Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1

Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1


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Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1

Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1 is a curious and fascinating collection of field recordings of Mississippi country blues guitarists done between 1967 and 1991, most of the selections recorded in the musicians' homes, which means there is a good deal of incidental background noise, including people talking and laughing, dogs barking, and a whole lot of foot stomping. All of this adds a certain degree of intimacy to the performances, which range from excellent to incredibly shaky. Jessie Mae Hemphill, Sam Chatmon, and Jack Owens fare the best, while the lone track by Son House, "Baby Please Don't Dog Me 'Round," is a horrible recording, with more distorted foot stomp than guitar (although it is still a fascinating track, in spite of it all). Furry Lewis does "Going to Brownsville" here on electric guitar, which is interesting, since he was normally recorded in an acoustic setting. Also worth noting is a single cut by Mager Johnson, Tommy Johnson's brother, who does "Traveling Blues" on electric guitar. Not always a smooth listen, Giants of Country Blues Guitar, Vol. 1 has probably more archival and historical value than anything else, but the sheer intimacy of some of these recordings gives it a very special grace.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/1998
Label: Wolf Records
UPC: 0799582301123
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 211537

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Chatmon   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jessie Mae Hemphill   Guitar,Vocals
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Son House   Guitar,Vocals
Eugene Powell   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Owens   Guitar,Vocals
Mott Willis   Guitar,Vocals
Carey Mason   Guitar,Vocals
Mager Johnson   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Hannes Folterbauer   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Michael Hortig   Engineer
Mott Willis   Composer
Andrea Folterbauer   Engineer
Ulrich Hahn   Engineer
Carey Mason   Composer
Daniel Gugolz   Liner Notes
Mager Johnson   Composer

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