Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 Various Artists (Newport Folk Festival)

£14.91

Availablity:
World excluding USA & Canada
Genre:
Blues
Label:
Vanguard
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
3VCD 193

The Newport Festival was a buzz with blasts from the past in the early-60s. In his book "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" Eric Von Schmidt recalled his memories of the festival: "I was listening to Mississippi John Hurt sing Spike Driver Blues. It was unreal, John Hurt was dead. Had to be. All the guys on that Harry Smith Anthology were dead. But there was no denying that the man singing so sweet and playing so beautifully was the John Hurt. He had a face - and what a face. He had a hat that he wore like a halo."

John Hurt was tracked down in Avalon, Mississippi-.-Bukka White in Aberdeen, Mississippi-.-Skip James was found in Mississippi's Tunica Hospital while Son House was residing in Rochester, New York. Dick Waterman recalled the scene when Skip James took to the stage in his book "Baby Let Me Follow You Down": "Skip sat down, and put his guitar on his leg. He set himself down, doing a little finger manipulation with his left hand, then he set his fingers by the sound hole. Sighed and hit the first note of I'd Rather Be the Devil Than Be That Woman's Man. He took that first note up in falsetto all the way, and the hairs on the neck went up, and all up and down my arms, the hairs just went right up. It's such an eerie note. It's almost a wail. It's a cry. There was an audible gasp from the audience."

Other bluesmen weren't so much rediscovered as simply exposed. Mance Lipscomb was a gifted songster and slide guitarist who had never recorded, but who'd also never stopped playing at local functions around Navasota, Texas. Lightin' Hopkins, another Texan had been recording for years when he arrived at Newport. And successful urban bluesmen like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, faced with a diminishing market for blues in the black market, saw the festival as a way to attract a whole new audience.

Performers were paid just $50 to appear at Newport, but careers were made on this main stage. Dick Waterman who became a booking agent and business advisor to many of the rediscovered bluesmen recalled: "It's important to remember that the record companies were well represented at the festival. You only had about fifteen minutes to play, but if you performed really well in those few minutes, as you turned from the microphone and left the stage, you just might be greeted by John Hammond of Columbia, or Maynard Solomon of Vanguard, or Jac Holzman of Elektra. There were no lawyers or middlemen involved. The guy who made the decision at the record company was there to make a deal."

Newport provided a profoundly moving look at some of the artists who first taught the world the meaning of the blues. Neither the blues nor popular music would ever again be quite the same.

By John Milward

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Sliding Delta - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 02
    Candy Man - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 03
    Coffee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 04
    Stagolee - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 05
    Here Am I, Oh Lord, Send Me - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 06
    Make Me A Pallet On The Floor - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 07
    Devil Got My Woman - Skip James

  • 08
    Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - Skip James

  • 09
    Preachin' Blues - Son House

  • 10
    Death Letter - Son House

  • 11
    Empire State Express - Son House

  • 12
    Son Blues - Son House

  • 13
    Aberdeen Mississippi Blues - Bukka White

  • 14
    Louise Louise - Mississippi Fred McDowell

  • 15
    If The River Was Whiskey (Diving Duck Blues) - Mississippi Fred McDowell

  • 16
    Walkin' Blues - Muddy Waters

  • 17
    I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters

Side 2

  • 01
    Levee Camp Blues - Robert Pete Williams

  • 02
    Midnight Boogie - Robert Pete Williams

  • 03
    On My Way From Texas - Robert Pete Williams

  • 04
    Freddie - Mance Lipscomb

  • 05
    So Different Blues - Mance Lipscomb

  • 06
    God Moves On The Water (The Sinking Of The Titanic) - Mance Lipscomb

  • 07
    San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller

  • 08
    I Double Do Love You - Jesse Fuller

  • 09
    Samson And Delilah - Reverend Gary Davis

  • 10
    I Won't Be Back (No More) - Reverend Gary Davis

  • 11
    Intro/The Train Is Leaving - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

  • 12
    Drink Muddy Water - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

  • 13
    Long Gone - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

  • 14
    Key To The Highway - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

  • 15
    My Baby Done Changed The Lock On The Door - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

  • 16
    Clean Up At Home - Sleepy John Estes

Side 3

  • 01
    The Woman I'm Loving, She's Taken My Appetite (Monkey Faced Woman) - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 02
    Baby Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 03
    Shake That Thing - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 04
    Tupelo - John Lee Hooker

  • 05
    Bus Station Blues - John Lee Hooker

  • 06
    Let's Make It - John Lee Hooker

  • 07
    Great Fire Of Natchez (The Mighty Fire) - John Lee Hooker

  • 08
    Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker

  • 09
    I Can't Quit You Now Blues - John Lee Hooker

  • 10
    How Long Blues - Memphis Slim

  • 11
    Black Cat Crossed My Path - Memphis Slim

  • 12
    Harlem Bound - Memphis Slim

  • 13
    Piano Instrumental - Memphis Slim

  • 14
    Blow Wind Blow - Muddy Waters with Otis Spann

  • 15
    Flood - Muddy Waters & Otis Spann

  • 16
    See See Rider - The Chambers Brothers

  • 17
    Blues With A Feeling - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

  • 18
    Born In Chicago - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

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