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The Complete Classic 94 Sides - Blind Lemon Jefferson

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson / Box set / Audio CD released 2003-02-24 at JSP

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      16.02.2010 14:52
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      This chap is no lemon!

      Blind Lemon Jefferson is not only one of the earliest blues artists but he also has a completely different style from his Mississippi contemporaries, hailing from Texas -he is one of the first examples of the Texas blues, lacking the flashy guitar skills of the Delta gang, few people seeked to imitate his style at the time, although he was definitely an influence on T-Bone Walker who supposedly helped him find his way as a youth.

      A big supposedly blind character (who had at one time also been a wrestler), he played lengthy gigs in down and out dives before being picked up by Paramount records.

      This album covers just about all of the artists work and it's more than ample, personally one CD at a time (there are 4) is enough for me. Hits like Matchbox Blues, Black Snake Moan and See That My Grave is Kept Clean speak for themselves but I was surprised by the standard of the songs overall, which are all really very good. I'm not sure if it was necessary to have slightly different versions of the same song thrown in, I personally would have preferred it if the compilation only had the better versions (although which version is best would be a matter of debate)

      Blind Lemon Jefferson has a distinctively high voice, almost yodeling at times, his guitar playing is intricate but also a bit unusual because the rythms seem to change out of nowher, I enjoy his fast playing the best, it builds up to an unbelievable speed usually before abruptly coming to a halt and starting over again.

      These tracks came after around 20 years of playing, in the artists final free years of his life (1926-29), it would have been interesting to see what he would have come out with, had he lived longer.

      This review was also posted on my website: http://www.musicneverdied.com

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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart
    2 All I Want Is That Pure Religion
    3 Got The Blues
    4 Long Lonesome Blues
    5 Booster Blues
    6 Dry Southern Blues
    7 Black Horse Blues
    8 Corinna Blues
    9 Got The Blues
    10 Long Lonesome Blues
    11 Jack O' Diamond Blues
    12 Jack O' Diamond Blues
    13 Chock House Blues
    14 Beggin Back
    15 Old Rounders Blues
    16 Stocking Feet Blues
    17 That Black Snake Moan
    18 Wartime Blues
    19 Broke And Hungry
    20 Shuckin' Sugar Blues
    21 Booger Rooger Blues
    22 Rabbit Foot Blues
    23 Bad Luck Blues

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Black Snake Moan
    2 Match Box Blues
    3 Easy Rider Blues
    4 Match Box Blues
    5 Match Box Blues
    6 Rising High Water Blues
    7 Weary Dogs Blues
    8 Right Of Way Blues
    9 Teddy Bear Blues
    10 Teddy Bear Blues
    11 Black Snake Dream Blues
    12 Hot Dogs
    13 He Arose From The Dead
    14 Struck Sorrow Blues
    15 Rambler Blues
    16 Chinch Bug Blues
    17 Deceitful Brownskin Blues
    18 Sunshine Special
    19 Gone Dead On You Blues
    20 Where Shall I Be
    21 See That My Grave's Kept Clean
    22 One Dime Blues
    23 Lonesome House Blues

    Disc #3 Tracklisting
    1 Blind Lemon's Penitentiary Blues
    2 Lectric Chair Blues
    3 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
    4 Lemon's Worried Blues
    5 Mean Jumper Blues
    6 Balky Mule Blues
    7 Change My Luck Blues
    8 Prison Cell Blues
    9 Lemon's Cannon Ball Moan
    10 Long Lastin' Lovin'
    11 Piney Wood's Money Mama
    12 Low Down Mojo Blues
    13 Competition Bed Blues
    14 Lock Step Blues
    15 Hangman's Blues
    16 Sad News Blues
    17 How Long How Long
    18 Lockstep Blues
    19 Hangman's Blues
    20 Christmas Eve Blues
    21 Happy New Year Blues
    22 Maltese Cat Blues
    23 D B Blues

    Disc #4 Tracklisting
    1 Eagle Eyed Mama
    2 Dynamite Blues
    3 Disgusted Blues
    4 Competition Bed Blues
    5 Sad News Blues
    6 Peach Orchard Mama (Untraced Master)
    7 Oil Well Blues
    8 Tin Cup Blues
    9 Big Night Blues
    10 Empty House Blues
    11 Saturday Night Spender Blues
    12 That Black Snake Moan No. 2
    13 Peach Orchard Mama
    14 Big Night Blues
    15 Bed Spring Blues
    16 Yo Yo Blues
    17 Mosquito Moan
    18 Southern Woman Blues
    19 Bakershop Blues
    20 Long Distance Moan
    21 That Crawlin' Baby Blues
    22 Fence Breakin' Yellin' Blues
    23 Cat Man Blues
    24 Cheaters Spell
    25 Bootin' Me 'Bout