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The Devil's Music

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Devil's Music is the three-disc soundtrack to a BBC television documentary on American blues that aired originally in 1976 at the height of the punk explosion in Britain. What makes this an important set are the many old blues artists captured here doing new live versions of their signature songs; and since many of them have since passed on, The Devil's Music is a particular treasure. The collection opens with Sam Chatmon singing "Stop and Listen," a version of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues." Big Joe Williams revisits his Depression-era classic "Providence Help the Poor People" and delivers a wonderful, charming "Watergate Blues." Bukka White chugs through ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Devil's Music is the three-disc soundtrack to a BBC television documentary on American blues that aired originally in 1976 at the height of the punk explosion in Britain. What makes this an important set are the many old blues artists captured here doing new live versions of their signature songs; and since many of them have since passed on, The Devil's Music is a particular treasure. The collection opens with Sam Chatmon singing "Stop and Listen," a version of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues." Big Joe Williams revisits his Depression-era classic "Providence Help the Poor People" and delivers a wonderful, charming "Watergate Blues." Bukka White chugs through "Aberdeen, Mississippi" and the incomparable Victoria Spivey sings a stylish "T.B. Blues." Alone at his piano, Little Brother Montgomery performs his trademark "Vicksburg Blues." Disc two features a six-song mini-concert from James De Shay and his band, while disc three captures brief live sets from Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Matt Murphy recorded at the 1963 European Blues Festival. The Devil's Music is a valuable document from a time when many of the old hands were still around to show how the blues was really done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Castle Us
  • UPC: 021823617725
  • Catalog Number: 236177

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stop and Listen - Sam Chatmon (3:39)
  2. 2 Highway 49 - Big Joe Williams (2:21)
  3. 3 Cool Drink of Water - Houston Stackhouse (3:21)
  4. 4 Sam's Rag - Sam Chatmon (1:36)
  5. 5 Watergate Blues - Big Joe Williams (1:50)
  6. 6 Who Gonna Love You Tonight - Sam Chatmon (3:57)
  7. 7 Aberdeen, Mississippi - Bukka White (4:02)
  8. 8 When You Got Rid of My Mule - Mose Vinson (3:23)
  9. 9 One Room Country Shack - Sonny Blake (4:34)
  10. 10 Bring It on Home @@Sonny Blake (3:13)
  11. 11 Mr Downchild - Joe Willie Wilkins (4:33)
  12. 12 Mean Red Spider - Houston Stackhouse (3:27)
  13. 13 Bugle Call Blues - Mose Vinson (3:35)
  14. 14 Crawdad - Laura Dukes (2:27)
  15. 15 Take a Little Walk With Me - The Aces (2:45)
  16. 16 Somebody Help Me - Billy Boy Arnold (5:20)
  17. 17 Somebody Loan Me a Dime - Fenton Robinson (4:29)
  18. 18 Don't Start Me Talkin' - Good Rockin' Charles (3:08)
  19. 19 You Don't Know What Love Is - Fenton Robinson (4:28)
  20. 20 It Hurts Me Too - Joe Carter (4:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 She Fooled Me - Billy Boy Arnold (4:04)
  2. 2 Blue Shadows - The Aces (3:06)
  3. 3 Shake Your Boogie - Good Rockin' Charles (3:53)
  4. 4 Vicksburg Blues - Little Brother Montgomery (4:26)
  5. 5 Yankee Doodle Blues - Edith Wilson (3:03)
  6. 6 I Ain't Got No Special Rider Now - Little Brother Montgomery (3:30)
  7. 7 Crossroads - James De Shay (3:38)
  8. 8 Pony Blues - James De Shay (4:43)
  9. 9 Mistake in Life - James De Shay (7:08)
  10. 10 Evil Is Going On - James De Shay (3:44)
  11. 11 Hold That Train, Conductor - James De Shay (5:00)
  12. 12 Forty Four - James De Shay (3:45)
  13. 13 Providence Help the Poor People - Big Joe Williams (2:54)
  14. 14 Tears Came Rolling Down - Henry Townsend (2:10)
  15. 15 Sloppy Drunk - Big Joe Williams (2:05)
  16. 16 Wave My Hands Bye Bye - Henry Townsend (4:03)
  17. 17 Meet Me at the Bottom - Big Joe Williams (2:52)
  18. 18 T.B. Blues - Victoria Spivey (4:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Wish Me Well - Memphis Slim (4:06)
  2. 2 I Wrote This Song - Memphis Slim (3:06)
  3. 3 All by Myself - Memphis Slim (3:06)
  4. 4 99 - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:39)
  5. 5 Bye Bye Bird - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:16)
  6. 6 In the Evening - Memphis Slim (5:04)
  7. 7 Grooving on Bounce - Matt Murphy (3:10)
  8. 8 Taking Off - Matt Murphy (4:50)
  9. 9 All My Love in Vain - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:05)
  10. 10 Your Funeral and My Trial - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:15)
  11. 11 Don't Start Me Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:29)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Composer, Contributor
Lucille Bogan Composer
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Leroy Carr Composer
Sam Chatmon Composer, Contributor
Peter J. Clayton Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Lloyd Glenn Composer
Good Rockin' Charles Contributor
John Lee Hooker Composer
Memphis Slim Contributor
Little Brother Montgomery Arranger, Composer, Contributor
Charley Patton Composer
Fenton Robinson Composer, Contributor
Victoria Spivey Composer, Contributor
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Henry Townsend Composer, Contributor
Bukka White Composer, Contributor
Big Joe Williams Composer, Contributor
George Gershwin Composer
Bill Meyers Composer
Mercy Dee Walton Composer
Robert Lockwood Jr. Composer
Mose Vinson Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Peter Chatman Arranger
Robert Johnson Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Neil Slaven Liner Notes, Annotation
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer, Contributor
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Little Laura Dukes Arranger
Bob Dunn Composer
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Judd Williams Composer
Matt Murphy Composer
Traditional Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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