Review of Broadcasting the Blues Compiled by Paul Oliver
The following review appeared in Elmore magazine #11 August 2006.
For most listeners the big draw here is the music, i.e. the best of the blues, re mastered, and assembled in a fine three- CD collection. For others, like myself, the name of British scholar Paul Oliver is just as significant as the artists presented. Oliver’s research makes him the man most aficionados turn to when it comes to the blues. The collection stems from a series of BBC radio programs titled Before the Blues, done in 1988 in collaboration with Langston Hughes.
Beginning with the field hollers and other work-related songs, Oliver sets about exploring the wide range of influences on a music which seemed to have sprung up overnight on the
All in all, this is a collector’s collection. With many “tours” of the blues available on CD, it’s even nicer to have the genre’s best tour-guide.
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