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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Document
  • ASIN: B000000JI1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blind Brian on 17 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is not one of those late discoveries that we read about in books about the blues. John Lomax, with a rather bullying tone that indicates a sense of superiority that riles me, interposes several interviews within Willie's excellent vocal and instrumental performances. The voice and twelve string guitar are high in the mix, and sound good. Willie sings warmly and gently, and with confidence; he only lacks it when Lomax asks him questions, blaming his clear sense of unease upon 'an accident' So, we get blues, some chillingly beautiful religious music, and a social document of a very talented and intelligent but blind black musician whose a living but forgotten legend, dealing with a white Texan whose full of himself. I suppose we must also give Lomax some credit for being in the right place and providing us with all this.
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Having read Michael Gray's book "Hand me down my travelling shoes" about Blind Willie McTell I was intrigued by the episode with the Lomaxes and needed to hear the 'interviews' for myself. fascinating stuff and great to hear BWT himself. his playing is terrific as on most of his recorded material. this is a significant historical record.
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By Andrew C. on 28 Oct. 2014
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just what i wanted.Did not have same cover as shown on Amazon but nothing to maon about
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What a guy!! 2 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing tour of the world of Blind Willie McTell, circa 1940. Recorded in a hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia, with John Lomax, McTell plays some amazing guitar and talks about his life as a blind musician. In one incredible sequence he describes in voice and guitar the history of the blues. Equally incredible is Lomax's stunningly insensitive prompt to get McTell to play a "complaining song," one describing how whites mistreat the blacks, and McTell's sensitive evasions to do so. A time capsule of race relations in that time and place. Any lover of Blind Willie McTell and his music should own this CD.
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McTell Tells It Like It Was 19 Aug. 2001
By Howard Sauertieg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good collection of spirituals, blues and rags, played and sung with panache for the Lomax field-recording clan. It's rare to hear McTell singing hymns and he's a remarkably moving, if not sincere, performer of these religious numbers. The slight flaw with this disc is inconsistency, as McTell was apparently asked to provide samples of the different types of material he knew. The disc has a unity of purpose, however, that makes it more listenable from start to finish than most compilations of 78 rpm blues recordings. The conversation between McTell and the Lomaxes is VERY interesting, as others have noted here. McTell is asked about Blind Willie Johnson, and from the tone of the inquiry it sounds as if the Lomaxes thought they had the other "Blind Willie" when they arranged this recording session. (That would account for the initial preponderance of spirituals.) This is a remarkable historical document and a superior McTell disc.
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Very good, but somewhat obsolete 4 April 2004
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD compiles everything recorded by Blind Willie McTell for the Library of Congress, including a handful of often fascinating monologues (or, in some cases, dialogues with the ageing and obviously racist John A. Lomax).
The sound is reasonably good, and there are plenty of excellent cuts here, some blues tunes, and numerous religious songs as well. McTell's playing is masterful as always...the only "problem" with this CD is that all of these tracks are available on JSP's phenomenal Willie McTell-box set "The Classic Years 1927-1940", so there's really not much point in going out and buying this disc unless you already have McTell's commercial sides and just want the LoC recordings to go with them.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very essential stuff (for acoustic blues guitar players) 20 Aug. 2002
By Fetus420 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of oldschool acoustic blues get this C.D. for real this C.D. is awesome you get to hear Blind Wllie McTell like you have never heard him before it's very interesting to get to hear any blues legend from Blind Willies era talk and especially to hear him get interveiwed from one of the Lomaxes. Here Blind Willie kicks back and plays some songs from his childhood, and his era (early 1900's) tells you the history of the blues this may also be the only C.D. where Blind Willie plays slide (on a 12 string!) after hearing this I'm almost convinced Mr. Lomax thought he had come across Blind Willie Johnson that may be the reason McTell plays slide and sings some spritual songs (Willie McTell is more known as a ragtime player) any ways get it I feel very privlaged to own this . Thank you amazom.com & Libray of congress 5stars all the way. Oh yeah there are some excellent songs on here : muder's home blues, dying crapshooters blues, bo weevil blues just to name a few
Very essential stuff (for acoustic blues guitar players) 20 Aug. 2002
By Fetus420 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of oldschool acoustic blues get this C.D. for real this C.D. is awesome you get to hear Blind Wllie McTell like you have never heard him before it's very interesting to get to hear any blues legend from Blind Willies era talk and especially to hear him get interveiwed from one of the Lomaxes. Here Blind Willie kicks back and plays some songs from his childhood, and his era (early 1900's) tells you the history of the blues this may also be the only C.D. where Blind Willie plays slide (on a 12 string!) after hearing this I'm almost convinced Mr. Lomax thought he had come across Blind Willie Johnson that may be the reason McTell plays slide and sings some spritual songs (Willie McTell is more known as a ragtime player) any ways get it I feel very privlaged to own this . Thank you amazom.com & Libray of congress 5stars all the way. Oh yeah there are some excellent songs on here : muder's home blues, dying crapshooters blues, bo weevil blues just to name a few
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