Original Blues

The Original Blues

     
 

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This low-priced ten-track sampler is a loss-leader introduction to the catalog of Tradition Records, the blues reissue arm of Rykodisc. It's a solid selection of early blues recordings, focusing on vintage acoustic blues performances like Lightnin' Hopkins' flood narrative "Backwater Blues" and a classic rendition of

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This low-priced ten-track sampler is a loss-leader introduction to the catalog of Tradition Records, the blues reissue arm of Rykodisc. It's a solid selection of early blues recordings, focusing on vintage acoustic blues performances like Lightnin' Hopkins' flood narrative "Backwater Blues" and a classic rendition of Sonny Terry's "Rock Me Mama," but the idiosyncratic track listing is a little skewed, featuring three early gems by Leadbelly and two each by Big Joe Williams and Big Bill Broonzy instead of trying to provide a more balanced overview of the label's offerings. The Original Blues is of the most use to a relative blues newcomer who knows the basics but wants to explore deeper into prewar acoustic Southern blues, as opposed to the more familiar electric Chicago variation. However, it must be noted that the remastering on these elderly recordings is excellent, far superior to what one finds on cheap reissue labels specializing in public domain materials.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Tradition Records
UPC:
0600491109123
catalogNumber:
1091

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