Great Bluesmen at Newport '59

Great Bluesmen at Newport '59

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This two-LP, single-CD compilation offers up 21 songs recorded live between 1959 and 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival. This is a killer selection of cuts by rediscovered '30s blues legends, many rising to the occasion to perform in front of thousands of people at once. A lot of comebacks and late-in-life careers were sparked by the performances captured on this CD,… See more details below

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This two-LP, single-CD compilation offers up 21 songs recorded live between 1959 and 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival. This is a killer selection of cuts by rediscovered '30s blues legends, many rising to the occasion to perform in front of thousands of people at once. A lot of comebacks and late-in-life careers were sparked by the performances captured on this CD, which is essential listening for anyone who cares about the blues. Robert Pete Williams, playing his first concert outside Louisiana gave a performance so powerful, energetic, and dexterous, that he built a new career while still a relatively young man at the age of 40. Everyone who has heard Son House's album on Columbia and wondered if they were missing something might better look to the performance on this CD. With Mance Lipscomb accompanying him, the legendary slide player provides a good look at what his playing and singing were like in his prime. Mississippi John Hurt, who made some great records during this era, was at his best working in front of an audience, and had done so in Mississippi for decades. He gives a devastatingly nimble performance on this concert disc, both in his singing and playing. Similarly, Skip James launched a whole new career for himself with his performance on "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" and "Illinois Blues." Willie Doss appears to have gotten not too much further than his Newport performances, fine though they were, but the Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell both reignited their commercial careers with the work heard here. Rounding out the set are contributions from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins, working musicians for decades up to that time, who were simply playing very big outdoor gigs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/1991
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707007726
catalogNumber:
77/78
Rank:
232804

Tracks

  1. Midnight Boogie  - Robert Pete Williams
  2. Levee Camp Blues  - Robert Pete Williams
  3. My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door  - Sonny Terry
  4. Tupelo  - John Lee Hooker
  5. Bus Station Blues  - John Lee Hooker
  6. Son's Blues  - Son House
  7. Pony Blues  - Son House
  8. Mailman Blues  - Sleepy John Estes
  9. Clean up at Home  - Sleepy John Estes
  10. Hey Rattler/Oh My Lord  -  Doc Reese
  11. Sliding Delta  - Mississippi John Hurt
  12. Trouble I Had All My Days  - Mississippi John Hurt
  13. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues  - Skip James
  14. Illinois Blues  - Skip James
  15. Death Don't Have No Mercy  - Rev. Gary Davis
  16. Carfish Blues  -  Willie Doss
  17. I Had a Woman  -  Willie Doss
  18. Lord, I'm Going Down South  - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  19. If the River Was Whiskey  - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  20. Cottonfield Blues  - Lightnin' Hopkins
  21. Shake That Thing  - Lightnin' Hopkins

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Track Performer
John Lee Hooker   Track Performer
Mississippi John Hurt   Track Performer
Skip James   Track Performer
Mance Lipscomb   Guitar
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Track Performer
Brownie McGhee   Track Performer
Rev. Gary Davis   Guitar,Track Performer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Track Performer
Son House   Track Performer
Bill Lee   Bass,Track Performer
Sonny Terry   Track Performer
Robert Pete Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Contributor
John Lee Hooker   Contributor
Mississippi John Hurt   Contributor
Skip James   Contributor
Mance Lipscomb   Contributor
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee   Contributor
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Contributor
Brownie McGhee   Contributor
Samuel Charters   Liner Notes
Lightnin' Hopkins   Composer,Contributor
Son House   Composer,Contributor
Maynard Solomon   Producer
Robert Pete Williams   Composer
Bill Doss   Contributor
Doc Reese   Contributor

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