Yonder Come the Blues

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Yonder Come the Blues has a duel life: it serves as a companion disc to the book of the same name and as a thoughtful guide to the birth of the genre now called the blues. Complier Paul Oliver has carefully chosen the tracks. This disc moves briskly from the early syncopations of fife player Othar Turner to the adoption of blues by the North Carolina Ramblers to the waxings of African-American bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. This collection does a better job than most of introducing acoustic blues because of its inclusion of earlier forms of the genre. The first two tracks, "Agbekor" and "Ring Dance," were recorded in Ghana and represent the propulsive rhythms that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Yonder Come the Blues has a duel life: it serves as a companion disc to the book of the same name and as a thoughtful guide to the birth of the genre now called the blues. Complier Paul Oliver has carefully chosen the tracks. This disc moves briskly from the early syncopations of fife player Othar Turner to the adoption of blues by the North Carolina Ramblers to the waxings of African-American bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. This collection does a better job than most of introducing acoustic blues because of its inclusion of earlier forms of the genre. The first two tracks, "Agbekor" and "Ring Dance," were recorded in Ghana and represent the propulsive rhythms that African slaves brought to America. Thyam Sy Griots plays a halam five-string chordophone on "Halam Improvisation," which sounds sort of like George Harrison playing the blues on a sitar. As the disc moves into its second stage, the listener is treated to Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton's "Sweet Sara Blues" and interestingly, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys' "Brain Cloudy Blues." Finally, selections by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Big Bill Broonzy show the blues settling into a more recognizable form, while Pinetop Burks offers an early version of boogie-woogie. In time, acoustic guitars and pianos replaced fiddles and fifes, and many forgot that there were, indeed, other ways to play the blues. Yonder Come the Blues educates the listener by offering a generous and enjoyable collection that effectively traces the roots of a genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298322019
  • Catalog Number: 32201
  • Sales rank: 340,079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Agbekor - Ladzekpo & Ewe Drum Orchestra (2:09)
  2. 2 Ring Dance - Mamprusi Tribesman (2:00)
  3. 3 Fife and Drum Piece - Otha Turner (3:09)
  4. 4 Praise Song - Kunaal And Sosira (3:03)
  5. 5 Forty Four Blues (4:47)
  6. 6 Halam Improvisation - Thyam Sy Griots (2:01)
  7. 7 Wild About My Loving (3:08)
  8. 8 Coon from Tennessee (3:10)
  9. 9 Don't Think I'm Santa Claus - Lil McClintock (3:11)
  10. 10 Sweet Sara Blues (3:01)
  11. 11 Charleston Contest, Pt. 2 (3:14)
  12. 12 Decatur Street 81 (2:47)
  13. 13 Jug Rag (2:52)
  14. 14 Caught Us Doing It (2:36)
  15. 15 Brain Cloudy Blues (2:58)
  16. 16 Kid Man Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (2:52)
  17. 17 Rabbit Foot Blues (2:58)
  18. 18 Blue Bloomer Blues (3:10)
  19. 19 Death's Black Train Is Coming - Reverend J.M. Gates (3:10)
  20. 20 When the War Was On (3:03)
  21. 21 New Stock Yard Blues (2:56)
  22. 22 Detroit Special (2:56)
  23. 23 Press My Button (Ring My Bell) - Lil Johnson (3:10)
  24. 24 Fannie Mae Blues - Pinetop Burks (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson Guitar, Vocals
Blind Willie Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Whistlin' Alex Moore Piano, Vocals
Buddy Moss Harmonica
Butch Cage Fiddle, Vocals
Lil Johnson Vocals
Curley Weaver Guitar
Robert Wilkins Guitar, Vocals
Casey Bill Weldon Guitar, Vocals
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle
Lester Barnard Jr. Electric Guitar
Lonnie Coleman Banjo, Vocals
Johnny Cuviello Drums
Tom Darby Guitar
Tommy Duncan Vocals
Teddy Edwards Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Roy Harvey Guitar
R.J. Jones Piano
Millard Kelso Piano
Fred McMullen Guitar
Pinetop Perkins Piano, Vocals
Charlie Poole Banjo, Vocals
Herb Remington Steel Guitar
Bill Settles String Bass
Jimmie Tarlton Guitar, Vocals
Bob Wills Fiddle, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Billy Jack Wills String Bass
Joe Holley Fiddle
Black Bob Piano
Salty Holmes Guitar, Harmonica, Jug
Posey Rorer Fiddle
Kid Spoons Spoons
Kobla Ladzekpo Atsimevu
Jimmie Widener Banjo
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Bertha "Chippie" Hill Vocals
Charles Hurt Mandolin
Willie B. Thomas Guitar
Angeline Johnson Vocals
Too Tight Henry Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor String Bass
Blind Norris Guitar
R.L. Boyd Kettle Drums
Son Joe Guitar
Reid Jones Bass Drums
Lil McClintock Guitar, Vocals
Sostra Fiddle, gourd
Kunaal Calabash
Otha Turner Fife
Technical Credits
Richard M. Jones Composer
Lil Johnson Composer
Tony Russell Liner Notes
Chris Strachwitz Engineer
Sydney Thiam Contributor
Dr. David Evans Engineer
Paul Oliver Engineer, Liner Notes
Gary Atkinson Producer, Cover Art
John Godrich Liner Notes
Tolia Nikiprowetzky Engineer
Thiam Sy Contributor
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