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  • Audio CD (19 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Revenant
  • ASIN: B0000061UB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pan American
  2. Ain't Gonna Rain No More
  3. Lost John
  4. Alcoholic Blues
  5. Cow Cow Blues
  6. John Henry
  7. Speech About Harps
  8. Old Hen Cackle (Take 1)
  9. Sweet Marie
  10. Black Man Blues
  11. Red River Valley
  12. Gotta See Mama Every Night
  13. Welcome Table
  14. Kansas City Blues
  15. Stove Pipe Blues
  16. Speech About Water And Harps
  17. Shoe Shine Boy
  18. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  19. Talk About Grandfather
  20. Hesitation Blues
  21. Old Hen Cackle (Take 2)
  22. Saints
  23. Don't Get Weary Children
  24. Sook Cow
  25. Down The Road A Piece
  26. Evening Prayer

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long-Lost Gem Rediscovered 20 Jan. 2002
By peter krampert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Deford Bailey was the first star of Nashville'd Grand Old Opry, staying with the popular program from it's first broadcast in 1926 until he was booted from the show in 1941. Deford was given a regular spot on each week's broadcast to showcase his amazing talent on the harmonica. Deford's only failing was his having been born black in America and for that his career was curtailed.
Deford refused to play for anyone except for the Opry. Maybe it was pride, nobody is really sure. Bailey spent his remaining years working at a shoeshine stand in Nashville, occasionally returning to perform at the Opry for old-timers nights.
Folk Historian David Morton had the insight to leave a tape recorder with Deford Bailey before he passed away, to make recordings at his leisure. The results that are found on this CD are nothing short of amazing. You might assume that not having performed in public for decades, that Bailey's talent would have diminished. These recordings show that Bailey was first and foremost the master of Country harmonica playing, the spring from which all Country harmonica players get their roots. Young harmonica players should wish to perform half as well.
You get to hear the early standards that harmonica players used to showcase their talents. You'll hear fox chases, train imitations and songs that would eventually become the foundation of Country music. You'll also get to hear the playing of a master who's career is sadly overlooked by mainstream America due to stupidity and bigotry.
If you're a fan of great harmonica players, if you're a Country music buff, if you are Black and you want to hear the work of a true freedom fighter and pioneer, this CD is a definite must-have for your collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Out-of-Print Yet 20 Nov. 2010
By Redgecko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You can still buy this recording done by Tennesseee Folklore Society Records on the web for fifteen bucks. It was recorded between 1974-76, by his friend David Morton, who would later write a biography of Mr. Bailey, who was the only founding father of the Grand Ole Opry inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On six of the cuts, he plays guitar or banjo and not harmonica, e.g., on Lost John he plays banjo. On two tracks, he talks about the harmonica and says that a harmonica lasts him 8-10 years, but the one used on this recordings he's had for twelve years! Every track is spectacular, recorded by his friend David Morton, who would later write a book about DeFord. The banjo and guitar playing is as good as his harmonica playing. I never grow tired of listening to his beautiful silky voice. The liner notes are excellent.

Harp Blowers Complete Recorded has the best selection of DeFord Bailey recordings from the 1920's, eleven in all.

Highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DeFord Bailey--The BEST Harmonica Player! 9 Mar. 2007
By R. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
DeFord is the BEST. This is a great quality CD and well worth the money if you love harmonica music. I would have loved to met DeFord in person and heard him blow! Great CD! Rick
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