Essential Delta Blues (2cd set)

Artist: Various Artists
Format: 2CD
Bar-code: 5060143493218
Cat No: NOT2CD321


Despite the freedom gained in the American Civil War, most African-Americans had seen little change in their living conditions by the beginning of the 20th Century. Ironically, it would take another conflict to change the outlook. The First World War created jobs for unskilled workers in the North and many took the opportunity to escape the cloying restrictions of the South. The unsophisticated sounds of the country were no longer relevant to their lifestyles and the music changed accordingly. Without the blues there would have been no rock ‘n’ roll, and this generous 50 track compilation is nothing less than the roots of that revolution.


Also available on Vinyl

CD 1

1. I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom – Robert Johnson
2. Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
3. Canned Heat Blues – Tommy Johnson
4. Crawlin’ King Snake – Tony Hollins
5. Parchman Farm Blues – Bukka White
6. Country Blues – Muddy Waters
7. Special Agent Blues – Sleepy John Estes
8. Walkin’ Blues – Son House
9. Candy Man Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
10.Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues – Skip James
11.Dark Was The Night – Cold Was The Ground – Blind Willie Johnson
12.Little Boy Blue – Robert Lockwood Jr.
13.Banana In Your Fruit Basket – Bo Carter
14.Catfish Blues – Robert Petway
15.Bottle It Up And Go – Tommy McClennan
16.Landing Blues – John Lee Hooker
17.Standing At The Crossroads – Elmore James
18.Death Valley Blues – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup
19.Stomp Down Rider – Blind Willie McTell
20.Rootin’ Ground Hog – Big Joe Williams
21.Love in Vain – Robert Johnson
22.Shake It And Break It – Charley Patton
23.Trouble Hearted Blues – Ishman Bracey
24.Fixin’ To Die – Bukka White
25.I’m So Glad – Skip James

CD 2

1. Mississippi River Blues – Big Bill Broonzy
2. Ain’t No Telling – Mississippi John Hurt
3. Special Steam Lines – Bukka White
4. I’m Getting Wild About Her – Big Joe Williams
5. Hellhound On My Trail – Robert Johnson
6. Cool Drink Of Water Blues – Tommy Johnson
7. Take A Little Walk With Me – Robert Lockwood
8. I Be’s Troubled – Muddy Waters
9. Shady Grove Blues – John Lee Hooker
10.Hobo Jungle Blues – Sleepy John Estes
11.34 Blues – Charley Patton
12.Left Alone Blues – Ishman Bracey
13.Highway No. 51 – Tommy McClennan
14.Rockin’ Chair Blues – Robert Petway
15.My Black Mama (Part 1) – Son House
16.Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Blind Willie Johnson
17.Dirty Mistreater – Willie ‘Poor Boy’ Lofton
18.Stagolee – David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards
19.Moon Going Down – Charley Patton
20.Devil Got My Woman – Skip James
21.Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) – Robert Johnson
22.Delta Blues – Big Joe Williams
23.Black Pony Blues – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup
24.Frankie – Mississippi John Hurt
25.My Pencil Won’t Write No More – Bo Carter