Meaning in the Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When Paul Oliver's Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues was published, it was one of the first books to focus on the country blues from the 78-rpm era (which stretched from the 1920s through the very early '50s) as a kind of black American folk music, a music that tackled black culture in all of its concerns, from love, sex, joy, and sadness to the broader sweep of displacement, war, and death, in an often coded, passionate, and poetic black idiom. It remains required reading for anyone interested in the genre, and this wonderful four-disc, 103-track anthology from JSP Records honors and serves as an audio companion to Oliver's groundbreaking book, celebrating ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When Paul Oliver's Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues was published, it was one of the first books to focus on the country blues from the 78-rpm era (which stretched from the 1920s through the very early '50s) as a kind of black American folk music, a music that tackled black culture in all of its concerns, from love, sex, joy, and sadness to the broader sweep of displacement, war, and death, in an often coded, passionate, and poetic black idiom. It remains required reading for anyone interested in the genre, and this wonderful four-disc, 103-track anthology from JSP Records honors and serves as an audio companion to Oliver's groundbreaking book, celebrating the 50th anniversary year of its publication. Assembled by Max Haymes, who also wrote the text for the lovely 80-page booklet that accompanies the box set, Meaning in the Blues collects blues 78s that illustrate key points in Oliver's book, but it also stands alone as a fascinating and engaging survey of early black country blues in all of its forms and variants.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065714123
  • Catalog Number: 77141
  • Sales rank: 103,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Falling Rain Blues - Lonnie Johnson (3:07)
  2. 2 Jinx Blues - Ora Brown (2:45)
  3. 3 Dark Night Blues - Blind Willie McTell (2:51)
  4. 4 Pony Blues - Charley Patton (3:00)
  5. 5 Milk Cow Blues - Kokomo Arnold (3:07)
  6. 6 Labor Blues - Tom Dickson (3:01)
  7. 7 Shake 'Em On Down - Bukka White (3:03)
  8. 8 Lonesome Home Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:22)
  9. 9 No Place to Go - Walter Davis (2:53)
  10. 10 Cotton Seed Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:54)
  11. 11 Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:11)
  12. 12 Steamboat Man Blues - Clara Smith (3:05)
  13. 13 Gravel Camp Blues - Lewis Black (3:00)
  14. 14 Blue Monday Blues - Ida Cox (2:47)
  15. 15 Rock and Gravel Blues - Peg Leg Howell (3:11)
  16. 16 The Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo - Speckled Red (2:28)
  17. 17 Make Than Gravel Fly - Hattie Snow (2:49)
  18. 18 Rock Island Blues - Lewis Black (3:01)
  19. 19 Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith (3:27)
  20. 20 Snatch It Back Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins (3:03)
  21. 21 John Henry - Henry Thomas (2:45)
  22. 22 Cannonball Blues - Furry Lewis (3:05)
  23. 23 Friendless City Blues - Joshua White (2:52)
  24. 24 Stocking Feet Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (3:07)
  25. 25 Stranger's Blues - Sippie Wallace (2:55)
  26. 26 Wintertime Blues - Bill Gaither (2:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 New Way of Living Blues - Ramblin' Thomas (3:05)
  2. 2 Black Gal Makes Thunder - Rudy Foster (2:52)
  3. 3 Three Women Blues - Blind Willie McTell (2:43)
  4. 4 Yellow Girl Blues - Texas Alexander (2:48)
  5. 5 Gonna Ramble Blues - Sara Martin (3:00)
  6. 6 Brown Skin Man - Edmonia Henderson (3:09)
  7. 7 Brown Skin Gal - Barbecue Bob (3:06)
  8. 8 Brown Skin Blues - Lillian Glinn (3:30)
  9. 9 Chocolate To the Bone - Barbecue Bob (2:52)
  10. 10 Kitchen Mechanic Blues - Excelsior Quartette (3:05)
  11. 11 Black Evil Blues - Alice Moore (2:53)
  12. 12 Outside Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds (2:57)
  13. 13 Reckless Woman - Lucille Bogan (2:54)
  14. 14 It Won't Be Long - Charley Patton (3:28)
  15. 15 Little and Low - Roosevelt Sykes (3:05)
  16. 16 Big Fat Mama Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:14)
  17. 17 My Pencil Won't Write No More - Bo Carter (2:58)
  18. 18 Signifying Blues - Sam Collins (3:00)
  19. 19 Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson (3:02)
  20. 20 Save My Jelly - Iva Smith (2:57)
  21. 21 Freakish Man Blues - George Hannah (2:49)
  22. 22 Sissy Man Blues - Kokomo Arnold (3:09)
  23. 23 Prove It On Me Blues - Ma Rainey & Her Tub Jug Washboard Band (2:44)
  24. 24 B.D. Woman's Blues - Lucille Bogan (2:59)
  25. 25 The Dirty Dozen - Speckled Red (3:14)
  26. 26 Jacksonville Blues - Nellie Florence (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mojo Hand Blues - Ida Cox (3:14)
  2. 2 Mojo Hidin' Woman - Blind Boy Fuller (2:46)
  3. 3 Papa's Got Your Water On - Memphis Jug Band (2:31)
  4. 4 "Toby" Woman Blues - Gene Campbell (3:15)
  5. 5 Squinch Owl Moan - Too Tight Henry (2:44)
  6. 6 Black Cat Blues - Old Pal Smoke Shop Four (3:10)
  7. 7 Broke and Hungry - Blind Lemon Jefferson (3:01)
  8. 8 Wish I Had You (and I'm Gonna Get You Blues) - Viola McCoy (2:49)
  9. 9 Bad Boy - Ed Bell (3:04)
  10. 10 Doggone My Good Luck Soul - Hattie Hudson (3:10)
  11. 11 Black Cat Moan - Clara Smith and Her Five Black Kittens (2:38)
  12. 12 Those Black Man Blues - Mary Johnson (2:54)
  13. 13 Seven Sisters Blues, Pt. 1 - Funny Paper Smith (2:48)
  14. 14 Seven Sisters Blues, Pt. 2 - Funny Paper Smith (2:56)
  15. 15 Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues - Memphis Jug Band (3:07)
  16. 16 I'm a Gamblin' Woman - Memphis Minnie (3:11)
  17. 17 Skin Game Blues - Peg Leg Howell (3:06)
  18. 18 Gamblin' Charley - Charley Lincoln (3:07)
  19. 19 If You Lose Your Good Gal, Don't Mess With Mine - George Noble (3:01)
  20. 20 Jack O' Diamond Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:50)
  21. 21 Stack O' Lee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (2:58)
  22. 22 Policy Dream Blues - Bumble Bee Slim (2:48)
  23. 23 Policy Wheel Blues - Kokomo Arnold (2:57)
  24. 24 Four Eleven Forty Four - Papa Charlie Jackson (3:01)
  25. 25 Three Sixty Nine Blues - Charlie "Little Buddy" Doyle (2:52)
  26. 26 The Clearing House Blues - Clara Smith (2:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mississippi Jail House Groan - Rube Lacey (3:28)
  2. 2 Lonesome Blues - Henry Williams (2:54)
  3. 3 Old Rounder's Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:47)
  4. 4 Moon Going Down - Charley Patton (3:17)
  5. 5 Smack That Thing - Walter Coleman (3:04)
  6. 6 I Had To Smack That Thing - Frances "Barrelhouse Frankie" Wallace (2:25)
  7. 7 I Had To Come Back Home Blues - Katherine Baker (2:41)
  8. 8 Rowdy Blues - Kid Bailey (3:02)
  9. 9 Barrelhouse When It Rains - Big Bill Broonzy (2:51)
  10. 10 Blues In the Alley - Curtis Jones (2:52)
  11. 11 Old Jim Canaan's - Robert Wilkins (2:53)
  12. 12 On the Wall - Louise Johnson (3:04)
  13. 13 Beaver Slide Rag - Peg Leg Howell (3:23)
  14. 14 Low Down Mississippi Bottom Man - Freddie Spruell (3:26)
  15. 15 You Got To Reap What You Sow - Tampa Red (3:19)
  16. 16 Sitting On Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks (3:16)
  17. 17 Some Summer Day, Pt. 1 - Charley Patton (3:01)
  18. 18 I'm Still Sitting On Top of the World - Sam Collins (3:16)
  19. 19 Mama Blues - William McCoy (2:54)
  20. 20 Friday Moan Blues - Alfred Lewis (3:15)
  21. 21 Violin Blues - Lonnie Johnson (3:18)
  22. 22 Shaking Weed Blues - Tommy Settles (2:44)
  23. 23 Fairasee Woman (Memphis Woman) - Peetie Wheatstraw (2:46)
  24. 24 Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (3:15)
  25. 25 Waking Blues - Otis Harris (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kokomo Arnold Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Barbecue Bob Guitar, Vocals
Lucille Bogan Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim Vocals
Bo Carter Guitar, Vocals
Sam Collins Guitar, Vocals
Cow Cow Davenport Piano
Walter Davis Piano, Vocals
Blind Boy Fuller Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Mississippi John Hurt Guitar, Vocals
Papa Charlie Jackson Banjo, Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lonnie Johnson Guitar, Violin, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Tommy Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Curtis Jones Piano, Vocals
Furry Lewis Guitar, Vocals
Sara Martin Vocals
Blind Willie McTell Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Memphis Minnie Guitar, Vocals
Charley Patton Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Funny Paper Smith Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mamie Smith Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals
Henry Thomas Guitar, Vocals, Reed Pipes
Sippie Wallace Vocals
Sylvester Weaver Guitar
Peetie Wheatstraw Piano, Vocals
Bukka White Guitar, Vocals
Ida Cox Vocals
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Kid Ory Trombone
Speckled Red Piano, Vocals
Perry Bradford Piano
Tiny Parham Piano
Tampa Red Guitar
Ike Rodgers Trombone
Albert Wynn Trombone
Buddy Boy Hawkins Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Walter Vinson Guitar, Vocals
Ramblin' Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Robert Wilkins Guitar, Vocals
Ed Bell Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Ladnier Cornet
Ma Rainey Vocals
Gus Aiken Cornemeuse
Texas Alexander Vocals
Eddie Anthony Violin, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lovie Austin Piano
Kid Bailey Guitar, Vocals
Henry Brown Piano
Willie Brown Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Burse Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Shirley Clay Cornemeuse
Tom Dickson Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Dixon Guitar
Nellie Florence Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lillian Glinn Vocals
Porter Grainger Piano
Hattie Hart Vocals
Nap Hayes Guitar
Son House Guitar, Vocals
Freddie Jenkins Trumpet
Mary Johnson Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jack Kelly Guitar
Hambone Lewis Jug
Meade "Lux" Lewis Piano
Charley Lincoln Guitar, Vocals, Laughs
Alice Moore Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy O'Bryant Clarinet
Martell Pettiford Kazoo, Washboard
Ben Ramey Kazoo
Walter Roland Piano
Bill Settles Bass
Will Shade Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Clarence Williams Piano
Fred Williams Drums
Willie Tyson Piano
Black Bob Piano
Ernest Elliott Clarinet
Kid Spoons Spoons
Carl Reid Jug
Johnny Dunn Cornemeuse
Jed Davenport Harmonica
Viola McCoy Vocals
Clara Smith Vocals
George Noble Piano, Vocals
Gene Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Myrtle Jenkins Piano
Peg Leg Howell Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Georgia Tom Piano
William McCoy Harmonica, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Matthew Prater Mandolin
Walter Coleman Guitar, Vocals
Hattie Hudson Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Stanley Miller Piano
Louise Johnson Piano, Vocals
Rube Lacey Guitar, Vocals
Alfred Lewis Harmonica, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Blind Joe Reynolds Guitar, Vocals
Too Tight Henry Guitar, Vocals
Ora Brown Vocals
Freddie Spruell Guitar, Vocals
Joshua White Guitar, Vocals
Slick Helms Piano
Honey Hill Piano
Syd Valentine Trumpet
Lewis Black Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Settles Percussion, Kazoo, Vocals
George Hannah Vocals
Hot Box Johnson Guitar
Katherine Baker Vocals
Willie "Willie Tango" Shaw Guitar
John Arnold Piano
James Johnson Piano
Paul George Banjo
Hattie Snow Vocals
Charlie "Little Buddy" Doyle Guitar, Vocals
Rudy Foster Piano, Vocals
Leroy Parker Violin
Lonnie Chatman Violin
Frances "Barrelhouse Frankie" Wallace Piano, Vocals
Otis Harris Guitar, Vocals
Ernest "Son Joe" Lawlers Guitar
Edmonia Henderson Vocals
Dope Andrews Trombone
Bill "J. Leroy's Buddy" Gaither Vocals
C.C. Parker Bass (Vocal)
Johnny Brown Baritone (Vocal)
John Chapman Vocals
John Anderson Trombone
James C. Brown Tenor (Vocal)
Iva Smith Vocals
Henry Williams Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Vernon Jones Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Clara Smith Vocal Effect
William McCoy Vocal Effect
Alfred Lewis Vocal Effect
Too Tight Henry Vocal Effect
Tommy Settles Vocal Effect
Max Haymes Liner Notes
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