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The Essential Leroy Carr [Original recording remastered]

Leroy Carr Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Classic Blues
  • ASIN: B000086BC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Midnight
2. Tired Of Your Low Down Ways
3. Memphis Town
4. Straight Alky Blues-Part One
5. Straight Alky Blues-Part Two
6. I'm Going Away And Leave My Baby
7. Kokomo Blues
8. Getting All Wet
9. Alabama Woman Blues
10. How Long, How Long Blues
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mean Mistreatin' Mama
2. Sloppy Drunk Blues
3. Long Road Blues
4. Four Day Blues
5. A Blues
6. I Keep The Blues
7. Blues Before Sunrise
8. Blue Night Blues
9. I Believe I'll Make A Change
10. Bo Bo Stomp
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues, a lot of range 9 May 2004
Leroy Carr is one of the writers and singers most admired by the great bluesmen of his and later periods, like Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, both whom continue to ply his music with great joy. The recordings from which these CDs are made are old, and, in truth, they were not what we think of as good when they were new, but Leroy's quality and range shine through. Two of the songs on this set are the same song, different versions ("How Long, How Long Blues", and "How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone"), but since it is one of his best, two takes are not unwelcome. His song "In the Evening" is sadly not in this collection but Robert Lockwood, Jr. does that song better than anyone, on "The Legend live" (catalog MC0051). Carr displays at least three styles in this set, most of which you will have heard later musicians use, and while a couple of songs are dark, a laarger amount will be new and fun, like "Papa's on the Housetop" (if you imagine a day with everything falling apart and, to top it off, your papa has retired to the roof, you have the picture). This is a great place to find out why so many good blues men admire Carr, and a great 2fer value.
To hear better versions of a few of Carr's songs, check the Lockwood CD above, and Perkins "Born in the Delta". One sad part of old recordings is they were often recorded with a single mike that doesn't let the stars come through. Lockwood and Perkins fix that, but these CDs are well worth having.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the most important bluesman of all time 26 April 2004
By Tony Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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While the less than intelligent yearn for Robert Johnson as a blues god, Robert Johnson yearned to sound like Leroy Carr and his guitar accompanyist Scrapper Blackwell who is heard on each of these sides. Carr's graceful, smooth, romantic, and witty singing and lyrics, the sweet but solid rhythm of his piano, and the way his piano talked with Blackwell's guitar thrilled the blues people and the blues audience not just for the short years they recorded before Carr drank himself to death (and perhaps the fact that his partner Blackwell's main occupation in life being a bootlegger was not a lucky one for his friend Leroy Carr), but blues players were recording and rerecording and trying to sound like Carr down to the 1970s.
Carr's been largely forgotten once blues became a thing of white post folk music followers of "guitar legends" who would like to believe bluesmen were all illiterate sharecroppers from the depths of Mississippi. However, when the blues was a live music, listened to by black people all over the country, a music that crowded dance floors, and may times good in bars and clubs where WE live, this man's approach to blues was what everyone wanted.
Enough of this history! Leroy Carr and Scrapper play great music, sometimes even majestic music like Blues Before Sunrise.
Listen to this and then you will know what Robert Johnson aspired to sound like Leroy Carr.
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