Various - Acoustic Blues: Acoustic Blues Vol.4 (2-CD)
2-CD Digipac (6-plated) with 112-page booklet, 40 tracks. Total playing time approx. 147 minutes.
• The fourth and final volume in this series of 2-CD digipac sets. • Covering the story of acoustic blues from 1980 to 2012. • Acoustic blues recordings, a total of 40 tracks, carefully re-mastered from the original masters. • 112-page booklet with rare photos and in-depth liner notes and bios. •
Blues greats like Taj Mahal, James ‘Son’ Thomas, Homesick James, John
Hammond, and Keb’ Mo, alongside lesser know artists like Guitar Frank,
John Dee Holeman, Precious Bryant, a.m.o.
Any concern that interest
in acoustic blues guitar would recede in the face of the loss of many of
its leading figures and so much electric blues and blues-rock was
permanently put to rest by a new legion of disciples and the discovery
of yet more older musicians that somehow eluded discovery during the
postwar era (and in a few notable cases, pre-war days). Certified
legends Robert Lockwood, Jr., Henry Townsend, and Sam Chatmon were
happily still in business.
Younger ‘60s/’70s discoveries Taj
Mahal, John Hammond, Geoff Muldaur, David Bromberg, and Bonnie Raitt
were now joined by the next generation of acoustic pickers, who brought
fresh ideas to the table along with a deeply ingrained sense of
tradition. As the blues underwent a major resurgence during the ‘80s and
‘90s with the genre finding its way into advertising campaigns and
mainstream films such as ‘Crossroads,’ young acoustic players with
exciting new ideas emerged. In the cases of Keb’ Mo’ and Alvin
Youngblood Hart, their debut CDs were released on a major label,
underscoring the genre’s renewed commercial potential. Corey Harris was
every bit their artistic equal, albeit without major label backing.
acoustic movement remains very much alive today, thanks to a constant
infusion of new blood and established visionaries such as Otis Taylor
dedicated to escorting the approach into uncharted waters. Let there be
no doubt: acoustic blues as we’ve traced it over the course of this
eight-disc series won’t go anywhere anytime soon.
also available: BCD 17229 Various Artists - Acoustic Blues Vol.1 (1923 - 1939) BCD 17230 Various Artists - Acoustic Blues Vol.2 (1941 - 1959) BCD 17231 Various Artists - Acoustic Blues Vol.3 (1960 - 1979)
Article properties: Various - Acoustic Blues: Acoustic Blues Vol.4 (2-CD)
In addition to this standard work, blues researcher Bill Dahl now has the history of acoustic blues. From the commercial beginnings in the early 1920s to the present day. Beyond the boundaries of the catalogues of individual record companies, Bear Family presents the most important recordings on four double CDs in chronological order.
Carefully mastered partly from original shellac plates and later from the best analog and digital sources. The accompanying books, each with about 80 pages, provide extensive liner notes, wonderful illustrations and often rare photos and thoroughly researched discographic information.
From the beginnings in the 1920s
This series documents the fascinating history of the acoustic blues guitar from its beginnings in the 1920s and 1930s.
When the recording industry, still in its infancy, made extensive recordings with blues musicians from the South (often in hectic temporary recording studios in hotel rooms and other acoustically acceptable locations), to the present day.
Revival of Country Blues
Each of the double CDs in this series covers a specific era of blues played on acoustic instruments.