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Various Artists: Down Home Blues Classics, 1943-1954

Track List

>Little Mama Boogie (Big Mama Jump)
>Cross Country Blues - Frankie Lee Sims
>Hobo - J.D. Edwards
>Hole in the Wall - L.C. Williams
>Rock Island Blues - Leroy Ervin
>Alley Special - Wright Holmes
>Quinsella - Sonny Boy Johnson
>Hattie Green - Doctor Hepcat
>Angel Chile
>Back to Santa Fe - Lee Hunter
>Rattlesnake Blues
>Mistreated Blues - Buddy Chiles
>No One to Love Me - Leroy Johnson
>Too Many Woman - Willie Lane
>Locked in Jail Blues - Johnny "The Blind Boy" Beck
>Wee Wee Hours - Charles Bradix
>Forgive Me Blues - Jesse James
>Black Snake Blues - Monister Parker
>Neglected Woman - Alexander Herman Moore
>Gambling Blues - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson
>Throw a Little Boogie - Manny Nichols
>Give Me Central 209 (Hello Central) - Lightnin' Hopkins
>Western Rider Blues - Soldier Boy Houston
>Take It Easy - Nathaniel Terry
>Sittin' Here Wonderin' - Luther "Rocky" Stoneham
>Boogie - Moody Jones/Snooky Pryor
>Hard Times - Floyd Jones
>Stop Messing Around
>Cadillac Woman - Robert Richard
>Big City Blues - Big Maceo
>Please Don't Think I'm Nosey - Baby Boy Warren
>Notoriety Woman - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
>Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
>Cut That Out
>Crawlin' King Snake
>Crying Won't Help You
>Soon One Morning
>Mean Old World
>Tired of Crying Over You
>It Was a Dream
>Last Time, The
>Sad Story
>Little School Girl - L.C. Greene
>Something's Wrong with My Little Machine - Robert Henry
>Brutal Hearted Woman - Johnny Shines
>I'll Die Trying - J.B. Lenoir
>I'm Looking for a Woman - Little Hudson
>I'm the Boogie Man
>She Fool Me - Harvey Jr. Hill
>High and Lonesome
>She's a Married Woman - Big Joe Williams
>How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
>Build Myself a Cave
>Mr. Ticket Agent
>Creole Gal Blues
>Too Late Baby - Stick Horse Hammond
>Country Boy - Pee Wee Hughes
>Ardelle - David "Pete" Mckinley
>Cadillac Blues - J.D. Horton
>Schoolboy Lost - Lost John Hunger
>Eyesight to the Blind
>1951 Blues
>New Arrival - Eddie Jones
>Dust My Broom
>Catfish Blues
>Goin' Back to Mama - Clarence London
>Highway 80 Blues
>Western Union Man - Chicago Sunny Boy
>After Awhile
>Sweet Angel - Earl Hooker
>Seventy Four Blues
>Easy - Jimmy & Walter
>Take a Little Chance - Jimmy DeBerry
>Make a Little Love
>Goin' to New Orleans
>Broome Street Blues
>Black Jack Blues - Gabriel Brown
>Worried Man Blues - The Blues Boys
>Income Tax Blues - Ralph Willis
>Poor Little Angel - Dennis "Thug Child" McMillan
>Broke Down Engine Blues - Blind Willie McTell
>Applejack Boogie - Pine Top Slim
>Number Writer - Dan Pickett
>She's Gone - Big Boy Ellis
>Your Sweet Man Blues
>Blues Mixture
>Shackles Round My Body - Little David
>Ticket Agent - Curley Weaver
>I Got What My Daddy Likes - Marylin Scott
>Blinds Blues - John Lee
>Keep You Hands Off 'Er - John Tinsley/Fred Holland
>Awful Shame - Hank Kilroy
>Lizzie Lou - Doug Quattlebaum
>Rub a Little Boogie - Duke Bayou
>So Much Trouble
>Wine Head Baby - Lazy Slim Jim
>Baby Let's Have Some Fun
>Rumors About My Baby - Willie Baker
>Gimme Your Bankroll
>Shake Baby Shake

Album Notes

Photographer: Dennis Lewis.

Searching for a blues collection that covers a lot of ground? You might want to opt for Down Home Blues Classics, a 100-track post-WWII anthology released in 2004 by Boulevard Vintage. Given the high percentage of urban blues in this collection, the phrase "down home" could be misleading, unless you take into account the musicians' home turf, and the producers seem to have done exactly that by starting out in Texas, moving the focus up to the Great Lakes region (Chicago and Detroit), then downriver toward the Mississippi Delta. The lineup is wonderfully diverse because each selection is performed by a different artist, and only about 25-percent of these people are really well-known to casual blues followers. Examples of individuals from this set who deserve wider recognition are Thunder Smith (an early colleague of Lightnin' Hopkins); Dr. Hepcat, also known as Albert Lavada Hurst, who was the first African American DJ in Texas; Rattlesnake Cooper, Big Charlie Bradix, Rocky Fuller, Morris Pejoe, Little Hudson & His Red Devil Trio, Silver Cooks & the Gondoliers; Stick Horse Hammond, Lost John Hunter & His Blind Bats; Seth Richard, who recorded as Skoodle-Dum-Doo; Doug Quattlebaum, Square Walton, and Lazy Slim Jim. That list barely scratches the surface of this amazing stash of blues recordings dating from the years 1943-1953. ~ arwulf arwulf


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