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THE OKEH BLUES STORY is a wonderful collection of 50 original blues recordings.

The music over these 2 Cds really does speak for itself.These sets really are a steal at this price.

The simple reason that these sets are as cheap as chips is that the tracks are public domain.

That means the rights to the music has gone and any old Dick or Harry can release them.

The bad news for the previous rights holders means good news for us, the buyers for if the price is too high we will not buy.
So the sets are at a more than reasonable price.
Next year the law changes to fall in line with the Americans and the 50 year rule will be finished.

Now these sets really are a mixed bag.

Some tracks and artists you will know- others not.

But that is the real joy- you just might discover some tracks you have never heard and enjoy if not then the FF feature is just for you.

However if you are like me and of a certain age you want to read which artists and tracks are featured but Amazon have scrunched up all the tracks making it hard to read so I've spaced them out so you can read them more easily.

This revised list should help?


1. Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds

2. Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson

3. Blowin' The Blues - Sonny Terry

4. Wrong Woman Blues - Lonnie Johnson

5. 44. Blues - Roosevlet Sykes

6. Scarey Day Blues - Georgia Bill (Blind Willie Mctell)

7. Warehouse Man Blues - Champion jack Dupree

8. T.B. Blues - Victoria Spivey

9. Guitar Rag - Sylvester Weaver

10. Penetrating Blues - Martha Copeland

11. Texas alexander - Levee Camp Moan Blues - Texas Alexander

12. Sorrow Valley Blues - Irene Scruggs

13. Rolled From Side To Side Blues - Little Hat Jones

14. Irresistible Blues - Eva Taylor

15. Low Moaning Blues - Snitcher Roberts

16. Every Womans Blues - Rosa Henderson

17. Stand Up Suitcase Blues - Uncle Bud Walker

18. Your Jelly Roll Is Good - Alberta Hunter

19. That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away - Charlie McCoy w/ Bo Carter

20. Walkin' Talkin' Blues - Sippie Wallace

21. Miss Ora Lee Blues - Peter Chatman & His Washboard Band

22. Muddy Water Blues - Papa Freddie

23. Something Going On Wrong - Peter Cleighton

24. Roll & Tumble Blues - Hambone Willie Newbern

25. Sitting On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks


1. Stack O Lee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt

2. When I Been Drinking Big Bill Broonzy

3. Double Trouble - Brownie McGhee

4. Pratt City Blues - Berth Chippie HIll

5. You Scolded Me And Drove Me From Your Door - Mississippi Bracey

6. When You Are Gone - Blind Boy Fuller

7. Me & My Chauffer - Memphis Minnie

8. St. Louis Blues - W. C Handy

9. Giving It Away - Birmingham Jug Band

10. Cow Cow Blues - Dora Carr

11. Lonesome Woman Blues - Rosetta Crawford

12. Panama Limited Blues - Esther Bigeou

13. A Woman Get's Tired Of One Man All The Time - Stovepipe & David Crockett

14. Blue Blood Blues - Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four

15. Mean Low Blues - Blues Birdhead

16. Achin' Hearted Blues - Sara martin

17. Tickle Britches - Ed Macon & Tampa Joe

18. Worried Blues - Gladys Bentley

19. Bo Carter - Ants In My Pants

20. Evil Mama Blues - Ada Brown

21. Hard Scufflin' Blues - Little Buddy Doyle & Big Walter Horton

22. Fattenning Frogs For Snakes - Carrie Edwards

23. Canned Heat Blues - Sloppy Henry

24. If I Let You Get Away With It Once You'll Do It All The Time - Margaret Johnson

25. Parchman Farm Blues - Bukka White

26. South Cave Blues - Blind Lemon Chicken
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I've sometimes wondered where the blues-rock band Canned Heat got their excellent name, and it seems they took it from an old blues number, sung on this wonderful compilation by one Sloppy Henry. The brief notes, by the ubiquitous Michael Heatley, tell us nothing about this man, or his rather unfortunate nickname, nor do they go into much detail about any of the singers and musicians on these two well-filled discs. And this is one compilation I would love to have had more details about, from the various obscure female singers featured to such mists-of-time figures as Texas Alexander, the Birmingham Jug Band, Shithcher Roberts, and the splendidly named Blues Birdhead.
One big plus of this welcome selection frrom OKeH is the preponderance of woman blues singers, only a handful of whom I'd heard of, such as Sippie Wallace, Alberta Hunter, Victoria Spivey, and of course Memphis Minnie. Others include Mary Copeland, Rosa Henderson, Irene Scruggs, Bertha Chippie Hill, Dora Carr, Esther Bigeou, Rosetta Crawford, Sara Martin, Gladys Bentley, Ada Brown, Carrie Edwards, Margaret Johnson, and the marvellous Mississippi Bracey, whose You Scolded Me and Drove Me From Your Door is worth a few minutes of anybody's time.
There are also some big names here, for example Blind Lemon Jefferson, Roosevelt Sykes, the great Blind Willie McTell, Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (on separate tracks), Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Lonnie Johnson, and even jazz veteran W.C. Handy. The excellent Mississippi Sheiks close CD1 with Sitting On Top of the World in fine fashion.
There are one or two tracks that don't hold the interest, but on the whole this is a superb collection of fifty mostly very old (20s/30s) blues numbers from the OKeH vaults.
The pity is there is so little documentation. Would very brief biographies of the artists have been too much to ask? There are a few photos, of eleven of the fifty featured blues men & women. Nice packaging, and a fine thing to own and listen to, but a little more about the less Wiki-friendly singers and musicians would have made this a five-star triumph.
A lot of great blues, though!

Despite quibbles, warmly recommended.
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on 7 February 2014
A really solid blues compilation with many stand out tracks. This form of music will always stand the test of time.
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on 1 April 2016
A lovely selection of classic blues music, just a shame that the format they are recorded in mean that you can't make a copy of it on your music library on your computer.
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on 2 February 2016
Excellent cd full time f real nice old style blues
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on 28 July 2016
Good value, arrived on time.
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on 14 November 2014
good to hear the lesser known artists
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on 27 December 2013
great.bit of oldies music, Love this old stuff this sort of sound will always be around. it is always nice to here
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on 20 August 2014
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on 29 December 2013
This will not play on my machine , it just keeps jumping. I have yet to try and play it on another machine , we'll see .
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