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Candy Man Blues Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Complete Blues
  • ASIN: B0001BYLDA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The complete 1928 sessions in Memphis and New York from the Mississippi folk blues legend. Includes such timeless songs as'Candy Man Blues', 'Stack O'Lee Blues' and 'Louis Collins'. 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2011
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Having reviewed over 200 books and CD's on Amazon, of which many were good enough in my opinion to be awarded 5-stars, I had not come across 'sheer, unadulterated perfection......that is until I listened to Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man Blues"s album.

Whilst there is blues music I enjoy, I am far from being a committed hardcore devotee of the genre, and therefore am surprised that my first encounter with 'perfection' happens to be with a now dead, not universally known exponent of country blues, who sang in a loud whisper, to a melodious finger-picked guitar self-accompaniment. John Smith Hurt known as Mississippi John Hurt lived from 1892 until 1966, born and raised in Avalon, Mississippi, learning to play the guitar at age 9. He was completely self taught and the result was quite unlike any other style being played at the time, but it was the way Hurt "thought the guitar should sound." His fast, highly syncopated style of playing made his music ideal for dancing.

A very polite and quietly spoken man, his mastery of combining his soft singing delivery with the most amazing finger-picked acoustic guitar music was nothing short of genius and which shines through on all of the tracks of "The Candy Man Blues" collection originally recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and New York City in 1928.

Every track is a superlative example of his immense understated talent but worth a special mention are "Stack O'Lee", and "Candy Man Blues", both for the guitar accompaniment, "Avalon Blues", and "Got The Blues", classic Delta with Piedmont Blues influenced numbers, "Praying On The Old Camp Ground", and "Blessed Be Thy Name", Gospel Blues and my personal pick of the bunch "Nobody's Business.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Duffell on 30 April 2008
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John Hurt was a master of his art. Unlike some of his contemporaries, this isn't rough and raw. His playing is tender, gentle and mature. Hurt's fingerpicking style and the quality of the recording process make this a lot easier on the ear than many of the more basic recordings of many, but it's still pure, unadultared blues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Papa Bell on 2 Aug. 2009
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These are beautiful recordings - in sound quality and content - from the 1920s of a truly great musician. The gentle guitar picking and vocal style (I always think of Bert Jansch) are proof that the Mississippi Delta was fertile in styles of music, not just quantity. Son House this is not. But the appreciation of both is essential to understanding the Delta blues. Why this should confuse some is odd.
So, this is a nice and inexpensive collection of a great Delta Bluesman's early 'Okeh' recordings that sound as alive as anything recorded today, and will probably make you want the late Mr Hurt as a grand-father, such is his good nature and relaxed manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 17 April 2011
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Ploughing my way through exploring the great blues masters of the 20's and early 30's, it is nice to stumble across someone so radically different such as Mississippe John Hurt. This album benefits from some amazingly clear transfers and the quality of the recordngs is far superior to the kind of recording quality that dogs the likes of Charlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson or Skip James. Although only about 38 minutes long, these tracks stand out for the clarity of Hurt's picking style and the quality of his diction.

I was hugely impressed with this selection of tracks which represent his complete work from 1928 after which he remained undiscovered until the blues boom in the 1960's. There are two tracks which have a religious theme which don't appeal but there are performances here such as "Avalon Blues" and "Stack O'Lee" which are sublime. A comment has been made on one of the other reviews about the rawer aspect of this idiom being more appealing and a note waa added to the effect that MJH is perhaps the Nat "King" Cole of the blues.In fact, some of this repertoire probably has it's origins far earlier in the 19th century and will have pre-dated the blues which historians seem to agree was a 20th century phenomena. Granted that this CD lacks the gut-wrenching quality of some of Blind Willie Johnson's or Lemon's playing, I feel is is more than compensated for the musicality of Hurt's guitar work. There is far more "music" on this record than, say the Blind Willie Johnson disc in the same series which is far more uneven in my opinion.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Jun. 2005
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Its a very good album, if your into blues then i suggest you buy it, the fingerpicking style is very simple but very hard to play it how Hurts plays it. You cant go wrong with this album, have fun listening to it!
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By Amazon Customer on 1 Jan. 2013
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This is by far the best CD Ive ever heard whether blues ,classical pop or Irish traditional.
I rarely pigeon hole music I either like or I dont,so Im not a blues enthusiast by any means.
But these recordings are in a class above anything Ive heard so far ,from the gutar playing to the way he sings.
I cannot praise it enough I feel like Ive come to the end of a musical journey and have found what I was looking for all along.
Just one final thing.I recall my teacher years ago explaining that classical music was only appreciated when played several times ,the more you listened the more you appreciated.Thats exactly the experience Ive had while playing this CD .
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