Meaning in the Blues

Meaning in the Blues


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When Paul Oliver's Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues was published, it was one of the first books to focus on the country blues from the 78-rpm era (which stretched from the 1920s through the very early '50s) as a kind of black American folk music, a music that tackled black culture in all of its concerns, from love, sex, joy, and sadness to the broader sweep of displacement, war, and death, in an often coded, passionate, and poetic black idiom. It remains required reading for anyone interested in the genre, and this wonderful four-disc, 103-track anthology from JSP Records honors and serves as an audio companion to Oliver's groundbreaking book, celebrating the 50th anniversary year of its publication. Assembled by Max Haymes, who also wrote the text for the lovely 80-page booklet that accompanies the box set, Meaning in the Blues collects blues 78s that illustrate key points in Oliver's book, but it also stands alone as a fascinating and engaging survey of early black country blues in all of its forms and variants.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065714123
catalogNumber: 77141
Rank: 115540


Disc 1

  1. Falling Rain Blues
  2. Jinx Blues
  3. Dark Night Blues
  4. Pony Blues
  5. Milk Cow Blues
  6. Labor Blues
  7. Shake 'Em On Down
  8. Lonesome Home Blues
  9. No Place to Go
  10. Cotton Seed Blues
  11. Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1
  12. Steamboat Man Blues
  13. Gravel Camp Blues
  14. Blue Monday Blues
  15. Rock and Gravel Blues
  16. The Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo
  17. Make Than Gravel Fly
  18. Rock Island Blues
  19. Crazy Blues
  20. Snatch It Back Blues
  21. John Henry
  22. Cannonball Blues
  23. Friendless City Blues
  24. Stocking Feet Blues
  25. Stranger's Blues
  26. Wintertime Blues

Disc 2

  1. New Way of Living Blues
  2. Black Gal Makes Thunder
  3. Three Women Blues
  4. Yellow Girl Blues
  5. Gonna Ramble Blues
  6. Brown Skin Man
  7. Brown Skin Gal
  8. Brown Skin Blues
  9. Chocolate To the Bone
  10. Kitchen Mechanic Blues
  11. Black Evil Blues
  12. Outside Woman Blues
  13. Reckless Woman
  14. It Won't Be Long
  15. Little and Low
  16. Big Fat Mama Blues
  17. My Pencil Won't Write No More
  18. Signifying Blues
  19. Black Snake Moan
  20. Save My Jelly
  21. Freakish Man Blues
  22. Sissy Man Blues
  23. Prove It On Me Blues
  24. B.D. Woman's Blues
  25. The Dirty Dozen
  26. Jacksonville Blues

Disc 3

  1. Mojo Hand Blues
  2. Mojo Hidin' Woman
  3. Papa's Got Your Water On
  4. "Toby" Woman Blues
  5. Squinch Owl Moan
  6. Black Cat Blues
  7. Broke and Hungry
  8. Wish I Had You (and I'm Gonna Get You Blues)
  9. Bad Boy
  10. Doggone My Good Luck Soul
  11. Black Cat Moan
  12. Those Black Man Blues
  13. Seven Sisters Blues, Pt. 1
  14. Seven Sisters Blues, Pt. 2
  15. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues
  16. I'm a Gamblin' Woman
  17. Skin Game Blues
  18. Gamblin' Charley
  19. If You Lose Your Good Gal, Don't Mess With Mine
  20. Jack O' Diamond Blues
  21. Stack O' Lee Blues
  22. Policy Dream Blues
  23. Policy Wheel Blues
  24. Four Eleven Forty Four
  25. Three Sixty Nine Blues
  26. The Clearing House Blues

Disc 4

  1. Mississippi Jail House Groan
  2. Lonesome Blues
  3. Old Rounder's Blues
  4. Moon Going Down
  5. Smack That Thing
  6. I Had To Smack That Thing
  7. I Had To Come Back Home Blues
  8. Rowdy Blues
  9. Barrelhouse When It Rains
  10. Blues In the Alley
  11. Old Jim Canaan's
  12. On the Wall
  13. Beaver Slide Rag
  14. Low Down Mississippi Bottom Man
  15. You Got To Reap What You Sow
  16. Sitting On Top of the World
  17. Some Summer Day, Pt. 1
  18. I'm Still Sitting On Top of the World
  19. Mama Blues
  20. Friday Moan Blues
  21. Violin Blues
  22. Shaking Weed Blues
  23. Fairasee Woman (Memphis Woman)
  24. Spike Driver Blues
  25. Waking Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Barbecue Bob   Guitar,Vocals
Lucille Bogan   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim   Vocals
Bo Carter   Guitar,Vocals
Sam Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Cow Cow Davenport   Piano
Walter Davis   Piano,Vocals
Georgia Tom   Piano
Blind Boy Fuller   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Big Walter Horton   Harmonica
Mississippi John Hurt   Guitar,Vocals
Papa Charlie Jackson   Banjo,Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar,Violin,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Tommy Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Curtis Jones   Piano,Vocals
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Sara Martin   Vocals
Blind Willie McTell   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Memphis Minnie   Guitar,Vocals
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Funny Paper Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mamie Smith   Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes   Piano,Vocals
Henry Thomas   Guitar,Vocals,Reed Pipes
Sippie Wallace   Vocals
Sylvester Weaver   Guitar
Peetie Wheatstraw   Piano,Vocals
Bukka White   Guitar,Vocals
Ida Cox   Vocals
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Speckled Red   Piano,Vocals
Perry Bradford   Piano
Tiny Parham   Piano
Tampa Red   Guitar
Ike Rodgers   Trombone
Albert Wynn   Trombone
Buddy Boy Hawkins   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Walter Vinson   Guitar,Vocals
Ramblin' Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Wilkins   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Bell   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Ladnier   Cornet
Ma Rainey   Vocals
Gus Aiken   Cornemeuse
Texas Alexander   Vocals
Eddie Anthony   Violin,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lovie Austin   Piano
Kid Bailey   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Brown   Piano
Willie Brown   Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Burse   Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Shirley Clay   Cornemeuse
Tom Dickson   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Dixon   Guitar
Nellie Florence   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lillian Glinn   Vocals
Porter Grainger   Piano
Hattie Hart   Vocals
Nap Hayes   Guitar
Son House   Guitar,Vocals
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Mary Johnson   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jack Kelly   Guitar
Hambone Lewis   Jug
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Charley Lincoln   Guitar,Vocals,Laughs
Alice Moore   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy O'Bryant   Clarinet
Martell Pettiford   Kazoo,Washboard
Ben Ramey   Kazoo
Walter Roland   Piano
Bill Settles   Bass
Will Shade   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Clarence Williams   Piano
Fred Williams   Drums
Willie Tyson   Piano
Black Bob   Piano
Ernest Elliott   Clarinet
Kid Spoons   Spoons
Carl Reid   Jug
Johnny Dunn   Cornemeuse
Jed Davenport   Harmonica
Viola McCoy   Vocals
Clara Smith   Vocals
George Noble   Piano,Vocals
Gene Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Myrtle Jenkins   Piano
Peg Leg Howell   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bob Fuller   Clarinet
William McCoy   Harmonica,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Matthew Prater   Mandolin
Walter Coleman   Guitar,Vocals
Hattie Hudson   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Stanley Miller   Piano
Louise Johnson   Piano,Vocals
Rube Lacey   Guitar,Vocals
Alfred Lewis   Harmonica,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Blind Joe Reynolds   Guitar,Vocals
Too Tight Henry   Guitar,Vocals
Ora Brown   Vocals
Freddie Spruell   Guitar,Vocals
Joshua White   Guitar,Vocals
Slick Helms   Piano
Honey Hill   Piano
Syd Valentine   Trumpet
Lewis Black   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Settles   Percussion,Kazoo,Vocals
George Hannah   Vocals
Hot Box Johnson   Guitar
Katherine Baker   Vocals
Willie "Willie Tango" Shaw   Guitar
John Arnold   Piano
James Johnson   Piano
Paul George   Banjo
Hattie Snow   Vocals
Charlie "Little Buddy" Doyle   Guitar,Vocals
Rudy Foster   Piano,Vocals
Leroy Parker   Violin
Lonnie Chatman   Violin
Frances "Barrelhouse Frankie" Wallace   Piano,Vocals
Otis Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Ernest "Son Joe" Lawlers   Guitar
Edmonia Henderson   Vocals
Dope Andrews   Trombone
Bill "J. Leroy's Buddy" Gaither   Vocals
C.C. Parker   Bass (Vocal)
Johnny Brown   Baritone (Vocal)
John Chapman   Vocals
John Anderson   Trombone
James C. Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Iva Smith   Vocals
Henry Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Vernon Jones   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Clara Smith   Vocal Effect
William McCoy   Vocal Effect
Alfred Lewis   Vocal Effect
Too Tight Henry   Vocal Effect
Tommy Settles   Vocal Effect
Max Haymes   Liner Notes

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