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Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues The Early Years 1927 ~ 1935


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Blind Willie McTell

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Blind Willie McTell
01 - Writin' Paper Blues
02 - Stole Rider Blues
03 - Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day
04 - Mr. McTell Got The Blues (take 1)
05 - Mr. McTell Got The Blues (take 2)
06 - Three Women Blues
07 - Dark Night Blues
08 - Statesboro Blues
09 - Love Talking Blues
10 - Atlanta Strut
11 - Travelin' Blues
12 - Come On Around To My House Mama
13 - Kind Mama
14 - Teasing Brown
15 - Drive Away Blues
16 - This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread
17 - Love Changing Blues
18 - Talkin' To Myself
19 - Razor Ball
20 - Southern Can Is Mine
21 - Broke Down Engine Blues
22 - Stomp Down Rider
23 - Scarey Day Blues
24 - Rough Alley Blues
25 - Experience Blues
26 - Painful Blues
27 - Low Rider's Blues
28 - Georgia Rag
29 - Low Down Blues
30 - Rollin' Mama Blues
31 - Lonesome Day Blues
32 - Mama, Let Me Scoop For You
33 - Searching The Desert For The Blues
34 - Warm It Up To Me
35 - It's Your Time To Worry
36 - It's A Good Little Thing
37 - You Was Born To Die
38 - Dirty Mistreater
39 - Lord Have Mercy If You Please
40 - Don't You See How This World Made A Change
41 - Savanah Mama
42 - Broke Down Engine
43 - Broke Down Engine No. 2 (take 1)
44 - Broke Down Engine No. 2 (take 2)
45 - My Baby's Gone
46 - Love Makin' Mama (take 1)
47 - Love Makin' Mama (take 2)
48 - Death Room Blues (take 1)
49 - Death Room Blues (take 2)
50 - Death Cell Blues
51 - Lord, Send Me An Angel (take 1)
52 - Lord, Send Me An Angel (take 2)
53 - B and O Blues No.2 (take 1)
54 - B and O Blues No.2 (take 2)
55 - Weary Hearted Blues
56 - Bell Street Lightnin'
57 - Southern Can Mama
58 - Runnin' Me Crazy
59 - East St. Louis Blues (Fare You Well)
60 - Ain't it grand to be a Christian
61 - We Got To Meet Death One Day (take 1)
62 - We Got To Meet Death One Day (take 2)
63 - Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around
64 - I Got Religion, I'm So Glad
65 - Dying Gambler
66 - God Don't Like It
67 - Bell Street Blues
68 - Let Me Play With Yo' Yo Yo
69 - Lay Some Flowers On My Grave
70 - Ticket Agent Blues
71 - Cold Winter Day
72 - Your Time To Worry
73 - Cooling Board Blues
74 - Hillbilly Willie's Blues

DOCD-5677
Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues - The Early Years (1927 – 1935)

Blind Willie McTell, vocal, 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar.
With contributions by:
Curly Weaver, vocal guitar.
Ruby Glaze, vocal.
Kate McTell, vocal.
Genres: Country Blues, Georgia Blues, Ragtime Guitar, Bottleneck-slide Guitar, Guitar Evangelist.

Informative, illustrated 20 page booklet by David Evans.
Detailed discography.

If Robert Johnson was the king of the Mississippi blues and Blind Lemon Jefferson was the king of the Texas blues then the Royal Crown of the Georgia blues must go to Blind Willie McTell. In addition, he was also a king of the twelve string guitar on which he played some of the deepest “country blues”, intricate “ragtime” and some of the finest “bottleneck slide guitar” to have been recorded.

This three CD set covers the early years of this unique and extraordinary blues musician who, though revered by many including, Taj Mahal, The Alman Brothers, Bob Dylan and Jack White, all of who have covered his songs, has never been imitated. There is now a thriving annual blues festival dedicated to the memory of Blind Willie Mctell which take place in his home town of Thomson, Georgia. 

This set demonstrates the wide breadth of Blind McTell’s repertoire with some of the best blues on record, including the remarkable Mama, Tain’t Long Fo’ Day, the celebrated Statesboro Blues, the low down Broke Down Engine and the enchanting Travelin’ Blues. There are enthralling ragtime numbers including; Georgia Rag, Southern Can Is Mine and Atlanta Strut. McTell was equally at home playing religious pieces, similar to the guitar evangelists of the time including his good friend the great Blind Willie Johnson. We Got To Meet Death One Day, I Got Religion, I'm So Glad and God Don't Like It are just a few which demonstrate that McTell was a fine all-rounder.

Joining him on some of the tracks are Ruby Glaze, his wife Kate, his close companion Curly Weaver and others. The set replaces the three separate volumes of Blind Willie McTell’s work in the Document catalogue; DOCD-5006, DOCD-5007 and DOCD-5008. It has additional tracks which first saw their re-issues scattered in Document’s “Too Late” series.

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