Natural Blues [Wrasse]

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Natural Blues is an album built primarily around the blues sampled in Moby's Play album. Beyond those items that were directly sampled, various pieces from the first two "generations" of the blues are given as representatives of the major figures. The foundation of the album is a number of recordings from Alan Lomax's Southern odyssey years, with items from Bessie Jones, Vera Hall, and Boy Blue standing out as the main artists of this first generation, acoustic blues. The other component of the album is a good dosage of "second-generation" blues, essentially from Muddy Waters going electric through the beginning of the careers of B.B. King and John Lee Hooker, right up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Natural Blues is an album built primarily around the blues sampled in Moby's Play album. Beyond those items that were directly sampled, various pieces from the first two "generations" of the blues are given as representatives of the major figures. The foundation of the album is a number of recordings from Alan Lomax's Southern odyssey years, with items from Bessie Jones, Vera Hall, and Boy Blue standing out as the main artists of this first generation, acoustic blues. The other component of the album is a good dosage of "second-generation" blues, essentially from Muddy Waters going electric through the beginning of the careers of B.B. King and John Lee Hooker, right up to the first signs of rock & roll with Bo Diddley's namesake song. The highlights of the earlier pieces would primarily be the items specifically sampled by Moby, to see the stripped-down essence of what would much later become techno hits. Of the later works, there are a multitude of highlights, as the signature pieces by any number of artists are presented. Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy," Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning," Koko Taylor's "Wang Dang Doodle," and Bo Diddley's already mentioned self-titled number are all featured, along with slightly lesser-known pieces by artists of the same caliber. Of course, the ideal blues collection would feature a good deal of the Chess catalog as well as the full Lomax recordings. Given the enormity of this, though, an album like this which showcases a number of major items from both eras of the blues is a good fix. Pick it up for a nice overview of the relatively earlier eras of the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 740042982024
  • Catalog Number: 20

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sometimes - Bessie Jones (0:57)
  2. 2 Trouble So Hard (1:38)
  3. 3 Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf (3:07)
  4. 4 Joe Lee's Rock - Boy Blue (3:37)
  5. 5 Reconsider Baby (3:10)
  6. 6 Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:07)
  7. 7 My Babe - Little Walter (2:38)
  8. 8 Bollweevil Holler (2:04)
  9. 9 High Heeled Sneakers (2:51)
  10. 10 We're Gonna Make It (2:39)
  11. 11 I'm in the Mood - John Lee Hooker (2:43)
  12. 12 Boogie Chillen - Boy Blue (2:56)
  13. 13 Shake 'Em on Down (3:21)
  14. 14 Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters (2:56)
  15. 15 Searchin' for a Woman (3:03)
  16. 16 Wang Dang Doodle (3:00)
  17. 17 Walking by Myself - Jimmy Rogers (2:47)
  18. 18 Bo Diddley (2:29)
  19. 19 Confessin' the Blues - B.B. King (4:55)
  20. 20 Walking the Blues - Willie Dixon (3:04)
  21. 21 First Time I Met the Blues (2:18)
  22. 22 Slow Down - Louis Jordan (2:39)
  23. 23 So Many Roads, So Many Trains (3:10)
  24. 24 I'd Rather Go Blind (2:35)
  25. 25 Go to Sleep Little Baby - Bessie Jones (1:16)
  26. 26 Death Have Mercy (1:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lowell Fulson Track Performer
Buddy Guy Track Performer
John Lee Hooker Track Performer
Etta James Track Performer
Little Walter Track Performer
Koko Taylor Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Track Performer
Bessie Jones Track Performer
Bo Diddley Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf Track Performer
Little Milton Track Performer
B.B. King Track Performer
Albert King Track Performer
Muddy Waters Track Performer
Jimmy Rogers Track Performer
Otis Rush Track Performer
Joe Lee Track Performer
Boy Blue Track Performer
Vera Hall Track Performer
Willie Jones Track Performer
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Little Walter Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Gene Barge Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Alan Lomax Composer, Engineer
Bessie Jones Composer
Ralph Bass Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Howlin' Wolf Composer
Bill Foster Composer
Albert King Composer
Mel London Composer
Eurreal Montgomery Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Raynard Miner Composer
Clifton William Smith Composer
James A. Lane Composer
Russell Royster Composer
Marshall Paul Composer
Ellington Jordan Composer
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