Modern Downhome Blues, Vol. 3: Memphis On Down

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This third volume of raw, Southern or Southern-style blues, largely of the early electric sort, concentrates on recordings done in the early '50s in Memphis and Arkansas, though the five Dixie Blues Boys tracks were done in Los Angeles in 1955. Make no mistake about it: despite the presence of a few big names, this is one for the collector. If you want a better listening experience of material from Modern's recordings in the area, you'd be better off with single-artist anthologies of sides cut at the time for the label by Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Walter Horton, Joe Hill Louis, and others. If you've gone through that layer and want a whole lot more, however, this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This third volume of raw, Southern or Southern-style blues, largely of the early electric sort, concentrates on recordings done in the early '50s in Memphis and Arkansas, though the five Dixie Blues Boys tracks were done in Los Angeles in 1955. Make no mistake about it: despite the presence of a few big names, this is one for the collector. If you want a better listening experience of material from Modern's recordings in the area, you'd be better off with single-artist anthologies of sides cut at the time for the label by Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Walter Horton, Joe Hill Louis, and others. If you've gone through that layer and want a whole lot more, however, this is what you want, digging into some rare and previously unissued tracks, often by artists unknown even to many blues experts. Generally, it documents a time when Southern blues was just making its transition from the rural acoustic form to the citi-fied electric one, albeit in a raw, at times even tentatively clumsy manner. The most satisfying numbers are, unsurprisingly, by the most famous performers, capturing some major performers in their early formative days, including Howlin' Wolf represented by two 1951 sides; Bobby "Blue" Bland whose "Drifting From Town to Town," recorded with Little Junior Parker, didn't first see light until 1969; and Walter Horton heard on his 1951 single "You Tell Me Baby". Even the tracks by obscure names often include major players as sidemen, such as Howlin' Wolf guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, Matt Murphy who plays on the Bland cut, and Sonny Boy Williamson. The remaining material isn't up to lost classic status, and in fact it's sometimes forgettable. But there are still some good outings to be heard by Willie Nix whose "Try Me One More Time," from 1951, comes close to a rockabilly beat and the more rudimentary Joe Hill Louis particularly a previously unissued fast version of "Joe Hill Boogie". Seven of the 26 tracks were previously unreleased, and the liner notes, by longtime blues authority Jim O'Neal, are meticulous but readable in their efforts to suss out what was recorded under what circumstances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667000628
  • Catalog Number: 1003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Try Me One More Time - Willie Nix (2:41)
  2. 2 Lonesome Bedroom Blues - Willie Nix (2:29)
  3. 3 Riding in the Moonlight - Howling Wolf Orchestra (3:04)
  4. 4 Crying at Daybreak - Howling Wolf Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 5 Drifting from Town to Town - Robert Calvin Bland (3:06)
  6. 6 Joe Hill Boogie - Joe Hill Louis (2:21)
  7. 7 Street Walkin' Woman - Joe Hill Louis (2:47)
  8. 8 Heartache Baby - Joe Hill Louis (2:35)
  9. 9 Joe Hill Boogie - Joe Hill Louis (2:40)
  10. 10 Now Tell Me Baby - Big Walter Horton (3:04)
  11. 11 Boogie Woogie Baby - Jim Lockhart (2:44)
  12. 12 Empty House Blues - Jim Lockhart (3:14)
  13. 13 Sufficient Clothes - Alfred Harris (3:59)
  14. 14 Miss Darlene - Alfred Harris (4:14)
  15. 15 Lonesome - Robert "Dudlow" Taylor (2:15)
  16. 16 Old Helena Blues - Robert "Dudlow" Taylor (2:16)
  17. 17 Bus Fare - James Curtis (2:48)
  18. 18 44 Blues - James Curtis (2:41)
  19. 19 Porkina Blues AKA Dudlow's Blues - Robert "Dudlow" Taylor (2:09)
  20. 20 I Know - Robert "Dudlow" Taylor (2:19)
  21. 21 Jerusalem Blues - James Curtis (2:13)
  22. 22 Dixie Blues Boy Boogie - The Dixie Blues Boys (2:15)
  23. 23 Monte Carlo - The Dixie Blues Boys (3:40)
  24. 24 Let Go Me Go Home Whiskey - The Dixie Blues Boys (2:43)
  25. 25 My Baby Left Town - The Dixie Blues Boys (2:19)
  26. 26 Monte Carlo - The Dixie Blues Boys (2:48)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Big Walter Horton Composer
Curtis Jones Composer
Joe Hill Louis Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Jim Lockhart Composer
Willie Nix Composer
Jim O'Neal Liner Notes
Robert Calvin Bland Composer
Alfred Harris Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Joe Bihari Composer
Robert Taylor Composer
James Curtis Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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