Poor Bob's Blues

Poor Bob's Blues

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by Robert Pete Williams
     
 

Robert Pete Williams worked from the field holler tradition, with free-form lyrics that were usually unrhymed, making him the most idiosyncratic and West African-sounding of the country blues players, if not the most emotionally personal. Poor Bob's Blues collects recordings Williams did for Harry Oster's Folk-Lyric label between 1959 (when Oster discovered himSee more details below

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Robert Pete Williams worked from the field holler tradition, with free-form lyrics that were usually unrhymed, making him the most idiosyncratic and West African-sounding of the country blues players, if not the most emotionally personal. Poor Bob's Blues collects recordings Williams did for Harry Oster's Folk-Lyric label between 1959 (when Oster discovered him at Angola Prison in Louisiana) and Williams' death in 1980, and it forms a wonderful introduction to this unique bluesman. The opening track on disc one, a slow, unaccompanied moan called "My Mind Wandering Around," sets the tone here, as Williams' improvised lyrics and spoken explanatory asides build into a remarkably personal meditation that is really unlike anything else in country blues. Even when Williams borrows from the kit bag of floating blues clichés, he couples them with his own improvised perspective, recycling them in the truest sense, as he does here with the ancient "Poor Boy, Long Way from Home," which emerges as a personal statement rather than a tired recasting of one of the most versioned songs in the blues canon. Other highlights include the powerful "Cane Cut Man," "Things All Wrong With Me," which features some nice jackknife slide, and "What a Shape I'm In." With excellent liner notes and track-by-track annotation, Poor Bob's Blues makes a perfect introduction to this truly one-of-a-kind bluesman.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297051122
catalogNumber:
511
Rank:
146624

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Mind Wandering Around  - Robert Pete Williams
  2. Cane Cut Man  - Robert Pete Williams
  3. My Daddy Was a Hoodoo Man  - Robert Pete Williams
  4. No More Sweet Potatoes  - Robert Pete Williams
  5. Poor Bob's Blues  - Robert Pete Williams
  6. Cows Love Music  - Robert Pete Williams
  7. Can't Yo-Yo No More  - Robert Pete Williams
  8. Shake, Shake Baby  - Robert Pete Williams
  9. Lord, I Done You Wrong  - Robert Pete Williams
  10. Been Mistreated So Long  - Robert Pete Williams

Disc 2

  1. Things All Wrong With Me  - Robert Pete Williams
  2. Matchbox Blues  - Robert Pete Williams
  3. Sad News from Korea  - Robert Pete Williams
  4. What a Shape I'm in  - Robert Pete Williams
  5. Poor Boy, Long Way from Home  - Robert Pete Williams
  6. Out All Night Long  - Robert Pete Williams
  7. Crying Won't Make Me Stay  - Robert Pete Williams
  8. All Out and Down  - Robert Pete Williams
  9. Tom and Old Master (Story)  - Robert Pete Williams

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