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  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Document
  • ASIN: B00005OACN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Goin' Crazy With The BluesBessie Smith 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lock And KeyPapa Charlie Jackson 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All I Want Is A SpoonfulBlind Lemon Jefferson 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Matchbox BluesLuke Jordan 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Church Bell BluesBlind Blake 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Southern RagFrank Stokes 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. What's The Matter BluesMississippi John Hurt 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stack O'Lee BluesPine Top Smith 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pine Top's Boogie WoogieMontana Taylor 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Indiana Avenue StompTampa Red And Georgia Tom 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Duck Yas-Yas-YasCharley Patton 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Come On Mama, Do That DanceJesse 'Babyface' Thomas 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Blue Goose BluesSpeckled Red 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Dirty DozenBlind Willie Walker 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. South Carolina RagBo Carter 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Pussy Cat BluesBlind Willie McTell 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Searching The Desert For The BluesJoe Pullum 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Cows, See That Train Comin'Rob Cooper 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. West Dallas RagBumble Bee Slim 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Ramblin' With That WomanCasey Bill Weldon 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. W.P.A. BluesMeade 'Lux' Lewis 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Honky Tonk Train BluesRobert Johnson 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Terraplane BluesWalter 'Cowboy' Washington 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ice Pick MamaBlack Boy Shine 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gamblin' Jinx BluesPeetie Wheatstraw 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Peetie Wheatstraw StompBig Bill Broonzy 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Good BoyGeorgia White 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Alley BoogieBlind Boy Fuller 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Meat Shakin' WomanCow Cow' Davenport 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Railroad BluesMamie Smith 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)Sleepy John Estes 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Roll 'Em PeteJoe Turner 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jersey Belle BluesLonnie Johnson 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brown Skin GirlTommy McClennan 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beer Drinking WomanMemphis Slim 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Me And My Chauffeur BluesMemphis Minnie 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Baby, Please Don't GoBig' Joe Williams 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dive BomberPete Johnson 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Carolina BluesSonny Terry And Brownie McGhee 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Kid Man BluesBig Maceo 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Boogie Chillen'John Lee Hooker 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead And Gone)Muddy Waters 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Rockin' And Rollin'Lil' Son Jackson 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 3 O'Clock BluesB. B. King 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Dust My BroomElmore James 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Bill Wyman's personal tribute to the music and musicians that inspired him to pick up a bass guitar and become a founding member of the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world, The Rolling Stones. Spread over 2 CDs are 46 tracks from from Mamie Smith’s “Goin’ Crazy With The Blues” (1926) to Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom” (1951) via familiar names such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and B B King and more obscure artists. The tracks on this album were personally selected and compiled by Bill Wyman and reveal a fascinating insight into the music and musicians who recorded these tracks. The booklet contains many photos and extensive sleeve notes on all artists featured.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By davidjplumb@hotmail.com on 24 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
I expected this double CD to attempt yet another potted history of the blues as the story of the music's evolution is told in detail in the book "Bill Wymans Blues Odyssey" but instead it creates an atmosphere of its own. Here you will find the roots of the blues, sung and played by men and women who helped to shape and develop a music that reflected the poverty, hardships and injustice of the people yet is now so universally celebrated. Sit quietly and listen to the CD in a darkened room and imagine the smoke-filled atmosphere of a Delta juke joint as each artist brings their own interpretation to "singing the blues".
The CD has less direct connection with Bill Wyman than the book, although he is credited with making the selection of artists and songs but there are no examples of him or The Stones or, indeed, any of the other 60's or 70's white blues bands who copied the black Americans they heard on radio and on record. This may be disappointing to some rock-blues fans but the real blues enthusiast will find everything you would want on this double CD from the barrel-house piano of Speckled Red to the slide guitar of Elmore James, from Bessie Smith to BB King this is a great album. And for those who think that the blues is slow, melancholy music you're very wrong; people used to play and listen to the blues to purge themselves of troubles. Most of this is foot-tapping lively stuff and if you can keep still enough to read at the same time Bill's book is the obvious companion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 23 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Bill Wyman is an authority on the blues and the pre history of it and the book is as good as the first attempts to chronicle the music by Paul Oliver.
The recordings on this double CD fortunately keep to what the blues is really about rather than the revivalists of the 6os.It begins with Mamie Smith who cut the first blues record-not here but its another one by her made in 1926-and ends with Elmore James of 1951 though its not in strict chronological order
I should add that Amazon have made a total mess of the track details and its not till halfway through CD 2 they catch up and get them right
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By stitch on 15 Sep 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought for my husband to go with the book. He was very happy with it.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Leave it to a Rolling Stone... 11 Dec 2001
By Birdman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Leave it to a Rolling Stone to assemble the most generous, distinctive collection of classic blues issued this year. I purchased this set on impulse because I love early blues recordings and heard that Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones, had just produced a broadcast series based on the lives and works of early blues musicians. To be honest, there aren't many early blues recordings on CD that have been as carefully researched or as beautifully remastered. There are two disks and 46 cuts on this bargain-priced collection, only about a third of which are performed by die-hard favorites like Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Big Maceo, Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Minnie and Blind Lemon Jefferson. The balance of the collection includes performances by musicians you may not have ever heard, or at least listened too very often, from Mamie Smith and Bo Carter to Casey Bill Weldon and Georgia White. But there isn't a bad cut in the bunch. As with most of Wyman's recorded projects, there is a distinctive, laid-back feel to the compilation. The music is intensely personal, and very listenable. Originally remastered in the UK by Denis Blackham, the warmth and presence of the collection is startling. Add to all of this a booklet that is handsome and informative, and I couldn't imagine a better way to spend 20 bucks. PS. You don't have to love the blues to enjoy most of these performances. Anyone who loves vintage jazz or roots music can dive right in. Very strongly recommended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Noteworthy Compilation 26 Dec 2001
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm rarely in someone's Amen Corner, but I can't disagree with anything the previous reviewer wrote. Rather, let me expand on it. The Rolling Stones, particularly in their salad days, were heavily influenced by black American blues as were many of their British contemporaries. Here the listener has the chance to hear 46 of the songs which influenced that generation of musicians and which touched Wyman in particular.
Bill Wyman has put together a fine group of old blues that feature a wide range of musicians, both famous and obscure, playing a wide range of blues styles. Rock fans who have never listened to traditional blues will recognize a number of these songs which have been covered by artists ranging from Van Morrison to John Mayall.
The 2-CD set includes an informative booklet containing short biographical sketches of each featured artist. It also contains many rare photos obtained from various sources.
Hats off to Bill Wyman! Blues Odyssey is a noteworthy compilation, very well remastered, that is worth every penny of its price. If you love the blues, buy this one today.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bill Wyman is giving Ken Burns a run for the money here 29 Jan 2002
By mvconsults - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For all of you who enjoyed Ken Burns' epic Jazz series, former Stones bassist Bill Wyman follows it up here with his own study and insight on the musical genre that he obviously loves, the Blues. Besides the handsome coffee table book, this 2 CD set contains most of the legends of the American blues spread over 46 tracks, from Papa Charlie Jackson's 1925 recording of "All I Want is a Spoonful" to 1951 blues tracks from Elmore James and B.B. King. No, "The Thrill is Gone" isn't covered here nor are the newer blues artists like Robert Cray or Stevie Ray Vaughan, just the old masters.
One thing I was reminded of was that the blues did not begin with Robert Johnson who emerged in the mid-'30s. Of course! Just like rock and roll didn't begin with Elvis. Get this collection and check out Wyman's commentary on each of the artists. It's very informative and easy to get a grasp on what for many is an arcane musical genre.
And yes, as Wyman states, "the Blues are perfect however you feel."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bill Wyman's time machine! 24 Dec 2004
By KIWRadioFREEblues - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
January 30, 2003

When Bill Wyman left the Rolling Stones in the early `90's he claimed there were more important projects he wanted to work on including photography, art, and writing. Wyman was the first Stone to release solo albums that were released on Rolling Stones Records label.

Wyman has excelled in at least one post-Stones arena: writing. While his two books regarding his time as a Rolling Stone offer a sanitized glimpse behind the curtain, Wyman's book, `Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey' and the companion two CD set is nothing short of an excellent narrative of that great American art form, `the blues.' For a brief time a companion television piece also aired on satellite networks.

As an avid, albeit older, music fan, there is nothing I enjoy more than delving back into time and finding a rare gem recorded 50, 60, or 70 years ago. While its like admitting you have fleas on your first date, I have to confess that some of these recordings are so poor that any listening enjoyment is erased. Sure, all those 78 rpm's being transferred onto CD make it easier and the liner notes are fascinating, but even the Yazoo label often releases titles that are so marred with `snaps, crackles, and pops' that I can't bear repeated listening. Which brings me to the point of this column.

Do you remember when Columbia released the 2 disc Robert Johnson box set back in the very early `90's? Anyway, with the dawn of digital recordings, Columbia made the brief and untenable, yet true, boast that the box set recordings, since they had been remixed and remastered, were, "better than the original recordings." Listeners could distinctly hear Johnson rocking in a wooden chair while he recorded. Now I know someone, somewhere is going to tag me with the old lie, "I love the warmth of those old records." O.K. sure. But I like clarity. Wyman's companion two CD set release for `Blues Odyssey' is the finest example I have ever heard representing this era of the recording industry. To put a point on it, the two CD set is a compilation, 46 cuts in all, is of early period blues artists including Bessie Smith, Frank Stokes, Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson contemporary Charly Patton. Within the compact disc is a 22 page booklet with excellent liner notes regarding each artist represented on this collection. The Linear notes are a good indication of how excellent the Wyman's book was written.

The mists of the past are parting.

What Wyman has truly accomplished is to lend his name and credibility within the industry to create well deserved interest in the artists that are unquestionably the pioneers and bedrock of the music industry and rock music in particular. Through the use of video, the printed word, and digitally enhanced audio recordings, Wyman has created a veritable time machine that allows the serious music fan to truly experience this music as it sounded when it was originally recorded. Since purchasing this disc I have been trawling in the 1920's listening to music that is humorous, enlightening, and, "dadgumit" just darn great
Should have bought the DVD 18 Oct 2013
By K.E. Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The book has been a staple in my home for years. I have meant to try to order the DVD but accidentally ordered the CD. It's interesting and of historical importance--but not for someone who's been an avid Blues collector for years.
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