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Takoma Blues [1998]
     

Takoma Blues [1998]

 

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This combines two impossibly rare Takoma vinyl albums (Chicago Breakdown and Rare Blues) that consisted of field recordings produced by Norman Dayron, the archivist noted for various live recordings in Chicago in the mid-'60s. These two albums draw from the same wellspring, delivering largely acoustic performances from

Overview

This combines two impossibly rare Takoma vinyl albums (Chicago Breakdown and Rare Blues) that consisted of field recordings produced by Norman Dayron, the archivist noted for various live recordings in Chicago in the mid-'60s. These two albums draw from the same wellspring, delivering largely acoustic performances from John Lee Granderson ("Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Minglewood Town"), the totally obscure Maxwell Street Jimmy (live concert renditions of "Crying Won't Make Me Stay," "Two Trains Running" and "Alberta"), Big Joe Williams ("I Ain't Got Nobody," "I Feel So Worried" and "Whistling Pines" with Paul Butterfield), Doctor Ross (live concert takes on "Chicago Breakdown," "Hobo Blues" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"), Son House (an extended "Preachin' Blues") and the Reverend Robert Wilkins ("I Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down" and "O Lord I Want You to Help Me"). The real hidden highlights are two hotel-room tracks with James Cotton on vocals, with Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop cast in rare acoustic roles on their respective instruments on "Polly Put the Kettle On" and "V-8 Ford Blues." Selections from Little Brother Montgomery and Sunnyland Slim complete the package.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1998
Label:
Ace Records Import
UPC:
0029667980722
catalogNumber:
6798072

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Eddie Boyd   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Butterfield   Harmonica
James Cotton   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Joe Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,9-string Guitar
Elvin Bishop   Guitar,national steel guitar
Doctor Ross   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Wilkins   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Son House   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,national steel guitar
St. Louis Jimmy Oden   Harmonica
Sunnyland Slim   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
John Lee Granderson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Big Joe Williams   Arranger
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Norman Dayron   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer

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