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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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  • Interpret: Various Artists

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

  • Genre Blues

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 5397102175121

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Various - Bear Family Records - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) CD 1
02 Who Broke The Lock Butch Cage and Willie B Thomas
08 Jelly Roll Butch Cage and Willie BThomas
06 Smokestack Lightning Clarence Edwards
12 Stack O’ Dollars Clarence Edwards
26 Depression Blues Herman E. Johnson
16 Looking For My Baby Jimmy Dotson
15 They Call Me Lazy Lazy Lester
18 I’m A Lover Not A Fighter Lazy Lester
11 Mean ‘Ol Lonesome Train Lightnin’ Slim
19 Lightnin’s Troubles Lightning Slim
21 Rooster Blues Lightning Slim
03 Bad Luck Lightnin’ Slim
04 Bugger Bugger Boy Lightnin’ Slim
22 Trip To Chicago (alt) Lightnin’ Slim and Lazy Lester
10 My Home Is A Prison Lonesome Sundown
17 Crying Hard Raful Neal
07 Angola Special Robert Pete Williams
13 Come Here Baby Robert Pete Williams
14 Your Dice Won’t Pass Sally Dotson and Smokey Babe
05 Strange Letter Blues Schoolboy Cleve
01 Blues Hang-Over Slim Harpo
09 I’m A King Bee Slim Harpo
20 One More Day Slim Harpo
23 What A Dream Slim Harpo
24 Black Gal Smokey Babe and Clyde Causey
25 Mississippi River So Deep And Wide Smokey Babe and Lazy Lester
Various - Bear Family Records - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) CD 2
01 Rainin' In My Heart Slim Harpo
02 I’m Tired Waitin’ Baby Lightning Slim
03 Hoodo Party Tabby Thomas
04 My Home Ain’t Here Lonesome Sundown
05 Naggin’ Jimmy Anderson
06 Trouble At Home Blues Silas Hogan
07 Winter Time Blues Lightnin’ Slim
08 Goin Thru the Park Jimmy Anderson
09 I’m Evil Lightnin’ Slim
10 Boogie Chillun The Nitehawks (Bo Melvin)
11 Mean Woman Blues Whispering Smith
12 I’m Goin In The Valley Silas Hogan
13 Dark Clouds Rollin’ Silas Hogan
14 Can’t Live This Life No More Lightnin’ Slim
15 Cold In Hand Isaiah Chattman
16 Baby Scratch My Back Slim Harpo
17 I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil) Slim Harpo
18 Hoo Doo Blues Silas Hogan
19 Showers Of Rain Henry Gray
20 Number Ten At The Station (and number 12 is on the road) Arthur Kelley
21 How Can I Stay (When All I Have Is Gone) Arthur Kelley
22 Baton Rouge Breakdown Moses Smith
23 Honey Bee Blues Silas Hogan
24 I Didn’t Tell Her To Leave Silas Hogan
25 The Music's Hot Slim Harpo
26 Goodbye Slim Harpo Robert Pete Williams
27 Talking Blues (aka Blues Hangover) Slim Harpo
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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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