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Martin Scorsese Presents

The Best of the Blues

Columbia/Legacy 512636 2

 

  • Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues
  • Bessie Smith – Muddy Waters
  • Skip James – Devil Got My Woman
  • Howlin’ Wolf – Evil (Is Going On)
  • Muddy Waters (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  • John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
  • Son House – Death Letter Blues
  • Ray Charles – Hard times
  • Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
  • B B King – The Thrill is Gone
  • John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton – All your Love
  • Janis Joplin – One Good Man
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – Red House
  • The Allman Brothers Band – One Way Out
  • Steve Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Pride And Joy
  • Keb’ Mo’ – Am I Wrong
  • Susan Tedeschi – Just Won’t Burn
  • Los Lobos – Voodoo Music
  • Cassandra Wilson – Vietnam Blues
  • Bonnie Raitt – Round and Round
  • Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland – I Pity the Fool
  • The music for this album was originally selected for the film The Blues made by Martin Scorsese and premiered on PBS TV in September of this year. He described the film as a multi-media project to raise awareness of the blues and it’s contribution to American culture and music worldwide. It was shown on TV in seven parts and traces the blues from it’s roots in the folk music of the South to the multi-million pound industry it is today, pointing out on the way the many other genre it has spawned. I have not seen the film, but I would like to. This album really demonstrates the diversity of the blues with performances from great artists, the earliest in 1936 and the latest from this year. Every track is most enjoyable and it is easy to understand when you listen to them, how jazz, rock and roll and many other genres have been affected by the blues. Every self-respecting jazz musician for a start is expected to be able to deliver a good blues chorus, just listen to Cassandra Wilson’s performance on track 19. My complaint with most single artist blues albums is that too much of the content sounds the same, but there is no problem of that kind each track is different and all are worthy of multiple listening. This album will I’m sure be a must for blues fans, but I recommend it to jazz buffs as well, there is plenty of good music here.

    Don Mather

     

     

     



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