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5.0 out of 5 stars A blues treat, 4 Sept. 2013
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Easy Action Records/The Devil's Tunes have done a great service for blues lovers by releasing this stunning 2-CD set of 1930s and 40s music. I have been waiting for several years for someone to produce a compilation of all known early Son House material and am very impressed by this new release. The tracks are Mississippi Blues of the highest standard. One CD brings together all nine tracks recorded for Paramount Records, and this is the first time that the recently found copy of Pm13096 Clarksdale Moan/Mississippi County Farm Blues has appeared alongside the other Paramount material. This rarest-of-rare 78s was available on two other multi-artist compilations, but collectors have had a bit of a wait to hear all the nine Paramount tracks together. Sound quality is good on this CD with some of the hiss removed from the original 78s without losing all the dynamics of the vocals and guitar work of the early recordings. I compared the three two-part tracks My Black Mama, Preachin' the Blues and Dry Spell Blues with my vinyl album versions on Origin Jazz Library 2, 5 and 11 and there are clear gains in sound quality. But for me, just to hear the unissued Walking Blues followed by Pm13096 for the first time is a revelation. It becomes so clear to me that Son House is the musical link between Charley Patton and Robert Johnson - he was a contemporary of Patton, with some overlaps in style, but his own style is the foundation of what was to come a few years later from Johnson.
The other CD brings together all the 1940s field recordings Alan Lomax made of Son House. Five tracks are new to me in the set of 19 as they did not appear on the Roots RSE-1 vinyl album of the Lomax tracks issued while the artist was still alive, though all 19 have been available on other CD sets. Again sound quality has been improved on from the vinyl days without loss of atmosphere - for instance Shetland Pony Blues was quite scratchy on vinyl, but is now much less so on the CD. The set of 19 recordings mixes some fragments and outtakes with generously long performances such as the rolling Government Fleet Blues which stretches to over six minutes, in keeping with Son House recordings and powerful live performances from the 1960s when he broke from the earlier confines of 3 minute long recordings. Interestingly RSE-1 was released `after exclusive contractual agreement with Mr Eddie "Son" House'. No such claims for the new CD! Although over 10 years elapsed between the Paramount and the field recordings, Son retained the power to overwhelm the listener with his singing and playing. The final two tracks on the CD - The Jinx Blues Parts 1 & 2 - are outstanding and sum up why Son House was such an important bluesman.
The CD set is well-presented with good artwork and a helpful booklet. In keeping with current trends, the 1930s tracks are also being made available as a vinyl album. In whichever form you buy the tracks you are in for a treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, 19 Nov. 2013
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At long last! A complete early Son House collection to add to my other early blues collections such as Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson and Skip James. Yes it was only in 2005 that the last Son House Paramount record (Clarksdale Moan) was discovered. This is a "must have" collection for lovers of early blues. It is definitely in my "top ten" list. The presentation and the sound quality are excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very important artist, 28 Oct. 2013
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Eddy 'Son' House is a remarkable guitarist and singer songwriter and this album proves it all, knowing that the recordings are recorded between 1930 & 1942 doesn't bother the authentic value of it, because although the sound is better than ever time didn't have made these recordings 'old fashioned', they still have a great value for anyone who loves the blues
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and powerful, 19 Jan. 2014
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Very early sound recordings raw and fresh sounding. Well worth a listen - wish I had bought it on vinyl though to get into the era
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Jan. 2014
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Really liked this CD - a fine addition to my blues collection.
Son House enthusiasts who haven't already got this should put their orders in NOW
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moan about Clarkesdale Moan LP !, 9 Nov. 2013
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I have just ordered from Amazon the two CD set 'Clarkdsale Moan' by Son House, with my fingers crossed!
I say this as both of the reviews already up and ATTACHED TO THIS VINYL LP are reviews of the double CD. I have the ten inch vinyl LP,and the excellent sound quality has moved me to buy the double CD, but no review yet published has pointed out that the ten inch LP has all but one of the tracks in the wrong place! The label is just 'side 1' and 'side 2', but the list on the sleeve is completely wrong, leaving only 'Preachin`The Blues' in it`s correct place on the disc, according to the sleeve. [ I have written a correct list on a card and popped it into my sleeve ]
So, I am now waiting for the delivery of a set of tiles on a double CD , all of which I have more than once, on vinyl and CD, which I am buying just for the improved sound. I WOULD HOPE THAT THE REVIEWS OF THIS DOUBLE CD ISSUE HAVE NOT MISSED A SIMILAR BLUNDER, and that I am not about to receive a larger set of titles, all in the wrong order.

This ten inch LP is a good issue, with it`s period style sleeve and photo 'creation' of a young Son House.
Shame about the Quality Control Department. SPOILED BY A LACK OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
D.C. [ WRITER : Juke Blues Magazine, Blues & Rhythm Magazine. and others Blues and Rock'N'Roll magazines.]

ADD ON : I have now received the double CD which I suspected may have had the tracks in the wrong order, as discussed above, and it is absolutely fine, excellent sound and all the tracks in the correct order as listed on the sleeve. A first class job has been done on the CD issue. The Blues Man
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5.0 out of 5 stars recipient very happy., 20 Jan. 2015
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Bought as a present, recipient very happy.
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