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Legends Of Country Blues [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: JSP
  • ASIN: B0000AOYBN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James - Various Artists
2. Cypress Grove Blues - Skip James - Skip James
3. Cherry Hall Blues - Skip James - Skip James
4. Illinois Blues - Skip James - Skip James
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Levee Camp Blues - Son House - Son House
2. Government Fleet Blues - Son House - Son House
3. Walking Blues - Son House - Son House
4. Shetland Pony Blues - Son House - Son House
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The New Frisco Train - Bukka White - Bukka White
2. The Panama Limited - Bukka White - Bukka White
3. I Am In The Heavenly Way - Bukka White - Bukka White
4. Promised True And Grand - Bukka White - Bukka White
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Cool Drink Of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson - Tommy Johnson
2. Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson - Tommy Johnson
3. Bye Bye Blues - Tommy Johnson - Tommy Johnson
4. Maggie Campbell Blues - Tommy Johnson - Tommy Johnson
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Stranger Blues - Ishman Bracey - Ishman Bracey
2. Saturday Blues - Ishman Bracey - Ishman Bracey
3. Left Alone Blues - Ishman Bracey - Ishman Bracey
4. Leavin' Town Blues - Ishman Bracey - Ishman Bracey
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

(1928-42) (333:01/104)Medium 1
  1. Devil Got My Woman - JAMES, Skip
  2. Cypress Grove Blues - JAMES, Skip
  3. Cherry Hall Blues - JAMES, Skip
  4. Illinois Blues - JAMES, Skip
  5. Four O'Clock Blues - JAMES, Skip
  6. Hard Luck Child - JAMES, Skip
  7. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - JAMES, Skip
  8. Yola My Blues Away - JAMES, Skip
  9. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader - JAMES, Skip
  10. Be Ready When He Comes - JAMES, Skip
  11. Drunken Spree - JAMES, Skip
  12. I'm So Glad - JAMES, Skip
  13. Special Rider Blues - JAMES, Skip
  14. How Long Buck - JAMES, Skip
  15. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues - JAMES, Skip
  16. What Am I To Do Blues - JAMES, Skip
  17. 22-20 Blues - JAMES, Skip
  18. If You Haven't Any Hay, Get Down On The Road - JAMES, Skip
  19. Walkin' Blues - HOUSE, Son
  20. My Black Mama Pt.1 - HOUSE, Son
  21. My Black Mama Pt.2 - HOUSE, Son
  22. Preachin' The Blues Pt.1 - HOUSE, Son
  23. Preachin' The Blues Pt.2 - HOUSE, Son
  24. Dry Spell Blues Pt.1 - HOUSE, Son
  25. Dry Spell Blues Pt.2 - HOUSE, Son
  26. Levee Camp Blues - HOUSE, Son
  27. Government Fleet Blues - HOUSE, Son
  28. Walking Blues - HOUSE, Son
  29. Shetland Pony Blues - HOUSE, Son
  30. Fo' Clock Blues - HOUSE, Son
  31. Camp Hollers - HOUSE, Son
  32. Delta Blues - HOUSE, Son
  33. Special Rider Blues - HOUSE, Son
  34. Special Rider Blues - HOUSE, Son
  35. Low Down Dirty Dog Blues - HOUSE, Son
  36. Depot Blues - HOUSE, Son
  37. The Key Of Minor - HOUSE, Son
  38. American Defense - HOUSE, Son
  39. Am I Right Or Wrong - HOUSE, Son
  40. Walking Blues - HOUSE, Son
  41. County Farm Blues - HOUSE, Son
  42. The Pony Blues - HOUSE, Son
  43. The Jinx Bl...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Early Blues Masters 10 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Typically wonderful value JSP set featuring the early recordings of Skip James, Son House, Bukka White, Tommy Johnson and Ismon Bracey. If you like early blues you will certainly won't these artists in your collection. The cd's are well remastered with superior sound quality to labels such as document and catfish. On the downside there is some noticeable compression and high end loss when compared with the masterful Yazoo releases (although nowhere near as damaging as the dreadful catfish remasters) but on the plus side they are less hissy and possibly easier to liten to for newcomers to this genre.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sun is shining in your backdoor today 6 Feb 2004
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 5-disc boxset is a must-have for anyone who needs to upgrade (or hear for the first time) even just 2 of the artists included. Look at it like this, buying 2 single discs by any of these guys will put you between $25 and $30. The price for this entire set.
This is the complete pre-war recordings of Skip James, Son House, Bukka White, Tommy Johnson, and Ishman Bracey. In other words, included here is some of the best music America ever produced.
I will first say that in terms of Tommy, Son, Ishman, and Bukka, this is the best sonic quality in which I have heard them. The Documents and Sony/Columbia releases are not as good as this. Skip's stuff was released by Yazoo so if you have that and love it you may think you don't need this for Skip, which is fine though, because the 4 others still sound much better here.
Tommy in particular has never (at least beyond hearing his original sides, decades ago) sounded better, in my opinion. Honestly, I will probably always have a tough time deciphering alot of what he is saying, but I can make out alot more of it here than I ever could in the years I owned the Document disc. His guitar playing and tone sound better, fuller, also. I've appreciated Tommy more in the 4 months I've had this box than I did in the previous however many years I had the Document. I must mention that the one minor mistake of the box is on Tommy's disc. Boogaloosa Woman and Morning Prayer are in the opposite order listed on the cd. Not a big deal at all.
I was quite looking forward to the Bukka disc because previous to buying this box, I only had his Okeh and Vocalion stuff from 1937 and '40. All the earlier stuff was new to me. Having heard it all now, I think the Okeh '40 is his best. His guitar playing is fantastic during all eras, but I like his voice best in '40.
Ishman I was the least familiar with, only having heard some of his stuff at an acquaintances place, but never owning it or getting any repeated listenings of my own. There is some good and not so good stuff here, in my opinion. For me, the defining highlight of alot of Ishman's stuff is the mandolin playing of Charlie McCoy. He is captured louder, and has a much bigger presence with Ishman than he ever had with Tommy Johnson and it makes for a great overall sound.
After buying this in 2003 I checked to see what another site had to say about it, and they said it was great for the blues novice. Hogwash. Whether you never heard of any of these guys before, or have been listening to them since before I was born, this box is a fantastic deal and has great sound (by the standards of what one can reasonably expect when so much of the source material is from Paramounts). The richness and tone of the guitars and voices are there, but without the degree of noise-reduction that flattens the sound. This is an essential box set for any fan of pre-war blues.
Skip: The haunting ghost-voice of Mississippi. Son: All the fire & brimstone. Bukka: Groove-blues to shake your tail feathers to. Tommy: Drunken, languid pain. Ishman: Sometimes great, sometimes goofy.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my search is over !!!!!!!!!!! 27 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have owned many different cd copies of each of these artists on various labels, yazoo, document, ect., but none come close in terms of the sound quality ! I know this can be a very subjective issue, bbut believe me i have been listnening to this music four years and i feel as if im hearing the music anew !so dont just sit there shake your moneymaker on down to the record shop and score yourself a copy, and at this price the music wont be the only thing that makes you smile !
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Bad Remastering 3 Mar 2005
By RTN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's no denying that the music on these discs is fabulous (although Ishman Bracey is hardly of the same caliber as Skip James or Son House). No, the problem with these discs (and JSP discs generally) is that the sound quality is terrible. Obviously any CDs made from old 78s are going to have loud hiss and pops. That's to be expected. What's terrible here is that JSP's solution has, from the sound of it, been to lop off the higher end of the sound, with the result that everything sounds muffled and distant. It's as though they'd put a heavy blanket over your speakers. I prefer Yazoo's method, which has more hiss and other noise, but infinitely more clarity and presence. The difference between JSP's version of Booker T. ("Bukka") White and Yazoo's is like night and day: you'd never know what a subtle vocalist and guitarist he actually was if all you heard were the versions on these discs. It's even worse with the great Skip James, since in his case the originals are in really bad shape: if you're not careful (and JSP is not), you end up with mud instead of genius. In short, the remastering has real consequences for what you can hear of the music. All the nuance is absent on these discs. Get the Yazoo or the Biograph or the Roots-n-Blues ones instead: you'll have more background noise, but you'll also know why people rave over these musicians in the first place.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the true blues lover 7 Nov 2004
By Tales From Topographic Oceans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For me I first began to be interested in blues after listening to Led Zeppelin and wondering what artists inspired them. However concerning this album, I have a warning you better like the blues or else this will not be your cup of tea. First, you need to understand the sound does not suck, it actually sounds great! Keep in mind. just like it states on the box these are PRE-WAR RECORDINGS, which means there won't be that noise-free perfectly crystal clear audio that so many people (especially young people like myself) are use to. So, if you can get past the sub-par audio quality (by modern day standards), you will treasure this collection of some of the best musicians that have ever graced the earth.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't own this 19 Nov 2005
By Blind Mello Jelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
But I wish I had known about it before I bought the many CDs I now own that contain these songs! I've bought many JSP collections of other artists and been very pleased with them. On this set, I just see a great collection for anyone just getting into the really old delta blues, without buying at least six different high priced CDs by these artists separately. If you're wanting to get into the delta blues and wondering where to start....JUMP ON THIS!! .....Then buy the complete works of Robert Johnson.
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