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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

Blind Lemon Jefferson
02 - Match Box Blues

Ma Rainey
03 - Yonder Come The Blues

Bessie Smith
04 - Yellow Dog Blues

Robert Johnson
05 - Walkin' Blues

Mamprusi Tribesmen
06 - Ring Dance

Austin Coleman
07 - My Soul Is A Witness

Clyde Hill
08 - Long Hot Summer Days

Ed Lewis
09 - Lucky Holler

Texas Alexander
10 - Penitentiary Moan

Henry Thomas
11 - Old Country Stomp

Blind Arthur Blake
12 - Dry Bone Shuffle

Alec Johnson
13 - Mysterious Coon

William Moore
14 - Ragtime Millionaire

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

Gus Cannon (Banjo Joe)
16 - Gus Cannon Interview

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

Mississippi John Hurt
18 - Spike Driver Blues

Furry Lewis
19 - Kassie Jones - Part 1

Joe Calicott
20 - Fare Thee Well Blues

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

Blind Willie McTell
22 - Travelin' Blues

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

Norfolk Jazz and Jubilee Quartets
24 - Sad Blues

Jimmie Strothers
25 - Tennessee Dog

Muddy Waters
26 - Country Blues

Leecan and Cooksey
27 - Washboard Cut-out

Washboard Sam
28 - Flying Crow Blues

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

Gladys Bently
30 - Ground Hog Blues

Peg Leg Howell
31 - Broke And Hungry Blues

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

Jesse James
33 - Lonesome Day Blues

Sonny Boy Williamson
34 - Win The War Blues

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
35 - Fox Hunt

Big Bill Broonzy
36 - Black Brown And White

Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
37 - Pratt City Blues

Leroy Carr
38 - Blues Before Sunrise

Tommy McClennan
39 - Blues Trip Me This Morning

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

Son House
42 - My Blck Mama - Part 1

Robert Petway
43 - Cotton Pickin' blues

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

Wesley Wallace
45 - Number 29

Cow Cow (Charles) Davenport
46 - Jim Crow blues

Memphis Jug Band
47 - Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues

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

Bumble Bee Slim
49 - Policy Dream Blues

Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie
50 - North Memphis Blues

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

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

Whistlin Alex Moore
53 - Ice Pick Blues

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

Bukka White
55 - Parchman Farm Blues

Hambone Willie Newbern
56 - Shelby County Workhouse Blues

Peetie Wheatstraw
57 - Working On The Project

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

Carl Martin
59 - Let's Have A New Deal

Mattie Delaney
60 - Tallahatchie River Blues

Lonnie Johnson
61 - St. Louis Cyclone Blues

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

Sleepy John Estes
63 - Fire Department Blues

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

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

Mr Honey
66 - Build A Cave

Red Nelson
67 - Crying Mother Blues

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

Blind Boy Fuller
70 - Three Ball Blues

Kokomo Arnold
71 - Milk Cow Blues

Tommy Johnson
72 - Cool Drink Of Water Blues

Charley Patton
73 - Some Sunny Day

Mama Yancey
74 - Make Me A Pallet On The Floor

Papa Charlie Jackson
75 - Long Gone Lost John

Meade 'Lux' Lewis
76 - Spirit Of Boogie Woogie

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

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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