When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 2: The First Time I Met the Blues

When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 2: The First Time I Met the Blues

     
 

When Bluebird/RCA launched its blues-oriented When the Sun Goes Down series in 2002, it described the compilations as "the secret history of rock & roll." That didn't mean that the series focuses on obscure, lesser-known rock & roll recordings; rather, it spotlights pre-'50s recordings that helped pave the way for the rock & roll explosion. Spanning 1927-1936, See more details below

Overview

When Bluebird/RCA launched its blues-oriented When the Sun Goes Down series in 2002, it described the compilations as "the secret history of rock & roll." That didn't mean that the series focuses on obscure, lesser-known rock & roll recordings; rather, it spotlights pre-'50s recordings that helped pave the way for the rock & roll explosion. Spanning 1927-1936, When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 2: The First Time I Met the Blues illustrates the diversity of the prewar blues world. The terms "country blues" and "prewar blues" are often used interchangeably, and in fact, a lot of prewar blues did fall into the country blues category (which could be anything from Mississippi Delta blues to Piedmont blues to Memphis blues). But there was also an urban, jazz-influenced school of prewar blues: classic female blues, which was quite popular in the '20s and '30s -- and when this CD is playing, one is reminded of the differences between classic female blues and country blues. Recordings by Victoria Spivey ("Telephoning the Blues") and Lizzie Miles ("I Hate a Man Like You") are the essence of jazz-minded classic blues -- the latter even boasts Jelly Roll Morton on piano -- whereas Bo Carter's "Doubled Up in a Knot" and Sleepy John Estes' "The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair" are state-of-the-art country blues. Meanwhile, old-time country singer Jimmie Rodgers (not to be confused with the Jimmy Rogers who recorded for Chess) favors a rural/urban blend on "Blue Yodel No. 9," which boasts Louis Armstrong on cornet. Rodgers' outlook was primarily rural, but "Blue Yodel No. 9" underscores his willingness to incorporate jazz on occasion. Historians will find a lot to admire about this diverse, far-reaching CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
Label:
Rca Victor Europe
UPC:
0090266398720
catalogNumber:
663987

Tracks

  1. Telephoning the Blues
  2. Viola Lee Blues
  3. Haven't Got a Dollar to Pay Your House Rent Man
  4. Saturday Blues
  5. This Morning She Was Gone
  6. Canned Heat Blues
  7. Statesboro Blues
  8. Stealin' Stealin'
  9. Judge Harsh Blues
  10. Rent Man Blues
  11. I Don't Care What You Say
  12. I Hate a Man Like You
  13. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do, Pt. 1
  14. I'm a Mighty Tight Woman
  15. Standin' on the Corner
  16. The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair
  17. Don't Want No Woman
  18. Cocaine Habit Blues
  19. Married Woman Blues
  20. Red Nightgown Blues
  21. Hard Working Woman
  22. Doubled Up in a Knot
  23. If You Want Me Baby
  24. The First Time I Met the Blues
  25. Sales Tax

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Guitar,Vocals
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano,Vocals
Victoria Spivey   Vocals
Frank Stokes   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmie Davis   Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Luis Russell   Piano
Natty Dominique   Trumpet
Earl Humphrey   Trombone
Lizzie Miles   Vocals
Gus Cannon   Banjo
Joe Howard   Tuba
Sonny Boy Nelson   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Cornet
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Elijah Avery   Guitar
Ishman Bracey   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Burse   Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Chatmon   Violin
Buddy Christian   Banjo
Pops Foster   String Bass
Bethenea Harris   Vocals
Hattie Hart   Vocals
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Charlie Holmes   Saxophone
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Mike Jackson   Piano
Louis James   Tenor Saxophone
Jab Jones   Piano,Vocals,Jug
Hambone Lewis   Jug
Noah Lewis   Harmonica,Vocals
Yank Rachell   Mandolin
Ben Ramey   Kazoo,Vocals
Dan Sane   Guitar
Sam Sims   Drums
Vol Stevens   Guitar,Vocals
Hosea Woods   Kazoo
Louis Dumaine   Cornet
Will Johnson   Guitar
Willie Joseph   Clarinet
Leonard Mitchell   Banjo
Morris Rouse   Piano
James Willigan   Drums
Oscar Woods   Guitar
Bob Fuller   Alto Saxophone
Alfoncy Harris   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Edna Winston   Vocals
Douglas Williams   Clarinet
Dan Hornsby   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Victoria Spivey   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Colin Escott   Producer,Liner Notes
Barry Feldman   Producer
Doug Pomeroy   Mastering
David Evans   Producer,Liner Notes
Gary Kelley   Cover Art

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