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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Complete Blues
  • ASIN: B0001BYLB2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Walkin' Blues
2. My Black Mama Pt. 1
3. My Black Mama Pt.2
4. Preachin' The Blues Pt.1
5. Preachin' The Blues Pt.2
6. Dry Spell Blues Pt.1
7. Dry Spell Blues Pt.2
8. Levee Camp Blues
9. Government Camp Blues
10. Shetland Pony Blues
11. Camp Hollers
12. Delta Blues
13. Special Rider Blues
14. Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
15. Depot Blues
16. American Defense
17. Am I Right Or Wrong
18. County Farm Blues
19. The Pony Blues
20. The Jinx Blues

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Twenty formative tracks from the king of the Delta Blues, recorded in Wisconsin and Mississippi in 1930, 1940 and 1941. Includes the classics 'Preachin' the Blues', 'Walking Blues' and 'The Pony Blues'. 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2009
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Son House had a fitful recording career, cutting a few sides in 1930, then two sessions for Alan Lomax's field recordings in 1940 and 41. After this he hung up his guitar and only returned to performing during the blues revival of the mid sixties. Famous as much for the people he knew as much as his music, he knew, and was influenced by, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson.

This disk collects together all of the tracks cut by this influential blues man in 1930 and 1940/1. Material here is raw, from the heart, and based in hard experience (like Ledbelly, Son House had served time in jail for murder before starting to record). The music is impassioned, and the lyrics searing. A definite must for any blues fan.

The tracks here have been remastered as much as possible, and are technically OK, but bear in mind the age of the recordings. There is a nice booklet with a brief essay about Son's life. This, along with `Father of the Delta Blues' and `At Home', covering his two major sessions in the sixties, will give you the complete recorded work of Son House.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Guardian of the Scales on 13 July 2008
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This collection includes most of Son House's early recordings from 1930, 1941 and 1942, and excludes his post-rediscovery 1960's recordings. Some believe that these later recordings do not compare favourably with those from his younger days. Personally, I think some of these are among his best: Death Letter, Grinnin' in your Face, John the Revelator.

According to the sleeve notes, the first seven tracks are from 1930. Though no expert, I'm almost positive that track 1 "Walkin' Blues" is actually the 1941 version. It's Son with backing band and backing vocals. I have read that there is a 1930 version, but I don't think this is it. The next six tracks are from 1930, parts one and two of: My Black Mama, Preachin' the Blues and Dry Spell blues. Part one of these tracks are on many compilations but part two are less common. They are based around the same guitar parts but have different lyrics. My Black Mama part 2 has many of the lyrics that were later used in Death Letter. The 1930 tracks are uniformly excellent, though that word hardly does them justice.
The next five tracks are all from 1941, all with backing band.
The last eight tracks are from 1942, and are solo recordings.
Being already familiar with quite a few of these songs, I was somewhat disappointed with the other, lesser-known ones. For one thing, lyrics and riffs are recycled endlessly, that's just the nature of the music, I guess, but it means you don't need to hear all the songs. The 1942 material is weak in comparison with the rest, as well. There's just some energy missing from these performances that is present in the earlier ones.

As an introduction to Son House, I think a compilation that also includes 60's recordings would be best.
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For Son House blues lovers and deep south blues aficcionados, this is a great album with most of the best Son's tracks. Great buy!
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