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Black Snake Moan Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Complete Blues
  • ASIN: B0001BYLJO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Dogs
2. Teddy Bear Blues
3. Bad Luck Blues
4. Broke and Hungry
5. Prison Cell Blues
6. Black Snake Moan
7. Hangman's Blues
8. That Crawling Baby Blues
9. He Arose From The Dead
10. Sunshine Special
11. Matchbox Blues
12. Rising High Water Blues
13. Easy Rider Blues
14. One Dime Blues
15. Rabbit Foot Blues
16. Lonesome House Blues
17. Jack O'Diamond Blues
18. Stocking Feet Blues
19. Right Of Way Blues
20. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

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Twenty of the best tracks recorded by the first country blues superstar. Jefferson was biggest-selling male blues artist of his age and these songs recorded, primarily in Chicago, between 1926 and his untimely death in 1929 include many of his greatest works, including 'Match Box Blues', and 'Black Snake Moan' , which launched the whole Texas blues tradition . With informative notes and session details this set is part of the Complete Blues series, described by Uncut magazine as ' a dazzling, comprehensive story of the blues...the most user-friendly compendium on the market'.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Willmer VINE VOICE on 28 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Blind Lemon is where it all began. He's the first recognizable pop star and as such his work is a must for anyone who is interested in musical history. It's also an essential for anyone who likes great music! This compilation includes some of Blind Lemon's best recordings: "See that my grave is kept clean' (as covered by Bob Dylan), 'Broke and Hungry', 'Matchbox Blues' and 'Bad Luck Blues'. I think what I love about Blind Lemon is that, unlike today's Gansta Rapers, he isn't a fraud. He was really living that life, wandering from town to town and trying to scratch a living. This record is like a time machine and I would whole heartedly suggest that everyone buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 4 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Although the audio quality of these recordings is notoriously poor even by the standards of the day due to the unforgiving Paramount studio in which this material was recorded, this sample of Blind Lemon Jefferson's work cuts through these limitations with a power that is sufficient to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Try the wonderful "Jack o'Diamond Blues" for example. By and large, nearly all the tracks take a degree of effort to appreciate what is actually going on but careful attention reveals the ability to recall at once both a primeval past and the roots of rock.

The circumstances of many rural blues recordings was largely one of luck and chance (some artists only ever making one trip to a studio) but Jefferson packed a punch which guaranteed his records had a commercial edge over his rivals and ensured a nationwide reputation. Ultimately, Jefferson recorded for Paramount and (I believe) Gennett. This selection includes tracks like "Prison cell blues", "Rising High Water Blues", "Hangman's Blues" and "See that my grave is kept clean" which have an emotion clout which has rarely been equalled in 80 years of popular music, Jefferson's voice cuts through the limitations of 1920's technology. Elsewhere "Easy Rider Blues" incorporates a guitar riff that belies it's 1927 creation and "One Dime Blues" is infectiously catchy. Jefferson had a voice like no one else and is ably accompanied by his own subtle guitar playing which shows mastery of his instrument and a propensity to avoid cliche. The combination of the declamatory voice underscored by the twang of the guitar strings combines to produce music that is erie, haunting and sometimes disturbing in the artist's preoccupation with death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Green Glass Goblin on 13 Nov. 2012
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One for the collection for all lovers of authentic blues. Arrived in good time, well packed. The recordings are suitable for lovers of authentic recordings - ot digitally remastered to get all the "scrathes" out - very good indeed
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Original southern blues. Original songs with a sense of history. Jefferson compares with other great blues artists such as Robert Johnson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
At the Beginning of the Blues 15 May 2012
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Many albums of Blind Lemon Jefferson's music are available and sound quality vary. The Yazoo issues, often are superior, but I found the lowering of pitch increased the hiss in this instance. This Grammercy compilation has simpler digital mastering, but the effect is of authenticity, as if listening through an old radio of 1925 to 1929, the years of his discography. Although the sound is in the treble range and thin, his guitar, strumming and picking, is very distinct. The package notes are minimal. Tracks include the popular Match Box Blues and Black Snake Moan, but Rambler Blues, the talking blues Hot Dogs, the guitar work of One Dime Blues, and an early version of Corinna/Rider are of interest. Jefferson, who came from Texas, is regarded as a key pioneer of country blues.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good example 2 July 2008
By John Butler - Published on Amazon.com
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Re-mastering not as good as expected, but still a good example of this era of music.
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