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Fixin' to Die
 
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Fixin' to Die

1 Jan. 2004 | Format: MP3

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This record is superb throughout, with more variety than you tend to get in most blues collections. Beyond praise, so I won't go on about it. But NB it's well worth getting both this set and the JSB 5-disc LEGENDS OF COUNTRY BLUES containing all the pre-war recordings of Bukka White, Son House, and others, since the recordings of White made at Parchman Farm prison -- including the wonderful 'Po Boy' -- are cleaned up and made listenable on this single disc (they're barely audible on the JSB set, though the other transfers are excellent).
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The music on this CD has been described as coming from the last great classic country blues recording session but already by the late thirties when this music was made, a gulf had opened up between the kind of legendary performances executed between the mid twenties and early thirties. By the time Bukka White entered the studio to make these tracks, the home-spun nature of the recording industry emerged from the Depression very much more commercial as well as savvy to the increasingly sophisticated tastes of the record buying public. As a consequence, I think the music is not quite as compelling as the efforts of an earlier generation of performers.

There are some great tracks on this disc. The first four numbers on this CD are fabulous and there are other gems like "Fixin' to die" which are pretty much essential too. I particularly like the spirited field recording "Po' Boy" which transcends the scratchy recording quality. At it's best, this music is brilliant as witnessed by "Shake 'em on down" and the wonderful "Special streamline." However, there is too little variety over the course of the 60 minutes of this disc and the gruff sound of White's voice is a case of a little goes a long way. The other downside is the use of a washboard which very much distracts from what is going on in the record - it almost feels like White was not confident about his time -keeping. This feels at odds with tracks like "Bukka' jitterbug swing" which reflects the then (1940) current dance craze. As someone who also prefers the picking style of guitar as championed by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell, I think the guitar playing is not quite of the same calibre as the more celebrated or even legendary players of the Blues.
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