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5.0 out of 5 stars The man who created pop music..., 28 July 2008
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A. Willmer (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Black Snake Moan (Audio CD)
Blind Lemon is where it all began. He's the first recognizable pop star and as such his work is a must for anyone who is interested in musical history. It's also an essential for anyone who likes great music! This compilation includes some of Blind Lemon's best recordings: "See that my grave is kept clean' (as covered by Bob Dylan), 'Broke and Hungry', 'Matchbox Blues' and 'Bad Luck Blues'. I think what I love about Blind Lemon is that, unlike today's Gansta Rapers, he isn't a fraud. He was really living that life, wandering from town to town and trying to scratch a living. This record is like a time machine and I would whole heartedly suggest that everyone buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost from the past, 4 May 2012
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Ian Thumwood "ian17577" (Winchester) - See all my reviews
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Although the audio quality of these recordings is notoriously poor even by the standards of the day due to the unforgiving Paramount studio in which this material was recorded, this sample of Blind Lemon Jefferson's work cuts through these limitations with a power that is sufficient to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Try the wonderful "Jack o'Diamond Blues" for example. By and large, nearly all the tracks take a degree of effort to appreciate what is actually going on but careful attention reveals the ability to recall at once both a primeval past and the roots of rock.

The circumstances of many rural blues recordings was largely one of luck and chance (some artists only ever making one trip to a studio) but Jefferson packed a punch which guaranteed his records had a commercial edge over his rivals and ensured a nationwide reputation. Ultimately, Jefferson recorded for Paramount and (I believe) Gennett. This selection includes tracks like "Prison cell blues", "Rising High Water Blues", "Hangman's Blues" and "See that my grave is kept clean" which have an emotion clout which has rarely been equalled in 80 years of popular music, Jefferson's voice cuts through the limitations of 1920's technology. Elsewhere "Easy Rider Blues" incorporates a guitar riff that belies it's 1927 creation and "One Dime Blues" is infectiously catchy. Jefferson had a voice like no one else and is ably accompanied by his own subtle guitar playing which shows mastery of his instrument and a propensity to avoid cliche. The combination of the declamatory voice underscored by the twang of the guitar strings combines to produce music that is erie, haunting and sometimes disturbing in the artist's preoccupation with death. Some tracks like "Teddy Bear Blues" feature George Perkins' rudimentary piano which tips the music more towards jazz. There is not a duff track on this collection which also includes a few religious songs that were frequently included in blues musicians repertoire.

For the price, this set is unreservedly recommended and serves as a good introduction to not only one of the great blues maestros but the first superstar of popular music. Jefferson died mysteriously in a snow storm in December 1929 by which time the almost prehistoric quality of the rural blues was being shaped into something more sophisticated and modern by the likes of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson. Jefferson, perhaps more than any other with the possible exception of Charley Patton, is a reminder of the horrendous and impoverished social circumstances which spawned the blues in the turn of the last century and which resonates throughout the 20th century and on to today.

Essential listening for musical, historical and social reasons, Blind Lemon Jefferson is testament to an age when popular music was stripped clean of commercial interests that may have compromised the integrity of the results and which have been manifest in music largely since the recording industry recovered from it's initial collapse in the early thirties as radio gained in significance. Whilst the guitar playing is marginally behind both the wonderful Blind Willie McTell and Blind Blake from a point of view of technical prowess, Blind Lemon Jefferson was probably the greatest country bluesman of them all. Absolutely essential listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Blues, 13 Nov 2012
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One for the collection for all lovers of authentic blues. Arrived in good time, well packed. The recordings are suitable for lovers of authentic recordings - ot digitally remastered to get all the "scrathes" out - very good indeed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Bluesman, 5 Feb 2014
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W. T. Patrick (Nottingham UK) - See all my reviews
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Original southern blues. Original songs with a sense of history. Jefferson compares with other great blues artists such as Robert Johnson
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