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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 clich├ęs, 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: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297051122
  • Catalog Number: 511
  • Sales rank: 207,095

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Pete Williams Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Harry Oster Engineer
Robert Pete Williams Arranger, Composer
Paul Oliver Tray Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    This is a terrific album which, as the authoritative All Music G

    This is a terrific album which, as the authoritative All Music Guide review above indicates, "makes a perfect introduction to this truly one-of-a-kind bluesman." What more could you ask of an album? With reference to the other to this point, I have no idea what he means in his review about this not being his best work "which has already been picked over." As to his recommendation that you buy either of two other albums first, I would agree that "Free Again" is terrific and would also make a great first purchase. But Robert Pete Williams never made an album, compilation or otherwise, entitled "Live at Newport." There are many albums which include that phrase in their title, and he may have appeared on one of them. But unlike Muddy Waters or Rev. Gary Davis, he did not put out an album by that title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy "FREE AGAIN" or "LIVE AT NEWPORT" 1ST

    THIS ALBUM DOES NOT REPRESENT SOME OF HIS BEST WORK, WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN PICKED OVER.

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