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Blind Lemon Jefferson - King of the Country Blues (1990)

21-03-2016, 15:04
Blues | Country | Folk | FLAC / APE

Title: King of the Country Blues
Year Of Release: 1990
Label: Yazoo
Genre: Blues, Country Blues
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 01:06:02
Total Size: 252 Mb


01. That Crawlin' Baby Blues 02:40
02. Bad Luck Blues 02:51
03. Matchbox Blues 03:00
04. Hot Dogs 02:57
05. One Dime Blues 02:47
06. Shuckin' Sugar 03:04
07. Rabbit Foot Blues 02:55
08. Corrina Blues 03:03
09. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 02:51
10. Easy Rider Blues 02:55
11. Broke and Hungry 03:01
12. Black Horse Blues 02:56
13. Lonesome House Blues 02:26
14. Oil Well Blues 02:45
15. He Arose from the Dead 02:46
16. Beggin' Back 02:51
17. Prison Cell Blues 02:45
18. Rambler Blues 02:47
19. Gone Dead On You Blues 02:45
20. Wartime Blues 03:07
21. Booger Rooger Blues 02:49
22. Right of Way Blues 02:53
23. Big Night Blues 02:54

After proclaiming Charlie Patton Founder, and eventually King of the Delta Blues, the experts at Yazoo declared Blind Lemon Jefferson King of the Country Blues. A weighty claim considering their own catalog of early American acoustic blues would eventually include titles by Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and Mississippi John Hurt (as well as the exceptional Patton sets). The detailed liner notes by Stephen Calt, however -- along with the 23 performances on this disc -- make a rather convincing argument. In his heyday, few could rival Jefferson for sheer record sales or musical artistry. He was quite simply an inimitable guitarist who resided outside the Texas blues tradition he was born into. At its most impressive, his style was a complex combination of chords and patterns that seemed almost freely deployed behind his rich tenor. His tendency to string contrasting figures end to end (rather than on top of each other, in the more common, syncopated style) can be heard here on "That Crawlin' Baby Blues," "Matchbox Blues," and "Rabbit Foot Blues," among others. Heralded as classic country blues by fans, such material earned Jefferson a great deal of criticism from his musical contemporaries who felt his style was rhythmically inconsistent. Not everything present here is as stunning as the sides mentioned above, yet even when Jefferson relies on convention ("He Arose From the Dead," "Beggin' Back"), he remained the equal of his fellow bluesmen. Though Document Records have given Jefferson their complete recorded works treatment on four CDs, King of the Country Blues provides a much needed, single-disc primer of this blues great. --Nathan Bush

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