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Original Delta Blues

Son HouseAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMUW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Death Letter
2. Pearline
3. Louise Mcghee
4. John the Revelator
5. Empire State Express
6. Preachin' Blues
7. Grinnin' in Your Face
8. Sundown
9. Levee Camp Moan
10. Pony Blues
11. Downhearted Blues

Editorial Reviews

This album-a 1998 Rolling Stone Top 25 all-time blues title-features the guitar and vocal style that helped define Delta blues, generations before it moved north to Chicago. Includes Death Letter; Preachin' Blues; Levee Camp Moan; Downhearted Blues , and more of the most influential blues recordings ever made.

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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and captivating - voice of lonely soul May 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is so much built on blues out there, so much derived from it, that it is easy to forget where it all began. Son House is so raw, so unaffected by technical tricks or crafty ideas, so far from any pose, pretence or stereotypical imagery of show business that you feel actually privileged to be allowed to come into contact with his singing.
It is like entering an empty temple in an unfamiliar country: you have seen some of the signs, you have some of the knowledge about the faith, but the experience is new and humbling.
Yes, humbling is the word. If loneliness had a voice, it would be the voice of Son House.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet November 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, maybe "sweet" isn't the right word, but Columbia/Legacy's "The Original Delta Blues" is a really fine distillation of the label's double-disc set "Father Of The Delta Blues", containing 11 highlights from that comprehensive overview of blues legend Eddie "Son" House's 60s recordings.

These 55 minutes of music feature Son House and his National steel guitar, which he played with a slide, and Columbia have managed to include all of House's essential 60s songs.

The powerful a capella spiritual "John The Revelator" is here, as is the slashing slide guitar workout "Pearline", the sarcastic "Preachin' Blues", the bitterness of "Grinnin' In Your Face", and the fantastic 9 1/2-minute "Levee Camp Moan" with Canned Heat's Alan Wilson playing great harmonica fills behind House's clanging, percussive guitar riffs.

And then there's the awesome, razor-edged "Death Letter" ("I got a letter this morning / say, what d'y'reckon it read? / Said hurry, hurry, the gal you love is dead").
Music journalist Ted Drozdowski of the Boston Phoenix once wrote something like this about House:
"The voice of the great Son House not only sounds as though it could split the earth asunder, it is also the voice of a soul utterly alone".

I couldn't have said it better myself. Which is why I steal Mr Drozdowski's line.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Son House Blew Me Away... October 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For me, this was one of those rare CD's that from the first play became an instant favorite. I had heard of Son House, of course, but had never heard him. I have played this CD about a hundred times since I bought it a month ago (my wife is about to have me put away...) It is absolutely incredible. I have never heard anything like Son House.
I have quite a few blues discs but this one, more than any other, really moved me. If I could only keep one, this would be it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mississipi blues by the master September 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When the Mississippi blues giant, Eddie 'Son' House was rediscovered in 1964 he was 62 years old and had given up music some 16 years previously. Practice soon restored much of his original mastery and he was signed up the following year by John Hammond for a Columbia Records session. The LP that emerged comprised the first nine of these tracks, and represented a powerful come-back, with stand-out numbers 'Death Letter', 'Empire State Express', and 'Levee Camp Moan', as well as the unaccompanied 'John The Revelator'.

In 1992 a double CD was released, with the original nine tracks supplemented by an additional seven unreleased titles as well as five alternate takes. But what should have been an occasion for celebration turned out to be disappointing in the extreme. The new material was a pale shadow of that previously issued, and many critics thought it would have been better left in the vaults.

The present single CD includes just five of the originally unreleased titles, and so offers some kind of compromise, with the worst of the 'new' material being omitted. Of that retained, perhaps 'Pony Blues' disappoints the most. The delivery is extremely hesitant and stumbling, in direct contrast to Son's superb 1942 recording of this classic that he learned from his old friend Charley Patton. 'Motherless Children' suffers in the same way, and Son coughs and wheezes his way through a depressing version of 'Downhearted Blues'. Only 'President Kennedy', to the same melody as his 1942 'American Defense', and 'Yonder Comes My Mother' with, presumably, the added guitar of Al Wilson, in any way compare with the quality and power of the first nine tracks which more than justify the purchase of this mid-price CD.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the master of the delta blues style May 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Son House taught Robert Johnson the slide blues. Son House taught Muddy Waters. When Son House started performing at Blues festivals again in the mid 1960s, Muddy Waters would tell all his band members to be quiet and pay attention when the man played because even compared with Muddy, this was the real deal.
Son House is the real deal. Listen and learn
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The BLUES!!! March 1, 2005
By N_Joy
Format:Audio CD
When you listen to this you feel like you have been transported to the Mississippi Delta. So many great songs and Death Letter gets it started perfectly. Everytime I hear Louise Mcgee I can almost picture Son riding in a box car down a lonely railroad track in the dead of night with his guitar pining for Louise. That may sound corny but that just gives you an idea of how powerful these songs are. John the Revelator, Levee Camp Moan, Sundown, Pony Blues are also great. Hell, there all great. If you are just getting into the blues, specifically the delta blues you have to have this. This and Robert Johnsons King of the Delta Blues Singers vol.1 & 2(I say these volumes because I think the sound quality is superior on these two as compared to the set)is mandatory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stop thinking about it and buy it!
Published 21 days ago by marcmarc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album by a master of his day.
Published 1 month ago by MikeT
5.0 out of 5 stars Just blues
What can I say I love the blues and this CD is full of the blues. This is where the blues was born.
Published 3 months ago by DEhrhart
5.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste - I've acquired it.
I have Son House's Smithsonian recordings, laid down when he was well up in years. This album showcases a younger, fresher Son House. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey McFadden
5.0 out of 5 stars Son House is history in blues
Son House is history in blues, the Original Delta Blues CD will transport you to another place. The blues may be subective, but my objective is to tell you staite - this is a great... Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Ole time blues...
The blues does a couple of things for me. It either makes me feel like theirs some really amazing musiciansout there, or it can come off as depressing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DogBreath101
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Delta Blues--Son House
There are a few bluesmen who are touchstones for me--Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Fred McDowell, Skip James, John Hurt, John Lee Hooker--I listen to them over and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ron ruland
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta Blues
Son House is a blues legend. This is his best CD that I've herd. It's absolutely amazing!! If you don't like this, you don't like the blues!!!
Published 8 months ago by Charles Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reprsentation of Blues period
Son House is the mentor to Robert Johnson should there be any need to say anything else! His style and sound is original.
Published 8 months ago by R. Totty
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the BEST Blues you'll ever listen too
Again the Title says it all, Great Sunday Afternoon Cruising Music.... You'll LOVE it as Justin Wilson stated: "I guranteeeeeeeee"
Published 9 months ago by Russell
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