The Paramount Masters

The Paramount Masters


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The Paramount Masters

Paramount Records didn't know it at the time, but they created one of the most valuable catalogs of early American blues and jazz music ever assembled. Formed by a furniture company called the Wisconsin Chair Company in the mid-teens to facilitate sales for their new phonograph cabinets, Paramount Records (along with its subsidiary labels Broadway, Famous, and Puritan) sent a young man named Art Satherley on the road in the South to explore and exploit the growing "race records" market beginning in 1917. Over the next 15 years, Satherley and the other Paramount Records' representatives recorded well over 100 sides featuring blues and jazz artists as well-known as Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, and Meade Lux Lewis, and an otherwise unknown as Side Wheel Sally Duffie, whose "Bunker Hill Blues" is a piano blues showcase for a high-register, vibrato-heavy vocal of uncertain pitch which sounds almost like a 1920s equivalent to Björk. These 100 sides are presented in chronological order, with as much information is as known about each recording. Sound quality varies widely, and of course is at times atrocious, but the historical import and entertainment value for students of early jazz and blues is immense.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065772321
catalogNumber: 7723
Rank: 163702


Disc 1

  1. Nappy Head Blues
  2. Red River Blues
  3. Honky Tonk Train Blues
  4. You Can't Keep No Brown
  5. Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues
  6. No. 29
  7. Outside Woman Blues
  8. Old Country Rock
  9. Keep a Knockin'
  10. Touch Me Light Mama
  11. Jack of All Trades
  12. Come on In (Ain't Nobody Here But Me)
  13. All Birds Look Like Chicken to Me
  14. Cotton Field Blues
  15. Traveling Blues
  16. Soon This Morning Blues
  17. Gay Cattin'
  18. Whoopee Blues
  19. Eagles on a Half
  20. Wasn't It Sad About Lemon
  21. Freakish Man Blues
  22. Rough Rugged Road Blues
  23. Mississippi Jail House Groan
  24. Try Me One More Time
  25. Barrel House Flat Blues

Disc 2

  1. I Shall Not Be Moved
  2. Walking Blues
  3. Guitar Boogie
  4. Black and Evil Blues
  5. The New Dirty Dozen
  6. Low-Down Mississippi Bottom Man
  7. Vicksburg Blue
  8. Jack of Diamonds Georgia Rub
  9. Billy Goat Blues
  10. Bunker Hill Blues
  11. Number Three Blues
  12. Mamlish Blues
  13. Eastern Chimes Blues
  14. Fetch Your Water
  15. Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake
  16. Water Bound Blues
  17. Broke Down Engine
  18. Dying Pickpocket Blues
  19. Seven Sister Blues
  20. Old Timbrook Blues
  21. The Preacher Must Get Some Sometime
  22. Motherless Child Blues
  23. The Ducks Yas Yas
  24. Boodle de Bum Bum
  25. Gotta Shave 'Em Dry

Disc 3

  1. Some Scream High Yellow
  2. Jab Blues
  3. Raised in the Alley Blues
  4. Frisco Leaving Birmingham
  5. Ninety Nine Blues
  6. Conjur Man Blues
  7. Mama's Angel Child
  8. Honey Blues
  9. Lonesome Atlanta Blues
  10. Fat Greasy Baby
  11. No Special Rider Blues
  12. New York Blues
  13. Doctor, Oh Doctor
  14. I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop
  15. Red Letter Blues
  16. Piano Kid Special
  17. Where Did You Stay Last Night
  18. The Gone Dead Train
  19. Fanny Lee Blues
  20. Narrow Face Blues
  21. Pick Poor Robin Clean
  22. The Boy in the Boat
  23. Texas Blues
  24. Evil Woman Blues
  25. Three, Six and Nine

Disc 4

  1. Tom Cat Blues
  2. Smiling Blues
  3. Mama, Don't You Think I Know
  4. Back to the Woods (Blues)
  5. Prison Blues
  6. Deep Morgan Blues
  7. My Laona Blues
  8. Pistol Blues
  9. Pratt City Blues
  10. Telephone Arguin' Blues
  11. Over to My House
  12. Hambone Blues
  13. Down in Tennessee
  14. Ham Hound Crave
  15. Fire Detective Blues
  16. Up on the Hill Blues
  17. Key to the Mountain Blues
  18. Down on My Bended Knee
  19. Red River Blues
  20. Give Us Another Jug
  21. Nehi Blues
  22. Last Farewell Blues
  23. Larceny Woman Blues
  24. Wicked Devil's Blues
  25. Raggin' the Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar
Bumble Bee Slim   Vocals
Georgia Tom   Piano,Vocals
Papa Charlie Jackson   Banjo,Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano,Vocals
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes   Piano,Vocals
Henry Townsend   Guitar,Vocals
Ike Rodgers   Trombone
John Byrd   Guitar,Vocals
J.D. Short   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Bell   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Blake   Guitar
Blind Roosevelt Graves   Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Spand   Piano,Violin,Vocals
Ma Rainey   Vocals
Henry Brown   Piano
Herman Brown   Washboard
Bob Call   Piano
Loni Clark   Vocals
Bernice Edwards   Piano,Vocals
William Ezell   Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bob Grant   Guitar,Vocals
Uaroy Graves   Tambourine,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
King Solomon Hill   Guitar,Vocals
Bo Weavil Jackson   Guitar,Vocals
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Alice Moore   Vocals
William Moore   Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Martell Pettiford   Banjo
Miles Pruitt   Banjo,Guitar
Bob Robinson   Vocals
Wesley Wallace   Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Carl Reid   Jug
Lottie Beaman   Vocals
Blind Teddy Darby   Guitar,Vocals
Mozelle Alderson   Vocals
Ralph Lembo   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Elvie Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Alice Pearson   Vocals
Rube Lacey   Guitar,Vocals
George "Bullet" Williams   Harmonica
Blind Joe Reynolds   Guitar,Vocals
Geeshie Wiley   Guitar,Vocals
Jabo Williams   Piano
Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins   Guitar,Vocals
Baby Jay   Cornet,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Freddie Spruell   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Coleman   Banjo,Guitar
Mary Johnson   Vocals
Raymond Barrow   Piano,Vocals
George Hannah   Vocals
Fred Coates   Piano
Ben Curry   Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals
Side Wheel Sallie Duffie   Vocals
Charlie "Dad" Nelson   Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Personnel
Bumble Bee Slim   Personnel
Georgia Tom   Personnel
Papa Charlie Jackson   Personnel
Little Brother Montgomery   Composer,Personnel
Charley Patton   Personnel
Roosevelt Sykes   Personnel
Henry Townsend   Personnel
Little Richard   Composer
Ike Rodgers   Personnel
John Byrd   Personnel
J.D. Short   Personnel
Ed Bell   Personnel
Blind Blake   Personnel
Blind Roosevelt Graves   Personnel
Charlie Spand   Composer,Personnel
Ma Rainey   Personnel
Henry Brown   Personnel
Herman Brown   Personnel
Bob Call   Personnel
Loni Clark   Personnel
Bernice Edwards   Personnel
William Ezell   Personnel
Bob Grant   Composer,Personnel
Uaroy Graves   Personnel
King Solomon Hill   Personnel
Bo Weavil Jackson   Composer,Personnel
Mary Johnson   Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer,Personnel
Alice Moore   Composer,Personnel
William Moore   Composer,Personnel
Johnny Parth   Composer
Martell Pettiford   Personnel
Miles Pruitt   Personnel
Bob Robinson   Personnel
Neil Slaven   Liner Notes
Wesley Wallace   Composer,Personnel
G. Williams   Composer
Carl Reid   Personnel
Lottie Beaman   Personnel
Reverend Rubin Lacy   Composer
Blind Teddy Darby   Composer,Personnel
Mozelle Alderson   Personnel
Ralph Lembo   Personnel
Elvie Thomas   Personnel
Alice Pearson   Personnel
Rube Lacey   Personnel
George "Bullet" Williams   Personnel
Blind Joe Reynolds   Composer,Personnel
Unidentified Prisoner   Composer
Geeshie Wiley   Personnel
Jabo Williams   Composer,Personnel
Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins   Personnel
Baby Jay   Personnel
Freddie Spruell   Personnel
Bob Coleman   Personnel
Mary Johnson   Personnel
Raymond Barrow   Personnel
George Hannah   Personnel
Fred Coates   Personnel
Ben Curry   Personnel
Side Wheel Sallie Duffie   Personnel
Charlie "Dad" Nelson   Personnel

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