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The Best There Ever Was: The Legendary Early Blues Performers

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Yazoo Records has long been one of the prime sources for rural blues reissues from the 1920s and '30s. Transferred from old 78s, some so rare only a single copy or two are known to exist, these tracks offer a wonderful glimpse into a fabled blues past. Essentially a kind of greatest-hits collection for Yazoo, The Best There Ever Was features lesser known songs from several giants of the genre Blind Willie Johnson's "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole," Charley Patton's "It Won't Be Long," Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Prison Cell Blues" that exhibit the same sort of range and power of their better known works. Also included are stellar tracks from more obscure performers, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Yazoo Records has long been one of the prime sources for rural blues reissues from the 1920s and '30s. Transferred from old 78s, some so rare only a single copy or two are known to exist, these tracks offer a wonderful glimpse into a fabled blues past. Essentially a kind of greatest-hits collection for Yazoo, The Best There Ever Was features lesser known songs from several giants of the genre Blind Willie Johnson's "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole," Charley Patton's "It Won't Be Long," Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Prison Cell Blues" that exhibit the same sort of range and power of their better known works. Also included are stellar tracks from more obscure performers, making the end result a great introduction to country blues. Highlights include the high tenor voice of Sam Collins on "Graveyard Digger's Blues" a variant of "Sugar Babe," perhaps best known as performed by blues banjoist Dock Boggs, the taut guitar work of Garfield Akers on "Dough Roller Blues," and Geeshie Wiley's forlorn, haunting, and absolutely stirring vocal take on "Last Kind Word Blues." Classic songs by Skip James "Cypress Grove", Tommy Johnson "Big Road Blues", and Son House "My Black Mama" round out an impressive track list.
Tracks - Jeff Tamarkin
For a single-disc compilation, it's a killer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351300225
  • Catalog Number: 3002
  • Sales rank: 144,901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dough Roller Blues (3:12)
  2. 2 Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:20)
  3. 3 My Black Mamma, Pt. 1 - Son House (3:09)
  4. 4 Ain't No Tellin' (3:01)
  5. 5 Cypress Grove Blues (3:12)
  6. 6 I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole (3:06)
  7. 7 Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day (3:04)
  8. 8 Barefoot Blues (3:01)
  9. 9 I'll Go With Her Blues (3:07)
  10. 10 Squabblin Blues - Ed Bell (3:04)
  11. 11 It Won't Be Long - Charley Patton (3:23)
  12. 12 What's the Matter Blues (3:08)
  13. 13 Last Kind Word Blues (3:04)
  14. 14 Bullfrog Blues - William Harris (3:11)
  15. 15 You Gonna Quit Me Blues - Blind Blake (2:47)
  16. 16 The Gone Dead Train (3:20)
  17. 17 Outdoor Blues (3:10)
  18. 18 Prison Cell Blues (2:46)
  19. 19 Graveyard Digger's Blues (3:15)
  20. 20 Big Chief Blues (2:54)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Sam Collins Contributor
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Skip James Composer, Contributor
Blind Lemon Jefferson Composer, Contributor
Blind Willie Johnson Composer, Contributor
Tommy Johnson Composer, Contributor
Furry Lewis Contributor
Blind Willie McTell Contributor
Memphis Minnie Contributor
Charley Patton Composer, Contributor
Frank Stokes Composer, Contributor
Blind Blake Composer, Contributor
Garfield Akers Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
William Harris Composer
King Solomon Hill Composer
Johnny Parth Composer
Don Kent Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Richard Nevis Producer, Remastering
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