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Broadcasting The Blues - Compiled and edited by Paul Oliver

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Joe Williams
01 - Baby, Please Don't Go Listen

Blind Lemon Jefferson
02 - Match Box Blues Listen

Ma Rainey
03 - Yonder Come The Blues Listen

Bessie Smith
04 - Yellow Dog Blues Listen

Robert Johnson
05 - Walkin' Blues Listen

Mamprusi Tribesmen
06 - Ring Dance Listen

Austin Coleman
07 - My Soul Is A Witness Listen

Clyde Hill
08 - Long Hot Summer Days Listen

Ed Lewis
09 - Lucky Holler Listen

Texas Alexander
10 - Penitentiary Moan Listen

Henry Thomas
11 - Old Country Stomp Listen

Blind Arthur Blake
12 - Dry Bone Shuffle Listen

Alec Johnson
13 - Mysterious Coon Listen

William Moore
14 - Ragtime Millionaire Listen

Beale Street Sheiks (see Frank Stokes)
15 - You Shall Listen

Gus Cannon (Banjo Joe)
16 - Gus Cannon Interview Listen

Jim Jackson
17 - I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop Listen

Mississippi John Hurt
18 - Spike Driver Blues Listen

Furry Lewis
19 - Kassie Jones - Part 1 Listen

Joe Calicott
20 - Fare Thee Well Blues Listen

Gus Cannon (Banjo Joe)
21 - Poor Boy Long Ways From Home Listen

Blind Willie McTell
22 - Travelin' Blues Listen

Barbecue Bob (Robert Hicks)
23 - Chocolate To The Bone Listen

Norfolk Jazz and Jubilee Quartets
24 - Sad Blues Listen

Jimmie Strothers
25 - Tennessee Dog Listen

Muddy Waters
26 - Country Blues Listen

Leecan and Cooksey
27 - Washboard Cut-out Listen

Washboard Sam
28 - Flying Crow Blues Listen

Edith Wilson
29 - Rules And Regulations 'Signed Razor Jim' Listen

Gladys Bently
30 - Ground Hog Blues Listen

Peg Leg Howell
31 - Broke And Hungry Blues Listen

John Lee Hooker
32 - Wednesday Evening She Left Me (On My Bended Knee) Listen

Jesse James
33 - Lonesome Day Blues Listen

Sonny Boy Williamson
34 - Win The War Blues Listen

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
35 - Fox Hunt Listen

Big Bill Broonzy
36 - Black Brown And White Listen

Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
37 - Pratt City Blues Listen

Leroy Carr
38 - Blues Before Sunrise Listen

Tommy McClennan
39 - Blues Trip Me This Morning Listen

Henry Townsend
40 - Poor Man Blues Listen
41 - Interview: "It gives you relief..." Listen

Son House
42 - My Blck Mama - Part 1 Listen

Robert Petway
43 - Cotton Pickin' blues Listen

Wade Walton
44 - Interview: "When final settlment comes..." Listen

Wesley Wallace
45 - Number 29 Listen

Cow Cow (Charles) Davenport
46 - Jim Crow blues Listen

Memphis Jug Band
47 - Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues Listen

Will Shade
48 - Interview: "Aunt Caroline Dyer..." Listen

Bumble Bee Slim
49 - Policy Dream Blues Listen

Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie
50 - North Memphis Blues Listen

Stump Johnson
51 - Interview: "The Levee at St. Louis..." Listen

Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson)
52 - They Ain't Walkin' No More Listen

Whistlin Alex Moore
53 - Ice Pick Blues Listen

Lonnie Johnson
54 - Interview: "They ganged him" (death of Sonny Boy Williamson) Listen

Bukka White
55 - Parchman Farm Blues Listen

Hambone Willie Newbern
56 - Shelby County Workhouse Blues Listen

Peetie Wheatstraw
57 - Working On The Project Listen

Black Ace
58 - Interview: "Depression time... I would play house parties..." Listen

Carl Martin
59 - Let's Have A New Deal Listen

Mattie Delaney
60 - Tallahatchie River Blues Listen

Lonnie Johnson
61 - St. Louis Cyclone Blues Listen

John Lee Hooker
62 - Interview: "That's what makes the blues..." Listen

Sleepy John Estes
63 - Fire Department Blues Listen

Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
64 - Give Me A 32-20 Listen

Prof. Rayford Logan
65 - Interview: "When we arrived in France..." Listen

Mr Honey
66 - Build A Cave Listen

Red Nelson
67 - Crying Mother Blues Listen

Speckled Red
68 - Interview: "They was real bad words..." Listen
69 - The Dirty Dozen Listen

Blind Boy Fuller
70 - Three Ball Blues Listen

Kokomo Arnold
71 - Milk Cow Blues Listen

Tommy Johnson
72 - Cool Drink Of Water Blues Listen

Charley Patton
73 - Some Sunny Day Listen

Mama Yancey
74 - Make Me A Pallet On The Floor Listen

Papa Charlie Jackson
75 - Long Gone Lost John Listen

Meade 'Lux' Lewis
76 - Spirit Of Boogie Woogie Listen

Rev. F W McGee
77 - Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room Listen

Paul Oliver has been one of, if not the most prolific writers and commentators on the subject of blues music in our time. With his first articles on the subject being published in 1952, Paul had embarked upon a remarkable journey of discovery and as one of the first blues historians produced many ground breaking books including; 'Blues Fell This Morning, 'Screening The Blues', 'Conversation With The Blues' and 'The Story Of The Blues'. At the same time he began to broadcast on the BBC home and world services and over the next 45 years became a familiar and welcome voice for blues and jazz enthusiasts around the world. During that time he has won several awards including the first Sony Radio Award for "The Best Specialist Music Programme" with his series entitled Before The Blues made for BBC Radio 3 in 1988.

Broadcasting The Blues compliments the book of the same name published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, (isbn 0415971764). Using studio and field recordings made during the era, including some rare and wonderful interviews made in the field of the artists by Paul, this three CD compilation entwines references to many of Paul's broadcasts whilst at the same time commenting on the history of recorded blues during the era of racial segregation in America. The result is a fascinating documentation on a pioneer of blues writing and broadcasting which inspired countless writers, musicians and music fans. 

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