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Josh White - The Elektra Years

Artist: Josh White
Title Of Album: The Elektra Years
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Rhino Handmade
Genre: Blues
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Bitrate: lossless
Total Time: 02:26:52
Total Size: 603 MB
WebSite: discogs


Disc One

1 St James Infirmary
Vocals [Additional] – Sam Gary
2 You Don't Know My Mind
3 Number Twelve Train
4 Run, Mona, Run
5 Silicosis Blues
6 Red Sun
7 Southern Exposure
8 Timber
9 One Meat Ball
Vocals [Additional] – Sam Gary
10 Gloomy Sunday
11 Fire And Equal Blues
12 Jim Crow Train
13 Live The Life
14 Did You Ever Love A Woman ?
15 Delia's Gone
16 So Soon In The Morning
17 Halleleu
18 Mother On That Train
19 Taking Names
20 Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
21 Scandalize My Name
Vocals [Additional] – Sam Gary
22 Raise A Ruckus
Vocals [Additional] – Sam Gary

Disc Two

1 The Story Of John Henry
2 Where Were You Baby
3 Jelly Jelly
Vocals [Additional] – Sam Gary
4 Woman Sure Is A Curious Critter
5 Empty Red Blues
6 Bottle Up And Go
7 One For My Baby
8 Sam Hall
9 Prison Bound Blues
10 Trouble
11 Ball And Chain Blues
12 'T Was On A Monday
13 Going Home Boys
14 Told My Captain
15 Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed
Vocals [Additional] – Sam Gary
16 Bury My Body
17 Lay Some Flowers On My Grave

Josh White had a long and varied career, beginning as a session guitarist in the 1920s, then had his own run of stellar blues 78s for Paramount and Columbia in the 1930s, becoming a cabaret bluesman in New York in the 1940s, only to be blacklisted as the McCarthy era dawned, which led to his association with Jac Holzman's fledgling Elektra label in 1955. White recorded seven well-conceived LPs for Holzman between 1955 and 1962, and they restarted his career once again. The Elektra Years collects some of the highlights of that run in a two-disc set, including "You Don't Know My Mind" (a remake of a Virginia Liston 78 from 1923), "Silicosis Blues" (which White first recorded back in 1936), "Jim Crow Train," "Jelly Jelly" (complete with the sound of White gargling vodka at the onset), the jailhouse gospel of "Trouble," and "Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed," which White first tracked in 1934 and was more or less his signature song. The collection ends with a striking 1933 version of "Lay Some Flowers On My Grave," which White recorded in 1933 for ARC Records when he was only 19 years old. Many hardcore Delta blues aficionados found White's version of the blues to be a little too refined to be authentic, and these days he is seldom placed in the company of his rediscovered contemporaries like Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Bukka White, or Skip James, which is a shame. It's true that White had much more of a political and cultural agenda than any of those players, and if he pandered at times to stereotypical notions, it was always in the interest of educating his audiences. In addition, White was an astounding acoustic guitarist, and his laser-guided guitar runs were always tonally perfect. As a guitarist alone, he is due for a reassessment, and these Elektra recordings from Rhino Handmade are the perfect place to start, since he was never recorded in a more favorable sonic setting.

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