Natural Blues [Wrasse]

Natural Blues [Wrasse]

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Natural Blues is an album built primarily around the blues sampled in Moby's Play album. Beyond those items that were directly sampled, various pieces from the first two "generations" of the blues are given as representatives of the major figures. The foundation of the album is a number of recordings from Alan Lomax's Southern odyssey years, with items from Bessie Jones, Vera Hall, and Boy Blue standing out as the main artists of this first generation, acoustic blues. The other component of the album is a good dosage of "second-generation" blues, essentially from Muddy Waters going electric through the beginning of the careers of B.B. King and John Lee Hooker, right up to the first signs of rock & roll with Bo Diddley's namesake song. The highlights of the earlier pieces would primarily be the items specifically sampled by Moby, to see the stripped-down essence of what would much later become techno hits. Of the later works, there are a multitude of highlights, as the signature pieces by any number of artists are presented. Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy," Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning," Koko Taylor's "Wang Dang Doodle," and Bo Diddley's already mentioned self-titled number are all featured, along with slightly lesser-known pieces by artists of the same caliber. Of course, the ideal blues collection would feature a good deal of the Chess catalog as well as the full Lomax recordings. Given the enormity of this, though, an album like this which showcases a number of major items from both eras of the blues is a good fix. Pick it up for a nice overview of the relatively earlier eras of the blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2000
Label: Import [generic]
UPC: 5060001270135
catalogNumber: 270135

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lowell Fulson   Track Performer
Buddy Guy   Track Performer
John Lee Hooker   Track Performer
Etta James   Track Performer
Little Walter   Track Performer
Koko Taylor   Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Track Performer
Bessie Jones   Track Performer
Bo Diddley   Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf   Track Performer
Little Milton   Track Performer
B.B. King   Track Performer
Albert King   Track Performer
Muddy Waters   Track Performer
Jimmy Rogers   Track Performer
Otis Rush   Track Performer
Joe Lee   Track Performer
Boy Blue   Track Performer
Vera Hall   Track Performer
Willie Jones   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Little Walter   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Gene Barge   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer,Engineer
Bessie Jones   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Bo Diddley   Composer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
Bill Foster   Composer
Albert King   Composer
Mel London   Composer
Eurreal Montgomery   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Jimmy Rogers   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Clifton William Smith   Composer
James A. Lane   Composer
Russell Royster   Composer
Marshall Paul   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer

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