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365 Days of Album Recommendations – Aug 4

Blind Lemon Jefferson –  The Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Atlanta & Chicago 1926 Disc B

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Oh, JSP remasters, are you the gift that keeps on giving? Oh, yes you are!

We recommended Disc A back in about March, and now, finally, we get ourselves on to the almighty Disc B!

Which is a tour de force, right from the start. Check out song 1-3

  1. Black Snake Moan
  2. Match Box Blues
  3. Easy Rider Blues

Pretty much the history of the blues in a nutshell, right there. And if that weren’t enough, check out the 3 songs Disc B concludes with!

21. See That My Grave’s Kept Clean
22. One Dime Blues
23. Lonesome House Blues

Hopefully needless to say by now, but Disc B is a motherfucker.


365 Days of Album Recommendations – March 22

Blind Lemon Jefferson – The Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Chicago 1926 Disc A

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If there is an official “sound” of the acoustic blues, it’s the sound of Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Blind Lemon Jefferson’s music is the well from which all subsequent artists must ladle.

The imagery in the lyrics, the lyric form—these words and forms are canonized with the recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson.

The long first vocal syllable, the tumbling melodic descent—these sounds are canonized in the recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson.

The irregular bar counts, the idiosyncratic melanges of single-string runs, chordal moves, and bass line thumps—these brilliant eccentricisms are all canonized with the recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson.

These recordings are remastered by JSP—my favorites.

These are Blind Lemon Jefferson’s first recordings.

If you do not know these recordings, you do not know blues music.

Pro tip: When you take your first ride through this album, skip the first two gospel songs. They’re anomalies. They’re important, and you will listen to them. But skip them the first time. Start on track #3: Got The Blues. Suddenly, every other blues song you’ve ever heard will suddenly make a whole lot more sense.

 


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