Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Perhaps the most sumptuous, nay incredible, box set package ever devised for a blues artist, this lavish production contains seven CDs that not only contain everything Patton recorded as a soloist, but a ton of peripheral tracks to which he contributed or was associated. Yes, this has all 54 known extant Patton performances including four unissued alternate takes, but that is, quite literally, not the half of it. There are also cuts recorded by other acts at Patton's sessions, including Walter Hawkins, Edith North Johnson, Henry Sims, Willie Brown, Son House, Louise Johnson, the gospel quartet the Delta Big Four, and Bertha Lee. Some of these he played on; some of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Perhaps the most sumptuous, nay incredible, box set package ever devised for a blues artist, this lavish production contains seven CDs that not only contain everything Patton recorded as a soloist, but a ton of peripheral tracks to which he contributed or was associated. Yes, this has all 54 known extant Patton performances including four unissued alternate takes, but that is, quite literally, not the half of it. There are also cuts recorded by other acts at Patton's sessions, including Walter Hawkins, Edith North Johnson, Henry Sims, Willie Brown, Son House, Louise Johnson, the gospel quartet the Delta Big Four, and Bertha Lee. Some of these he played on; some of them he might have played on; and some of them he didn't play on, though he knew or might have known, anyway the musicians. There are even a couple of test recordings of Paramount talent scout H.C. Speir reading headlines, which takes even this sort of fanaticism to the extreme, but why not the whole nine yards, right? Then there's an entire disc of tracks by other blues artists, spanning 1924 to 1957 though mostly weighted toward the early years of that period, spotlighting songs that were related to Patton's repertoire, or inspired in some way by songs in his discography. That CD includes some pretty big names, like Ma Rainey, Furry Lewis, Tommy Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Son House, Joe Williams, and even the Staple Singers, though room's also made for unknowns, including one "Blues" by Unidentified Convict. And then there's an entire disc of interviews about Patton with Howlin' Wolf, Rev. Booker Miller, H.C. Speir, and Pops Staples; the Rev. Booker Miller portion is more entertaining than most such spoken recordings, as he occasionally plays some guitar himself to illustrate points. Patton's own tracks are consistently inspired Delta blues, though the sound quality inevitably varies widely, sometimes coming through quite clearly, at other times fighting a wall of static. One's interest in the non-Patton selections, other than those on the solid CD of Patton-related tunes and Patton-inspired performers, might vary. Certainly the Son House 1930 recordings including "Preachin' the Blues" are classic Delta blues songs in any setting, as are the far more obscure ones by Willie Brown. However, others, such as the ones by Edith North Johnson and the Delta Big Four, bear vaudevillian jazz and gospel influences that Delta blues fans might not take a shine to. The non-Patton tracks, too, sometimes suffer from unavoidably poor sound quality due to the extremely rough shape of the only surviving original copies. On top of all this, the packaging is extraordinary by any measure, and would take a lengthy review in itself to even cursorily summarize. Suffice it to say that if you're a serious Patton fan and it's hard to imagine you'll get this if you're not, you're in for several hours of entertainment even when the CDs aren't in the stereo. The set is packaged like a vintage, full-sized photo album, in the manner "albums" of discs were assembled prior to the invention of the 33 1/3 RPM LP, with slots for each of the seven CDs. There are 128 pages of portfolio-sized liner notes, including essays on Patton and his records, transcriptions of all of the lyrics, stories behind most of the songs/tracks, a "thematic catalogue" of Patton's music, photos, reproductions of old advertisements for 78s, repros of the labels on the original 78s, even an interview with a noted bluesologist about collecting original releases from the artist. Thrown in is the complete 112-page book that John Fahey wrote about Patton in 1970 an actual book, separate from the liner notes as part of a series of monographs for Blues Paperbacks, and a reprint of the liner notes Bernard Klatzko wrote for the first Patton compilation, The Immortal Charlie Patton. Due to the expense and zealous completism of this release, most blues fans will be content to limit themselves to an intelligent single-CD compilation of Patton's work, such as Yazoo's Founder of the Delta Blues. If you have any serious hunger to go beyond that, though, and are wondering whether to splurge on this museum-quality piece -- do it. It truly is the last word, and one of the most impressively packaged box sets in all of popular music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Revenant Records
  • UPC: 630814021221
  • Catalog Number: 212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pony Blues (3:00)
  2. 2 A Spoonful Blues (3:11)
  3. 3 Down the Dirt Road Blues (2:59)
  4. 4 Prayer of Death, Pt. 1 (3:07)
  5. 5 Prayer of Death, Pt. 2 (2:52)
  6. 6 Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues (3:09)
  7. 7 Banty Rooster Blues (3:04)
  8. 8 Tom Rushen Blues (3:08)
  9. 9 It Won't Be Long (3:28)
  10. 10 Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama) (3:07)
  11. 11 Pea Vine Blues (3:05)
  12. 12 Mississippi Boweavil Blues (3:10)
  13. 13 Lord, I'm Discouraged (3:09)
  14. 14 I'm Goin' Home (3:14)
  15. 15 Snatch It and Grab It - Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins (3:07)
  16. 16 A Rag Blues - Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins (3:01)
  17. 17 How Come Mama Blues - Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins (3:07)
  18. 18 Voice Throwin' Blues - Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1 (3:00)
  2. 2 High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2 (2:59)
  3. 3 I Shall Not Be Moved (3:05)
  4. 4 Rattlesnake Blues (2:47)
  5. 5 Going to Move to Alabama (3:01)
  6. 6 Hammer Blues (3:16)
  7. 7 Joe Kirby (3:09)
  8. 8 Frankie and Albert (3:09)
  9. 9 Devil Sent the Rain Blues (2:57)
  10. 10 Magnolia Blues (3:03)
  11. 11 Runnin' Wild Blues (2:56)
  12. 12 Some Happy Day (3:09)
  13. 13 Mean Black Moan (3:17)
  14. 14 Green River Blues (3:15)
  15. 15 That's My Man - Edith North Johnson (3:39)
  16. 16 Honey Dripper Blues No. 2 - Edith North Johnson (3:10)
  17. 17 Eight Hour Woman - Edith North Johnson (2:47)
  18. 18 Nickel's Worth of Liver Blues No. 2 - Edith North Johnson (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Jim Lee, Pt. 1 (3:05)
  2. 2 Jim Lee, Pt. 2 (3:01)
  3. 3 Mean Black Cat Blues (2:54)
  4. 4 Jesus Is a Dying Bed Maker (2:52)
  5. 5 Elder Greene Blues (3:03)
  6. 6 When Your Way Gets Dark (3:08)
  7. 7 Some These Day's I'll Be Gone (3:08)
  8. 8 Heart Like Railroad Steel (2:50)
  9. 9 Circle Round the Moon (2:33)
  10. 10 You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die (2:59)
  11. 11 Be True Be True Blues - Henry "Son" Sims (3:02)
  12. 12 Farrell Blues - Henry "Son" Sims (3:07)
  13. 13 Tell Me Man Blues - Henry "Son" Sims (3:13)
  14. 14 Come Back Corrina - Henry "Son" Sims (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Some Summer Day (3:03)
  2. 2 Bird Nest Bound (3:20)
  3. 3 Future Blues - Willie Brown (3:00)
  4. 4 Mando Blues - Willie Brown (3:18)
  5. 5 Walkin Blues - Son House (2:56)
  6. 6 My Black Mama, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:07)
  7. 7 My Black Mama, Pt. 2 - Son House (3:14)
  8. 8 Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:04)
  9. 9 Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 2 - Son House (2:54)
  10. 10 Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:11)
  11. 11 Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 2 - Son House (3:24)
  12. 12 All Night Long Blues - Louise Johnson (3:12)
  13. 13 On the Wall - Louise Johnson (3:04)
  14. 14 All Night Long Blues - Louise Johnson (3:03)
  15. 15 By the Moon and Stars - Louise Johnson (2:53)
  16. 16 Long Ways from Home - Louise Johnson (3:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Dry Well Blues (3:20)
  2. 2 Moon Going Down (3:25)
  3. 3 We All Gonna Face the Rising Sun - Delta Big Four (3:39)
  4. 4 Moaner Let's Go Down in the Valley - Delta Big Four (3:01)
  5. 5 Jesus Got His Arms Around Me - Delta Big Four (3:10)
  6. 6 God Won't Forsake His Own - Delta Big Four (3:22)
  7. 7 I'll Be Here - Delta Big Four (3:09)
  8. 8 Where Was Eve Sleeping? - Delta Big Four (3:17)
  9. 9 I Know My Time Ain't Long - Delta Big Four (3:13)
  10. 10 Watch and Pray - Delta Big Four (3:10)
  11. 11 Paramount Test 1 - 4/19/30 Headlines - H.C. Speir (3:42)
  12. 12 Paramount Test 2 - 4/12/30 Headlines - H.C. Speir (3:13)
  13. 13 High Sherrif Blues (3:13)
  14. 14 Stone Pony Blues (2:54)
  15. 15 Jersey Bull Blues (3:10)
  16. 16 Hang It on the Wall (2:46)
  17. 17 34 Blues (2:59)
  18. 18 Love My Stuff (2:58)
  19. 19 Poor Me (3:00)
  20. 20 Revenue Man Blues (2:53)
  21. 21 Troubles 'Bout My Mother - Bertha Lee (2:57)
  22. 22 Oh Death - Bertha Lee (3:00)
  23. 23 Yellow Bee - Bertha Lou (2:54)
  24. 24 Mind Reader Blues - Bertha Lou (2:53)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Booze and Blues - Ma Rainey (3:11)
  2. 2 The Crowing Rooster - Walter Rhodes (3:25)
  3. 3 I Will Turn Your Money Green - Furry Lewis (3:11)
  4. 4 Ham Hound Crave - Reverend Rubin Lacy (2:58)
  5. 5 Bye Bye Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:04)
  6. 6 Maggie Campbell Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:28)
  7. 7 Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:13)
  8. 8 Kansas City Blues - William Harris (3:04)
  9. 9 Rowdy Blues - Kid Bailey (3:06)
  10. 10 Mississippi Bottom Blues - Kid Bailey (2:57)
  11. 11 Cold Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds (2:59)
  12. 12 Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks (3:04)
  13. 13 Just a Spoonful - Charley Jordan (2:41)
  14. 14 Banty Rooster - George Ryan (2:17)
  15. 15 My Grey Pony - Big Joe Williams (3:11)
  16. 16 Dark Road Blues - Willie Lofton (3:04)
  17. 17 Blues (2:56)
  18. 18 Sic 'Em Dogs On - Bukka White (2:23)
  19. 19 Po' Boy - Bukka White (2:51)
  20. 20 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor - Willie Brown (3:26)
  21. 21 County Farm Blues - Son House (2:12)
  22. 22 Saddle My Pray - Howlin' Wolf (2:34)
  23. 23 Forty-Four - Howlin' Wolf (2:49)
  24. 24 Too Close - Roebuck "Pops" Staples (5:22)
Disc 7
  1. 1 The Howlin' Wolf - Pete Welding (2:05)
  2. 2 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:45)
  3. 3 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:59)
  4. 4 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:50)
  5. 5 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (2:59)
  6. 6 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:09)
  7. 7 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:46)
  8. 8 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (2:27)
  9. 9 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:14)
  10. 10 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:47)
  11. 11 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (6:31)
  12. 12 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:08)
  13. 13 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:22)
  14. 14 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (7:13)
  15. 15 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (2:49)
  16. 16 Booker Miller - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:31)
  17. 17 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (4:40)
  18. 18 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:51)
  19. 19 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (2:35)
  20. 20 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:10)
  21. 21 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:11)
  22. 22 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (1:30)
  23. 23 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (0:36)
  24. 24 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (2:08)
  25. 25 HC Speir - Gayle Dean Wardlow (4:18)
  26. 26 Roebuck "Pops" Staples - Chris Strachwitz (1:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charley Patton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Willie Dixon Bass
Tommy Johnson Track Performer
Furry Lewis Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Mississippi Sheiks Track Performer
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Bukka White Track Performer
Big Joe Williams Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Don Redman Clarinet
Jody Williams Guitar
Walter Vinson Guitar, Vocals
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Guitar, Vocals
Ma Rainey Track Performer
Kid Bailey Guitar, Vocals
Willie Brown Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf Guitar, Vocals
Lonnie Chatmon Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Fletcher Henderson Piano
William Harris Guitar, Vocals
Son House Vocals, Slide Guitar
William Johnson Piano
Charley Jordan Guitar, Vocals
Earl Phillips Drums
Henry "Son" Sims Fiddle, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano
Mavis Staples Vocals
Willie Steel Drums
Pete Welding Track Performer
Willie Johnson Guitar
Pervis Staples Background Vocals
Charlie Green Trombone
Richard "Hacksaw" Harney Guitar
Edith North Johnson Piano, Vocals
Reverend Rubin Lacy Guitar, Vocals
Cleotha Staples Background Vocals
Booker T. Washington White Vocals, Slide Guitar
Walter Rhodes Accordion, Vocals
Louise Johnson Piano, Vocals
Blind Joe Reynolds Guitar, Vocals
Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins Track Performer
Bertha Lee Vocals
Blind Pete Track Performer
Delta Big Four Track Performer
Bertha Lou Track Performer
George Ryan Track Performer
H.C. Speir Track Performer
Gayle Dean Wardlow Track Performer
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Tommy Johnson Composer
Furry Lewis Composer
Charley Patton Composer
Bukka White Composer
Big Joe Williams Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Bernice Johnson Reagon Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Alan Lomax Engineer
John Fahey Book
Kid Bailey Composer
Willie Brown Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Fats Domino Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Son House Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Engineer
John A. Lomax Engineer
Johnny Parth Composer
Henry "Son" Sims Composer
Richard K. Spottswood Liner Notes
Chris Strachwitz Interviewer
Georgia White Composer
Dr. David Evans Liner Notes
Reverend Rubin Lacy Composer
Scott Colburn Audio Production
Louise Johnson Composer
Jeff Hunt Contributor
Unidentified Prisoner Composer
Traditional Composer
Potsy Duncan Illustrations, Digital Manipulation
Ruby T. Lomax Engineer
Susan Archie Art Direction
John Work III Engineer
H. E. Barnett Composer
Copyright Controlled Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
J. Graydon Hall Composer
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