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Avalon Blues: Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings

Mississippi John HurtAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMUZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Frankie
2. Nobody's Dirty Business
3. Ain't No Tellin'
4. Louis Collins
5. Avalon Blues
6. Big Leg Blues
7. Stack O' Lee
8. Candy Man Blues
9. Got the Blues (Can't Be Satisfied)
10. Blessed Be the Name
11. Praying on the Old Camp Ground
12. Blue Harvest Blues
13. Spike Driver Blues

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These legendary country blues recordings have been beautifully remastered: Stack 'o Lee Blues; Frankie; Candy Man Blues , and 10 more.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everlasting Blues May 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This cd, which represents the complete 1928 recordings of Mississippi John Hurt is truly blues everlasting. It is amazing to realize when listening to this that it was recorded that long ago. The quality of the songs, John Hurt's voice and his guitar playing skill are all superb.
As other's have mentioned John Hurt was born in 1892, and developed notoriety for his skills as a musician. He was recorded in 1928 and then vanished into the farmlands of Mississippi. With the resurgence of folk and blues music in the early 1960's many so-called lost artists were "rediscovered." Mississippi John Hurt was among these musicians. Rediscovered by a young blues enthusiast Tom Hoskins, who took a clue from a line in one of Hurt's songs "Avalon's my home, always on my mind" to track him down. From that time until his death in 1966 Hurt became a fixture on the folk circuit.
It really is not surprising that he was so well received in the 60's when one looks at this cd which represents Mississippi John's early work. It includes many truly classic songs, Frankie, Stack O'Lee, Candy Man, Spike Driver Blues and Nobody's Dirty Business. Lines such as "he was a bad man, cruel Stack o' Lee." "He was her man and he done her wrong" "angels laid him away," "You're so heavy make a good man change his mind" and "take this hammer, carry it to the captain" demonstrate the richness of both the folk tradition and Hurts music. Artists such as Jerry Garcia, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal and Jesse Colin Young have felt compelled to perform his songs.
His voice is pure, sweet and pleasing. While it does not carry the angst of such early performers as Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, it's honesty is copied by others. His guitar playing is amazing and this alone could carry the cd.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great moments in pre-war blues October 8, 1998
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It was on the basis of these recordings that blues collectors in the '60's made an attempt to "rediscover" Hurt. They found him by using the lyrics to "Avalon Blues," ("Avalon's my home town, always on my mind.") They dug up an old road map, went to where Avalon should have been and asked around at the first gas station they found. Amazingly, the attendant pointed them up the road, where Hurt was sitting on his porch as if waiting for them! Even had they not found him, these legendary sides would have been enough to secure his place in blues history. They are some of the most hauntingly beautiful and unique recordings in all blues. Hurt sang of surprisingly violent and frank subjects in a disarmingly tender voice, coupled with an amazing technical mastery of guitar(there is a story that Segovia, upon hearing these recordings, couldn't believe that Hurt was not playing with anouther guitarist.)
This music will stay with you and is often quite moving and original, since it combines blues with elements and playing styes normally associated with "folk," due to the fact that Hurt hardly ever left Avalon and so was isolated from the "mainstream" Delta styles. There is a sort of spiritual calm and hard-won wisdom reflected in Hurt's music and there is nothing else quite like it in all of American music.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasury of the music of the 20th century October 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mississippi John Hurt (1893-1966) is a strange man in the blues history.In fact, he's not really a blues musician,but rather, like his elder, Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter,1889-1949), a songster.He was a small, gentle man, who recorded these 13 sides in the twenties, and waited until the early sixties to be rediscovered;during the last years of his life,he toured,playing at Newport and other festivals, and recorded several albums, mostly for Vanguard.I always found that Hurt's voice was one of the most fascinating I ever heard; a swinging,mild voice,that tells a lot about the graciousness of the man.His guitar picking,which looks like beeing simple,is in fact one of the most difficult and original I ever heard.I wish I had such a thumb to play the bass parts on my guitar ! John Hurt plays some tunes that were already old tunes in 1928 : the haunting "Louis Collins",the eternal "Stack o'Lee",the classic "Candy man"(you can listen to outstanding versions of this tune by Reverend Gary Davis),some sacred tunes,"blessed be the name","praying on the old camp ground",and some blues,"Avalon blues","big leg blues",or "spike driver blues".By the way, Hurt was rediscovered in the early sixties because he recorded that tune,"Avalon blues".Listening to it,some people went to this town,hoping that he still was living there.Mississippi John Hurt is a master in the music of the past century,reaching the same rank as Blind Willie Johnson,Charley Patton or Skip James.His 1928 sessions will allways remain some of the greatest masterpieces in the blues history.I personnaly enjoy his music for more than twenty years,and I hope you'll do the same.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Mississippi John Hurt was an amazing folk musician and these are some of his finest recordings. It's too bad that Columbia decided to use sonic solutions "no noise" processing on this release. Thankfully a much better release of the same material is available from Yazoo titled: The 1928 Sessions. The difference is between the two releases is so extreme it staggers the imagination how Columbia could have released this cd sounding so poorly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best from one of the best.
what a terrific album! Excellent quality, liner notes. It's nice to see the record companies maintaining recordings from the previous century.
Published 2 months ago by mark kantor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I fully enjoy Blues music in all of it's formats, Country, folk, rock, electric,etc. It has always had dynamics that encompass's humanity as a whole. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KEVIN R. BECK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar
Those of us who first listened to MJH when he was part of the 60's blues rediscovery of greats from the 20's and 30's were amused by his whimsical stories and patter about his... Read more
Published 12 months ago by William A. Jaeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it.
These are not audiophile recordings. Audiophiles hadn't been invented yet. Still and all they sound fantastic. What a miracle they even exist. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John J. Zelenka
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite.
One of the best of the old blues men.Listening to this album shows why.Doesn't get any better.Great guitar style and vocals.
Published 17 months ago by L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars No Delta Blues collection is complete without this.
Classic early Delta Blues style. A must have along with the likes of Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James, etc. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jamnar
5.0 out of 5 stars down home blues
I really like the old Negroe singers and they told it like it was, tough and bad, I dug it the most,great album!
Published 19 months ago by Jack W. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not his best
Not bad, but I prefer his recordings from the 1960's and '70's when his voice reflected what a sweet man he was.
Published 21 months ago by jmbOriginals
3.0 out of 5 stars Good record but missing some good ones
How can you not love the voice and sound of Mississippi John Hurt. His picking is unique, his songs are his own brand of blues. This recording is a great one. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for hotel blues packages
We purchase this cd often for one of our blues packages at a local hotel. Guests love it. Mississippi John Hurt is one of the original classic blues artists, so his cd goes with... Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Margaret Hicks
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