The Roots of the White Stripes

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A collection of 22 mostly blues tracks that either influenced or were covered by the White Stripes, this set works just fine as an anthology even without the White Stripes connection. And it isn't all blues, either, with songs like Patti Page's wry but definitely pop "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine" and Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm," which features his trademark country shuffle, also included. Most of this set, though, is comprised of darkly themed vintage country blues 78s, and tracks like Blind Willie McTell's cautionary tale "Dying Crapshooter's Blues," Robert Johnson's "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day," and Son House's surging, head-long "Death Letter Blues" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A collection of 22 mostly blues tracks that either influenced or were covered by the White Stripes, this set works just fine as an anthology even without the White Stripes connection. And it isn't all blues, either, with songs like Patti Page's wry but definitely pop "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine" and Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm," which features his trademark country shuffle, also included. Most of this set, though, is comprised of darkly themed vintage country blues 78s, and tracks like Blind Willie McTell's cautionary tale "Dying Crapshooter's Blues," Robert Johnson's "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day," and Son House's surging, head-long "Death Letter Blues" are classics by any definition and influenced a whole lot more folks than just the White Stripes. But as they say, everything old is new again. The blues has always been there, and the White Stripes made good use of it in the 21st century without changing much of it around at all. Smart band. That template is here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 636551006323
  • Catalog Number: 63
  • Sales rank: 200,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Rhythm (2:14)
  2. 2 Boogie Chillun - John Lee Hooker (2:37)
  3. 3 Baby Blue - Gene Vincent (2:33)
  4. 4 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine - Patti Page (2:41)
  5. 5 Harrigan - James Cagney (2:24)
  6. 6 You Can't Get That Stuff No More - Tampa Red (2:50)
  7. 7 Dying Crapshooter's Blues - Blind Willie McTell (3:10)
  8. 8 If I Had Posession Over Judgement Day (2:35)
  9. 9 The House of the Rising Sun (3:15)
  10. 10 Southern Can Is Mine - Blind Willie McTell (3:13)
  11. 11 Black Jack David - The Carter Family (2:40)
  12. 12 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams (2:54)
  13. 13 St Jame's Infirmary - Josh White (2:40)
  14. 14 Cool Drink of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:33)
  15. 15 Lord, Send Me an Angel - Blind Willie McTell (2:52)
  16. 16 John the Reveleator - Son House (2:31)
  17. 17 Take a Whiff on Me (2:54)
  18. 18 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:37)
  19. 19 Stones in My Passway (2:28)
  20. 20 Death Letter Blues - Son House (4:20)
  21. 21 Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying - Blind Willie Johnson (3:02)
  22. 22 Boil Weevil (3:03)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Josh White Composer
George M. Cohan Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Dave Henderson Liner Notes
Son House Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Mack David Composer
Traditional Composer
Vincent Composer
Williams Composer
Theard Composer
Jones Composer
Carter Composer
McDowell Composer
Hooker Composer
Johnson Composer
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