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All The Published Sides Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: JSP
  • ASIN: B00009ZV5Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dying Blues
2. Ashley St. Blues
3. Early Morning Blues
4. West Coast Blues
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bad Feelin' Blues
2. Dry Bone Shuffle
3. Dry Bone Shuffle
4. Dry Bone Shuffle
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Good-Bye Mama Moan
2. Tootie Blues
3. That Lovin' I Crave
4. That Lonesome Rave
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Poker Woman Blues
2. Doing A Strech
3. Fightin' The Jug
4. Hookworm Blues
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Guirtar Chimes
2. Blind Arthur's Breakdown
3. Baby Lou Blues
4. Cold Love Blues
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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By Lennart Arnqvist on 19 April 2015
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Great music!
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Amazon.com: 14 reviews
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Haunting 12 Dec. 2003
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this set in a local record store when I saw it discounted to twenty dollars, and figured that for four bucks a disc, I'd spring for it. I'm glad I did. Previously, I had not known much at all about Blind Blake, since my musical insterests are more in the classic ragtime, jazz, and dance bands of 1900-1935 and not so much blues, but I've been so impressed with other JSP box sets, I decided to give this one a try. Blind Blake is a legendary blues/ragtime guitar player, and from hearing the tracks in this box set, I understand why. He plays so skillfully, and his singing is easy to listen to (unlike many later blues singers who "wail" more than they sing). All of these tracks were recorded between 1926-1932 and the sound quality varies widely. Some tracks are virtually unlistenable, masked by heavy surface noise and distortion, while others are amazingly clean, clear and lifelike (just compare the two takes of "Diddie Wah Diddie" on Disc D). The blame for the poor quality rests with Paramount Records which originally recorded these sides back in the 1920s--Paramount was notorious for its poor quality recording and pressing techniques. At the same time, it is perhaps those poor quality techniques that we have to thank for having as many recordings of Blind Blake as we do. As the notes to this set explain, so many takes exist for some selections because Paramount used an inferior metal when making their record stampers. If they sold so many records, it would wear out their metal stampers and they would have to pay Blind Blake to rerecord a tune in order to continue selling it. Still, as many who would be interested in this set already know, Blind Blake's records are quite rare today, and the opportunity to have them all on CD for much, much less than the price of one original Blind Blake 78 rpm record is a real treat. This set has been a surprise "hit" with me, I've found myself listening to it more than I expected when I first bought it. At this price you can't go wrong. Thanks, JSP, for another winner.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
"Oh I knowed I had somethin'!" 7 Mar. 2004
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
(2/5/09 edit: It just hit me that this could be a usefull addition to this review - "Paramount 13123 finally came to light in 2007 when it was retrieved from an old steamer trunk in a trailer park in Raleigh, NC, and acquired by Marshall Wyatt of Old Hat Records." You can hear sample clips of both sides at oldhatrecords.com )

Blind Blake had it. Whatever it is that makes some people...more. Blind Blake had it.

For me this is a special JSP box-set of pre-war music because with all the others I have bought so far, I had most of that music already, but I wanted to upgrade it to JSP quality. With this box, I previously only had 2 discs worth of this music. It turns out I didn't have the 2 discs with my favorite Blind Blake!

There are golden yummies spread throughout this box, but for me, 1929-1932 are where Blake shines brightest. That translates to discs 4 and 5. There seems to be an extra bounce in his step on the upbeat stuff, and more of the stinging, drifting, magic notes on the slower tunes. To a certain degree though, it's all relative, as I wouldn't trade some of the earlier moments for anything. His earlier sides with Johnny Dodds, for instance.

Besides Dodds, there are at times a flurry of other musicians as well. Elzadie Robinson, "Chocolate Brown" Irene Scruggs, Gus Cannon, Papa Charlie Jackson, Leola Wilson, etc... in fact, I've often wondered how great it could have been if Blake and Louis Armstrong had recorded a few sides together. Their styles would be perfect together.

Blake often has a buoyancy in his music. There's no denying he was having fun! Some of his lyrics (especially when he's with other artists) just make me bust out laughing. Great stuff!

By Paramount standards, the vast majority of his sides are in excellent shape, and he was a clear singer which allows for a deep study of his lyrics, unlike, say, Tommy Johnson or Blind Lemon Jefferson who are frequently much harder for me to always hear exactly what they are saying. In Blake's lyrics we get a time-capsule. From attitudes towards women, to the ways in which America has been stratified by shades of skin color. In short, there is much more here than just brilliant guitar playing.

Blake definitely had alot more music left in him when his recording career ended, I for one am just thankful we got what we have, and that JSP has done such a fine (and economical for the consumer) job of presenting it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Complete Blind Blake - what more do you need?!?!?! 1 Sept. 2006
By Steven R. Sims - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you don't already know Blind Blake was guitarist nonpareil of the 20th century, then hear this! Apart from his usually great singing, always great humour, firsts like earliest recorded vocal/guitar/harp solo, his fine piano on one track, and talent to adapt his guitar accompaniment for whatever singer, pianist, jass clarinet, banjar, or bones :o) player he was with - IT'S THE GREAT GUITAR!!!

There was none better, maybe won't ever be. Songs include rags and blues, usually in natural, but also variations like dropped D & Vestapol, he really had the lot. Maybe Lonnie Johnson was more erudite, Memphis Minnie more funky, Bo Carter more versatile, Blind Boy Fuller more sassy, but Blake had all this plus virtuosity to burn. Incredible on both hands, and unbelievable fast fingers & thumbs on sides like Police Dog & Diddie Wa Diddie.

I'm right now listening to this complete set from go to whoa for the second (but far from last) time. The sound is as good as can be got from these crappy old semi-cardboard Paramount 78s - can't do much more about that. Only 4 or 5 tracks that are truly painful.

But it's fascinating to follow the already great Blake in 1926 - all 3 takes of both Early Morning & West Coast bear witness, but especially Too Tight - right through to Too Tight No. 2 on that immortal recording date 17 Aug 1929. The difference between these two Too Tights shows just how far he had come. 1926 version was great, 1929 is incomparable. Talk about syncopation, it's a masterpiece, and that's scarcely an adequate word. Other masterworks include Diddie Wa Diddie, Police Dog, Blind Arthur's Breakdown, Southern Rag, Georgia Blues, That'll Never Happen No More, etc. - I don't have enough superlatives to describe this music.

This collection lets one follow the whole (recorded) progression of this superb guitarist and blues singer. Recommended beyond any banal adjectives. "Hey, Hey, your Daddy's feelin' blue"!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievable Blues Music for an Even More Unbelievable Value 3 Feb. 2006
By PhiloNine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Blind Blake...the most mysterious of all prewar bluesmen, owner of perhaps the most dexterous, confounding and hard-to-replicate technique of any blues guitar player in history. Not only did he posess flawless, incredible fingerpicking, he dynamicism of his music is also surprising, with many original instrumentation to be found here, like kazoo, slide banjo (courtesy of Gus Cannon), clarinet, slide whistle, xylophone, rattlebones, piano, washboard, and guest vocalists, male and female. His rhythm is impeccable and you will often hear him slip into double time variants in unexpected places, sometimes just half measures ("Steel Mill Blues"), making his assured music the perfect antidote to people who believe pre-war blues is simplistic, primitive music.

While much of this is pure blues, the other sides exists in the plane somewhere between vaudeville, ragtime and blues. Because of the variety it is not as primitive or visceral as Blind Willie Johnson or Robert Johnson. And while his pure blues can stand with either of the best of those two (or any other) Blake's expressive, upper mid-range vocals are more often uplifting. I find Discs B and E to be the most fascinating, the former containing some of the more fun, wilder arrangements (w/clarinet and xylophone) and closest to rag, as well as the awesome "Southbound Rag" (considered by many blues scholars to be the pinnacle of his playing); the latter disc containing "Guitar Chimes" (where Blake uses simple harmonics to introduce the midtempo blues) and "Blind Arthur's Breakdown" which are also textbook showcases of his unbelievable technique.

Although in reality we know next to nothing about the man himself, considering the sheer volume of tracks available over this incredible 5-disc set and the quality of the material, any musician should hope to be so well-represented long after he has passed on. A word about JSP box sets - if you are the kind of person who appreciates both quality and quantity over packaging, you will be in heaven. JSP always has high-quality mastering of their recordings, but considering the scarcity of some of these sides oftentimes bad sources are a necessity for completeness' sake. A generous, well-researched essay detailing the recording is split over each of the discs perfectly so that one can listen and read the known details of the recording applicable to said disc. If you can look past the cheap, plain jackets and covers, the Jelly Roll Morton, Charley Patton, and especially the Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens and Django Reinhardt sets all contain a similar level of quality material, and like this one, are all well worth purchasing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the Blind Blake collection to have 4 July 2008
By Stereo Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you already have the Document CD's do you need this JSP collection? Yes. I have both sets and have A/B'd them track for track (selected tracks) switching between the tracks as they play in tandem and the mastering on this collection is just fantastic by comparison. Matching Diddie Wah Diddie on the Document CD with the corresponding track on the JSP set is a revelation. The Document version has all the crackles and surface noise right up front. The JSP mastering has the surface noise almost entirely removed and I hear no artifacts of whatever processing method they employed. Did JSP lose some of the music with the surface noise? Possibly but I'm not certain. Some processing techniques can result in a loss of some of the high frequencies. I do perceive a bit more high frequency on the Document CD's BUT that could be attributed to the hiss and cracks which can fool the human ear. What I do know for sure is that it is much more pleasruable to hear these incredibly wonderful Blake recordings in their cleaner state heard on this JSP collection. Its also nice to have the handfull of additional recordings.
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