James Composer, Adaptation
Robert Johnson Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Jo Trent Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Richie Raposa Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Harry Richman Composer
Jack Wolf Composer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Pluma Dabis Contributor
Martin Scorsese Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde Producer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Mildred Jones Composer
Steven James Taylor Producer
Joel Herron Composer
Adam Owett Art Direction
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Paul "PDA" Allen Executive Producer
Richard Hutton Producer
Ellen Nygaard Icon
Charles Burnett Liner Notes
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
John S. Hurt Composer
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