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The Complete Library of Congress Sessions, 1941-1942 Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (January 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Travelin' Man
  • ASIN: B000001BLT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Government Fleet Blues
3. Walking Blues
4. Shetland Pony Blues
5. Fo' Clock Blues
6. Camp Hollers
7. Delta Blues
8. Special Rider Blues
9. Special Rider Blues
10. Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
11. Depot Blues
12. The Key of Minor
13. American Defense
14. Am I Right or Wrong
15. Walking Blues
16. Country Farm Blues
17. The Pony Blues
18. The Jinx Blues, Pt. 1
19. The Jinx Blues, Pt. 2

Editorial Reviews

This classic re-release of an item deleted in 1997 features 19 blues recordings from Mississippi Delta bluesman Son House recorded in 1941-42. He's on guitar & vocals, joined by Willie Brown, Fiddlin' Joe Martin & Leory Williams. A portion of this was recorded at Klack's Store, Lake Cormorant, Mississippi. You'll hear occasional railway noises in the background, as the store, which had the electricity necessary for the recording, was close to a branch-line between the lake & Robinsonville, which is where the remaining titles were recorded.

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Son House has, arguably, the best blues voice, ever.
William Quinn
The library of congress must be the most perfect gift a government could give to music lovers.
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The quality of the sound is much better than I expected.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on January 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
These 1941-1942 recordings are the only ones ever made of Eddie "Son" House playing with a band, and this 19-track disc collects all 15 songs originally issued on Biograph's "Delta Blues" album and adds four more tracks, none of which are sung by House ("Fo' Clock Blues", "Camp Hollers", an incomplete "Special Rider Blues", and the instrumental "Key Of Minor").

Folklorist Alan Lomax came to Mississippi in late August 1941, bringing with him a 300-pound "portable" disc-cutting machine, and cut five acetate masters - the first four tracks on this album plus "Delta Blues".
Now, these cuts may not quite match the power of House's ferocious 1930 Paramount recordings, but barely anything does, and these are tremendous recordings in their own right.
Perhaps the chatter of the other three musicians on the first three tracks, and the sound of a mandolin being picked dulls the raw intensity of Son House's music a little, but you can still hear why Muddy Waters was so much in awe of Son House, stating that "back where I came from, down in the Delta, Son House was the king!"

The 1941 recordings were cut in the back room of Clack's country store in Robinsonville by Lake Cormorant in Mississippi, with guitarist Willie Brown (another former playing partner of Charley Patton), "Fiddlin'" Joe Martin - who actually played the mandolin - and harpist Leroy Williams. At one point, you can actually hear a train passing by outside.

The remaining numbers (which include a longer version of "The Jinx Blues") were cut the following summer, and on these tracks, House performs alone. This is where the power and intensity of House truly shines through, showcasing what an effective guitar player he really was.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Quinn on April 11, 2000
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Son House has, arguably, the best blues voice, ever. (His rivals are his pupil, Robert Johnson, and BB King). This is his best album, ever. Great voice, great words, great guitar, and (on one cut) a train in the background. Recorded sound quality is adequate -- better than most for the period. This is one of the five or ten indispensible blues recordings of the twentieth century--Changed how I thought about music.
- Blues ain't nothin'but a lowsown shakin' chill, - If you ain't had them, I hope you never will.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "rubberjohnson420" on September 12, 2002
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Son House is the most important and influential Delta Bluesman to ever live he was a major influence to Muddy Waters & Robert Johnson and every one else including me. Buy this C.D. it is very essential stuff this is hardcore Delta Blues there are some trks with Son House in a band setting with Willie Brown and others (perfect example of what a DeltaBlues jam session probally sounded like). These are field recordings and I mean they were actually recorded outside on trk.4 "Shetland Pony Blues" you actually hear a steam locomotive (train) go buy in the background. If your a aspiring blues guitar player get this if your a fan of the Blues your C.D. collection is seriously lacking if this is not part of it. also get "Masters of the Delta Blues, The Friends of Charlie Patton" all of Son Houses earliest recorings are on there (1930) with some other Delta Blues Legends
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By oldpink on September 12, 2009
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Thanks to Mr. Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress, we have these recordings, in much better sound quality than the Paramount Records sessions, of Son House in top form, and with some help from some other blues greats.
All of these songs feature Son in one way or another, but his harpist, mandolin player, and second guitarist, all really liven up the performances.
All of the songs on this are top notch, but the ones that really grabbed me most were:
"Shetland Pony Blues" is wonderful, with a type of "walking guitar" and odd time signature.
There is even the clear sound of a steam locomotive train passing close by Klack's Store, where this was recorded.
"Low Down Dirty Dog Blues" is terrific.
"American Defense" is the track that I liked the most, with a climbing note progression that immediately grabbed me, with some wry humor in the lyrics.
"Am I Right Or Wrong" is vaguely similar to "American Defense," but likewise very good.
The second rendition of "Walking Blues" is beautiful, and Son's accompaniment is in top form.
"Pony Blues" is a slower and easier to understand vocally version of "Shetland Pony," again a great song.
"The Jinx" is wonderful, with sadness of bad luck mixed with an incredible slapped bass string rhythm and Son's trademark high slide ringing.
Simply incredible historical document, and we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Alan Lomax for hauling his 300lb "portable" acetate recorder down to Mississippi so that we can listen to the greatest bluesmen of all time.
Oh, and if you want to hear Son's downright demonic Grafton, Wisconsin recordings, go here:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Buckingham on January 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm a young newcomer in the classic country-blues and I've made my homeworks. I've bought this record based on it's notoriety and was really pleased with my discovery. The raw authenticity of this collection of songs is stunning. They are even better as they are precious. They are remains of a wonderful period in music, and so little is known about some of those fantastic musicians.

Son House has a strong and expressive voice that really appeals to me even if I was born in a complete different time. The only thing I can tell to someone who has prejudice with the sound quality or the age of these songs is that an emotion so intense is out of time. It however feels somewhat unfair that some of today's artists are allowed to record with high quality equipment and that these true and intense men could never take advantage of it.

I'd have a question if somebody knows the matter better, how come he could record songs over 6 minutes long? I read somewhere that records were limited to about 3 minutes.
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