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Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues Soundtrack
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The series of "essential" blues compilations The House of Blues label released a few years ago or the Blues Masters series on Rhino Records would be a better place for the novice to start.
This CD is proof, once and for all ~ that the "BLUES" was then, is now and IS FOREVER ~ we've hit pay-dirt...and that folks, is the truth, plain and simple...gotta love it!!
Total Time: 65:22 on 21 Tracks ~ UTV Records ~ (8/26/2003)
Listen to this CD, pick out the musicians you like the most, then do some research and find some of their classic albums.
For those willing to go a little further, check out the "Martin Scorsese: Best of the Blues" 5 disc box set or the individuals CD's for many of the Blues artists featured on this CD.
It starts right off with Robert Johnson singing "Cross Road Blues." It is always interesting listening to this artist, legend that he is. He sings with a raw blues voice and his characteristic guitar work. His role in the history of the blues is unquestioned.
Another pioneer was Son House, who--after many years of absence from the musical scene--was happily rediscovered in the 1960s. Listen to him sing "Death Letter Blues." No wonder he is so well reputed! A rough and ready voice and simple guitar work, a link to the early days of blues.
One of my favorites is Howlin' Wolf, represented here by his wonderful "Evil (Is Going On)." His rough, raw blues singing always appeals to me. He sings of evil going on, with fine backing music. He sings of "Mule kickin' in a door" and "You better watch your happy home." I'd say there's a little tension in the air!
And then another of my very favorite artists--Muddy Waters, singing "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man." The opening bars represent some of the absolute best blues work in the repertoire. Momma said of the birth of the character in the song that "He's gonna make pretty women jump and shout." Waters' blues singing is absolutely classic (Yes, I'm a cheerleader here).Read more ›
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I bought this for a cousin, so I've never heard it, but if it's like the other Scorsese compilations-I tthought my cousin would like it.Published 8 months ago by Adolph Evangelista
There are some great Blues songs on here, but this is not a Blues album in the strict sense of the word. Still it is an album of all great songs, so I like it.Published 18 months ago by Tristan - New York
This album exposes you to all the early blues greats. The only drawback is that some of the cuts are kind of scratchy and rough.Published 22 months ago by Catherine Singleton