The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Charley Patton

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The story of Delta blues starts with Charley Patton's slashing slide style, hoarse and gruff vocals, and unerring ability to enliven and enlarge even the most mundane blues lyric. Patton's 78s have been collected in several fine packages, including the JSP box called Complete Recordings: 1929-1934, Catfish's nifty three-disc budget box called The Definitive Charley Patton, and the last word in all this, the impressive (and expensive) seven-disc Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues from Revenant Records. This selection from World Music Network and its Rough Guide to Blues Legends series works as a single-disc introduction to Patton, and it contains some of his best-known ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The story of Delta blues starts with Charley Patton's slashing slide style, hoarse and gruff vocals, and unerring ability to enliven and enlarge even the most mundane blues lyric. Patton's 78s have been collected in several fine packages, including the JSP box called Complete Recordings: 1929-1934, Catfish's nifty three-disc budget box called The Definitive Charley Patton, and the last word in all this, the impressive (and expensive) seven-disc Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues from Revenant Records. This selection from World Music Network and its Rough Guide to Blues Legends series works as a single-disc introduction to Patton, and it contains some of his best-known songs like "Pony Blues," the two-part "High Water Everywhere," "High Sheriff Blues," "A Spoonful Blues," and "Revenue Man Blues." Since Patton's rhythms and overall approach can be repetitive at times, casual listeners wondering what all the fuss is about might be better served with a single disc like this one that hones things down a bit, but Patton's work is both the Big Bang and the epicenter of country blues, so going a little deeper and springing for one of the box sets is well worth the time and expense. [A bonus disc included with this package traces Patton's influence and legacy.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633126822
  • Catalog Number: 1268
  • Sales rank: 67,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mississippi Boweavil Blues (3:09)
  2. 2 Down the Dirt Road Blues (2:57)
  3. 3 Pony Blues (2:59)
  4. 4 A Spoonful Blues (3:10)
  5. 5 High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1 (2:58)
  6. 6 High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2 (2:57)
  7. 7 34 Blues (2:57)
  8. 8 Pea Vine Blues (3:04)
  9. 9 Revenue Man Blues (2:42)
  10. 10 Poor Me (2:58)
  11. 11 High Sheriff Blues (3:11)
  12. 12 Frankie & Albert (3:09)
  13. 13 Prayer of Death, Pt. 1 (3:04)
  14. 14 Prayer of Death, Pt. 2 (2:49)
  15. 15 Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let it Fall Mama) (3:07)
  16. 16 Magnolia Blues (3:02)
  17. 17 Circle Round the Moon (2:32)
  18. 18 Screamin' and Hollerin' The Blues (3:07)
  19. 19 Mean Black Moan (3:26)
  20. 20 Jesus is a Dying Bed Maker (2:53)
  21. 21 Oh Death (2:51)
  22. 22 Heart Like Railroad Steel (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walkin' Blues - Son House (2:59)
  2. 2 M&O Blues - Willie Brown (3:09)
  3. 3 All Night Long Blues - Louise Johnson (3:10)
  4. 4 Be True Be True Blues - Henry Sims (3:01)
  5. 5 Mind Reader Blues - Bertha Lee Patton (2:54)
  6. 6 Saddle My Pony - Howlin' Wolf (2:34)
  7. 7 Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker (3:01)
  8. 8 Gypsy Woman - Muddy Waters (2:34)
  9. 9 Big Legged Woman - Brownie McGhee (2:42)
  10. 10 She Left Me a Mule To Ride - Big Joe Williams (2:31)
  11. 11 Fixin To Die Blues - Bukka White (2:48)
  12. 12 Canned Heat Blues - Tommy Johnson (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charley Patton Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Arranger
Tommy Johnson Composer
Charley Patton Arranger, Composer
Bukka White Composer
Big Joe Williams Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Willie Brown Composer
Son House Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Johnny Temple Composer
Nigel Williamson Liner Notes
Louise Johnson Composer
Laurence Cedar Mastering
Chester Burnett Arranger
Irène Rognier translation
Isaac Gómez Martel translation
Henry Sims Composer
Bertha Lee Patton Composer
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