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2-CD (Digisleeve) with 52-page booklet, 53 Tracks. Total playing time approx. c. 148 minutes....more

Various Artists: Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD)

2-CD (Digisleeve) with 52-page booklet, 53 Tracks. Total playing time approx. c. 148 minutes.

A taster of the blues from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on two compact discs.
Like New Orleans, Memphis or St. Louis alongside the Mississippi river, Baton Rouge was a blues hotbed. 
From the first commercial recordings made in 1954, the story goes back to 1971.
For the first time the story of the blues from Baton Rouge is told in all its facets.
Blues expert Martin Hawkins tells the story of local blues singers and players that got onto records.
The story goes beyond the Excello sound and the music of Lightnin’ Slim, Slim Harpo, and also features folk music by Willie B. Thomas, Robert Pete Williams and others.
A detailed introduction to the topic and artist biographies for each individual performer can be found in the extensive 52-page illustrated booklet.
The recordings have been carefully remastered for this edition.
Limited edition of 1,000 copies worldwide!

These two CDs contain a more or less chronological taster of the blues from Baton Rouge, one of the several cities alongside the mighty Mississippi that has been thought of or thinks of itself as a blues town. Like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis and some smaller places, Baton Rouge’s local blues players made a big contribution to the recorded legacy of the blues. We really don’t know what the blue sound of Baton Rouge was before about 1954, when its first bluesman was recorded, and by the 1970s the blues as current, recorded, black music was dying out, melding with R&B and the sounds of soul. Those newer sounds were still a part of black culture and, increasingly, of white culture locally and internationally, but a different muse, a different music, a different story.

We concentrate on the period between 1954 and 1971, featuring here, together for the first time, those Baton Rouge singers and players who got onto records, one way or another. Some were aspiring professionals aiming for the stars, or at least for a local juke box spin, while others were local ‘folk’ performers plucked from their everyday life to sing for the man with the remote tape machine and a microphone. The blues from Baton Rouge has tended to be seen as synonymous either with the sound of Excello Records, the label that issued the music of Lightnin’ Slim, Slim Harpo and others, or, as the revived, endangered, folk music of the likes of Willie B. Thomas or Robert Pete Williams. Baton Rouge was home to all these men, and many others, during the post-war heyday of the recorded blues.

The first blues singer and guitarist to be recorded was Otis Hicks, Lightning Slim (later spelled Lightnin’ Slim). The man who put Lightning onto records was J. D. Miller, a white songwriter, entrepreneur, and recording engineer based in Crowley, Louisiana. Miller had worked out a deal with Excello Records in Nashville, Tennessee, whereby Miller would make master recordings for Excello to release through their better distribution networks. Lightning Slim introduced James Moore to Miller. Moore became known as Slim Harpo. He was much more of a stylist than Lightning Slim or Lazy Lester, but in the end the man whose music became most identified with the Excello label and with Baton Rouge blues, the ‘swamp-blues.’
Other men who found their way to Miller included Lazy Lester, Schoolboy Cleve, Lonesome Sundown, Jimmy Dotson, Tabby Thomas, Jimmy Anderson, Silas Hogan, Moses ‘Whispering’ Smith, and Arthur ‘Guitar’ Kelley. 

In a parallel universe, northern college audiences and folk festival attendees were able to listen to blues players from Baton Rouge on LP discs that were far removed from the jukebox fare of Excello. They were recorded between 1958 and 1961 by Harry Oster and released on his Folk Lyric label. 
So sit back and enjoy a chunk of blues history from the deep south of the USA on the Mississippi River, as told by UK blues expert and historian, Martin Hawkins.

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  • Album titlle: Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label Bear Family Records

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  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
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  • weight in Kg 0.115
Various - Bear Family Records - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) CD 1
02Who Broke The LockButch Cage and Willie B Thomas
08Jelly RollButch Cage and Willie BThomas
06Smokestack LightningClarence Edwards
12Stack O’ DollarsClarence Edwards
26Depression BluesHerman E. Johnson
16Looking For My BabyJimmy Dotson
15They Call Me LazyLazy Lester
18I’m A Lover Not A FighterLazy Lester
11Mean ‘Ol Lonesome TrainLightnin’ Slim
19Lightnin’s TroublesLightning Slim
21Rooster BluesLightning Slim
03Bad LuckLightnin’ Slim
04Bugger Bugger BoyLightnin’ Slim
22Trip To Chicago (alt)Lightnin’ Slim and Lazy Lester
10My Home Is A PrisonLonesome Sundown
17Crying HardRaful Neal
07Angola SpecialRobert Pete Williams
13Come Here BabyRobert Pete Williams
14Your Dice Won’t PassSally Dotson and Smokey Babe
05Strange Letter BluesSchoolboy Cleve
01Blues Hang-OverSlim Harpo
09I’m A King BeeSlim Harpo
20One More DaySlim Harpo
23What A DreamSlim Harpo
24Black GalSmokey Babe and Clyde Causey
25Mississippi River So Deep And WideSmokey Babe and Lazy Lester
Various - Bear Family Records - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) CD 2
01Rainin' In My HeartSlim Harpo
02I’m Tired Waitin’ BabyLightning Slim
03Hoodo PartyTabby Thomas
04My Home Ain’t HereLonesome Sundown
05Naggin’Jimmy Anderson
06Trouble At Home BluesSilas Hogan
07Winter Time BluesLightnin’ Slim
08Goin Thru the ParkJimmy Anderson
09I’m EvilLightnin’ Slim
10Boogie ChillunThe Nitehawks (Bo Melvin)
11Mean Woman BluesWhispering Smith
12I’m Goin In The ValleySilas Hogan
13Dark Clouds Rollin’Silas Hogan
14Can’t Live This Life No MoreLightnin’ Slim
15Cold In HandIsaiah Chattman
16Baby Scratch My BackSlim Harpo
17I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)Slim Harpo
18Hoo Doo BluesSilas Hogan
19Showers Of RainHenry Gray
20Number Ten At The Station (and number 12 is on the road)Arthur Kelley
21How Can I Stay (When All I Have Is Gone)Arthur Kelley
22Baton Rouge BreakdownMoses Smith
23Honey Bee BluesSilas Hogan
24I Didn’t Tell Her To LeaveSilas Hogan
25The Music's HotSlim Harpo
26Goodbye Slim HarpoRobert Pete Williams
27Talking Blues (aka Blues Hangover)Slim Harpo
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Customer evaluation for "Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD)"
22 Mar 2021

Alles bestens - vielen Dank

5 Nov 2019

The booklet by Martin Hawkins is excellent, and purchase is recommended to those who enjoy black American authentic music, and can take some of the folkier sounds and acoustic blues.

The booklet by Martin Hawkins is excellent, and purchase is recommended to those who enjoy black American authentic music, and can take some of the folkier sounds and acoustic blues.
Pete Bowen

21 Oct 2019

Compilation: sehr gute Zusammenstellung + guter Klang + tolles Booklet

Bin eigentlich immer etwas kritisch gegenüber einer Compilation, da der Markt von vielen unbrauchbaren geflutet wird. Diese wurde aber sicherlich mit viel Liebe zum Detail erstellt!

27 Sep 2019

In the running for the best blues compilation of the year, this limited edition slides by with a paucity of clinkers.

In the running for the best blues compilation of the year, this limited edition slides by with a paucity of clinkers.

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Tracklist
Various - Bear Family Records - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) CD 1
02 Who Broke The Lock
08 Jelly Roll
06 Smokestack Lightning
12 Stack O’ Dollars
26 Depression Blues
16 Looking For My Baby
15 They Call Me Lazy
18 I’m A Lover Not A Fighter
11 Mean ‘Ol Lonesome Train
19 Lightnin’s Troubles
21 Rooster Blues
03 Bad Luck
04 Bugger Bugger Boy
22 Trip To Chicago (alt)
10 My Home Is A Prison
17 Crying Hard
07 Angola Special
13 Come Here Baby
14 Your Dice Won’t Pass
05 Strange Letter Blues
01 Blues Hang-Over
09 I’m A King Bee
20 One More Day
23 What A Dream
24 Black Gal
25 Mississippi River So Deep And Wide
Various - Bear Family Records - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) CD 2
01 Rainin' In My Heart
02 I’m Tired Waitin’ Baby
03 Hoodo Party
04 My Home Ain’t Here
05 Naggin’
06 Trouble At Home Blues
07 Winter Time Blues
08 Goin Thru the Park
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11 Mean Woman Blues
12 I’m Goin In The Valley
13 Dark Clouds Rollin’
14 Can’t Live This Life No More
15 Cold In Hand
16 Baby Scratch My Back
17 I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)
18 Hoo Doo Blues
19 Showers Of Rain
20 Number Ten At The Station (and number 12 is on the road)
21 How Can I Stay (When All I Have Is Gone)
22 Baton Rouge Breakdown
23 Honey Bee Blues
24 I Didn’t Tell Her To Leave
25 The Music's Hot
26 Goodbye Slim Harpo
27 Talking Blues (aka Blues Hangover)