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Offline outfidel

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Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« on: July 12, 2004, 12:31:46 PM »
Mississippi John Hurt fans, rejoice!

D.C. Blues: Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 1

This new CD contains everything on the Flyright release from 1989, plus 15 additional tracks that John Hurt recorded in the summer of 1963! And it says "Vol. 1", so there should be more to come!!

Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt

This new DVD has 11 songs taught by John Sebastian and Happy Traum, 2 outstanding fingerpickers who knew John personally in the 1960s. Also includes a conversation with Sam Hood, owner of the Gaslight Cafe?, who shares his insights & memories of John Hurt. I can't imagine that this DVD will reach the level of John Miller's, but I'm a MJH nut so I'll probably get it anyway.

WAHOOOO!!!
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2004, 05:03:00 PM »
Hi Michael,
Yeah, those Library of Congress recordings could be really interesting.? That stuff has been leaking out for a number of years.? I'll be interested to hear how many of the renditions of never been released before, and if there are performances of songs that we don't have John Hurt doing anywhere else.? The music will be great in any case.
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Johnm
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2004, 12:52:49 PM »
Hi John,

I just picked up D.C. Blues yesterday. One of the treats that I haven't heard before is MJH playing Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting on a Train". This is after the interviewer (maybe Dick Spotswood) asks John to play "Let the Mermaids Flirt" with me, except with the original lyrics. Hurt then jokes "But I can't yodel!", and proceeds to play the song with the same guitar patterns as Mermaid, but with the Waiting on a Train lyrics.

I know that Hurt was a big fan of Jimmie Rodgers. But as far as I can tell, Mermaid/Train and "Frankie & Johnny" are the only songs that both of them recorded.

Anyway, D.C. Blues is good stuff, and the sound quality is excellent.

Michael
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2004, 08:31:21 AM »
Hi John,

I just picked up D.C. Blues yesterday. One of the treats that I haven't heard before is MJH playing Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting on a Train". This is after the interviewer (maybe Dick Spotswood) asks John to play "Let the Mermaids Flirt" with me, except with the original lyrics. Hurt then jokes "But I can't yodel!", and proceeds to play the song with the same guitar patterns as Mermaid, but with the Waiting on a Train lyrics.

I know that Hurt was a big fan of Jimmie Rodgers. But as far as I can tell, Mermaid/Train and "Frankie & Johnny" are the only songs that both of them recorded.

It never occurred to me that Mermaids was an adaptation of Waiting on a Train. Was listening to John Hurt yesterday and dang, there it is. Learn something new every day....

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2005, 09:42:15 PM »
Outfidel,
Did you ever get this DVD? I think about getting it every time my Home Spun catalog comes.  But I think I want to get John's first. Bg

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2005, 05:05:34 AM »
BG - No, I haven't gotten that DVD yet -- in part because John's is so good.
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2005, 06:07:12 AM »
Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt

This new DVD has 11 songs taught by John Sebastian and Happy Traum, 2 outstanding fingerpickers who knew John personally in the 1960s. Also includes a conversation with Sam Hood, owner of the Gaslight Café, who shares his insights & memories of John Hurt. I can't imagine that this DVD will reach the level of John Miller's, but I'm a MJH nut so I'll probably get it anyway.

You're right, it's not as good. Not even close. Netflix has it -- that's how I saw it -- so if you have an account you may want to add it to your queue.

John
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2005, 06:18:01 AM »
Heads up on this new release:

Mississippi John Hurt -- D.C. Blues: Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 2

By my count, there are 9 or 10 songs in this collection that MJH didn't record anywhere else, including:
- I Got Mine (MJH plays Frank Stokes - yeah!)
- Alabama Bound
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2005, 08:02:47 AM »
Hey Out:

Where can one get this?

Alex

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2005, 09:30:24 AM »
Amazon has it -- I changed Outfidel's link so Weenie could make a buck off of it.  :D  If ordering from amazon.CA - please use the links on the Juke page.

Thanks,
slack

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2005, 09:49:29 AM »
Looks very interesting. Some stuff you don't see elsewhere or see on only one recording. Wonder what this one is: Blind Man Sit in the Way and Cried.

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- I Got Mine (MJH plays Frank Stokes - yeah!)
Or perhaps Pink Anderson...

Did Pink and MJH ever get together during the blues revival? (Not looking for the source of MJH's version of I Got Mine, just curious.) I don't recall seeing photos of the two together.

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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2005, 11:58:53 PM »
FWIW Paul Oliver in his book Songsters & Saints devotes a couple of pages to the origins of I Got Mine which folklorists like Odum & Johnson or Newman Ivey-White were collecting versions of as early as 1910. The time frame is about right for Stokes, Hurt or Anderson to have absorb them via the 'tradition'.

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2005, 09:26:51 AM »
I saw it recently at a Borders Books and Music store recently here in CT...

My only reason for not purchasing it was the song listing seemed like it was a lot like Volume 1....

Dave

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2005, 05:58:57 AM »
I saw it recently at a Borders Books and Music store recently here in CT...

My only reason for not purchasing it was the song listing seemed like it was a lot like Volume 1....

Dave


Hey Dave,

They are never the same.  If you want to understand John Hurt better, listen to him  as much as you can.  There are insights on every cut.  His playing on Volume 2 is not as clean as it could be but his take on even the mundane is worth hearing.

Mud

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2005, 09:45:26 AM »
thanks Muddy.... I may indeed purchase the Volume 2 & will make sure Weenie gets some much needed $$

Does anyone have an idea why the Library of Congress spent the time to record all of MJH and never used an inch of video??

Dave

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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2005, 09:51:36 AM »
Does anyone have an idea why the Library of Congress spent the time to record all of MJH and never used an inch of video??

Dave -

I read a quote recently from somebody (might've been Dick Spottswood or Mike Seeger) that went something like this: John Hurt left us so soon after his re-discovery, that we didn't realize what a treasure we had among us.

I get the sense that, after MJH passed away, there was a much greater effort to video tape the surviving artists from that generation (e.g., Rev Gary Davis, Mance Lipscomb, Libba Cotten et al).

"Don't it always seem to go / That ya don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" -- Joni
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Re: Mississippi John Hurt Releases
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2005, 12:47:16 PM »
You have to keep in mind, that during the folk revival in the early '60s portable videotape equipment as we know it did not exist. Nowadays, anyone with limited skills can shoot a video.
But in the early sixties, they would have been shot on 16mm film with sync sound. There were much fewer people who had this equipment and the talents to use it. It's just a matter of bad timing. If these musicians were around today, they would be videotaped very easily.
Quite so. In fact those present at the session probably snapped good old fashioned photographs, like the one seen on the reverse of the first of three Flyright LPs released in 1980. The photo shows MJH perched on the edge of a table singing into a microphone with Rae Korson and Joe Hickson looking on. In the control booth there's someone who looks remarkably like a 'younger' Dick Spottswood. ;D

 


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