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The Blues - Music from the Documentary Film: By Sam Charters

Various Artists
The Blues - Music from the Documentary Film: By Sam Charters

While recording in the South in the early 1960s, producer, writer, and music historian Samuel Charters was inspired not only by the sound of Furry Lewis’s guitar, but by the patterns of movement in his hands and fingers as he played. Thus Charters decided to make a film that would document aspects of the blues that couldn’t be put on a phonograph record. In the sweltering summer of 1962, Charters journeyed through St. Louis, Memphis, Louisiana, and South Carolina to shoot the film The Blues and record this soundtrack. Artists featured in addition to Lewis are J.D. Short, Baby Tate, and Sleepy John Estes. Liner notes include details of the making of the film and biographies of the artists.

Track Listing

101
Introduction - Alone in the Evening Hours J.D. Short, Memphis Willie B., and Willie Borum 2:44
102
Slidin' Delta J.D. Short 4:56
103
Old Cotton Fields of Home Pink Anderson 2:31
104
John Henry Furry Lewis 3:30
105
Bad Blues Baby Tate 3:27
201
Sitting Here Thinking Memphis Willie B., Willie Borum, and Gus Cannon 2:48
202
Lonesome Ground Sleepy John Estes 4:17
203
If I Could Holler Like a Mountain Jack Baby Tate 3:06
204
When I First Started Hoboing Baby Tate 3:23
205
Weeping Willow Blues Pink Anderson 4:51

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