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Really the Blues? Vol.1

WHRA 6028 (9cd)

Really the Blues?

Volume One

Comprehensive history of the blues. This volume covers 1893-1929.

Various artists

Recorded 1893-1929


When Allen Lowe’s previous CD documentary, Minstrel to Mojo [American Pop] was released, it was acclaimed as one of the ten best boxed sets of the year by The New York Times and as the best independent production of the year in Pulse! magazine. Gary Giddins wrote in the U.S. magazine Modern Maturity (circulation: 23 million): “This astonishing trove of 215 selections lives up to its title . . . the sheer variety is overwhelming.”


Track Listing

DISC 1:
1. Mama\'s Black Baby Boy - Unique Quartet Fall
2. Keep Movin\'
3. Poor Mourner
4. You Been a Good Old Wagon - Len Spencer
5. Poor Mourner - Dinwiddie Colored Quartet
6. Nobody - Bert Williams
7. What a Time
8. Camp Meeting Jubilee, The - Male Quartet
9. Poor Mourner - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet
10. Down Home Rag - James Reese Europe
11. Rain Song, The - The Afro-American Folk Song Singers
12. Memphis Blues - Victor Military Band
13. Memphis Blues - Morton Harvey
14. Blame It On the Blues - Victor Military Orchestra
15. St. Louis Blues - Prince\'s Band
16. N Blues - George O\'Connor
17. Livery Stable Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
18. Moonlight Blues - W.C. Handy
19. Death Where is Thy Sting? - Arthur Collins
20. Beale Street Blues - Al Bernard
21. Memphis Blues - James Reese Europe
22. Kansas City Blues - Wilbur Sweatman
23. Swanee Blues - J. Milton Decamp
24. Lovin\' Sam From Alabam - Mamie Smith
25. Frankie Blues - Mamie Smith
26. Chain Gang Blues
27. My Soul is a Witness
DISC 2:
1. Society Blues - Kid Ory
2. Teasin\' the Frets - Marion Harris
3. I Ain\'t Got Nobody - Marion Harris
4. Midnight Blues - Ethel Waters
5. Aggravatin\' Papa - Sophie Tucker
6. New Orleans Joys
7. Guitar Blues - Sylvester Weaver
8. London Blues - Jelly Roll Morton\'s Jazz Orchestra
9. Waitin\' For the Evening Mail - Eubie Blake/Noble Sissle
10. Bleeding Hearted Blues - James P. Johnson
11. London Cafe Blues - Jimmie Noone/King Oliver/Baby Dodds
12. Gospel Train Am Comin\', The - Homer Rodheaver/Wiseman Quartet
13. Any Woman\'s Blues - Bessie Smith
14. God\'s Gonna Set This World On Fire - Kentucky Trio
15. If You Do What You Do - Eddie Cantor & the Georgians
16. Hatchet Head Blues - Old Southern Jug Band
17. Time Ain\'t Gonna Make Me Stay - Ed Andrews
18. Waffle Man\'s Call - Johnny Bayersdorffer
19. Rhapsody In Blue - Paul Whiteman
20. I\'ve Got a Cross Eyed Papa - Lewitsch Tanzorchester
21. Barrel House Blues - Rosa Henderson
22. Mississippi Shivers - Zez Confrey and His Orchestra
23. Kiss Me Sweet - Butterbeans - (featuring King Oliver)
24. Toodlin\' Blues - Bix Beiderbecke & His Rhythm Jugglers
25. Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning - Alberta Hunter
26. Steppin On the Blues - Lovie Austin
DISC 3:
1. All Night Long Blues - Roba Stanley
2. Meddlin\' With the Blues - The Two Of Spades
3. Frank Du Pree
4. Steel String Blues - Sylvester Weaver
5. Hersal Blues - Hersal Thomas
6. Street Cries of New Orleans - Edna Thomas
7. Wagon, The - Ben Harney
8. A Married Man\'s Blues - Wade Ward
9. She\'s Cryin\' For Me - New Orleans Rhythm Kings
10. Put Me In the Alley
11. All I Want is a Little Spoonful - Papa Charlie Jackson
12. Red Man Blues - Piron\'s New Orleans Orchestra
13. South Street Blues - Bennie Moten\'s Kansas City Orchestra
14. No Home Blues - Louise Ross
15. Sugar Babe - Lee Morse
16. Careless Love - Bessie Smith
17. Don\'t Fish In My Sea - Ma Rainey - (featuring Jimmy Blythe)
18. I\'ll Be Rested - Roosevelt Graves and Brother
19. I Want My Life To Testify - Hendersonville Double Quartet
20. Can\'t Sleep Blues - The Pebbles
21. String Band Blues - Kansas City Blues Strummers
22. Black Cat Blues - Old Pal Smoke Shop Four
23. Mama\'s Angel Child - Papa Stovepipe
24. Jack O\' Diamond Blues - Hersal Thomas/Sippie Wallace
25. Memphis Shake - The Dixieland Jug Blowers
26. Crucifixion - Arizonia Dranes
27. Royal Palm Special
DISC 4:
1. Lamb\'s Blood Has Washed Me Clean - Jubilee Singers/Rev. F.W. McGee
2. I Shall Wear a Crown
3. High Fever - Cookie\'s Gingersnaps/Freddie Keppard
4. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
5. Blackville - Hazel Meyers
6. Bridwell Blues - Nolan Welsh - (featuring L. Armstrong)
7. Fat Meat and Greens - Jelly Roll Morton
8. Christians Fight On Your Time Ain\'t Long - Sam Butler
9. Got the Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
10. Chock House Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
11. Birth of the Blues - Paul Whiteman
12. Knoxville Blues - Sam McGee
13. My Soul is a Witness - Arizonia Dranes
14. Smoke House Blues - Jelly Roll Morton/Kid Ory/Omer Simeon
15. Boneyard Shuffle - The Red Heads
16. Motherless Child - Blind Willie Johnson
17. Bumps, The - Jeanette\'s Synco Jazzers
18. Tin Roof Blues - Sol Hoopii
19. Bamalong Blues - Jim Baxter/Andrew Baxter
20. Hana Won\'t You Open the Door - Kirk McGee/Sam McGee
21. Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance - Henry Thomas
22. James Alley Blues
23. Franklin Street Blues - Louis Dumaine\'s Jazzola Eight
24. Fight That Thing - Reb Spikes
25. Clarinet Wobble - Johnny Dodds
26. Mr. Johnson Turn Me Loose - South Georgia Highballers
DISC 5:
1. My Old Daddy\'s Got a Brand New Way To Love - Thomas Morris
2. Honey In the Rock - Blind Mamie Forehand
3. Georgia Crawl - Eddie Anthony
4. Blessed Are the Poor - Luther Magby
5. A Good Man is Hard To Find - Venuti
6. I Am Resolved - Ernest V. Stoneman/Kahle Brewer
7. Curley Headed Woman - Dick Burnett
8. Down South Blues - Doc Boggs
9. Black Snake Blues - King Oliver
10. Weary Way Blues - Jimmy Blythe/Johnny Dodds/Natty Dominique
11. Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis
12. Lord is My Shepherd, The - Blind Connie Rosemond
13. Penn Beach Blues - Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti
14. Black Hearse Blues - Sarah Martin - (featuring Sylvester Weaver)
15. Cold Penitentiary Blues - B.F. Shelton
16. Shaking the Blues Away - Ruth Etting - (featuring Rube Bloom)
17. Crowing Rooster, The - Walter Rhodes
18. Creole Love Call - Duke Ellington
19. Gods Gonna Separate the Wheat From the Tares - Blind Joe Taggart
20. Jazz Me Blues - Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang
21. Royal Garden Blues - Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang
22. Chattanooga Blues - Allen Brothers
23. New Orleans Lowdown - Duke Ellington
24. Barrelhouse Man - Will Ezell
25. I Am Born To Preach the Gospel - Blind Washington Phillips
DISC 6:
1. Death is Only a Dream - Rev. Edward Clayborn
2. Neckbones and Beans - Henry Johnson & His Boys
3. She\'s In the Graveyard Now - Earl Macdonald\'s Original Jug Band
4. Yellow Dog Blues - Sam Collins
5. Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
6. Starvation Blues - jessie stone
7. Wild Man Blues - Johnny Dodds/Louis Armstrong
8. Can You Blame the Colored Man? - Gus Cannon
9. Mama You Don\'t Know How Long - Long Cleve Reed & the Downhome Boys
10. A Woman Gets Tired of the Same Man All the Time - Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones
11. Second-Hand Blues - Margaret Johnson
12. Awful Fix - Buddy Boy Hawkins
13. Train 45
14. Hesitation Blues - Al Bernard/Al Duffy
15. Section Gang Blues - Alger "Texas" Alexander - (featuring Lonnie Johnson)
16. Lonesome Ghost Blues - Lonnie Johnson
17. Lord I Can\'t Stay Away - Violet Harmony Singers
18. Deep River - Paul Robeson
19. Doan Let Satan Git You - Barbour\'s Plantation Singers
20. Every Time I Feel the Spirit - Four Aces of Harmony
21. Man Trouble - Jaybird Coleman
22. Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson
23. Deep River - Forbes Randolph\'s Kentucky Jubilee Choir
24. Blues In the Bottle - Prince Albert Hunt\'s Texas Ramblers
25. Stealin\' - Memphis Jug Band
26. I\'m Wild About My Lovin\' - Jim Jackson
DISC 7:
1. Viola Lee Blues - Cannon\'s Jug Stompers
2. Take Me Back - Frank Stokes
3. Three Preludes [2nd Prelude] - George Gershwin
4. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say - Biddleville Quintette
5. Away Down In the Alley Blues - Lonnie Johnson
6. Going Across the Sea - H.L. Bandy
7. Chocolate To the Bone - Barbecue Bob
8. Pinetop\'s Blues - Pinetop Smith
9. 99 Year Blues - Julius Daniels
10. Touch Me Light Mama - George "Bullet" Williams
11. Mississippi Jail House Groan - Rube Lacy
12. Sawmill Moan - Ramblin\' Thomas
13. Johnson City Blues - Clarence Green
14. Wayward Girl Blues - Lottie Kimbrough
15. I Must Have That Man - Annette Hanshaw
16. Slow Motion - Bennie Moten
17. Molly Man - Rev. Moses Mason
18. If the Light Has Gone Out In Your Soul - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers
19. Mon Cherie - Dennis McGee
20. Four or Five Times - King Oliver
21. Avalon Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
22. I Ain\'t Got Nobody - Emmett Miller
23. G Burns is Gonna Rise Again
24. Can\'t Help Lovin\' That Man - Helen Morgan
25. Violin Blues - Johnson Boys
26. Good Old Turnip Greens - Bo Chatman
DISC 8:
1. Every Day of the Week Blues - Pink Anderson/Simmie Dooley
2. Alley Rat
3. I\'m On My Journey Home - The Denson Quartet
4. One Way Gal
5. Stack O\'Lee, Pt. 2 - Cliff Edwards
6. Worried Blues - Gladys Bentley
7. Can\'t Help Lovin\' That Man - Helen Morgan
8. Jungle Blues - Benny Goodman\'s Boys
9. Old Man River - (featuring Paul Whiteman)
10. Old Time Baptism, Pt. 2 - Reverend R.M. Massey
11. Blue Piano Stomp - Johnny Dodds
12. Sunshine Special - Frenchy\'s String Band
13. Midnight Mama - Frances Hereford
14. Lord Lord He Sure is Good - Elder Richard Bryant - (featuring The Sanctified Singers)
15. Wang Wang Blues - Sam Ku West Harmony Boys
16. Tight Like That - Tampa Red\'s Hokum Jug Band
17. A Blues Serenade - The Original Memphis Five
18. I Truly Understand You Love Another Man - Shortbuckle Roarke & His Family
19. I Found a New Baby
20. Hard Hustling Blues - Bernice Edwards
21. Boy In the Boat, The - Charlie Johnson\'s Original Paradise Ten
22. School Girl Blues - Rosie Mae Moore
23. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate - Boyd Senter & His Senterpedes
24. Ham Beats All Meat - Dr Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
25. In the Mornin\'
26. Preacher Got Drunk and Laid His Bible Down, The - The Tennessee Ramblers
DISC 9:
1. Home Town Blues - The Roane County Ramblers
2. Judge Harsh Blues - Furry Lewis
3. Caution Blues - Earl Hines
4. Blue Harmony - Clifford Hayes\' Louisville Stompers/Hense Grundy/Cal Smith
5. Cannon Ball Blues - Frank Hutchison
6. Brown Skin Blues - Dick Justice
7. Leake County Blues - The Leake County Revelers
8. Bathe In That Beautiful Pool - Doc Walsh
9. Easy Rider Blues - Leo Soileau
10. Operation Blues - Georgia Tom Dorsey/Frankie Jaxon
11. I\'m a Mighty Tight Woman - Sippie Wallace
12. That\'s No Way To Get Along - Robert Wilkins
13. Walking Blues - Raymond Barrow
14. Don\'t Mistreat Your Good Boyfriend - Bubbling Over Five
15. St. Louis Blues/Weary Yodelin\' Blues
16. Fresno Blues - Albert Crockett/Johnnie Crockett
17. Mean Low Blues - Blues Birdhead
18. Georgia Bound - Blind Blake
19. If I Call You Mama - Luke Jordan
20. Just Blues - Memphis Jazzers/Al Duffy/Andy Sannella
21. Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues - Blind Teddy Darby
22. New York Blues - Will Ezell/Blind Roosevelt Graves
23. Guitar Blues - Lonnie Johnson
24. Avenue Strut - Herve Duerson
25. Slum Guillion Stomp - Cow Cow Davenport

DISC 10 (CD-ROM):
1. 6028 Booklet
2. Complete Discography, All 4 Volumes
3. Complete Track Listing, All 4 Volumes
4. Complete Mapa/Whra Jazz Catalog

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