Son House ‎– Father Of Folk Blues

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Originally released as "Father Of Folk Blues" in 1965 but later reissued with different album titles.
All these songs were recorded in April 1965 in New York City, NY.

Versions (40)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CL 2417 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Album, Mono) Columbia CL 2417 US 1965 Sell This Version
C2T48867/CT52704 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(Cass) Columbia C2T48867/CT52704 US 1965 Sell This Version
S 62.604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS S 62.604 France 1965 Sell This Version
CS 9217 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) Columbia CS 9217 US 1965 Sell This Version
62.604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Album, Mono) CBS 62.604 France 1965 Sell This Version
CL 2417 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Mono, Promo) Columbia CL 2417 US 1965 Sell This Version
CL 2417 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Mono, Promo) Columbia CL 2417 US 1965 Sell This Version
SBPG 62604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS SBPG 62604 UK 1966 Sell This Version
62604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS 62604 Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
BPG 62604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Mono) CBS BPG 62604 UK 1966 Sell This Version
CL 2417 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) Columbia CL 2417 US 1967 Sell This Version
S 62604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS S 62604 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
ED 167 Son House Death Letter(CD) Edsel Records ED 167 UK 1985 Sell This Version
ED CD 167, EDCD 167 Son House Death Letter(CD, Album, RE) Edsel Records, Edsel Records ED CD 167, EDCD 167 UK 1985 Sell This Version
ED 167 Son House Death Letter(LP, Album, RE) Edsel Records ED 167 UK 1985 Sell This Version
C2K 48867 Son House Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions(2xCD, Album, RE) Legacy, Columbia C2K 48867 US 1992 Sell This Version
C2K 48867 Son House Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions(2xCD, Album, RE) Legacy, Columbia C2K 48867 US 1992 Sell This Version
471662 2 Son House Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions(CD, RE + CD, Album) Columbia, Legacy 471662 2 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
SRCS 9459 Son House The Original Delta Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) SME Records SRCS 9459 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
CK 65515 Son House The Original Delta Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 65515 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
COL 489891 2, 01-489891-10 Son House The Original Delta Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Columbia, Legacy COL 489891 2, 01-489891-10 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
CK 65515 Son House The Original Delta Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 65515 US 1998 Sell This Version
CK 65515 Son House The Original Delta Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 65515 US 1998 Sell This Version
CL 2417 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, RE) Columbia CL 2417 US 2001 Sell This Version
MHCP 419 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Sony Records Int'l MHCP 419 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
PPAN CS 9217, CS 9217 Son House Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Pure Pleasure Records, Columbia PPAN CS 9217, CS 9217 UK 2006 Sell This Version
CS 9217, 88691957301 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Columbia, Columbia CS 9217, 88691957301 US 2012 Sell This Version
APB 092, CL 2417, CS 9217 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, RM, 200) Analogue Productions, Columbia, Columbia APB 092, CL 2417, CS 9217 US 2016 Sell This Version
CAPB 092 SA Son House Father Of Folk Blues(SACD, Hybrid, RM) Analogue Productions CAPB 092 SA US 2016 Sell This Version
SICP-5377 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records Int'l SICP-5377 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
889853172412 Son House Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions(2xLP, Club, Ltd, Num, Cok) Columbia 889853172412 US 2017 Sell This Version
MOVLP2030 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, Columbia MOVLP2030 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
ETH9217 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, RE) 8th Records ETH9217 US 2018 Sell This Version
AAPB 092-45 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(2x12", Album) Analogue Productions AAPB 092-45 US Unknown Sell This Version
SOPJ 94 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS/Sony SOPJ 94 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
CS 9217 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) Columbia CS 9217 US Unknown Sell This Version
S 62 604 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS S 62 604 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CS 9217 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Album, RE) Columbia CS 9217 US Unknown Sell This Version
CL 2417 XLP 11093 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, Ltd, RE, 180) Columbia CL 2417 XLP 11093 US Unknown Sell This Version
C2K 48867 Son House Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions(CD, Album, RE + CD + RP) Columbia, Legacy C2K 48867 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Albertporter

Albertporter

June 27, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Father Of Folk Blues, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, CS 9217, 88691957301
I was nervous about purchasing this LP, having just received my Vinyl Me Please release. The VMP pressing was beautiful in appearance and very quiet but horrible EQ. It is super bright on top, bordering on all out distortion. It sounded like it was sourced from an old CD and reprocessed.

Fortunately this current purchase, ‎ CS 9217, Columbia ‎– 88691957301 on LP, a Limited Edition Reissue, 180 gr. released in 2012 sounds great and also has no noise. I wish there was a way in advance for vinyl lovers to know which copy to choose when there are multiple reissues.
michstoecker

michstoecker

March 9, 2016
referencing Father Of Folk Blues, LP, Mono, Promo, CL 2417
Did these come with a B&W Printed Press Photo insert? My copy has one but unsure if someone just put in the jacket along the way before it got to me.
buck9185

buck9185

February 21, 2014
referencing Father Of Folk Blues, LP, CL 2417
1965 Columbia - It seems like this should be a "360 Sound" label
Hence the CS 9217 US pressing is most likely a reissue from a later year - right or wrong??
gabepride

gabepride

December 15, 2013
referencing Father Of Folk Blues, LP, Ltd, RE, 180, CL 2417 XLP 11093
That sign in the dead wax looks like TL inside either a circle that isn't fully closed or maybe the letter C.
chronophobia

chronophobia

June 27, 2012
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Father Of Folk Blues, LP, CL 2417

During the blues explosion in the 1960's, Son House was one of several aging musicians summoned from obscurity to perform once more. "Father of Folk Blues" was a result of Columbia's effort to capitalize on this new market for blues records in America, England, and elsewhere.

House was first recorded in 1930 by Paramount, who released eight of his songs, all commercial failures. Alan Lomax "discovered" House a decade later and recorded him in two sessions in 1941 and 1942 for the Library of Congress. Many consider these early recordings the quintessential Son House, but in saying as much, one overlooks the brilliance that Son House achieved with age and experience.

On "Father of Folk Blues," we hear a mature musician taking his earlier melodies and themes to a strong, purposeful climax. House's treatment of his guitar at times verges on abuse, strings twanged and thwacked, a sound born of the same raw emotion as his howling vocals. House's improvised timing crowds lyrics here, and spaces them out there, but his rhythm is always steady. Amid the gravel, an occasional note of falsetto brings sweet contrast.

Powerful songs of love and loss mix with more good humored themes, and it's here, like in the turn-the-other cheek refrain of "Grinning In Your Face," where the master brings it home. The legendary Son House, Father of Folk Blues, went through much of his career in obscurity, rarely and poorly compensated for his music until after he'd given it up. But his talent remained undiminished, and when he finally took his rightful place in the spotlight, he did so with vigor, grace, and incomparable style.