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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gang Of Brown Skin Women - Papa Harvey Hull/Long 'Cleve' Reed - The Down Home Boys
  2. Hey! Lawdy Mama - The France Blues - Papa Harvey Hull/Long 'Cleve' Reed - The Down Home Boys
  3. Two Little Tommie Blues - Papa Harvey Hull/Long 'Cleve' Reed - The Down Home Boys
  4. Don't You Leave Me Here - Papa Harvey Hull/Long 'Cleve' Reed - The Down Home Boys
  5. Mama You Don't Know How - Papa Harvey Hull/Long 'Cleve' Reed - The Down Home Boys
  6. Original Stack O'Lee Blues - Papa Harvey Hull/Long 'Cleve' Reed - The Down Home Boys
  7. Quill Blues - Big Boy Cleveland
  8. Goin' To Leave You Blues - Big Boy Cleveland
  9. I Believe I'll Go Back Home - William And Versey Smith
  10. When That Great Ship Went Down - William And Versey Smith
  11. Everybody Help The Boys Come Home - William And Versey Smith
  12. Sinner You'll Need King Jesus - William And Versey Smith
  13. Church Bells Blues (Take 1) - Luke Jordan
  14. Church Bells Blues (Take 2) - Luke Jordan
  15. Pick Poor Robin Clean (Take 1) - Luke Jordan
  16. Pick Poor Robin Clean (Take 2) - Luke Jordan
  17. Cocaine Blues - Luke Jordan
  18. Traveling Coon - Luke Jordan
  19. My Gal's Done Quit Me - Luke Jordan
  20. Won't You Be Kind? - Luke Jordan
  21. Framer's Blues - Eli Framer
  22. God Didn't Make Me No Money Man - Eli Framer
  23. How You Want Your Rollin' Done - Louie Lasky
  24. Teasin' Brown Blues - Louie Lasky
  25. Caroline - Louie Lasky

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Document
  • ASIN: B000000J3D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By B. D. Tutt on November 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent addition to Document's comprehensive catalogue of pre - war blues recordings.
The African - American musicians now categorised as "songsters" generally came from a pre - blues tradition, and while including blues within their repertoire, also played spirituals, ballads, comic songs, dance tunes and traditional white folk songs. The best known today are probably Mississippi John Hurt, Mance Lipscomb, Willie McTell and Pink Anderson.
Many others never recorded, or were captured in just one or two sesions. These some of these musicians are presented here. The first six tracks emanate from two 1927 sessions by Papa Harvey Hull & Long "Cleve" Red, and demonstrate some of the repertoire of the songsters. Other tracks are by Big Boy Cleveland (1927), william and Versey Smith (1927), Eli Framer (1929) and Louie Lasky (1935).
The standout tracks, however, are by the great Virginia songster Luke Jordan. He recorded only twice, in 1927 and 1929, and almost all his known recordings are contained here. (Two tracks discovered after this CD was released are also available on Document). Jordan had a fine Piedmont guitar style, a cleanly articulated vocal approach, and a sly humour in his lyrics. His performance of "Travellin' Man" is a classic, as is the humourously cynical "Church Bells Blues".
Any lover of East Coast style blues should buy this album for the Luke Jordan tracks alone. Many others will find this a fascinating album illustrating the range of pre - blues approaches surviving in the 1920s.
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