Paul Oliver has been one of the most, if not the most, prolific writers and commentators on the subject of blues music in our time. With his first articles on the subject being published in 1952, Paul had embarked upon a remarkable journey of discovery and as one of the first blues historians produced many ground breaking books including Blues Fell This Morning, Screening The Blues, Conversation With The Blues and The Story Of The Blues. At the same time he began to broadcast on the BBC home and world services and over the next 45 years became a familiar and welcome voice for blues and jazz enthusiasts around the world. During that time he has won several awards including the first Sony Radio Award for the Best Specialist Music Programme with his series entitled Before The Blues, made for BBC Radio 3 in 1988. This 77-track, 3CD set BROADCASTING THE BLUES compliments a book of the same name published by Routledge Press. Using commercial and field recordings made during the era, including some rare and wonderful interviews made in the field of the artists by Paul, this compilation entwines references to many of Pauls broadcasts whilst at the same time commenting on the history of recorded blues during the era of racial segregation in America. The result is a fascinating documentation on a pioneer of blues writing and broadcasting who has inspired countless writers, musicians and music fans. First class sound restoration / Extensive 20 page illustrated booklet / Detailed discography.
1-AgbekorLADZEKPO & EWE DRUM ORCHESTRA 2-Ring DanceTRIBESMEN, Mamprusi 3-Fife And Drum PieceTURNER, Othar 4-Praise SongKUNAAL & SOSIRA 5-Forty-Four BluesCAGE, Butch & Willie Thomas 6-Halam DuoTHYAM SY GRIOTS 7-Wild About My LovingCOLEMAN, Lonnie 8-Coon From TennesseePOOLE, Charlie & N.C. Ramblers 9-Don't Think I'm Santa ClausMCCLINTOCK, Lil 10-Sweet Sarah BluesDARBY, Tom & Jimmie Tarlton 11-Charleston Contest-2TOO TIGHT HENRY 12-Decatur Street 81BROWNS, Georgia 13-Jug RagPRAIRIE RAMBLERS 14-Caught Us Doing ItHOKUM BOYS 15-Brain Cloudy BluesWILLIS, Bob & TEXAS PLAYBOYS 16-Kid Man BluesCHIPPIE HILL, Bertha 17-Rabbit Foot BluesBLIND LEMON JEFFERSOn 18-Blue Bloomer BluesMOORE, Alex 19-Death's Black Train A-Comin'GATES, Reverend J.M. 20-When The War Was OnJOHNSON, Blind Willie 21-New Stockyard BluesWILKINS, Tim 22-Detroit SpecialBROONZY, Big Bill 23-Press My BottonJOHNSON, Lil 24-Fannie Mae BluesBURKS, Pinetop (1920s/1930s)(71:18/24)