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Sam Collins - Complete Recorded Titles - 1927 - 1931

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Sam Collins
John D Fox


Sam Collins
01 - The jail house blues Listen
02 - Devil in the lion`s den Listen
03 - Yellow dog blues Listen
04 - Loving lady blues Listen
05 - Riverside blues Listen
06 - Dark cloudy blues Listen
07 - Hesitation blues Listen
08 - Pork chop blues Listen
09 - Midnight special blues Listen
10 - I want to be like Jesus ln my heart Listen
11 - Lead me all the way Listen
12 - It won`t be long Listen
13 - Do that thing Listen

John D Fox
14 - The worried man blues Listen
15 - The moanin` blues Listen

Sam Collins
16 - Lonesome road blues Listen
17 - New salty dog Listen
18 - Slow mama slow Listen
19 - Signifying blues Listen
20 - I`m still sittin` on top of the world Listen
21 - Graveyard digger`s blues Listen
22 - My road is rough and rocky (how long, how long?) Listen


Sam Collins, vocal, guitar, bottleneck-slide guitar.


With contributions by: John D. Fox, vocal.


Genres; Country Blues, Mississippi Blues, Country Blues Guitar, Bottleneck-slide Guitar.

Informative booklet notes by Keith Briggs.

Detailed discography.


From this album's booklet notes:

Sam Collins, "Salty Dog Sam", was something of an enigma to record collectors in the late fifties and early sixties. The bulk of the known facts regarding Sam Collins' life are the results of field work undertaken by American collector Gayle Dean Wardlow. It was discovered that Collins was raised in McComb, Mississippi, birth-place of another, later, innovator, Bo Diddley. Despite its location in the Sunflower state, McComb was just across the line from Louisiana and it was in that state that Sam was born to Sam Sr. and Sophie in August 1887. By the time he had reached maturity he was carrying his music to the barrelhouses in an area that covered both states. This stamping-ground seems to have overlapped one being worked by Joe Holmes, a son of McComb who relocated in Sibley, Louisiana, because the two men formed one of those loose partnerships that we hear of so often in blues history. Maybe they knew each other from McComb, before Holmes moved to Louisiana. Joe was only to record once; for Paramount in 1932, two years after Sam's last session - and under the name "King Solomon Hill".


The result of all this cross-fertilisation is to be heard on the disc now before you. By accepted standards Sam's limited slide guitar work is often out of tune. Out of tune to our ears that is but not to Sam's because it fits perfectly with a voice employing what is often described as an "eerie" falsetto to earn its owner the nom du disque "Crying" Sam Collins.


Sam's exact relationship with John D. Fox is not clear either. He played guitar in support of this light-voiced singer during one session in 1927 from which, inexplicably, none of the numbers cut under his own name were ever released. Apart from the blues that he cobbled together from traditional verses and personalised so skilfully with own additions, he could sing spirituals and Vaudeville ditties. He even made the first recording of the folk staple Midnight Special.


Once his recording career was over Sam became, once more, the shadowy figure that he had been in his youth. The bare bone of his story is that he moved north to Chicago where he died in 1949. But wherever he finally located, Sam's music was firmly lodged in the south and it is from there that his "eerie" falsetto and "strange" guitar address us across the years.



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