Charley Patton Vol 1 - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order (June 14th 1929 to late November / December 1929) Vinyl LP
Catalogue Number: TMR154
Third Man Records
Genres: Vintage Country Blues, Mississippi Delta Blues, Country Blues Guitar, Bottleneck-slide-guitar.
Known as "the father of the Delta Blues", Charley Patton is considered to be one of the most important and influential American musicians of the twentieth century. His influence burns brightly into the modern age, with such diverse acts as Bob Dylan and British indie band, Gomez famously name-checking him in song titles.
Patton's recording legacy is extraordinary. In the wake of his local reputation, he was introduced to Paramount Records by early talent scout, Henry Spier. Patton would go on to record 68 songs in a tight period between 1929 and 1934. During this time of intense prolificacy he became the largest selling blues artist of his generation. Literally, the man responsible for elevating the blues idiom to a whole new level.
Sitting central in this overview of the music of Patton, and, indeed, the opening salvo of "side two" on Volume 1 is"A Spoonful Blues". While it must be acknowledged that Patton's legacy and subsequent fame are built from a wide ranging career, few would argue against the notion that "A Spoonful Blues" represents a key moment.. The Willie Dixon penned "Spoonful", loosely based on Patton's song, was first recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960 and became a staple song within the underground blues boom in the UK in the sixties. Most famously of all must be Cream's reworking of the track in 1967, which seemed to typify the very ethos of blues rock. All manner of artists subsequently recorded the song, including Ten Years After, Etta James, George Thorogood and The Grateful Dead. While Willie Dixon must take the song writing credit, it is the vision of Charley Patton and his contemplation of life in the Delta of the early twentieth century that most thrillingly resonates down the years.
Using rare recordings from the vast Document Records catalogue, Third Man kicks off its new series of vinyl albums, featuring the best in vintage blues including Charley Patton
Each recording, taken from the Document vaults, has been revisited and painstakingly sound restored whilst taking great care to preserve the integrity of original the recordings found on these incredibly rare and historic items. Many being “only known” copies to have survived.