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Heroes Of The Blues- The Very Best Of Son House Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0000C3I7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Black Mama Part 1
2. Walking Blues (Unissued Test)
3. Dry Spell Blues
4. Country Farm Blues
5. Levee Camp Blues
6. Walking Blues
7. Shetland Pony Blues
8. Delta Blues
9. Special Rider Blues
10. Depot Blues
11. American Defense
12. Am I Right Or Wrong
13. Walking Blues (Death Letter)
14. Grinnin' In Your Face
15. Empire State Express
16. John The Revelator

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About the Artist

Son House's place, not only in the history of Delta blues, but in the overall history of the music, is a very high one indeed. He was a major innovator of the Delta style, along with his playing partners Charley Patton and Willie Brown. Few listening experiences in the blues are as intense as hearing one of Son House's original 1930s recordings for the Paramount label. Decades later listeners are still awestruck by the emotional fervor House put into his singing and slide playing. Little wonder then, that the man became more than just an influence on some White English kid with a big amp; he was the main source of inspiration to both Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, and it doesn't get much more pivotal than that.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not much else needs to be said about one of the Delta Blues founding fathers. His emmotional voice, poignant lyrics and "action-packed" guitar playing style sets him up in the lofty realm as one of Blues' all-time greats. His influence on other great artists is well documented. This CD has a set of remastered material that covers his entire career. So if you get only one, make sure this is it. Most Delta Blues fans will track down all his work though, making this album a bit unnecessary, though the remastering on this disc sounds good to my ears.
Gotta love the R. Crumb art too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on December 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like the "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues" volume dedicated to Son House, this CD includes songs from House's entire career. That's a big plus, and this is great music, but I would still recommend the "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues" album, which has a stronger track list.
This CD includes several of Son House's most legendary songs, including the superb early-40s Library of Congress version of "Walking Blues", the a capella spiritual "John The Revelator", and the awesome "Death Letter". But it misses out on key tracks like "Levee Camp Moan", "Preachin' Blues", and the slide guitar-fest "Pearline", and even though no Son House-collection can merit less than four stars, this is not one of the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on May 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I recently reviewed Mississippi John Hurt's The Last Sessions in this space. Hurt was `discovered' in the early 1960's by young, mainly white, folk singers looking to find the roots of American music. Well, Hurt was not the only old black country blues player `discovered' during that period. There is a now famous still picture (as well as well as video performance clip, I wonder if it is on YouTube?) of Hurt along with the legendary Skip James and the musician under review Son House jamming at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. That was a historic (and probably one of the last possible) moments to hear these legends of country blues in one spot together.

And why was House on that stage with Hurt and James? Well, the short answer is that old flailing National steel guitar. However, the real answer is that like Hurt he represented a piece of American music that was fast fading away, at least in its original form -the country blues. Can anyone beat the poignancy of Death Letter Blues or bitterness of Levee Moan? Or when House gets preachy on John the Revelator and other old time religious songs of shout and response. The tension between being a preacher man and doing the `devil's work (playing the blues) is more clearly felt in House's work than in Hurt's.

House's repertoire is not as extensive as Hurt's and there is a little sameness of some of the lyrics but when he is hot watch out. There is another famous film clip of him alone flailing away at the guitar almost trance-like, sweating buckets doing Death Letter sitting down in a chair on stage under the hot lights. That is the scene you want to evoke when you listen to these selections. And do listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gene on November 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Eddie 'Son' House was one of the most intense and commanding of the early Mississippi Delta bluesmen, and he was also one of the greatest. This 'best of' collection wonderfully captures glimpses of the three major periods of House's career: his debut 1930 Paramount session, his early 1940s field recordings made by Alan Lomax and his rediscovery in the 1960s. With informative notes by Mark Humphrey and Robert Crumb's distinctive cover artwork, the set is a loving tribute to one of the genre's greatest and most powerful voices.
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