Steeped in the Blues Tradition

Steeped in the Blues Tradition

     
 
Steeped in the Blues Tradition is a notable budget compilation of pre- and postwar acoustic blues -- a much more varied sampler of Tradition's blues catalog than the three-CD set Best of Blues Tradition, Vol. 1. While there might seem to be a lot of overly familiar blues fare here ("See See Rider," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Baby Please Don't Go"

Overview

Steeped in the Blues Tradition is a notable budget compilation of pre- and postwar acoustic blues -- a much more varied sampler of Tradition's blues catalog than the three-CD set Best of Blues Tradition, Vol. 1. While there might seem to be a lot of overly familiar blues fare here ("See See Rider," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Baby Please Don't Go"), when it's played by the likes of Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Big Bill Broonzy, it's as good as original. Compilation producer Anton Glovsky makes sure to include a handful of celebrated blues revival moments, such as performances by Hopkins, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Big Joe Williams at the Ash Grove in the early '60s, as well as the jaw-dropping 1960 studio session that united this fantastic foursome on "Blues for Gamblers" (aka "Three Aces on the Bottom of the Deal"). Meanwhile, the prewar material pays homage to Leadbelly, Josh White, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Overall, the only letdown -- and a minor one at that -- is that Lightnin' Hopkins' introduction to "Big Car Blues" was brutally edited down for no apparent reason. (For the full story of how his black Cadillac got stolen, check out the version on Blues Hoot.)

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Tradition Records
UPC:
0600491101622
catalogNumber:
16

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lead Belly   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Joe Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Josh White   Guitar,Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Guitar Slim   Track Performer
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Anton Glovsky   Producer,Liner Notes
J. "Superslim" Lomax   Composer

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