Paramount Blues: Lock and Key Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Paramount record label of the 1920s and '30s started out as an a side venture of the Paramount Furniture Company in Grafton, WI, a way to sell the company's line of phonograph players by featuring a line of cheaply made 78s to play on them. Luckily, the Southern blues musicians the company recorded at the time just happened to be pretty vital, and such country-blues legends as Charley Patton, Skip James, Blind Blake, and Blind Lemon Jefferson all recorded classic sides for Paramount, as did dozens of lesser known and obscure figures, many of whose recordings are collected here on this 20-track compilation. There aren't any big country-blues names here, but there are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Paramount record label of the 1920s and '30s started out as an a side venture of the Paramount Furniture Company in Grafton, WI, a way to sell the company's line of phonograph players by featuring a line of cheaply made 78s to play on them. Luckily, the Southern blues musicians the company recorded at the time just happened to be pretty vital, and such country-blues legends as Charley Patton, Skip James, Blind Blake, and Blind Lemon Jefferson all recorded classic sides for Paramount, as did dozens of lesser known and obscure figures, many of whose recordings are collected here on this 20-track compilation. There aren't any big country-blues names here, but there are plenty of little gems, including Geeshie Wiley's stark and haunting "Last Kind Words Blues" from 1930, Ramblin' Thomas' poignant "So Lonesome" from 1928, Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins' "Shaggy Dog Blues" from 1927, and Freddie Spruell's "Tom Cat Blues" from 1928. Wiley's "Last Kind Words Blues" aside, none of these sides is absolutely essential to any blues collection, but they won't diminish one, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • Label: Black Swan
  • UPC: 762247303725
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 309,520

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Showers of Rain Blues (2:49)
  2. 2 Seven Sisters Blues (2:58)
  3. 3 Mamlish Blues (2:36)
  4. 4 Last Kind Words Blues (3:02)
  5. 5 Skinny Leg Blues (3:15)
  6. 6 Touch Me Light Mama (2:48)
  7. 7 So Lonesome - Ramblin' Thomas (2:46)
  8. 8 Lock and Key Blues - Ramblin' Thomas (2:37)
  9. 9 Barbershop Rag - William Moore (2:57)
  10. 10 Raggin' the Blues - William Moore (2:59)
  11. 11 Mississippi Jail House Groan - Reverend Rubin Lacy (3:24)
  12. 12 Jailhouse Fire Blues (2:31)
  13. 13 Shaggy Dog Blues (2:34)
  14. 14 Tired of Being Mistreated, Pt. 1 (3:10)
  15. 15 Eagles on a Half (3:06)
  16. 16 Pick Poor Robin Clean (3:15)
  17. 17 Pistol Blues (3:01)
  18. 18 Why Do You Moan? (3:04)
  19. 19 Tom Cat Blues (3:07)
  20. 20 Woman Woman Blues (3:25)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Lars Edegran Liner Notes
George H. Buck Jr. Producer, Author
John Tefteller Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Kenneth Pape Graphic Design
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