Meaning in the Blues

Performers Various Artists

Jsp | May 17, 2011 | Compact Disc

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When Paul Oliver's Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues was published, it was one of the first books to focus on the country blues from the 78-rpm era (which stretched from the 1920s through the very early '50s) as a kind of black American folk music, a music that tackled black culture in all of its concerns, from love, sex, joy, and sadness to the broader sweep of displacement, war, and death, in an often coded, passionate, and poetic black idiom. It remains required reading for anyone interested in the genre, and this wonderful four-disc, 103-track anthology from JSP Records honors and serves as an audio companion to Oliver's groundbreaking book, celebrating the 50th anniversary year of its publication. Assembled by Max Haymes, who also wrote the text for the lovely 80-page booklet that accompanies the box set, Meaning in the Blues collects blues 78s that illustrate key points in Oliver's book, but it also stands alone as a fascinating and engaging survey of early black country blues in all of its forms and variants. ~ Steve Leggett

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 17, 2011

Genre: Delta

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Jsp

UPC: 788065714123

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Meaning in the Blues

Meaning in the Blues

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 17, 2011

Genre: Delta

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Jsp

UPC: 788065714123


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Falling Rain Blues --
2.Jinx Blues --
3.Dark Night Blues --
4.Pony Blues - Charley Patton --
5.Milk Cow Blues --
6.Labor Blues - Tom Dickson --
7.Shake 'Em on Down --
8.Lonesome Home Blues --
9.No Place to Go --
10.Cotton Seed Blues --
11.Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1 --
12.Steamboat Man Blues --
13.Gravel Camp Blues --
14.Blue Monday Blues - Ida Cox --
15.Rock and Gravel Blues --
16.Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo, The --
17.Make Than Gravel Fly --
18.Rock Island Blues --
19.Crazy Blues --
20.Snatch It Back Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins --
21.John Henry --
22.Cannonball Blues - Furry Lewis --
23.Friendless City Blues - Joshua White --
24.Stocking Feet Blues --
25.Stranger's Blues --
26.Wintertime Blues --
0.DISC 2: --
1.New Way of Living Blues - Ramblin' Thomas --
2.Black Gal Makes Thunder - Rudy Foster --
3.Three Women Blues --
4.Yellow Girl Blues --
5.Gonna Ramble Blues - Sara Martin --
6.Brown Skin Man --
7.Brown Skin Gal --
8.Brown Skin Blues --
9.Chocolate to the Bone - Barbecue Bob --
10.Kitchen Mechanic Blues - Excelsior Quartette --
11.Black Evil Blues --
12.Outside Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds --
13.Reckless Woman --
14.It Won't Be Long - Charley Patton --
15.Little and Low --
16.Big Fat Mama Blues --
17.My Pencil Won't Write No More --
18.Signifying Blues - Sam Collins --
19.Black Snake Moan --
20.Save My Jelly --
21.Freakish Man Blues --
22.Sissy Man Blues --
23.Prove It on Me Blues --
24.B.D. Woman's Blues --
25.Dirty Dozen, The --
26.Jacksonville Blues - Nellie Florence --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Mojo Hand Blues --
2.Mojo Hidin' Woman - Blind Boy Fuller --
3.Papa's Got Your Water On --
4."Toby" Woman Blues --
5.Squinch Owl Moan --
6.Black Cat Blues - Old Pal Smoke Shop Four --
7.Broke and Hungry - Blind Lemon Jefferson --
8.Wish I Had You (And I'm Gonna Get You Blues) --
9.Bad Boy --
10.Doggone My Good Luck Soul --
11.Black Cat Moan --
12.Those Black Man Blues --
13.Seven Sisters Blues, Pt. 1 - Funny Paper Smith --
14.Seven Sisters Blues, Pt. 2 --
15.Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues --
16.I'm a Gamblin' Woman - Memphis Minnie --
17.Skin Game Blues - Peg Leg Howell --
18.Gamblin' Charley --
19.If You Lose Your Good Gal, Don't Mess with Mine --
20.Jack O' Diamond Blues [Take 2] - (take) --
21.Stack O' Lee Blues --
22.Policy Dream Blues --
23.Policy Wheel Blues --
24.Four Eleven Forty Four --
25.Three Sixty Nine Blues --
26.Clearing House Blues, The --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Mississippi Jail House Groan --
2.Lonesome Blues --
3.Old Rounder's Blues --
4.Moon Going Down --
5.Smack That Thing --
6.I Had to Smack That Thing --
7.I Had to Come Back Home Blues --
8.Rowdy Blues --
9.Barrelhouse When It Rains - Big Bill Broonzy --
10.Blues in the Alley --
11.Old Jim Canaan's --
12.On the Wall --
13.Beaver Slide Rag --
14.Low Down Mississippi Bottom Man - Freddie Spruell --
15.You Got to Reap What You Sow --
16.Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks --
17.Some Summer Day, Pt. 1 --
18.I'm Still Sitting on Top of the World --
19.Mama Blues --
20.Friday Moan Blues - Alfred Lewis --
21.Violin Blues --
22.Shaking Weed Blues - Tommy Settles --
23.Fairasee Woman (Memphis Woman) --
24.Spike Driver Blues --
25.Waking Blues - Otis Harris --

Editorial Notes

When Paul Oliver's Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues was published, it was one of the first books to focus on the country blues from the 78-rpm era (which stretched from the 1920s through the very early '50s) as a kind of black American folk music, a music that tackled black culture in all of its concerns, from love, sex, joy, and sadness to the broader sweep of displacement, war, and death, in an often coded, passionate, and poetic black idiom. It remains required reading for anyone interested in the genre, and this wonderful four-disc, 103-track anthology from JSP Records honors and serves as an audio companion to Oliver's groundbreaking book, celebrating the 50th anniversary year of its publication. Assembled by Max Haymes, who also wrote the text for the lovely 80-page booklet that accompanies the box set, Meaning in the Blues collects blues 78s that illustrate key points in Oliver's book, but it also stands alone as a fascinating and engaging survey of early black country blues in all of its forms and variants. ~ Steve Leggett
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