Masters of the Delta Blues: The Friends of Charlie Patton

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
As the most popular blues craftsman of the Mississippi Delta, Charley Patton had a resounding influence on many of the musicians that passed through the region during the '20s and '30s. Following his initial session for Paramount in 1929, he recommended both Son House and Willie Brown, as well as his mistress Louise Johnson and common-law wife Bertha Lee, to legendary talent scout H.C. Speir for recordings of their own. Furthermore, casual acquaintances like Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey, and Kid Bailey acquired Patton themes, adopting them to suit their own style and playing ability, emerging with a handful of country blues classics in the process. Masters of the Delta ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
As the most popular blues craftsman of the Mississippi Delta, Charley Patton had a resounding influence on many of the musicians that passed through the region during the '20s and '30s. Following his initial session for Paramount in 1929, he recommended both Son House and Willie Brown, as well as his mistress Louise Johnson and common-law wife Bertha Lee, to legendary talent scout H.C. Speir for recordings of their own. Furthermore, casual acquaintances like Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey, and Kid Bailey acquired Patton themes, adopting them to suit their own style and playing ability, emerging with a handful of country blues classics in the process. Masters of the Delta Blues: The Friends of Charley Patton focuses on Patton's role as musical disseminator, gathering sides from all the above mentioned artists, along with a pair of recordings by admirer Bukka White. Patton's legacy is unquestionable, but the works of his contemporaries are hardly examples of second-rate imitation. Though Brown made recordings for the Library of Congress during the 1940s, his commercial output was extremely limited -- an unfortunate fact, given the quality of his "Future Blues." Joining Brown, Patton, and Louise Johnson for a session at Paramount in the '30s, Son House cut a handful of the finest sides of his career. Though his music would retain an undeniable power into the 1960s, he arguably never topped the likes of "Walking Blues," "My Black Mama," "Dry Spell Blues," and "Preachin' the Blues," four explosions of raw Delta blues. Also exceptional are Kid Bailey's "Rowdy Blues," Tommy Johnson's "Button Up Shoes" and "Maggie Campbell Blues," and Bukka White's "I Am in the Heavenly Way." Possibly the finest topical country blues compilation in Yazoo's catalog, Masters of the Delta Blues is also essential listening for anyone with more than a casual interest in the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/1991
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351020222
  • Catalog Number: 2002
  • Sales rank: 84,182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rowdy Blues - Kid Bailey (3:03)
  2. 2 Big Fat Mama Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:14)
  3. 3 I Am in the Heavenly Way - Bukka White (3:05)
  4. 4 Future Blues - Willie Brown (2:56)
  5. 5 Brown Mama Blues - Ishman Bracey (3:09)
  6. 6 On the Wall - Louise Johnson (3:02)
  7. 7 Walking Blues - Son House (2:57)
  8. 8 Canned Heat Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:39)
  9. 9 Promise True and Grand - Bukka White (3:06)
  10. 10 Mississippi Bottom Blues - Kid Bailey (2:53)
  11. 11 Maggie Campbell Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:36)
  12. 12 My Black Mama, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:08)
  13. 13 My Black Mama, Pt. 2 - Son House (3:15)
  14. 14 Yellow Bee - Bertha Lee (2:54)
  15. 15 Long Ways from Home - Louise Johnson (3:29)
  16. 16 M and O Blues - Willie Brown (3:05)
  17. 17 Button up Shoes - Tommy Johnson (3:05)
  18. 18 Mind Reader Blues - Bertha Lee (2:55)
  19. 19 Lonesome House Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:22)
  20. 20 Dry Spells Blues, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:10)
  21. 21 Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 2 - Son House (3:14)
  22. 22 Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1 - Son House (2:53)
  23. 23 Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 2 - Son House (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Johnson Track Performer
Bukka White Track Performer
Kid Bailey Track Performer
Ishman Bracey Track Performer
Willie Brown Track Performer
Son House Track Performer
Thomas "Snake" Johnson Track Performer
Louise Johnson Track Performer
Bertha Lee Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tommy Johnson Composer
Charley Patton Composer
Stefan Grossman Director, Producer, Art Direction, Cover Design
Kid Bailey Composer
Ishman Bracey Cover Photo
Willie Brown Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Don Kent Producer, Liner Notes
Richard Nevins Producer, Remastering
Louise Johnson Composer
Bertha Lee Composer
Copyright Controlled Composer
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