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All The Published Sides - Blind Blake

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Blind Blake / Box set / Audio CD released 2003-08-11 at JSP

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      19.02.2010 18:53
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      A genius!

      Blind Blake is yet another curious blues legend, little known is about his birth, death or even his real name, a heavy drinking blind man who liked the odd scuffle and is considered a pioneer of Piedmont Blues, bringing a distinctively odd but wonderful ragtime piano sound to the guitar, even though the technical side of guitar playing has improved considerably over the years, Blind Blake's style of plucking the strings with both hands is still considered technically outstanding. I would hazard a guess that the artist was outstanding with a banjo too!

      This album is a collection of all of "all the published sides", released by Paramount between 1926 and 1932 before their bankruptcy, the artist was said to be drinking heavily in the final years and there's even some doubt as to whether the later work is in fact him.

      The album is a fine collection of music but might not be as playable as other compilations of Blind Blake's work, the reason for this is that there are a lot of different versions of the same song, so it's not the kind of thing you could play at parties or even to yourself for long periods, if you're a music collector then it's worth having, I recommend choosing your favourite versions of tracks and putting them on an MP3 player etc, so you also have a copy which is slightly more playable.

      Blind Blake has a cool ragtime voice, almost jazzy at times, he doesn't come across as hot headed or rushed, it all sounds very gentle and even quite eloquent and goes well with his intricate guitar playing, if you've never heard of him you might just want to check him out and you may end up buying this 5 Disc album! Artists praised by Ry Cooder are always worth a look and there's no finer example than this cool cat!

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Dying Blues
    2 Ashley St. Blues
    3 Early Morning Blues
    4 West Coast Blues
    5 West Coast Blues
    6 West Coast Blues
    7 Early Morning Blues
    8 Early Morning Blues
    9 Too Tight
    10 Blake's Worried Blues
    11 Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around
    12 Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around
    13 Tampa Bound
    14 Skeedle Loo Doo Blues
    15 Skeedle Loo Doo Blues
    16 Stonewall Street Blues
    17 State Street Men Blues
    18 Down The Country
    19 Back Biting Bee Blues
    20 Wilson Dam
    21 Buck-Town Blues
    22 Black Dog Blues
    23 One Time Blues

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Bad Feelin' Blues
    2 Dry Bone Shuffle
    3 Dry Bone Shuffle
    4 Dry Bone Shuffle
    5 That Will Happen No More
    6 Brownskin Mama Blues
    7 Brownskin Mama Blues
    8 Hard Road Blues
    9 Hey Hey Daddy Blues
    10 Sea Board Stomp
    11 You Gonna Quit Me Blues
    12 Steel Mill Blues
    13 Southern Rag
    14 He's In The Jailhouse Now
    15 Wabash Rag
    16 Doggin' Me Mama Blues
    17 C C Pill Blues
    18 Hot Potatoes
    19 Southbound Rag
    20 Pay Day Daddy Blues
    21 Elzadie's Policy Blues

    Disc #3 Tracklisting
    1 Good-Bye Mama Moan
    2 Tootie Blues
    3 That Lovin' I Crave
    4 That Lonesome Rave
    5 Terrible Murder Blues
    6 Leavin' Gal Blues
    7 No Dough Blues
    8 Lead Hearted Blues
    9 Let Your Love Come Down
    10 Rumblin' And Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues
    11 Bootleg Rum Dum Blues
    12 Detroit Bound Blues
    13 Beulah Land
    14 Panther Squall Blues
    15 Elzadie's Policy Blues
    16 Pay Day Daddy Blues
    17 Walkin' Across The Country
    18 Search Warrant Blues
    19 Rambin' Mama Blues
    20 New Style Of Loving
    21 Back Door Slam Blues
    22 Notoriety Woman Blues
    23 Cold Hearted Mama Blues
    24 Low Down Loving Gal
    25 Sweet Papa Low Down

    Disc #4 Tracklisting
    1 Poker Woman Blues
    2 Doing A Stretch
    3 Fightin' The Jug
    4 Hookworm Blues
    5 Slippery Rag
    6 Hastings St.
    7 Diddie Wah Diddie
    8 Diddie Wah Diddie
    9 Too Tight Blues No 2
    10 Chump Man Blues
    11 Ice Man Blues
    12 Police Dog Blues
    13 I Was Afraid Of That
    14 Georgia Bound
    15 Keep It Home
    16 Keep It Home
    17 Sweet Jivin' Mama
    18 Lonesome Christmas Blues
    19 Third Degree Blues

    Disc #5 Tracklisting
    1 Guitar Chimes
    2 Blind Arthur's Breakdown
    3 Baby Lou Blues
    4 Cold Love Blues
    5 Papa Charlie And Blind Blake Talk About It
    6 Papa Charlie And Blind Blake Talk About It
    7 Stingaree Man Blues
    8 Itching Heel
    9 You've Got What I Want
    10 Cherry Hill Blues
    11 Diddie Wah Diddie No 2
    12 Hard Pushing Papa
    13 What A Low Down Place The Jailhouse Is
    14 Ain't Gonna Do That No More
    15 Playing Policy Blues
    16 Righteous Blues
    17 Fancy Tricks
    18 Rope Stretchin' Blues
    19 Rope Stretchin' Blues
    20 Rope Stretchin' Blues
    21 Champagne Charlie Is My Name
    22 Depression's Gone From Me Blues