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Big Joe Williams Vol 1 1935 - 1941

Big Joe Williams; vocal, Nine-string guitar, bottleneck guitar.

With contributions by Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, harmonica; Henry Townsend, guitar; Robert “Nighthawk” Lee McCoy, guitar and others...

Genre: Mississippi Country Blues

Informatice booklet notes by Bob Groom.
Detailed discography.

Big Joe Williams, was born in Mississippi, most likely in October, 1903 At one time it was customary to regard Big Joe Williams as a good journeyman blues singer but not of the first rank, like a Patton, Jefferson or McTell. That he was a survivor who, by the late sixties, had already made a lot of records probably worked against his reputation. However, by any assessment, his first session and indeed all of his Bluebird recordings, require a radical reappraisal of his position in the Blues Pantheon. This most impressive debut session has the impact of a Bukka White on Vocalion/Okeh or John Estes on Champion/Decca. For four decades Joe featured his unique, patched-up nine string guitar but on his first recordings he was still playing a conventional six-string guitar in a complex style that meshed excitingly with fellow St. Louis guitarist Henry Townsend's playing. Continued...




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Big Joe Williams Vol 2 1945 - 1949

Big Joe Williams; vocal, Nine-string guitar, bottleneck guitar.

Includes; Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, harmonica; Chasey Jones, vocal, washboard; Ransom Knowling, bass; Judge Riley, drums and others...

Genre: Mississippi Country Blues

Informative booklet notes by Bob Groom.
Detailed discography

Big Joe Williams was born in, most likely in October, 1903. Joe’s first recordings were made for Bluebird in February 1935 and in October of that year he recorded with two other musicians, Chasey Collins from Alabama probably played the washboard, while an old timer from Memphis, “Dad” Tracey, played the one string-fiddle. In addition to four Joe Williams vocals, Chasey Jones sang two excellent blues; Walking Blues is unrelated to the Son House / Robert Johnson blues but has verses used earlier by Kokomo Arnold and later by Tommy McClennan (“You Can Mistreat Me Here”). Joe later adopted the piece as “Walk On Little Girl”, Atlanta Town is a vocal tour-de-force, with wild accompaniment, which makes one wish that Collins had recorded more. Continued...




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Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey DOUBLE CD

Double CD
Various Artiists
Compiled by Bill Wyman
Informative 24 page full colour booklet by Bill Wyman & Richard Havers
Detailed discography
 
Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman asked Document Records to produce a CD which would be part of a life long ambition; to pay tribute to and share with others the music that he has loved and been influenced by, The Blues. This double CD, accompanied by a twenty-four page colour booklet, compliments the book, television documentary and DVD of the same name. It features some of the very best blues to have been recorded from the early “Classic” female blues and “Country Blues” of the nineteen-twenties through to the electric “Down Home” blues of Chicago.
 
Whether you are a collector or just inquisitive about what the blues are and the history the music, this CD is one of the finest collections of vintage blues recordings available. Continued...



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Too Late Too Late Vol 10 1926 - 1951



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God Don`t Like It - Document Shortcuts Vol 1 Blues Sampler
Maybe you already know something about Document, maybe (to use a music biz term) you are just “scratching the surface”. Either way, here is a clip, a snippet, an appetizer made up from tracks found within the catalogue. You don’t have to be a collector, worrying about matrix numbers or what colour socks such and such an artist was wearing during his 1953 recording of his big hit “I’m Really Happy Blues”, to appreciate the Shortcuts albums. This music was never recorded to be analysed, it was just for people to dig it, savour it, perhaps to hear it’s message, more than likely dance to it.



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