Friday, May 28, 2010

Great Blues Guitarists: String Dazzlers (1924-1940)

Ten excellent blues guitarists are heard on 20 selections dating from 1924-40 on this enjoyable CD reissue from the Columbia/ Legacy series. Included are Sylvester Weaver (the first blues guitarist to record an unaccompanied solo), the team of Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang (who are heard on a pair of duets and with singer Texas Alexander), the influential Big Bill Broonzy (superb on "How You Want It Done?"), the always passionate Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Casey Bill Weldon, Blind Lemon Jefferson ("Black Snake Moan"), Joshua White and Tampa Red. Three previously unheard selections are included on this fine overview but completists will probably prefer to skip over the set in favor of the more comprehensive Document CD's. ~ Scott Yanow

01. Hot Fingers - Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang
02. A Handful of Riffs -
Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang
03. Work Ox Blues - Texas Alexander with Lonnie Johnson
04. I'm Busy and You Can't Come In - Sylvester Weaver
05. Georgia Rag - Blind Willie McTell
06. Warm It up to Me - Blind Willie McTell
07. When the War Was On - Blind Willie Johnson
08. Nobody's Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson
09. How You Want It Done? - Big Bill Broonzy
10. Getting Older Every Day - Big Bill Broonzy
11. Guitar Swing - Casey Bill Weldon
12. Bull Frog Moan - Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang
13. Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson
14. Little Brother Blues - Josh White
15. Prodigal Son - Josh White
16. Denver Blues - Tampa Red
17. Away Down in the Alley Blues - Lonnie Johnson
18. I Love You, Mary Lou - Lonnie Johnson

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