All the Published Sides

All the Published Sides

by Blind BlakeBlind Blake


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As with many comprehensive pre-1940s blues sets, especially those devoted to artists who recorded on the old Paramount label, the five-CD All the Published Sides set is both a godsend and a study in frustration. Paramount wasn't known for its high-quality pressings when it was in business, and its bankruptcy in the early '30s and the destruction of its masters completed the picture, as far as sound quality. That said, this set is a modest improvement over Document Records' various Blind Blake CD issues of the late '80s, as well as being significantly cheaper; there's still plenty of noise on some of the tracks, and even the third version of "West Coast Blues" -- the best-sounding side on disc one -- contains some minor noise and slight distortion. This pattern is repeated throughout the 110 sides, very clean-sounding 78s juxtaposed with what must be the most abominable condition sources imaginable. Nowhere is this more frustrating than what ought to be a highlight of the entire set, "Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It, Pt. 1" and "Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It, Pt. 2," pairing the almost primordial bluesman Papa Charlie Jackson with Blake -- yet neither side is in good enough shape to yield more than the most minimally audible playing and vocals; it's just possible to make use of that material, and it is followed by two wonderfully clean-sounding sides featuring Blake and "Chocolate Brown" Irene Scruggs, on which every nuance of his playing can be heard, and then two more that are in wretched shape. Those wildly variable tracks, however, pale next to the dazzling displays of music dexterity that pour out of Blake's fingers and off of his guitar -- he may well have been one of the great virtuoso talents of the 20th century, as you're reminded constantly on these CDs -- and his nearly as impressive vocal skills. The annotation is reasonably thorough if a bit repetitive; there's just not that much known about Blake's life or career -- the producers do appreciate the significance of such matters as his momentary move toward gospel music on "Beulah Land," and provide plenty about his occasional sidemen and collaborators, but basically this set is a lot like his whole legacy, brimming over with talent supported by precious little information.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065771423
catalogNumber: 7714
Rank: 83640


Disc 1

  1. Dying Blues
  2. Ashley St Blues
  3. Early Morning Blues
  4. West Coast Blues
  5. West Coast Blues
  6. West Coast Blues
  7. Early Morning Blues
  8. Early Morning Blues
  9. Too Tight
  10. Blake's Worried Blues
  11. Come on Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around
  12. Come on Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around
  13. Tampa Bound
  14. Skeedle Loo Doo Blues
  15. Skeedle Loo Doo Blues
  16. Stonewall Street Blues
  17. State Street Men Blues
  18. Down the Country
  19. Back Biting Bee Blues
  20. Wilson Dam
  21. Bucktown Blues
  22. Black Dog Blues
  23. One Time Blues

Disc 2

  1. Bad Feelin' Blues
  2. Dry Bone Shuffle
  3. Dry Bone Shuffle
  4. Dry Bone Shuffle
  5. That Will Happen No More
  6. Brownskin Mama Blues
  7. Brownskin Mama Blues
  8. Hard Road Blues
  9. Hey Hey Daddy Blues
  10. Sea Board Stomp
  11. You Gonna Quit Me Blues
  12. Steel Mill Blues
  13. Southern Rag
  14. He's in the Jailhouse Now
  15. Wabash Rag
  16. Doggin' Me Mama Blues
  17. C C Pill Blues
  18. Hot Potatoes
  19. Southbound Rag
  20. Pay Day Daddy Blues
  21. Elzadie's Policy Blues

Disc 3

  1. Good-Bye Mama Moan
  2. Tootie Blues
  3. That Lovin' I Crave
  4. That Lonesome Rave
  5. Terrible Murder Blues
  6. Leavin' Gal Blues
  7. No Dough Blues
  8. Lead Hearted Blues
  9. Let Your Love Come Down
  10. Rumblin' and Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues
  11. Bootleg Rum Dum Blues
  12. Detroit Bound Blues
  13. Beulah Land
  14. Panther Squall Blues
  15. Elzadie's Policy Blues
  16. Pay Day Daddy Blues
  17. Walkin' Across the Country
  18. Search Warrant Blues
  19. Rambin' Mama Blues
  20. New Style of Loving
  21. Back Door Slam Blues
  22. Notoriety Woman Blues
  23. Cold Hearted Mama Blues
  24. Low Down Loving Gal
  25. Sweet Papa Low Down

Disc 4

  1. Poker Woman Blues
  2. Doing a Stretch
  3. Fightin' the Jug
  4. Hookworm Blues
  5. Slippery Rag
  6. Hastings St
  7. Diddie Wah Diddie
  8. Diddie Wah Diddie
  9. Too Tight Blues, No. 2
  10. Chump Man Blues
  11. Ice Man Blues
  12. Police Dog Blues
  13. I Was Afraid of That, Pt. 2
  14. Georgia Bound
  15. Keep It Home
  16. Keep It Home
  17. Sweet Jivin' Mama
  18. Lonesome Christmas Blues
  19. Third Degree Blues

Disc 5

  1. Guitar Chimes
  2. Blind Arthur's Breakdown
  3. Baby Lou Blues
  4. Cold Love Blues
  5. Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It, Pt. 1
  6. Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It, Pt. 2
  7. Stingaree Man Blues
  8. Itching Heel
  9. You've Got What I Want
  10. Cherry Hill Blues
  11. Diddie Wah Diddie, No. 2
  12. Hard Pushin' Papa
  13. What a Lowdown Place the Jailhouse Is
  14. Ain't Gonna Do That No More
  15. Playing Policy Blues
  16. Righteous Blues
  17. Fancy Tricks
  18. Rope Stretchin' Blues, Pt. 2
  19. Rope Stretchin' Blues, Pt. 1
  20. Rope Stretchin' Blues, Pt. 1
  21. Chapagne Charlie Is My Name
  22. Depression's Gone from Me Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Blake   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Papa Charlie Jackson   Banjo,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Tiny Parham   Piano
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Gus Cannon   Banjo
Charlie Spand   Piano
Jimmy Bertrand   Vocals,Xylophone,Wood Block,Slide Whistle
Bertha Henderson   Vocals
Elzadie Robinson   Vocals
Laura Rucker   Vocals
Irene Scruggs   Vocals
Leola B. Wilson   Vocals
Althea Dickerson   Piano
Alex Robinson   Piano
George "Bullet" Williams   Harmonica
Nelson's Paramount Serenaders   Kazoo

Technical Credits

Blind Lemon Jefferson   Contributor
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Squire Parsons   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Blind Blake   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Robert Johnson   Contributor
Annalisa Blake   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Drew Kent   Liner Notes

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