Various ‎– The Blues (A Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Blues Singers)

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Smithsonian Collection ‎– RD 101, Smithsonian Collection ‎– A4 23981, Smithsonian Collection ‎– A4 23986
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Box Set, Compilation, Remastered
4 × CD
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Volume 1
1-1 Blind Lemon Jefferson That Black Snake Moan
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Jefferson*
2:50
1-2 Blind Lemon Jefferson Broke And Hungry Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Jefferson*
2:59
1-3 Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Jefferson*
2:47
1-4 Papa Charlie Jackson Shake That Thing
Vocals, Banjo – Papa Charlie Jackson
2:57
1-5 Ma Rainey Shave 'Em Dry
Twelve-String Guitar – Miles PruittVocals, Written-By – Ma RaineyWritten-By – W. Jackson*
2:36
1-6 Ma Rainey Countin' The Blues
Banjo – Charlie DixonClarinet – Buster BaileyCornet – Louis ArmstrongDrums – Kaiser MarshallPiano – Fletcher HendersonTrombone – Charlie GreenVocals – Ma Rainey
3:08
1-7 Bessie Smith Jailhouse Blues
Piano – Johns*Vocals, Written-By – Smith*Written-By – C. Williams*
3:13
1-8 Bessie Smith Mama's Got The Blues
Piano – Henderson*Vocals – Smith*Written-By – C. Williams*, S. Martin*
2:56
1-9 Bessie Smith Back Water Blues
Written-By, Vocals – Smith*
3:17
1-10 Sippie Wallace Special Delivery Blues
Cornet – Louis ArmstrongPiano – Hersal ThomasVocals – Sippie WallaceWritten-By – Wallace
3:22
1-11 Sara Martin Death Sting Me Blues
Clarinet – Cyrus St. ClairCornet – King OliverPiano – Clarence WilliamsTrombone – Charlie GreenVocals – Martin*Written-By – Williams*
2:53
1-12 Robert Hicks Barbeque Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Robert Hicks
3:10
1-13 Jaybird Coleman Mean Trouble Blues
Piano – R.D. NorwoodWritten By, Vocals, Harmonica – Jaybird Coleman
3:02
1-14 Texas Alexander Long Lonesome Day Blues
Guitar – Lonnie Johnson (2)Vocals, Written-By – Texas Alexander
3:00
1-15 Jim Jackson (2) Kansas City Blues (Pts. 1 And 2)
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Jim Jackson (2)
6:28
1-16 Furry Lewis Why Don't You Come Home Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Furry Lewis
2:44
1-17 Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was The Night
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Blind Willie Johnson
3:18
1-18 Jim Jackson (2) Minglewood Blues
Performer – Cannon's Jug StompersVocals, Guitar, Written-By – Jim Jackson (2)
3:36
1-19 Tommy Johnson Cool Drink Of Water
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Tommy Johnson
3:30
1-20 Tommy Johnson Big Road Blues
Guitar – Charlie McCoy (2)Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Tommy Johnson
3:20
1-21 Henry Thomas Bull Doze Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Henry Thomas
3:24
1-22 Leroy Carr How Long, How Long Blues (Pt. 1)
Guitar – Scrapper BlackwellVocals, Piano, Written-By – Leroy Carr
3:02
Volume 2
2-1 Leroy Carr Blues Before Sunrise
Written-By – Leroy Carr
3:30
2-2 Frank Stokes Downtown Blues
Guitar – Dan SaneVocals, Guitar, Written-By – Stokes*
3:11
2-3 Mississippi John Hurt Stack O'Lee Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Hurt*
2:55
2-4 Peg Leg Howell Rolling Mill Blues
Vocals, Guitar – Howell*
3:30
2-5 Lonnie Johnson (2) Mr. Johnson's Blues No. 2
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Johnson*
2:57
2-6 Charley Patton Pony Blues
Vocals, Guitar – Patton*
2:55
2-7 Roosevelt Sykes Forty-Four Blues
Vocals, Piano, Written By – Sykes*Written-By – E. Johnson*, E. Montgomery*, R. Johnson*
3:05
2-8 Memphis Minnie Bumble Bee Blues
Guitar – McCoy*Vocals, Guitar – Memphis MinnieWritten-By – L. Douglas*
2:46
2-9 Memphis Minnie I'm So Glad
Guitar – Ernest LawlersVocals, Guitar – Memphis Minnie
2:38
2-10 Speckled Red The Dirty Dozens (No. 1)
Vocals, Piano – Speckled RedWritten-By – Williams*, Perryman*
3:12
2-11 Sleepy John Estes Diving Duck Blues
Mandolin – Yank RachellPiano – Jab JonesVocals, Guitar – Estes*Written-By – Estes*
3:13
2-12 Memphis Jug Band K. C. Moan
Guitar – Charlie BurseJug – Jab JonesLead Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Blackman*Vocals, Harmonica – Will ShadeVocals, Kazoo – Ben Ramey
2:31
2-13 Mississippi Sheiks Sittin' On Top Of The World
Guitar, Written-By – Bo CarterViolin – Lonnie ChatmonVocals – Walter VinsonWritten-By – Walter Jacobs (2)
3:12
2-14 Walter Davis M & O Blues
Written-By – Davis*
3:01
2-15 Son House Dry Spell Blues (Pt. 1)
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – House*
3:06
2-16 Skip James Devil Got My Woman
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Skip James
2:57
2-17 Bumble Bee Slim Chain Gang Bound
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Bumble Bee Slim
3:40
2-18 Blind Willie McTell Broke Down Engine Blues
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – McTell*
3:09
2-19 Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Blues
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Broonzy*
2:55
2-20 Big Bill Broonzy I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town
Alto Saxophone – Buster BennettDrums – Judge Riley*Piano – Memphis SlimTrumpet – Punch MillerVocals, Guitar – Broonzy*Written-By – Casey Bill Weldon
2:52
2-21 Kokomo Arnold Old Original Kokomo Blues
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Kokomo Arnold
2:49
2-22 Cripple Clarence Lofton Strut That Thing
Vocals, Guitar – Lofton*
2:50
2-23 Carl Martin Crowe Jane
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Martin*
2:50
2-24 Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don't Go
Guitar – Henry TownsendViolin – Chasey CollinsWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Williams*
3:22
Volume 3
3-1 Little Brother Montgomery The First Time I Met You
Written-By, Vocals, Piano – Montgomery*
2:46
3-2 Robert Johnson I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Johnson*
2:56
3-3 Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues
Vocals, Written-By – Robert Johnson
2:28
3-4 Peetie Wheatstraw Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp
Vocals, Piano, Written-By – Wheatstraw*
2:31
3-5 Sonny Boy Williamson Good Morning, Little School Girl
Guitar – Big Joe Williams, Robert Lee McCoyWritten-By, Vocals, Harmonica – Williamson*
3:00
3-6 Sonny Boy Williamson Sloppy Drunk Blues
Bass – Knowling*Piano – Davis*Written-By, Vocals, Harmonica – Williamson*
3:12
3-7 Jimmy Rushing Sent For You Yesterday
Alto Saxophone – Earle Warren, Jack WashingtonBass – Walter PageDrums – Jo JonesGuitar – Freddy Green*Piano, Written-By – Count BasieTenor Saxophone – Herschel Evans, Lester YoungTrombone – Benny Morton, Dan MinorTrombone, Written-By – Eddie DurhamTrumpet – Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry EdisonWritten-By, Vocals – Jimmy Rushing
2:55
3-8 Big Joe Turner Roll 'Em Pete
Piano, Written-By – Pete JohnsonWritten-By, Vocals – Big Joe Turner
2:50
3-9 Big Joe Turner Wee Baby Blues
Bass – Billy TaylorClarinet – Edmond HallDrums – Ed Dougherty*Guitar – Collins*Piano – Art TatumTrumpet – Art Tatum And His BandWritten-By, Vocals – Big Joe Turner
2:53
3-10 Bukka White Fixin' To Die Blues
Washboard – Washboard SamWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – White*
2:44
3-11 Blind Boy Fuller Step It Up And Go
Washboard – [Oh Red]*Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Blind Boy Fuller
2:51
3-12 Tampa Red Anna Lou Blues
Electric Guitar, Vocals, Kazoo – Tampa RedPiano – Blind John DavisWritten-By – Hudson Whittaker
2:50
3-13 Big Maceo Worried Life Blues
Guitar – Tampa RedWritten-By, Vocals, Piano – Big Maceo*
2:53
3-14 Washboard Sam I've Been Treated Wrong
Bass – Alfred ElkinsGuitar – Broonzy*Piano – Memphis SlimWritten-By – Lorraine WaltonWritten-By, Vocals, Washboard – Brown*
3:12
3-15 T-Bone Walker T-Bone Blues
Alto Saxophone – Les Hite And His OrchestraAlto Saxophone, Clarinet – Floyd TurnhamArranged By – Dudley BrooksBaritone Saxophone – Sol MooreBass – Al MorganDrums – Oscar Bradley*Electric Guitar – Frank PasleyPiano – Nat WalkerTenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Judillis Martyn*, Roger HurdTrombone – Allen Durham, Britt WoodmanTrumpet – Forrest Powell, Paul Campbell (5), Walter Williams (3)Vocals – Walker*Written-By – Les Hite
2:53
3-16 T-Bone Walker Call It Stormy Monday
Bass – Arthur EdwardsDrums – Oscar Lee Bradley Sr.Piano – Lloyd GlennTenor Saxophone – Bumps MyersTrumpet – Teddy BucknerWritten-By, Vocals, Electric Guitar – Walker*
2:58
3-17 Tommy McClennan Mozelle Blues
Bass – Ransom KnowlingWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Tommy McClennan
2:53
3-18 Louis Jordan It's A Low Down Dirty Shame
Bass – Dallas BartleyDrums – Walter Martin (3)Performer – Louis Jordan And His Tympany FivePiano – Arnold ThomasTrumpet – Eddie RoaneVocals – Louis JordanWritten-By – Ollie Shepard
2:47
3-19 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Cherry Red
Alto Saxophone – Charlie HolmesBaritone Saxophone – Eddie de VerteuilBass – Norman KeenanDrums – Sylvester "Vess" PaynePiano – Bud PowellTenor Saxophone – Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Lee PopeTrombone – Bob Horton, Ed Burke (3), George StevensonTrumpet – Cootie Williams, Ermet Perry, George Treadwell, Harold Johnson (2)Vocals, Alto Saxophone – Vinson*
3:06
3-20 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's All Right
Bass – Knowling*Drums – Riley*Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Crudup*
2:53
3-21 Charles Brown Drifting Blues
Bass – Eddie Williams (3)Written-By – Johnny Moore (2)Written-By, Vocals, Piano – Charles Brown
3:11
3-22 Wynonie Harris Mr. Blues Jumped The Rabbit
Alto Saxophone – Tab SmithBaritone Saxophone – Larry BeltonBass – Al McKibbonDrums – Walter JohnsonGuitar – Mary OsbornePerformer – Wynonie Harris All StarsPiano – Bill DoggettTenor Saxophone – Allen EagerTrumpet – Joe Newman, Pat Jenkins (2)Vocals – Wynonie Harris
2:47
3-23 John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillen'
Written-By – Bernard BesmanWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – John Lee Hooker
3:05
3-24 Lightnin' Hopkins Tim Moore's Farm
Written-By – Mack McCormickWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Lightnin' Hopkins
2:37
3-25 Jimmy Witherspoon No Rollin Blues
Alto Saxophone – Donald Hill (3)Bass – Herman WashingtonDrums – Henry GreenPiano – Gene GilbeauxWritten-By, Vocals – Jimmy Witherspoon
4:02
Volume 4
4-1 Muddy Waters Louisiana Blues
Bass – Ernest "Big" CrawfordHarmonica – Walter JacobsVocals, Guitar – Waters*Washboard – Elgin EvansWritten-By – Morganfield*
2:52
4-2 Muddy Waters Honey Bee
Bass – Ernest "Big" CrawfordGuitar – Jimmy RogersVocals – Waters*Written-By – Morganfield*
3:20
4-3 Lowell Fulson Reconsider Baby
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Julian BeasleyBass – Bobby NicholsonDrums – Chick BoothPiano – Paul Drake (4)Tenor Saxophone – Choker CampbellTrombone – Morris*Trumpet – Gilbeaux*Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Fulson*
3:08
4-4 Aleck Miller* Eyesight To The Blind
Bass – Cliff GivensDrums – "Frock"*Piano – Dave Campbell*Written-By, Vocals, Harmonica – aleck miller*
2:59
4-5 Jimmy Yancey, Mama Yancey Monkey Woman Blues
Bass – Israel CrosbyWritten-By – Estelle 'Mama' Yancey*Written-By, Piano – Jimmy Yancey
4:03
4-6 Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog
Bass – Albert WinstonDirected By – Johnny OtisDrums – Leard BellGuitar – Pete "Guitar" LewisPiano – Devona WilliamsVocals – Thornton*Written-By – J. Lieber*, Mike Stoller
2:50
4-7 Junior Parker* Mystery Train
Drums – John BowersGuitar – Floyd Murphy, Pat HarePiano – Bill Johnson (13)Tenor Saxophone – Raymond HillWritten-By, Vocals – Little Junior Parker
2:22
4-8 Junior Wells Hoodoo Man
Bass Guitar – David Miles (6)Drums – Fred BeelowGuitar – Louis Miles, Muddy WatersPiano – Henry GrayWritten-By, Vocals, Harmonica – Junior Wells
3:07
4-9 Joe Williams Every Day I Have The Blues
Orchestra – Count Basie OrchestraVocals – Joe WilliamsWritten-By – Peter Chatman
5:25
4-10 Howlin' Wolf Smokestack Lightnin'
Bass – Willie DixonDrums – Earl PhillipsGuitar – Hubert SumlinLead Guitar – Willie Johnson (4)Piano – Hosea Lee KennardVocals, Harmonica – Howlin' WolfWritten-By – Burnett*
3:04
4-11 Elmore James The Sky Is Cryin'
Bass – Homesick JamesDrums – Odie PaynePiano – Little Johnny JonesTenor Saxophone – J.T. BrownWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Elmore James
2:45
4-12 Memphis Slim Woman Blues Boogie
Written-By, Vocals, Piano – Chatman*
3:07
4-13 Bobby Blue Bland* Farther Up The Road
Drums – Sonny FreemanGuitar – Pat HareTenor Saxophone – Bill HarveyVocals – Bobby BlandWritten-By – Don Robey, Joe Veasey
2:57
4-14 Bobby Blue Bland* I'll Take Care Of You
Bass – Hamp SimmonsDrums – John Jabo StarksGuitar – Wayne Bennett (2)Piano, Oboe – Teddy ReynoldsVocals – Bobby BlandWritten-By – Brook Benton
2:17
4-15 Buddy Guy The First Time I Met The Blues
Baritone Saxophone – Donald HankinsBass – Jack MeyersDrums – Fred BeelowPiano – Otis SpannTenor Saxophone – Bob Neely, Jarrett GibsonWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Buddy Guy
2:16
4-16 Lightnin' Slim* Rooster Blues
Drums – Warren StormHarmonium – Lazy LesterWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Hicks*
2:32
4-17 Otis Rush So Many Roads, So Many Trains
Bass – Willie DixonDrums – Odie PayneGuitar – Matt MurphyPiano – Lafayette LeakeTenor Saxophone – Bob NeelyWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – Otis Rush
3:10
4-18 Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man
Bass – Willie DixonDrums – Earl PhillipsGuitar – Lee Baker (2), Lefty BatesVocals – Mama Reed*Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar – Jimmy Reed
2:47
4-19 Ray Charles I Got A Woman
Baritone Saxophone – David "Fathead" NewmanBass – Jimmy Bell (2)Drums – Glenn BrooksGuitar – Wesley JacksonTenor Saxophone – Don WilkersonTrumpet – Charles Whitley, Joe BridgewaterWritten-By, Vocals, Piano – Ray Charles
2:52
4-20 Henry Johnson Join The Army
Written-By, Vocals, Guitar – Henry Johnson
3:36
4-21 Latimore* Let's Straighten It Out
Bass – Willie HaleDrums – Ferguson*Written-By, Vocals, Electric Piano – Benny Latimore
3:26
4-22 John Cephas & Phil Wiggins Dog Days Of August
Written-By, Harmonica – Phil WigginsWritten-By, Vocals, Guitar – John Cephas
5:09

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Cassette edition available RC 101 P4T 23981

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 03325105302
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, Mirrored): DIDP-079965 3
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 5089
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, Mirrored): DIDP-079963 3
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 5069
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 3, Mirrored): DIDP-079964 2
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 3): IFPI 5087
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 4, Mirrored): DIDP-079965 1

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Gronk73

Gronk73

July 20, 2019

Near-comprehensive overview of the blues from the mid-1920's through the early 1980's. There are a few notable omissions: we get nothing by Blind Blake or B.B. King (presumably for reasons of copyright), and Mamie Smith's 'Crazy Blues'--the first blues record ever released and a smash hit in 1920--is not here. But this is a very generous collection which traces the blues from its rural origins in the American South (the primitive field-holler vocal style of Texas Alexander on 'Long Lonesome Day Blues') to its contact with, and direct influence on, urban jazz (Jimmy Rushing's 'Sent for You Yesterday'; Eddie Vinson's 'Cherry Red'). One could argue with some of the selections, of course (why does Blind Lemon Jefferson merit three tracks and Charley Patton only one?), but that would be missing the larger point. This is beautiful, vital music and you'll enjoy hearing it.