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Johnny Shines - Live In Europe 1975

Johnny Shines, vocal, guitar.
 
Genres: Mississippi country blues, bottleneck-slide guitar.
Informative 12 page, illustrated, booklet notes by Bob Groom.

The snow is falling, the temperature is only just above zero, and a native of the American Deep South is a long, long way from home. Johnny Shines was, in the 1970`s, resident in Holt, Alabama, not far from the city of Tuscaloosa, but often away on tour in the United States and overseas. He was now experiencing the "fairyland" of an Austrian Winter (February 1975), the farthest point east of a European tour, with a series of great performances at the `Jazzland` club in Vienna. Continued...




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David Honeyboy Edwards - Blues Blues (1975)

David "Honeyboy" Edwards, vocal, guitar, harmonica.
Genres: Mississippi country blues, Country blues guitar. Blues Harmonica.
 
Although Honey Boy remained in the background, as the blues of the rural Southern States experienced its mixed fortunes of popularity, from the heydays of the nineteen twenties and thirties to its obscurity of the fifties, through to the revivals of the sixties and eighties when it found its permanent place in global music, he remained throughout an active performer and true to his cause.
 
Made during his 1975 trip to Europe, these recordings are among the very best that he made. He was in his prime, playing guitar, harmonica and singing with great strength and verve.



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Mighty Day - 25 Gospel Greats (1928 - 1958)

Various Artists
Genres: Gospel
16 Page colour, illustrated booklet by Gillian George.
Detailed discography.
Includes "Mighty Day" by The Bessemer Sunset Four, featured in the film "Fun With Dick and Jane"
The Document catalogue can truly boast that it covers the birth and ensuing development of recorded gospel music. It is a fascinating musical journey. Yet despite the music's unwavering popularity for the last hundred years, it has not spawned the same magnitude of analytical literature, articles and papers, so beloved of the Blues and Jazz fans, that one can turn to for musical guidance in discussing its development as a definative musical genre. So, perhaps it is true to say that the Document Catalogue spans the earliest recorded religious black music with a formal feel of "Spirituals" to the later urban religious recordings that we would now call "Gospel". Continued...



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Boogie Woogie Pioneers - Compiled and Edited by John Mayall

Various Artists.
Informative booklet notes written by John Mayall.
Detailed discography.

Legendary British bluesman John Mayall shares his favourite piano tracks for your listening pleasure. Intimate sleeve notes written by John with reminiscences of great Blues figures. 22 hot tracks from 1928-1960.

Barrelhouse piano combined various different proportions of blues, ragtime and dance rhythms in the hands of technically unorthodox players. Jelly Roll Morton spoke of "specialists —each with a tiny repertoire nobody else could play". Bang on! Continued...




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James Booker - Manchester '77

Informative booklet notes by Gary Atkinson.

Norman Darwen of Blues Matters magazine review:

New Orleans may be full of eccentrics but James Booker was one of the more eccentric of them! If Professor Longhair's vocals could seem a little wayward, Booker's are completely off the beaten track, always in tune but only because it followed his piano playing, which pursued a similarly untrammelled path. He had enjoyed a big hit in 1960 with his organ instrumental 'Gonzo' and had gone on to play with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Maria Muldaur and Ringo Starr. Continued...




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Reverend Gary Davis - Manchester Free Trade Hall 1964

Informative booklet notes by Bob Groom.
Detailed discography.

On May 8, 1964 the Rev, on tour with something called the Blues and Gospel Caravan, was recorded in live performance with his Gibson guitar at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. In 2008 Document released a compact disc containing all of the music known to have been taped during that set. Continued...




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Bankers Blues - A Study In The Effects Of Fiscal Mischief

Various
Booklet notes by Gillian Atkinson
Detailed discography.
 
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
 
Thomas Jefferson - The Debate Over The Re-charter Of The Bank Bill (1809)
 
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Blues, Blues, Hoodoo, Halloween

Various Artists.
Informative booklet notes by Dave Clarke.
Detailed Discography.
Genres: Blues, Pre-war Blues, Post-war Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz

For your spooky pleasure.

Black American music has long been associated with both Hoodoo, and in the Caribbean and parts of Louisiana, Voodoo. There are many references to the Hoodoo Man, or Hoodoo Lady, who would cast a spell for you, or supply you with a ‘Conjure Bag’, a ‘Mojo Hand’ or other charms to do the same. The ‘Black Cat Bone’, the ‘John The Conqueror Root’, or the Voodoo ‘Gris Gris. Sometimes to give you power over money, or other powers, but almost always to give you control of the opposite sex.

With this stuff, you could become The Hoochie Coochie Man!




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Tommy Johnson 1928 - 1929

Tommy Johnson; vocal , guitar.
With contributions by; Charlie McCoy , guitar; Kid Ernest Michall, clarinet, Charley Taylor, piano and others...
 
Genres: Mississippi Blues, Country Blues, Blues guitar.
Informative booklet notes by Paul Oliver.
Detailed discography.
 
Charley Patton is often considered to be the father of the Mississippi Blues, and the young, ill-fated Robert Johnson epitomised the Mississippi Blues as its most agonised exponent. But there is no doubt that the music of Tommy Johnson epitomised the Mississippi Blues at its most expressive and poetic. Johnson achieved the perfection of a regional vocal and instrumental tradition, while realising its potential for the development of a unique and personal means of communication. Continued...



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Son House & The Great Delta Blues Singers 1928 - 1930

Twenty-four tracks featuring: Son House, Willie Brown, Kid Bailey, Garfield Akers, Joe Callicott, Jim Thompkins, Blind Joe (Willie) Reynolds, Rube Lacy.

 

Genres: Mississippi Delta Blues, Country Blues, Country Blues Guitar.

Informative booklet notes by Bob Groom.

Detailed discography.

 

Have you ever put an album into a player and been shocked as a surge of intensity, both beautiful and at the same time disturbing hits you like nothing before? You're mesmerised, finding it hard to believe that this is a man, relying on little more than his relentless, pounding rhythmic guitar playing and his own dark, rich, voice. These are the first few seconds of Son House's My Black Mama Part 1 recorded for Paramount in 1930 and just a hint to what is to come. This album is not just an album of singers. It is a snapshot of some of the finest bluesmen to have recorded. This is the blues un-distilled. Raw, hard hitting, being exorcised and torn like a demon from man's tormented soul. This is undoubtedly the best collection of vintage Mississippi blues singers guitarist available. After being in the Document catalogue for over fourteen years it is still one of our best sellers. Blues fans certainly know a classic when they see one. Continued...




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Furry Lewis 1927 - 1929

Furry Lewis; vocal, guitar, bottleneck-slide guitar.
 
Genres: Memphis blues, Country blues.
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.
 
Walter "Furry" Lewis was born in 1893 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and moved to Memphis around 1900. Taking up music at an early age, he played in the streets and bars, and at social functions. In April, 1927 he got his first opportunity to record. On the first three titles, the simple rhythm guitar is played by Landers Waller, with Charles Johnson supplying the pleasant, old-fashioned mandolin. It sounds as though Lewis accompanies himself on Rock Island Blues and Jelly Roll where the playing is more complex, and more integrated with the vocals. Whoever the instrumentalists were, Furry's high voice, with its strong vibrato, was unmistakable from the first. Continued...



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Charley Patton Vol 1 1929

Charley Patton, vocal, guitar, bottleneck slide-guitar.
Includes performances by Henry Sims.
Genres: Mississippi Country Blues, Delta Blues, Country Blues Guitar.
Extensive, detailed booklet notes by Bob Groom.
Detailed discography.
Patton is considered, with some justification, to be the archetypal, Mississippi Delta blues singer / guitarist. His guitar playing, including his bottleneck slide guitar technique, coupled with his gritty vocal delivery created a mixture of some of the most primitive yet sublime recordings to be made in the "pre-war blues" era. Many of his recorded performances are so powerful as to be unsurpassed within the genre. At the same time he had an overpowering presence that embodied the very essence of the Mississippi Blues. Equally, he can well be thought of as a songster, in view of his wide-ranging repertoire of blues, ballads, rags, spirituals and popular songs that he displays on his recordings which are presented on Document's three volumes of Charley Patton's recordings. Certainly, he was a showman and entertainer whose live performances could be sombre, melancholy, intense or humorous. Yet he differs from his "songster" contemporaries like Mississippi John Hurt and Mance Lipscomb in that he used solid blues as a vehicle for an intensely personal musical expression. These three volumes present all of his issued recordings. His original 78 rpm records are extremely rare. In many cases there are only single known copies which are now the prized possessions of collectors. Continued...



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