Vanguard: Roots Of The Blues Various Artists (Vanguard)

£14.91

Availablity:
World excluding USA & Canada
Genre:
Blues
Label:
Vanguard
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
3VCD 208

3CD overview of ROOTS OF THE BLUES and Roots of Folk include songs from many of the key performers active during the 1950-60s. The first slip-cased set is sub-divided into three sections - Folk Blues, Delta & Country Blues, Urban Blues - the second into Roots of Folk, Singers & Songwriters, and Folk Blues. However, these divisions tend to be arbitrary and not rigorously enforced. Bluegrass founding father Bill Monroe finds himself filed under Folk Blues in the Roots of the Blues set yet doesn't feature at all in the Roots of Folk.

Certainly blues is more heavily favoured in the folk collection at the expense of old timey and bluegrass. Several performances are also duplicated on both compilations. That said, there is a great deal to savour here (as you'd expect from the artists and track listings above). From the archaic Delta stylings of the Father of folk blues Son House to the blue yodelling of the legendary Bill Monroe-.-the protest singing of Buffy Sainte-Marie to the tender introspection of singer-songwriter Eric Andersen. Also, as the beat (and the volume) picks up, there are sounds as diverse as the roaring Chicago blues of the Paul Butterfield Band and the classic chart hit (Walk Right In) by the Rooftop Singers. Roots of the Blues additionally contains five previously unreleased recordings from the 1964 and '65 Newport Folk Festivals.

By John Crosby

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller

  • 02
    See See Rider - The Chambers Brothers

  • 03
    Statesborough Blues - John Hammond

  • 04
    Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotten

  • 05
    Cocaine - Dave Van Ronk

  • 06
    You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond - Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • 07
    Traveling Blues - Spider John Koerner

  • 08
    Blue Yodel #4 (California Blues) - Bill Monroe

  • 09
    Richland Woman Blues - Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band

  • 10
    Chevrolet aka Can I Do It For You? - Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band

  • 11
    Milk Cow Blues - Sam & Kirk McGee

  • 12
    I Don't Need No Whiskey - Tony Glover

  • 13
    What You Gonna Do When Your Meat Gives Out - Josh White

  • 14
    Grizzly Bear - Eric Von Schmidt

  • 15
    Keep On Truckin' Mama - Mance Liscomb

Side 2

  • 01
    Candy Man - Mississippi John Hurt

  • 02
    You Got To Move - Rev Gary Davis

  • 03
    I'm So Glad - Skip James

  • 04
    Empire State Express - Son House

  • 05
    Aberdeen Mississippi Blues - Bukka White

  • 06
    If The River Was Whiskey (Diving Duck Blues) - Mississippi Fred McDowell

  • 07
    I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters

  • 08
    Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Odetta

  • 09
    Key To The Highway - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

  • 10
    Clean Up At Home - Sleepy John Estes

  • 11
    Freddie - Mance Lipscomb

  • 12
    How Long Blues - Memphis Slim

  • 13
    Midnight Boogie - Robert Pete Williams

  • 14
    Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd & Willie Dixon

  • 15
    Devil Got My Woman - Skip James

Side 3

  • 01
    Messin' With The Kid - Junior Wells

  • 02
    I Can't Quit You Babe - Otis Rush

  • 03
    Going Ahead - J B Hutto & The Hawks

  • 04
    Marie - Otis Spann

  • 05
    Rocket 88 - James Cotton

  • 06
    Dust My Broom - Homesick James & His Dusters

  • 07
    One More Time - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band

  • 08
    If I Get Lucky - Johnny Shines Blues Band

  • 09
    One Room Country Shack - Buddy Guy

  • 10
    Blow Wind Blow - Muddy Waters with Otis Spann

  • 11
    Baby Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 12
    Blues With A Feeling - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

  • 13
    Juke - Charlie Musselwhite

  • 14
    Ball And Chain - Big Mama Thornton

  • 15
    Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker

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