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VARIOUS ARTISTS Rounder 0238 Altamont: Black Stringband Music/ Library of Congress ● CD $15.98
Library of Congress recordings of 2 wonderful Black Tennessee string bands of the '40s who never recorded commercially. Both groups play high energy mountain dance music not all that different from their White counterparts, though it's rare to hear this music played with such zest and verve. Side A (1942) is given to banjoist and slightly inaudible vocalist Nathan Frazier with Frank Patterson, fiddle. Side B ('46, except for one cut from '49) spotlights John Lusk - fiddle, with Murph Gribble - banjo and Albert York - guitar. Sound quality isn't that great, as after all these are field recordings from the '40s, but the music is exceptional. (RS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie CD 101 American Masters, Vol 1 - 15 Country Blues Classics ● CD $7.98
15 tracks, 48 mins, highly recommended
If you have a good country blues collection and already have every cut here you will still probably want this exceptional set featuring 15 tracks drawn from Arhoolie's exemplary catalog since every cut is a gem and the whole makes for just great listening from the first cut Frisco Line by Fred McDowell to the last cut Mercury Blues by K.C. Douglas. Along the way you'll hear Going Down In Georgia On A Horn, 'Bout A Spoonful by Mance Lipscomb, Country Boy Down In New Orleans by Snooks Eaglin, Shake 'Em On Down by Dr. Ross, Hump In My Back by Jesse Fuller, I'm Broke And I'm Hungry by Smokey Babe and many more. No notes, just a list of which albums the cuts come from. At this price you can't go wrong. (FS)
SMOKY BABE: I'm Broke and I'm Hungry/ BLACK ACE: Drink On Little Girl/ R.L. BURNSIDE: Poor Black Mattie/ K.C. DOUGLAS: Mercury Blues/ SNOOKS EAGLIN: Country Boy Down in New Orleans/ JESSE FULLER: Hump In My Back/ LIGHTNING HOPKINS: Have You Ever Loved a Woman/ JOHN JACKSON: Going Down in Georgia On a Horn/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Cairo Blues/ MANCE LIPSCOMB: 'Bout a Spoonful/ MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL: Frisco Lines/ DR. ROSS: Shake `Em on Down/ BUKKA WHITE: Columbus Mississippi Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Brother James/ ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS: Just Tippin' In

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 419 Angola Prisoner's Blues ● CD $12.98
20 tracks, 79 mins, essential
When folklorist Harry Oster visited the infamous state penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana in 1959 he found a small group of older musicians performing traditional blues and spirituals. Foremost among these was the incredible Robert Pete Williams who, following his release in 1960, went on to great acclaim on the blues circuit and performed and recorded regularly up to his death in 1980. Oster released some of his prison recordings on a Folklyric album which was later reissued by Arhoolie - this CD issues seven of the tracks from that album and adds thirteen tracks never issued before. The three tracks left off the album are Robert Pete Williams cuts that are on Arhoolie 394. The three Williams cuts here include one of his greatest performances Prisoners Talking Blues where he speaks about his feelings to the background of a gently strummed 12 string guitar - the effect is hypnotic and incredibly moving. There are other fine artists here including the powerful singer and 12 string guitarist Matthew "Hogman" Maxey, the introspective singer and fine guitarist Robert "Guitar" Welch and others. There are also three unaccompanied and emotional affecting songs by three women prisoners - Odea Matthews, Clara Matthews and Thelma Mae Jospel. This beautiful release features a booklet with the original notes by Oster. Part of the royalties from this CD will go to the Inmate Welfare Fund at Angola which is responsible for recreation and providing musical instruments. (FS)
A CAPELLA WORK CREW: I'm Lonesome Blues/ BUTTERBEANS: Hello, Sue/ ROOSEVELT CHARLES: Have You Ever Heard A Church Bell Tone/ Strike At Camp I/ THELMA MAE JOSEPH: I'm Still In Love With You/ ODEA MATTHEWS: The Moon Is Rising/ HOGMAN MAXEY: Black Night Is Falling/ Fast Life Woman/ Stagolee/ Worried Blues/ VOCAL GROUP: I Miss You So/ OTIS WEBSTER: Careless Love/ GUITAR WELCH: 61 Highway/ Electric Chair Blues/ Josephine/ Some Got Six Months/ ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS: Angola Bound/ I'm Gonna Leave You, Mama/ Prisoner's Talking Blues/ CLARA YOUNG: Soldier's Plea

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Purple Pyramid CLP 834 Big Joe Williams & Friends ● CD $15.98
Great collection of country blues from the Trumpet label featuring all the recordings from 1951 and '52 of Big Joe Williams, Luther Huff, Bobo Thomas and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Specialty 7061 Bloodstains On The Wall - Country Blues From Specialty ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 67 mins, recommended
Although the subtitle "country blues from Specialty" is not completely accurate this is a terrific collection of down home blues from a label that is better known for jump blues, rock 'n' roll and gospel. There are three tracks by Honeyboy (Frank Patt) and four by Little Temple (Gus Jenkins) which I would consider urban blues - but what the hell. Honeyboy's Bloodstains is an all time classic even if it's not really clear what he's singing about. The Jenkins sides are exceptional - he was a brilliant piano player and a fine singer. 18 of the tracks come from a marathon session held in March, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana featuring mostly obscure local performers. Only a couple of these recordings were originally issued on 78, a number turned up on the LP "Dark Muddy Bottom" issued in 1970 and 9 have never been issued before. Big Joe Williams is the only known name among them with two fine, though poorly recorded tracks. Pine Bluff Pete is an enigma - his real name is not known but he is a outstanding singer who accompanies himself on piano on one track and guitar on the other. His voice is hauntingly familiar. Clarence London is a good singer/ guitarist strongly influenced by John Lee Hooker. Country Jim Bledsoe also recorded for Imperial and his recordings here are less polished. David Pete McKinley is entertaining performer with a varied selection of material. Decent notes by Billy Vera but no discographical information. (FS)
COUNTRY JIM BLEDSOE: Dial 110 Blues/ Hollywood Boogie/ One Thing My Baby Likes/ Stormin' And Rainin'/ HONEY BOY: Bloodstains On The Wall/ Have You A Match/ You Better Move On Away From Here/ LITTLE TEMPLE: Cold Love/ I Ate The Wrong Part/ Mean And Evil/ What A Mistake/ CLARANCE LONDON: Goin' Back To Mama/ Got A Letter This Morning/ Want To Boogie Woogie/ PETE MCKINLEY: Black Snake Blues/ Cryin' For My Baby/ David's Boogie/ Don't Want Me Blues/ Looka Here Boy/ Sail On, Little Girl/ Whistling Blues/ PINEBLUFF PETE: A Woman Acts Funny/ Uncle Sam Blues/ BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Rather Be Sloppy Drunk/ Ride My New Car With Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VCD2 77005 Blues With A Feeling - Newport Folk Festival ● CD $24.98
2 CDs, 34 tracks, 121 mins, highly recommended
A wonderful collection of mostly previously unissued recordings made at the New Folk Festival between 1963 and '66. Attendees at these festivals had a chance to see some of the great country blues artists who had been discovered in the early 60s - many who had not performed in twenty years or more and we can share their joy in hearing Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, Fred McDowell, Reverend Robert Wilkins, Mance Lipscomb, and others. We also hear artists from a later generation who were active and popular on record like Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters along with younger white interpreters like John Hammond, "Spider" John Koerner, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and others. If you are familiar with the artists here you will recognize most of their material here but the performances gain something in their live spontaneity. Highlight for me is a wonderful, unrehearsed version of What Do You Think About Jesus where Robert Wilkins on vocal and guitar is joined by Fred & Annie Mae McDowell on vocal - truly magic - oh to have been there! Excellent sound and good notes by discs producer Mary Katherine Aldin. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 372 Country Jam Session ● CD $12.98
25 tracks, 77 mins, essential
Fantastic collection of informal country blues recorded in Louisiana & Mississippi between 1959 and '62 by folklorist Harry Oster and by Chris Strachwitz & Paul Oliver. 14 tracks were originally issued on Folklyric 111 in the 60s and later on Arhoolie 2018, the remaining 11 tracks are previously unissued. Many of the tracks feature the wonderful duo Butch Cage/ vocal & fiddle and Willie B. Thomas/ vocal & guitar - Cage's fiddle is wild and energetic and lacking in polish but oh so haunting. The duo often sing together and the harmonies are loose but exciting. Cage and Thomas also accompany the superb Clarence Edwards - Cage's accompaniments to Edwards' deep voice and plangent guitar is particularly effective. Edwards has recorded again in recent years with fine CDs on Red Lightnin' and Wolf. The disc also features tracks by Smokey Babe - an expressive singer and powerful guitarist - his duet with Sally Dotson on Your Dice Won't Pass is exceptional. Several tracks were recorded at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola including the great Robert Pete Williams doing an idiosyncratic version of Mississippi Heavy Water Blues and three topical songs by the very fine Otis Webster including the intense The Boss Man Blues. The most unusual track here is a version of the traditional Foxhunt performed by Ben Douglas blowing into a Coke bottle at State Metal Hospital in Jackson, La. with crowd banging sticks on wooden cylinders - strange but very effective. Absolutely beautiful music. (FS)
SMOKY BABE: Cotton Field Blues/ Going Downtown Boogie/ BUTCH CAGE & WILLIE B. THOMAS: 44 Blues/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Called For You Yesterday/ Dead And Gone/ It's The Sign Of The Judgement/ Jelly Roll/ Me & My Chauffeur/ The Piano Blues/ Who Broke The Lock/ Whoa Mule!/ SALLY DOTSON, SMOKY BABE, & HILLARY BLUNT: Your Dice Won't Pass/ BEN DOUGLAS: Foxhunt/ CLARENCE EDWARDS: Smoke-Stack Lightning/ Stack O'dollars/ Thousand Miles From Nowhere/ You Don't Love Me/ REBECCA SMITH, TOM MILLER, & RUTH MILLER: I've Got Religion/ LEON STRICKLAND, LUCIUS BRIDGES, & LESLIE AND: I Won't Be Your Low Down Dog No More/ WILLIE B. THOMAS, BUTCH CAGE, & MARTHA THOMAS: Brown Skin Woman/ OTIS WEBSTER: Boll Weevil Blues/ The Boss Man Blues/ The Farm Blues/ ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS & ROBERT GUITAR J. WELCH: Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian-Folkways 40080 Crossroads, Southern Routes: Music Of The American South ● CD $15.98
If you have a CD player you will be able to hear 16 performances by musicians from the South including Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Vera Hall, Betty Mae Jumper, Bill Monroe, Lydia Mendoza, Denise LaSalle, Mississippi Mass Choir and others. If you have a CD-ROM player you can also supplement the music with dozens of photos, text, audio and video clips and interviews with the artist. All at a regular CD price.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rounder 2014 Get Your Ass In the Water And Swim Like Me ● CD $15.98
Reissue of LP featuring folk poetry from black American oral tradition. Toasts, street and prison rhymes dealing in a completely frank way with badmen, tricksters, pimps, fools, prostitutes, hustlers and squares. Comes with parental advisory sticker!

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.911 Giants Of Country Blues Guitar Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
CD issue of album issued a couple of years ago with a couple of extra tracks. A mixed bag featuring Mississippi country blues artists recorded mostly in their homes. The tracks by the great Son House and Furry Lewis are weak performances, poorly recorded - both artists are much better represented elsewhere. The 3 tracks by Sam Chatmon are fine but poorly recorded. Eugene Powell aka Sonny Boy Nelson was a fine artist but his performances here are a bit erratic. Jack Owens is the most impressive artist here - 4 magnificent performances and among the best recorded though a couple of the songs are also on Testament 2222. Tommy Johnson's brother Mager is represented on fine vocal on Traveling Blues but the chaotic electric guitar mars the performance. The CD includes two fine sides from 1991 by Jessie Mae Hemphill and ends up with 3 rather chaotic sides by Mott Willis. Not essential. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.917 Giants Of Country Blues Guitar, Volume 2 ● CD $15.98
21 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
Interesting collection of country blues from Mississippi, Memphis & Louisiana recorded between 1975 and 1991. There are six performances each by R.L. Burnside and "Son" Thomas - nice - but how many more times do we need Poor Black Mattie by R.L. or Beefsteak Blues by "Son". It's nice to finally have something by the brilliant Joe Willie Wilkins - even if it's only one track - a fine version of Walking Blues - surely somebody has more by him to issue?! There are six tracks from Boogie Bill Webb, mostly showing the influence of Tommy Johnson - nice though his playing is a bit ragged. There's also one track each by Clyde Maxwell and Cornelius Bright - some nice Bentonia style Mississippi blues. (FS)

   
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.918 Giants Of Country Blues, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
A collection of 18 tracks by mostly Mississippi country blues - all but one recorded in 1991. It includes Jessie Mae Hemphill 5 cuts), Ranie Burnette (3), Roosvelt Holts (1), L.V. Conerly (1), Junior Kimbrough (4), Tommy West (3) and Jacob Stuckey (1).

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Swingmaster 2203 Going Down South ● CD $19.98
15 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended Superb collection of Mississippi country blues recorded at various times and locations in the 80s. There are five cuts by the very ubiquitous R.L. Burnside - mostly songs you've heard more than once by him but I'm not sure if his very raunchy version of Stack O'Lee & Billy Lyons is available elsewhere. R.L. is in fine form on these sides and on a couple of cuts is given effective harmonica accompaniment by Curtis Salgado. What makes this disc so valuable, though, are the five cuts each by Ranie Burnette and Johnny Woods. Burnette is a wonderful and original singer and guitarist who was a contemporary of Fred McDowell and an influence on Burnside. He was recorded extensively by David Evans in the 70s but most of these recordings have yet to see the light of day. The beautiful sides here give us a taste of what we're missing - check out the lyrical slide work on Miss Maybelle or the evocative string snaps on Hungry Spell - this man really deserves to be heard in greater depth! Johnny Woods is a fine and original singer and harmonica player who first came to light accompanying Fred McDowell and has eluded most other attempts to record him so these cuts are most welcome. Three of his tracks are simply vocal and harmonica while the other two feature Burnside on guitar and all are very fine. A most worthwhile collection. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Biograph BCD 113 Good Morning Blues ● CD $15.98
A collection of acoustic blues and gospel reissued from out of print Biograph albums. There are 6 sides from 1940 by Leadbelly from what is thought to be a radio audition with introductions by Woody Guthrie. Mostly familiar Leadbelly titles. There are 4 gospel tracks from 1975 by the excellent and little known Dan Smith who sings and plays harmonica accompanied by Bessie Jones and some folk musicians who provide sympathetic support. Finally there are 5 tracks from 1971 by the great Reverened Gary Davis revealing both his secular and sacred sides. Excellent sound and informative notes condensed from the original album issues. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Vanguard VCD 77/78 Great Bluesmen - Newport ● CD $15.98
Terrific collection of country blues recorded at the famed Newport Folk Festival at Newport, Rhode Island between 11959 & '65 including Robert Pete Williams, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Sleepy John Estes, Doc Reese, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Rev. Gary Davis, Willie Doss, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Lightnin' Hopkins!!

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26105 Living Country Blues ● CD $31.98
3 CD,60 tracks, 203 min., highly recommended
Taken from the 12 volume L&R vinyl series "Living Country Blues," compiler and CD note writer Brent Bonner has successfully distilled the original series by including tracks by 25 different artists, all recorded in Oct-Nov 1980 in the South by Siegfried Christmann in 1980. The first CD is devoted to Mississippi artists, the second to artists from the Eastern states and the third features Tennessee, Arkansas and revisits Mississippi & the Eastern States. Among the many fine artists are James "Son" Thomas, Eddie Cusic, Boyd Rivers (an incredible Mississippi gospel singer & guitarist), Sam Chatmon, Othar Turner, Arzo Youngblood, Lonnie Pitchford, boogie Bill Webb, Napoleon Strickland, Walter Brown, Archie Edwards, Guitar Slim, Guitar Frank, John cephas, Flora Molton & The Truth Band, Othar Turner & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, memphis Piano Red, Lottie Murrell, CeDell davis, Hammie Nixon and many more. Highlights are many, and include : Shake Your Money Maker (Lonnie Pitchford), Lonesome Road Blues (Guitar Frank), Do Lord Remember Me (Archie Edwards), You Got To Do The Boogie Woogie (CeDell Davis), and You Got To Move (Boyd Rivers). Set includes 48 page booklet with extensive notes, bios, photos, etc. (FS/EL)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Southland 21 National Downhome Blues Festival, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
This is the first of two discs presenting recordings from the National Downhome Blues Festival held in Atlanta in 1984 originally issued on four LPs. This first volume is excellent featuring six tracks Mississippi bluesman Lonnie Pitchford - one of the youngest at the festival yet one playing in the most archaic style. On four cuts he accompanies his singing with a home made electric one string guitar - an instrument that is descended from African one string instruments. Lonnie both picks and uses slide on the instruments and is very adept at overcoming some of the limitations of the instrument. There are six cuts by Georgia singer/ guitarist Precious Bryant (a female singer) - an enthusiastic singer and adequate guitarist who sticks mostly to overly familiar songs ( Ain't That Loving You Baby/ Black Rat Swing, etc though there is one good autobiographical original Precious Bryant Staggering Blues. There are three cuts by the excellent old time North Carolina singer/ guitarist Thomas Burt who performs relaxed traditional pieces. Jessie Mae Hemphill turns in a driving hypnotic number as does Junior Kimbrough. Sunnyland Slim is in typically good form and Frank Edwards, whose recording career dates back to the early 40s turns in a nice version of Chicken Raid. The album ends with two sides by those excellent young traditionalists John Cephas & Phil Wiggins - Burning Bridges and Stagolee. Good notes by David Evans. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Southland 22 National Downhome Blues Festival, Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 70 mins, recommended After five years, Southland issues the second of two discs presenting recordings from the National Downhome Blues Festival held in Atlanta in 1984 originally issued on four LPs. There are some fine performances from John Jackson, Alabama duo Albert Macon & Robert Thomas, Robert Junior Lockwood, Piano Red, Doctor Ross, Booker T. Laury, Son Thomas, Larry Johnson and the remarkable Hezekiah & The Houserockers who do the big blues hit of the time Down Home Blues with group featuring harmonica and trombone as lead instruments! The contributions of Snooky Pryor & Homesick James, Eddie Kirkland and Henry Townsend are less rewarding due to sloppy guitar work. Includes booklet with extensive notes by David Evans. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 652 No Jive - Authentic Southern Country ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 66 min., highly recommended It's 20 years since the June 1977 death of Ernest Lafayette Young, owner & founder of Nashville-based Excello Records (established in 1952) and, with Ace Records at the helm, his early country blues productions are finally being reissued, some for the first time. The four 1954 tracks by Thomas Shy Guy Douglas are just one of the highlights of this set, in particular No Place Like Home and I'm Your Country Man. From recent research by Fred James, we now know that he was born in Franklin, TN. (Nov 08/1917) and was 66 when he died in Nashville (Oct 19/1984). Other highlights include one side of Slim Hunt's only known (1955) recording, Welcome Home, Baby which features a very tasty Lloyd Glenn-like pianist, and the one-offs by the delightful Dixie Doodlers (She Was All I Had) and the Leap Frogs (Dirty Dishes). Other artists include Louis Campbell, Robert Garrett, Arthur & Little Al Gunter, and unissued 1963 sides by Charles Dowell & Good Rockin' Bob. (EL) 
LOUIS CAMPBELL: Gotta Have You Baby/ The Natural Facts/ THE DIXIE DOODLERS: Best Of Friends/ She Was All I Had/ SHY GUY DOUGLAS: I'm Your Country Man/ No Place Like Home/ She's My Kinda Girl/ Wasted Time/ CHAS DOWELL WITH JAMES STEWART: Everybody Drinkin' Wine/ I've Been Jumpin' And Stompin'/ ROBERT GARRETT: Do Remember/ Quit My Drinking/ GOOD ROCKIN' BOB: Ain't No Need To Cry/ I'm Bad/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Honey Baby/ She's Mine All Mine/ You Are Doing Me Wrong/ SLIM HUNT: Welcome Home Baby/ THE LEAP FROGS: Dirty Britches/ Things Gonna Change/ LITTLE AL: Easy Ridin' Buggy/ Every Day Brings About A Change/ Little Lean Woman/ No Jive

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Flyright 45 Play My Juke Box - East Coast Blues 1943-1954 ● CD $16.98
Though these rare and excellent recordings (mostly from N.Y. and N.J.) were cut many years after, they harken back to the country bluesmen of the 1920's. Some, like Seth Richard, did record in the 20's - his style on these four sides (as Skoodle Dum Doo & Sheffield) is reminiscent of Blind Boy Fuller. Among the many highlights are I Got What My Daddy Likes by Marylin Scott, both sides of Robert Westmoreland's only record, Elder R. Wilson's incredible Better Get Ready, with 3 harmonicas as the only accompaniment (!), Hank Kilroy's earthy lament Harlem Women, and 2 previously unreleased numbers from Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly. Other artists include Tarheel Slim, Julius King, Boy Green, Curley Weaver, Guitar Shorty, Sunny Jones, Gabriel Brown, and Big Chief Ellis. Not a bad song here. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document 5619 Rural Blues, Volume 2 : 1951-1962 ● CD $15.98
21 tracks from commercial and field recordings - Sam "Suitcase" Johnson, Clifford Gibson, Juke Boy Bonner, Joel Hopkins, jewel Long and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian-Folkways 40062 Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection ● CD $11.98
26 tracks, 72 min., recommended
A budget priced treasure trove of musical Americana drawn from the vaults of Moses Asch's venerable Folkways label, with each individual number cross-referenced to the currently-available CD from which it is drawn. Styles represented include country and city blues, bluegrass, country, Cajun, folk, jazz, and various conscious and unintended combinations of the above. Specific tracks include Penitentiary Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins, Blue Moon of Kentucky by Bill Monroe, Lafayette by Lucinda Williams, Better Days by Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, The Coo-Coo Bird by Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, Two Good Men by Woody Guthrie, In the Pines by Leadbelly, and Virgo by Mary Lou Williams. A splendid tour of the music of that Americans were making when tin pan alley wasn't looking. (DH)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.101 Southern Camptown Blues - Best Of Country Blues ● CD $15.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Biograph BCD 107 Three Shades Of Blues ● CD $15.98
A beautiful collection of country blues by 3 of the greatest country blues performers. There are 5 tracks by Bukka White recorded in 1974 and originally issued on Biograph 12049. Bukka was in great form with powerful, raspy vocals and slashing slide guitar playing on his steel bodied National guitar. In complete contrast are 3 performances by fellow Mississippian Skip James from 1964 (originally on Biograph 12016). Unlike Bukka's ferocious approach Skip's is a more gentle melodic approach with lovely flowing guitar on remakes of 3 songs he had originally recorded in 1931. A third contrast is provided by Georgia singer and 12 string guitarist Blind Willie McTell with 6 songs recorded for Regal in 1949 with Curley Weaver on second guitar (and vocal on one track). Willie was in tremendous form on these recordings and the interplay between the guitars is stunning. All tracks have been remastered from original master tapes and sound is exceptionally fine.  (FS)

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