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Offline jostber

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Matchbox Bluesmaster reissues
« on: March 03, 2021, 12:39:07 PM »
Saydisc will through Nimbus records release all the 42 original Matchbox album releases by Paul Oliver on seven 6 CD box sets. The first two sets were released in January. I ordered both and just received them today. Great stuff. 

https://www.wyastone.co.uk/all-labels/saydisc/blues.html



Offline jostber

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Re: Matchbox Bluesmaster reissues
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2021, 10:41:16 AM »
From www.earlyblues.com:

Announcing
Matchbox Bluesmaster Series
The most comprehensive survey tracing the origins of Black American Blues Music
Available as seven 6CD sets and all digital platforms for the first time
Two 6CD sets/digital released in January 2021 with three more being released during 2021 and the final volumes becoming available in Spring 2022.
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This major release from Saydisc Records is an extremely well-produced and comprehensive compilation from across the whole blues music genre. The original recordings were sourced from rare 78 rpm records of well-respected specialist blues music collectors, the discographical details are from the ‘Blues Bible’ ‘Blues and Gospel Records (1895-1943)’ by Dixon, Godrich & Rye and the liner notes are from the writings of Paul Oliver, a world authority on the blues. It just doesn’t get any better!
The Matchbox Bluesmaster Series will be of great interest to all blues enthusiasts and collectors, but also to those who are curious about the origins of most forms of popular music today from modern blues to rhythm & blues, rock n’roll, soul and reggae - a very coherent introduction to early blues for the newcomer. The producers hope this series will attract the attention of younger people to the power and importance of this music and I applaud this vision as well as recommending this as a great resource and listening for us older people too.
Highly recommended.
Alan White
EarlyBlues.com, EarlyGospel.com & EarlyRnB.com
Blues & Gospel Researcher, Historian and Archivist
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Matchbox Bluesmaster Series details …
This series documents the early days of blues, ragtime, hokum and gospel music from 1926 to 1934 and gives an insight into the way that black music was first released on record. RACE record companies such as OKEH sent out talent scouts to find black singers, many of them “singing for nickels” on street corners. The music of these singers formed the backbone of later urban blues, rhythm-and-blues and, of course, rock-‘n’-roll. The songs are sometimes raw and primitive in character, but some really outstanding playing and singing shines through many of the performances. Along with the work of other field collectors and researchers, we gain a rare insight into the world of black musicians of the day by reading his notes alongside listening to the music they performed. This is the most comprehensive survey tracing the origins of Black American Blues Music presenting detailed material from the 42 original LP albums released by Saydisc Records in the 1980s. The rare originating 78s were provided by several collectors under the editorship of well-known Austrian collector, Johnny Parth. The restoration and digital remastering was performed by Nimbus archivist Norman White who curated the internationally acclaimed Prima Voce historic vocal series.
This series will now be released on seven 6CD sets plus all digital platforms. Offering this iconic series for the first time on CD will both appeal to existing collectors worldwide and also attract a new generation of early blues lovers as this music was so central to the development of many forms of popular music. The market that these RACE record companies were after was the black community and they sometimes gave these newly found performers epithets such as “Peg Leg …”, “Blind …”, “Bo Weavil…”, “Buddy Boy…”, “Barbecue…” or “Texas…” to give them more appeal. Putting this music into perspective are the very valuable notes by Paul Oliver who was a world authority on early jazz and blues along with the work of other field collectors and researchers, we gain a rare insight into the world of black musicians of the day by reading his notes alongside listening to the music they performed.
Paul Oliver wrote 10 books on the history of blues and gospel music, but was also a Professor of Architecture on which subject he wrote five seminal books. He was born in May 1927 and died in August 2017. Through his blues books and writings he opened many windows into a little researched area which is of such importance to the history of black music in America. The final 4 CDs in the series are entitled “Songsters and Saints” and were put together by Paul Oliver to illustrate his book of the same name. The present Matchbox Bluesmaster Series has been transcribed from the 1980’s vinyl pressings by Norman White using high-end transcription techniques. The original master tapes for the vinyl releases vanished long ago.
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Saydisc Records was created in 1965 by Gef Lucena and has built up a substantial catalogue of music in many genres on several labels. The Saydisc label itself is devoted to folk and world music, bells in their various forms, mechanical instruments of all sorts, exotic and weird music, jazz and ragtime, wildlife, dialect, poetry, spoken word, brass ensembles, chant, nostalgia, Christmas and choral music, guitar music, music hall, traditional children’s songs and games and much else besides. Sister label, Amon Ra, is devoted to authentic performances of classical repertoire on original instruments by leading world musicians in this field. The Village Thing label features contemporary folk music and, of course, Matchbox is devoted to blues, both classic early blues and was at the forefront of the white British blues boom of the 60s. The Matchbox Bluesmaster Series then followed on from a large range of classic blues and American ”Old Timey” albums.
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The first two 6CD sets will be released in January 2021 with three more being released during 2021 and the final volumes becoming available in Spring 2022. 
News of future releases will be available from Nimbus Records and via :
www.matchboxbluesmaster.co.uk
www.saydisc.com
www.wyastone.co.uk
The series will be launched with two sets:

Release date: Jan 2021
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 1: MSESET1 (6 albums)
MSE 201 COUNTRY BLUES-THE 1st GENERATION (1927)
MSE 202 BUDDY BOY HAWKINS (1927-29)
MSE 203 BO WEAVIL JACKSON (1926)
MSE 204 RAGTlME BLUES GUITAR (1928-30)
MSE 205 PEG LEG HOWELL (1928-29)
MSE 206 TEXAS ALEXANDER VOL. 1 (1927-28)

Release date: Jan 2021
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 2: MSESET2 (6 albums)
MSE 207 SKIP JAMES: Skip James (1931)
MSE 208 COLEY JONES & THE DALLAS STRING BAND (1927-29)
MSE 209 GREAT HARP PLAYERS (1927-30)
MSE 210 LEROY CARR (1928)
MSE 211 TOMMIE BRADLEY-JAMES COLE GROUPS (1930-32)
MSE 212 CHARLIE LINCOLN (1927-30)

Release date: May 2021
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 3: MSESET3 (6 albums)
MSE 213 MEMPHIS HARMONICA KINGS (1929-30)
MSE 214 TEXAS ALEXANDER VOL. 2 (1928-29)
MSE 215 RAMBLIN' THOMAS (1928-32)
MSE 216 COUNTRY GIRLS (1926-29)
MSE 217 RUFUS & BEN QUILLIAN (1929-31)
MSE 218 DE FORD BAILEY & BERT BILBRO (1927-31)

Release date: August 2021
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 4: MSESET4 (6 albums)
MSE 219 JULIUS DANIELS-LIL McCLlNTOCK (1927-30)
MSE 220 TEXAS ALEXANDER VOL. 3 (1929-30)
MSE 221 PEG LEG HOWELL (1926-27)
MSE 222 SANCTIFIED JUG BANDS (1928-30)
MSE 223 ST. LOUIS BESSlE (I 927-30)
MSE 224 TEXAS ALEXANDER VOL. 4 (1934-50) 

Release date: November 2021
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 5: MSESET5 (6 albums)
MSE 1001 BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON (1926-29)
MSE 1002 FRANK STOKES (1927-29)
MSE 1003 BLIND BLAKE (1926-29)
MSE 1004 BIG BILL BROONZY (1927-32)
MSE 1005 MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS VOL. 1 (1930)
MSE 1006 LONNIE JOHNSON VOL. 1 (1926-28) 

Release date: Spring 2022
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 6: MSESET6 (6 albums)
MSE 1007 PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON (1924-29)
MSE 1008 MEMPHIS JUG BAND (1927-34)
MSE 1009 BARBECUE BOB (1927-30)
MSE 1010 LEECAN & COOKSEY (1926-27)
MSE 1011 ROOSEVELT SYKES (1929-34)
MSE 1012 MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS VOL. 2 (1930-34) 

Release date: Summer 2022
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTER SERIES: SET 7: MSESET7 (6 albums)
MSE 1013 LONNIE JOHNSON VOL. 2 (1927-32)
MSE 1014 THE FAMOUS HOKUM BOYS (1930-31)
MSEX 2001/2002 SONGSTERS AND SAINTS VOL. 1
Vocal Traditions On Race Records (1925-31)
MSEX 2003/2004 SONGSTERS AND SAINTS VOL. 2 Race Records (1925-31)

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