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The 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival With Bukka White [CD]

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music TV Projects
  • ASIN: B000FL7BK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Highway 61 - Nathan Beauregard
2. Kid Gal Blues - Nathan Beauregard
3. Hello Central, Give Me 49
4. Baby Please Don't Go
5. Furry's Blues - Furry Lewis
6. In Heaven, Sitting Down - Robert Wilkins
7. What Do You Think About Jesus - Robert Wilkins
8. You Don't Know My Mind - Joe Callicott
9. Great Long Ways From Home - Joe Callicott
10. My Mother Died
Disc: 2
1. Bed Spring Blues
2. Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues
3. Drifting Blues
4. (Brand New) Decoration Blues
5. Baby Please Don't Go
6. Give Me An Old, Old Lady
7. Got Sick And Tired
8. World Boogie
9. School Learning
10. Old Man Tom
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This 2-CD set compiles the complete Blue Horizon Memphis recordings made in July 1968. The story was written by Mike Vernon. Impressive.Medium 1
  1. Highway 61 - BEAUREGARD, Nathan
  2. Kid Gal Blues - BEAUREGARD, Nathan
  3. Furry's Blues - LEWIS, Furry
  4. In Heaven Sitting Down - WILKENS, Robert
  5. What Do You Thing About Jesus - WILKENS, Robert
  6. You Don't Know My Mind - CALLICOTT, Joe
  7. Great Long Ways From Home - CALLICOTT, Joe
  8. Hello Central, Give Me 49 - WHITE, Bukka
  9. Baby Please Don't Go - WHITE, Bukka
  10. My Mother Died - WHITE, Bukka
  11. Bed Spring Blues - WHITE, Bukka
  12. Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues - WHITE, Bukka
  13. (Brand New) Decoration Day - WHITE, Bukka
  14. Baby Please Don't Go - WHITE, Bukka
  15. Drifting Blues - WHITE, Bukka
  16. Give Me An Old, Old Lady - WHITE, Bukka
  17. Got Sick And Tired - WHITE, Bukka
  18. World Boogie - WHITE, Bukka
  19. School Learning - WHITE, Bukka
  20. Old Man Tom - WHITE, Bukka
  21. Gibson Town - WHITE, Bukka
  22. Drifting Blues - WHITE, Bukka
  23. Old Man Tom - WHITE, Bukka

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This 2CD 5 June 2006 release is based around two rare and pricey albums issued in 1968 and 1969 by the cult BLUE HORIZON label in the UK. Here's how it's broken down...

Disc 1 (50:21 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the Various Artists live album "The 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival" issued in the UK in September 1968 on Blue Horizon Records S 7-63210.
It was recorded live at The Municipal Shell, Overton Park, Memphis Tennessee on Saturday 20 July 1968.
Tracks 1 and 2 are NATHAN BEAUREGARD on Vocal & Guitar
Tracks 3 and 4 are BUKKA WHITE on Vocal & Guitar accompanied by JIM CROSTHWAIT on Washboard
Tracks 5 is FURRY LEWIS on Vocal and Guitar
Tracks 6 and 7 are REV. ROBERT WILKINS on Vocal & Guitar accompanied by DOUGLAS WILKINS on Vocals, Cymbals & Tambourine with JOHN WILKINS on Bass
Tracks 8 and 9 are JOE CALLICOTT on Vocal and Guitar
Track 10 is BUKKA WHITE on Vocal & Guitar accompanied by JIM CROSTHWAIT on Washboard

Disc 2 (51:36 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are the studio album "Memphis Hot Shots" by BUKKA WHITE issued 1969 on Blue Horizon Records S 7-63229 in the UK
Tracks 12 and 13 are "Drifting Blues (Master Version Without Reverb)" and "Old Man Tom (Complete Master Version Without Reverb)" by BUKKA WHITE which were originally released on the album "Stars Of The 1969-1970 Memphis Country Blues Festival" on Sire Records SES 97015 in the USA only

The 20-page booklet has a fantastically informational essay on the USA date and later album sessions by label boss MIKE VERNON, there's a picture of the cool 60ts concert poster, snaps of both the rare album sleeves, black & white photos of NATHAN BEAUREGARD, FURRY LEWIS, JOE CALLICOTT and REV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 9 Jan 2012
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I had previously owned the 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival on vinyl and I when I saw that it was available on CD, complete with booklet, it was too good to miss. The inclusion of the Bukka White CD, another Blue Horizon classic, was the icing on the cake. I can't really add anything to Mark Barry's excellent review apart from my own recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Baby Please Don't Go...How Many Times I Have Begged Them That...But They Go Anyway!" - BUKKA WHITE 5 Oct 2008
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 2CD 5 June 2006 release is based around two rare and pricey albums issued in 1968 and 1969 by the cult BLUE HORIZON label in the UK. Here's how it's broken down...

Disc 1 (50:21 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the Various Artists live album "The 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival" issued in the UK in September 1968 on Blue Horizon Records S 7-63210.
It was recorded live at The Municipal Shell, Overton Park, Memphis Tennessee on Saturday 20 July 1968.
Tracks 1 and 2 are NATHAN BEAUREGARD on Vocal & Guitar
Tracks 3 and 4 are BUKKA WHITE on Vocal & Guitar accompanied by JIM CROSTHWAIT on Washboard
Tracks 5 is FURRY LEWIS on Vocal and Guitar
Tracks 6 and 7 are REV. ROBERT WILKINS on Vocal & Guitar accompanied by DOUGLAS WILKINS on Vocals, Cymbals & Tambourine with JOHN WILKINS on Bass
Tracks 8 and 9 are JOE CALLICOTT on Vocal and Guitar
Track 10 is BUKKA WHITE on Vocal & Guitar accompanied by JIM CROSTHWAIT on Washboard

Disc 2 (51:36 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are the studio album "Memphis Hot Shots" by BUKKA WHITE issued 1969 on Blue Horizon Records S 7-63229 in the UK
Tracks 12 and 13 are "Drifting Blues (Master Version Without Reverb)" and "Old Man Tom (Complete Master Version Without Reverb)" by BUKKA WHITE which were originally released on the album "Stars Of The 1969-1970 Memphis Country Blues Festival" on Sire Records SES 97015 in the USA only

The 20-page booklet has a fantastically informational essay on the USA date and later album sessions by label boss MIKE VERNON, there's a picture of the cool 60ts concert poster, snaps of both the rare album sleeves, black & white photos of NATHAN BEAUREGARD, FURRY LEWIS, JOE CALLICOTT and REV. ROBERT WILKINS and a few of the great man himself BUKKA WHITE - all of it with the usual track-by-track session details and classy outer card wrap. The original master tapes have been digitally remastered by DUNCAN COWELL at Sound Mastering and considering the live and loose nature of the recordings, the quality of the sound is fabulously clean and clear. The studio album sounds SUPERB - muscular and live in your living room.

Disc 1 has the enthusiastic American audience regaled by jokes and banter before each tune - some good, some bad - some of it even incomprehensible! But none of it takes away from the excellence of what's then played. As the crowd is very quiet and respectful during playing, it gives many of the performances an eerie kind of acoustic blues power. NATHAN BEAUREGARD, JOE CALLICOTT and the gospel sincerity of REV. WILKINS and his brothers are all impressive - while FURRY LEWIS almost steals the show with just one song. It's lovely to hear their personalities come through on these recordings - upbeat - enjoying it - glad to be in front of an appreciative audience.

The HUGE sound of the studio album "Memphis Hot Shots" on CD2 make for a perfect compliment to the mostly acoustic nature of CD1. The mysterious HARMONICA BOY wails in the background on harp on almost every tune (we never do quite find out who he is), TREVOR KOEHIER is on piano, BILL BARTH on Guitar, ANCHOR on String Bass (another mysterious pseudonym) with JIM CROSTHWAIT on Washboard and JOE GRAY on Drums. BUKKA WHITE plays guitar and sings - and what a VOICE! Sounding similar to a strangled version of Howlin' Wolf, Bukka White's vocals are a thing of blues wonder - as real and as grits-ain't-groceries as it can get. When the band is used on "Bed Spring Blues" and "Got Sick & Tired" - the Washboard and shuffling rhythm of the Drums give the songs an almost fun feel - such a tremendous listen. But then to counter that, you're hit with his gutsy lone acoustic blues version of Big Joe Williams' classic "Baby Please Don't Go" where he plays a blinder.

I confess to not knowing much about Bukka White - shame on me - but this sneakily brilliant double CD set has changed all that.

Another typically superb job done by all the good people at Blue Horizon who respected these cultural giants then - and still do now. Recommended.

PS: the title of this review is the spoken intro by Bukka White on the live version of "Baby Please Don't Go" on Disc 1
5.0 out of 5 stars bukka white 68 blues festival 21 Mar 2014
By Ben B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
your blues library would not be complete without this album. from Nathan Beauregard(this man predates WC Handy and Charlie Patton) to Bukka White and all in between it is a wonderful experience on the ears and the soul. if this stuff don't move you you dead inside. i'm thankful for the people that understood how important this music is and went out of their way to track it down and save it for future generations and the musicians who through lifes experiences were able to tell their tell.
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