Friday, January 05, 2018

24 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920's Vol 15

I have been collecting Blues Images calendars with the free CD for a number of years now and am never disappointed by either! The calendar offers ultra-cool images from ads for blues releases from the time and the CD always has high quality artists, usually with some newly discovered, previously unreleased (since the initial record, of course) tunes. This 24 song CD includes greats like Memphis Minnie, Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson, Charley Patton, Blind Blake, Tommy Johnson, the Memphis Jug Band and a plethora of others!

Of course, due to the time, this is all early, acoustic blues and, if you are a collector, you will probably own some of these songs already, but there are always some surprises (for me, anyway) and the comp always has the best possible sound and a nice selection.

Less obvious numbers include Johnnie Temple doing a fine imitation of Skip James on "The Evil Devil Blues", the Mississippi Moaner being true to his sobriquet in "It's Cold In China Blues", Rev. Steamboat Bill's Revival Singers sermonizing with "Happy as the Day is Long" and the acoustic pickin' of Hi Henry Brown on "Brown Skin Angel" and "Hospital Blues", to name a few.

Always a good way to start off your year! Collect them all!