Son House ‎– Father Of Folk Blues

Columbia ‎– CL 2417
Vinyl, LP


A1 Death Letter
A2 Pearline
A3 Louise McGhee
A4 John The Revelator
A5 Empire State Express
B1 Preachin' Blues
B2 Grinning In Your Face
B3 Sundown
B4 Levee Camp Moan


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
CL 2417 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP, RE) Columbia CL 2417 US 2001 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
SOPJ 94 Son House Father Of Folk Blues(LP) CBS/Sony SOPJ 94 Japan Unknown 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


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February 21, 2014
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??


June 27, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

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.