Complete History Of Blues 1920 1962 Var
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Audio CD, Import, 3 February 2015
- Product Dimensions : 13.31 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm; 189.94 Grams
- Manufacturer : PROPER RECORDS
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Label : PROPER RECORDS
- ASIN : B00QSZ4DD6
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 87,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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EU-only four CD set that features 100 songs by the blues' biggest names from the genre's golden period of 1920-1962. This set contains the artists and songs that changed the musical landscape forever and influenced almost everything that followed. This is the perfect snapshot for anyone interested in the genre or those wanting to know how modern rock music was formulated.
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So we start with the "classic blues" of the great female singers of the 1920s, and work our way through Delta and other schools of acoustic blues, the "hokum" music of the era, and the increasingly sophisticated urban blues of the 1930s and 1940s, before eventually ending up with the electrified sounds of Chicago, with digressions into piano boogie-woogie and the "jump" blues that became R&B, back when R&B meant big, good-humoured men in baggy suits singing songs about whisky, and long before it acquired its current meaning of petulant adolescents bragging about their new phone or something. But I digress.
Actually, if there's a fault with this set, it's that it doesn't really take enough account of Jump and early R&B. We get T-Bone Walker and Charles Brown, and that's about it. But that seems a rather churlish complaint when there are so many other artists within, I guess, a "purer" blues tradition to cover. And cover them they do. All the big names are here, along with many others who are less familiar and some you may never have heard of at all (Geeshie Wiley, anyone?). Similarly, the tracks are an entertaining mix of obvious classics and less-celebrated but wholly satisfying items.
Overall, it's an ambitious, helpfully-annotated set that somehow manages to hit the high target it sets itself, providing the listener with an authoritative, illuminating, comprehensive and supremely enjoyable history of the blues. It's in marked contrast to the many sets of seemingly random selections of off-copyright blues tracks on fly-by-night labels which are badly (and often misleadingly) compiled and packaged, and thrown onto the market without any real care. This one is the exact opposite of such sloppy practices and, whether you're an interested newcomer or an established fan, it's got tons to offer you.
If you're an 'armchair' fan of the blues - you say you like it but have few authentic recording in your collection - you'll love it. But be warned, it will make you want to buy more!