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Subtitled: Discovering The Roots Of American Music. A compilation of songs as featured in Dust-to-Digital's Desperate Man Blues DVD, chronicling the amazing life in music of Joe Bussard (founder of Fonotone Records). Blues. Gospel. Jazz. Hillbilly. The late 1920s was the Big Bang of the music industry. King of record collectors Joe Bussard tells the story of "America's real music" with passionate enthusiasm in his own inimitable style. The film has an outstanding soundtrack featuring artists Charley Patton, Son House, The Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Blind Willie McTell and a roster of other roots musicians. Jewel case packaging; released by multi Grammy-nominated Dust-to-Digital.

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This is an incredible collection, put together by obsessive collector (Joe) Bussard. It includes the record that won Uncle Bunt Stephen the Henry Ford Fiddling Contest, 'Sail Away Lady', Clarence Ashley with his claw hammer banjo, and possible the rarest record in the world, Cleve Reed and Harvey Hull's 'Original Stack 'O Lee Blues. -- Everett True, Planb, March 2007

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1. We Live a Long Time to Get Old - Jimmy Murphy
2. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
3. When I'm Gone - Joe Hill Louis
4. Death Valley Is Just Half Way to My Home - Lonnie Johnson
5. Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy - Uncle Dave Macon
6. Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell
7. It Won't Be Long - Charley Patton
8. Death Letter Blues - Son House
9. Hard Time Blues - Lane Hardin
10. Indian War Whoop - Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers
11. Paddlin' Madeline Blues - Gitfiddle Jim
12. Mandolin Blues - Tennessee Mess Arounders
13. Coo-Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley
14. John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man - The Carter Family
15. Lost Child - The Stripling Brothers
16. Bugle Call Rag - Billy Banks & His Orchestra,
17. Sail Away Lady - Uncle Bunt Stephens
18. Original Stack O' Lee Blues - Papa Harvey Hull, Long "Cleve" Reed,
19. Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 5, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dust to Digital
  • ASIN: B000JMK66W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on December 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack from the documentary film about record collector Joe Bussard, which was also entitled "Desperate Man Blues", is a terrific addition to the CD collection "Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937" (featuring the likes of Uncle Dave Macon, Rev. Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, and the Stripling Brothers). If you are even a thousandth as interested in classic country, blues, and folk music recordings as that notorious old curmudgeon Bussard, you will delight in these songs from the 20s through the 50s (after which, of course, no music worth recording has ever been produced, at least according to Bussard, the old coot). Macon and the Striplings also make an appearance on this album, along with Robert, Lonnie, and Willie Johnson, as well as Charlie Patton, Son House, the Carter Family, and many other more obscure artists. Bussard is heard making parenthetical (and typically irascible) comments between songs, and his opinionated remarks also serve as liner notes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicarious on December 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Joe Bussard has done wonders for American Culture, and this album sums up his work nicely.

Every track on this album is 5 star, from a 5 star musician. Some of them are relatively well known: Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Carter Family. There are also a lot of rarities, its really wonderful and I personally have listened to this many times.

Wonderful introduction to American Culture
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