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Offline micke57

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Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« on: August 06, 2012, 12:18:06 AM »
Hi, someone can tell me albums to be must have for beginning a blues discography please?

Offline TonyGilroy

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 01:19:53 AM »

I started 45 years ago with Paul Oliver's Story Of The Blues which is still available. I think you have to hear a variety of stuff to see what you like and then investigate further. I think that's better than being given a name of a performer and being told that that's who you should listen to.

I'd go on Amazon and browse their cheapest blues issues. I do that looking for bargains and you'll find hundreds of CDs that cost little more than postage.

Pick some various artists albums and for virtually no cost you'll get a taste of what exists.

Offline micke57

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 01:45:13 AM »
Thank you for your recommandation.

I would have recommandation because I see on many album of a artist they have many same songs and I would know the must have albums to have of artists.

Offline Pan

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 04:41:03 AM »
This topic has been discussed before:

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=1378.0

Cheers

Pan

p.s. have you found the weenie juke radio as well?

http://weeniecampbell.com/juke/playing.php


Offline micke57

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2012, 05:31:03 AM »
Yes I've found thanks.

I don't found albums name on the topic...

Offline Rivers

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2012, 07:23:10 AM »
Micke, it's difficult to avoid duplication of songs across albums, particularly with compilation albums. Memphis Minnie is a good example recently discussed. Variations in sound quality and documentation are other factors.

Yet another factor is albums go out of print fairly quickly and new ones are released, so to some degree discographies are out of date as soon as they're printed.

I often post here asking the same question with respect to a particular artist with whom I'm not familiar. People are always happy to comment on what's available and recommend which albums to seek out. Perhaps you could post a list of artists that interest you and we would be glad to help with your shopping list.

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2012, 08:06:26 AM »
Albums that don't go out of print are the ones published by Smithsonian-Folkways. If they don't have a copy, they'll print you one. They have a decent catalog of African-American music, albeit less concentrated than those companies that specialize in (say) blues. For a sampler, try the Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music -- in my estimation, it's far and away the most satisfying album ever made. I've listened to it hundreds of times, and it never goes stale.

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2012, 08:07:37 AM »
Yes for sure!

Artist I'm interessed is:
  • Mississippi John Hurt
    Son House
    Robert Johnson
    Blind Blake
    Blind Willie Johnson
    Blind Willie McTell
    Blind Boy Fuller
    Mississippi Fred McDowell
    Big Bill Broonzy
    Brownie McGhee
    Lightnin Hopkins
    Mance Lipscomb
    Robert Wilkins
    Tommy Johnson
    John Lee Hooker

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2012, 09:48:22 AM »
If you are a 'completist' I'd recommend picking up the 'complete recorded works' albums released on JSP, Document, Columbia Legacy, etc wherever possible. However there are some discs that have much better sound and are essential for that reason.

JSP Records have the worst website on the internet but they are incredibly good value.

Mississippi John Hurt: The Complete 1928 Recordings are available on Yazoo (preferred, sound-wise),  and OKeh / Columbia Legacy. His rediscovery recordings from the Sixties are many, and all are worth your time and money. I could not pick a favorite.
http://www.yazoorecords.com/1065.htm
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012GMUZY/ref=dm_dp_cdp?ie=UTF8&s=music


Son House: I'll leave it to others to recommend these.

Robert Johnson: Columbia Legacy complete recorded works is a no-brainer since, to my knowledge, it's the only collection currently easily available.
http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Johnson-The-Complete-Recordings/dp/B000002757

Blind Blake: Complete works available on Document and JSP. I'm not familiar with the Documents but the sound quality of the JSP set is not great overall IMHO. Yazoo's recent release has better sound but is not complete and leaves out a lot of essential tracks
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Recorded-1-Blind-Blake/dp/B000000J2S
http://www.amazon.com/All-Published-Sides-Blind-Blake/dp/B00009ZV5Z/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_1
http://www.yazoorecords.com/2058.htm

Blind Willie Johnson: Complete recorded works on Columbia Legacy
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Recordings-Blind-Willie-Johnson/dp/B0000028QB

Fuller: JSP volumes 1 & 2 , or Document complete
http://www.amazon.com/Remastered-1935-1938-Blind-Boy-Fuller/dp/B0002TX8TY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1344271254&sr=1-1&keywords=blind+boy+fuller
http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Boy-Fuller-Various-Artists/dp/B000G8NWCO/ref=pd_sim_m_2
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Recorded-Works-1-1935-36/dp/B000000J4N/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1344271357&sr=1-1&keywords=blind+boy+fuller+document

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2012, 05:30:14 PM »
Hi, someone can tell me albums to be must have for beginning a blues discography please?

I don't think I've ever felt let down by the blues published by Yazoo Records.  Also, try Skip James, Tampa Red, Charlie Patton, Lightning Hopkins, and Reverend Gary Davis.  I listed these in no particular order. I started with Blind Lemon Jefferson back when it cost time and money to sample the music of anyone (I relied on a magazine to guide me). Blind Willie McTell makes for good listening too, and plenty of others I could be persuaded to list.  : )  Like I said in my first sentence, in my experience, Yazoo sets an excellent standard.   Have fun!

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Offline micke57

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Re: Recommandation to classic albums to must have
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2012, 12:35:39 AM »
I don't like too much box set, I prefer single CD album...

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