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Meaning in the Blues [Box set]

Meaning in the Blues Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B004JXM2YQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Falling Rain Blues
2. Jinx Blues
3. Dark Night Blues
4. Pony Blues
5. Milk Cow Blues
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. New Way of Living Blues
2. Black Gal Makes Thunder
3. Three Women Blues
4. Yellow Girl Blues
5. Gonna Ramble Blues
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Mojo Hand Blues
2. Mojo Hidin' Woman
3. Papa's Got Your Water On
4. "Toby" Woman Blues
5. Squinch Owl Moan
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Disc: 4
1. Mississippi Jail House Groan
2. Lonesome Blues
3. Old Rounder's Blues
4. Moon Going Down
5. Smack That Thing
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

One of the sparks that ignited the British blues boom was Paul Oliver's 1960 book Blues Fell This Morning . It's been cited as a catalyst by countless UK artists; here are 4 CDs of seminal tracks (many quite rare) referenced in it: Falling Rain Blues Lonnie Johnson; Dark Night Blues Blind Willie McTell; Pony Blues Charley Patton; Shake 'Em On Down Bukka White; No Place to Go Walter Davis; Cottonseed Blues Roosevelt Sykes; Dry Spell Blues Pt. 1 Son House; Blue Monday Blues Ida Cox, and more!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Meaning In The Blues: In 1960, a gentleman by the name of Paul Oliver published a book in England called "Blues Fell This Morning". That book had a huge influence on the young people of England who were already discovering some of the old American Blues records. This book helped bring about the Blues Revival as well as the development of Blues based Rock n Roll in England. [A similar book published in the U.S. by Sam Charters was having a similar effect on the American kids.] The "Blues Fell This Morning" book sent these kids scouring the stores that sold records, and into the pawnshops, looking for the recordings that Mr. Oliver had described.

This four CD set (released in 2011) celebrates the 50th anniversary of Mr. Oliver's book by collecting over 100 of the 350 classic Blues recordings mentioned in it.

This set is early blues, the best of blues, and a collection unmatched in variety and quality. This is a very beautiful collection and I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb document February 18, 2013
Paul Oliver's masterful and enduring book "Blues Fell This Morning" was finally published in 1960 and updated in 1993. It has remained in print now for 52 years and still holds real value for the Blues fan. However, it almost fell at the first hurdle, for it was ready by 1958 and would have been published then had it not been for a long and bitter British printing strike. This allowed Sam Charters facile but entertaining volume "The Country Blues" to be viewed as the first "serious" book on the subject. A lot of what Sam wrote was romantic and wrong, causing damage lasting for some years; Paul's work, although essentially different in concept, was the better book.
Furthermore, it has labored under a subtle misconception for over half a century, in that its subtitle "The Meaning of the Blues" was a publisher's misunderstanding, and should actually have read "Meaning in the Blues". A small difference perhaps, but it created a gap in perception that persists today. Now, noted author and researcher Max Haymes has concocted a four CD set that bases itself upon the original 14 track vinyl LP that accompanied the first edition, but expands it to offer us over 100 examples of what the blues meant lyrically in the context of the society in which it originally existed; the point, essentially, of Paul's book, and it's nice to see it restored at long last.
Many of the original fourteen examples from the LP re-appear here, but so - of course - does much else, and the new (?) format allows for a deeper appreciation of the original point.
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