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Essential Delta Blues Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B002PW6J10
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. I Believe I'll Dust My BroomRobert Johnson 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Baby Please Don't GoBig Joe Williams 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Canned Heat BluesTommy Johnson 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Crawlin' King SnakeTony Hollins 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Parchman Farm BluesBukka White 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Country BluesMuddy Waters 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Special Agent BluesSleepy John Estes 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Walkin' BluesSon House 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Candy Man BluesMississippi John Hurt 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Hard Time Killin' Floor BluesSkip James 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Dark Was The Night - Cold Was The GroundBlind Willie Johnson 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Little Boy SueRobert Lockwood Jr 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Banana In Your Fruit BasketBo Carter 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Catfish BluesRobert Petway 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Bottle It Up And GoTommy McClennan 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Landing BluesJohn Lee Hooker 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Standing At The CrossroadsElmore James 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Death Valley BluesArthur 'Big Boy' Crudup 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Stomp Down RiderBlind Willie McTell 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Rootin' Ground HogBig Joe Williams 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Love In VainRobert Johnson 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Shake It And Break ItCharley Patton 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Trouble Hearted BluesIshman Bracey 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Fixin' To DieBukka White 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. I'm So GladSkip James 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Mississippi River BluesBig Bill Broonzy 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Ain't No TellingMississippi John Hurt 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Special Steam LinesBukka White 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. I'm Getting Wild About HerBig Joe Williams 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Hellhound On My TrailRobert Johnson 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
31. Cool Drink Water Of BluesTommy Johnson 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
32. Take A Little Walk With MeRobert Lockwood 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
33. I Be's TroubledMuddy Waters 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
34. Shady Grove BluesJohn Lee Hooker 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
35. Hobo Jungle BluesSleepy John Estes 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
36. 34 BluesCharley Patton 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
37. Left Alone BluesIshman Bracey 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
38. Highway No.51Tommy McClennan 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
39. Rockin' Chair BluesRobert Petway 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
40. My Black Mama (Part 1)Son House 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
41. Nobody's Fault But MineBlind Willie Johnson 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
42. Dirty MistreaterWillie 'Poor Boy' Lofton 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
43. StagoleeDavid 'Honeyboy' Edwards 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
44. Moon Going DownCharley Patton 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
45. Devil Got My WomanSkip James 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
46. Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)Robert Johnson 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
47. Delta BluesBig Joe Williams 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
48. Black Pony BluesArthur 'Big Boy' Crudup 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
49. FrankieMississippi John Hurt 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
50. My Pencil Won't Write No MoreBo Carter 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Despite the freedom gained in the American Civil War, most African-Americans had seen little change in their living conditions by the beginning of the 20th Century. Ironically, it would take another conflict to change the outlook. The First World War created jobs for unskilled workers in the North and many took the opportunity to escape the cloying restrictions of the South. The unsophisticated sounds of the country were no longer relevant to their lifestyles and the music changed accordingly. Without the blues there would have been no rock 'n' roll, and this generous 50 track compilation is nothing less than the roots of that revolution.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SH_ VINE VOICE on 1 May 2012
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50 tracks of authentic, mostly pre war mostly rural blues for less than a fiver. You'd be raving mad not to buy this if you are starting to take an interest in the real blues. From this double CD you can figure out easily which singers and which styles you are drawn to, ready for more in depth collecting later. For those who have a collection here's a great addition for the car, the bedroom, quick access to some all time favourites, whatever...
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Horrid Sid on 4 Jan. 2012
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Absolutely fantastic collection! it was the first blues cd(s) I ever bought and I couldn't have started anywhere better. a great selection of classic Blues musicians

Track Listing:
Disc 1
I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson
Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
Canned Heat Blues - Tommy Johnson
Crawlin' King Snake - Tony Hollins
Parchman Farm Blues - Bukka White
Country Blues - Muddy Waters
Special Agent Blues - Sleepy John Estes
Walkin' Blues - Son House
Candy Man Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - Skip James
Dark Was The Night - Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson
Little Boy Blue - Robert Lockwood Jr.
Banana In Your Fruit Basket - Bo Carter
Catfish Blues - Robert Petway
Bottle It Up And Go - Tommy Mcclennan
Landing Blues - John Lee Hooker
Standing At The Crossroads - Elmore James
Death Valley Blues - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
Stomp Down Rider - Blind Willie Mctell
Rootin' Ground Hog - Big Joe Williams
Love In Vain - Robert Johnson
Shake It And Break It - Charley Patton
Trouble Hearted Blues - Ishman Bracey
Fixin' To Die - Bukka White
I'm So Glad - Skip James
Disc 2
Mississippi River Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
Ain't No Telling - Mississippi John Hurt
Special Steam Lines - Bukka White
I'm Getting Wild About Her - Big Joe Williams
Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson
Cool Drink Of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson
Take A Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood
I Be's Troubled - Muddy Waters
Shady Grove Blues - John Lee Hooker
Hobo Jungle Blues - Sleepy John Estes
34 Blues - Charley Patton
Left Alone Blues - Ishman Bracey
Highway No.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike G on 14 Feb. 2013
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Sounding like they were meant to be - not tampered with to any degree and evocative of the period - bluesy !
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bluenote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2012
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Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Sleepy John Estes, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, Bo Carter, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Blind Willie Mctell, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Bukka White, Big Bill Broonzy and many more. It's like a roll call of the all-time great bluesmen, covering the spectrum of classic country blues! Fifty tracks for £2.49 probably makes this the most generous country blues compilation of all time! See Susan Gorman's review for a complete listing of the tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Philpott on 26 Jun. 2013
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If you like the Blues but are not sure where to begin this is a good taster and lead-in to discover more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benny Boy on 24 Jan. 2013
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...this is for you. Lots of artists say they are blues artists, this is full of the genuine article. Absolutely brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Woods on 4 April 2013
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Some of the tracks on this CD were 'scratchy', but given the age of the original recordings not surprising (possibly better material could've been found for those tracks affected)!

Overall a very good CD with a good collection of 'Delta Blues', not your normal selection of 'greatest hits' material.

Happy with the purchase.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bib on 11 Feb. 2013
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A nice array of tunes, the raw nature of the music translates well in vinyl and I love sitting in on an evening listening to the likes of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. The wide range of musicians gives a good taste for a wide choice of artists. Delivery was quicker than some other vinyl that I have ordered and arrived in good nick. The artwork is well chosen and continues on the inside, this is a record that has been thought about and not just churned out. I would recommend it to somebody starting to get into the blues and wants a good record to start off their collection, although I do reckon it would fit with a more expansive collection too.
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