Raw Blues Vol 3 – Various Artists

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Raw Blues Vol 3

Various Artists

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This Album is an absolute “Must Own” for any Blues Fan, Follower and Fanatic! Containing 100 great tracks from some of the most influential and best blues musicians to ever grace the stage.

 

Blues is one of the most popular forms of music and the basis for jazz, soul and many more. From its beginnings in the cotton belts of Mississippi, Louisiana and its origins in gospel music.

 

This compilation highlights many of the original great blues musicians to make an impact on the genre as well as some white interpretations of the blues from the 1960’s.

 

Blues is one of the oldest genres of music and I am sure that it will continue to appeal and influence future generations to come.

 

 

Track Listing

Disc 1
1 Muddy Waters Smokestack Lightnin’
2 Sonny Boy Williamson All My Love In Vain
3 Little Walter Rocker
4 Howlin’ Wolf Morning At Midnight
5 Mississippi John Hurt Avalon Blues
6 Wynonie Harris Good Rockin’ Tonight
7 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Southern Train
8 John Lee Hooker No Shoes
9 Buddy Guy First Time I Met The Blues
10 Eddie Boyd 24 Hours
11 Son House Delta Blues
12 T-Bone Walker Strollin’ With Bone
13 Albert King Hand Me Down Blues
14 Jimmy Reed A String To Your Heart
15 Memphis Slim Mother Earth
16 Otis Rush I’m Satisfied
17 Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don’t Go
18 Lightnin’ Hopkins Bad Luck And Trouble
19 Jimmy Rogers I Used To Have a Woman
20 Professor Longhair Professor Longhair’s Boogie
21 B.B. King Blind Love
22 Jimmy Witherspoon New Orleans Woman
23 Big Bill Broonzy Trouble in Mind
24 Screaming Jay Hawkins There’s Something Wrong With You
25 Freddy King You Mean, Mean Woman
Disc 2
1 Muddy Waters Turn The Lamp Down Low
2 Little Walter I Got To Find My Baby
3 Sonny Boy Williamson Don’t Start Me To Talkin’
4 Howlin’ Wolf Howlin’ Wolf Boogie
5 Son House Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
6 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (I’d Been) Treated Wrong
7 Wynonie Harris Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well
8 Buddy Guy Broken Hearted Blues
9 John Lee Hooker It’s A Crime And A Shame
10 Big Bill Broonzy See See Rider
11 T-Bone Walker Get These Blues Off Me
12 Eddie Boyd Five Long Years
13 Professor Longhair Every Day, Every Night
14 Mississippi John Hurt Stack O’ Lee
15 Albert King What Can I Do To Change Your Mind?
16 Jimmy Reed I’m Gonna Get My Baby
17 Memphis Slim Feeling Low
18 Otis Rush So Many Roads, So Many Trains
19 Big Joe Williams Drop Down Blues
20 Jimmy Rogers Give Love Another Chance
21 B.B. King Story From My Heart And Soul
22 Jimmy Witherspoon When I’ve Been Drinking
23 Lightnin’ Hopkins Lonesome Dog Blues
24 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Please try to understand
25 Freddy King Lonesome Whistle Blues
Disc 3
1 Muddy Waters Last Time I Fool Around With You
2 Sonny Boy Williamson Nine Below Zero
3 Little Walter One More Chance With You
4 Howlin’ Wolf Come To Me Baby
5 Big Joe Williams I’m A Highway Man
6 Buddy Guy I Got A Strange Feeling
7 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Climbing On Top Of The Hill
8 Wynonie Harris Wynonie’s Boogie
9 Son House Special Rider Blues
10 John Lee Hooker Just Like A Woman
11 Professor Longhair Mardi Gras In New Orleans
12 Eddie Boyd Nothing But Trouble
13 T-Bone Walker I Wish You Were Mine
14 Memphis Slim My Baby
15 Albert King Why Are You So Mean To Me
16 Mississippi John Hurt Ain’t No Tellin’
17 Jimmy Reed Take Out Some Insurance
18 Otis Rush So Close
19 Jimmy Rogers If It Ain’t Me (Who Are You Thinking Of)
20 Lightnin’ Hopkins Highway Blues
21 Jimmy Witherspoon Spoon’s Blues
22 B.B. King When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes
23 Big Bill Broonzy Somebody’s Got to Go
24 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins You’re all of my life to me
25 Freddy King Takin’ Care Of Business
Disc 4
1 Muddy Waters They Call Me Muddy Walters
2 Sonny Boy Williamson Pontiac Blues
3 Little Walter Rock Bottom
4 Howlin’ Wolf I’m Leavin’ You
5 Professor Longhair Walk Your Blues Away
6 Jimmy Reed Blue Blue Water
7 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Change The Lock On My Door
8 Wynonie Harris All She Wants To Do Is Rock
9 Buddy Guy Hard But It’s Fair
10 John Lee Hooker No Mortgage On My Soul
11 Big Joe Williams Stack O’ Dollars
12 Eddie Boyd The Blues Is Here To Stay
13 Son House Preachin’ The Blues
14 T-Bone Walker You’re My Best Poker Hand
15 Memphis Slim Slim’s Blues
16 Albert King Don’t Throw Your Love On Me So Strong
17 Jimmy Rogers Blues Leave Me Alone
18 Big Bill Broonzy Diggin’ My Potatoes
19 Otis Rush I Can’t Stop, Baby
20 Jimmy Witherspoon & Ben Webster Nobody Knows You When Your Down And Out
21 Lightnin´ Hopkins Nothin´ But The Blues
22 Mississippi John Hurt Frankie
23 B.B. King B.B. Blues
24 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins She put the whamee on me
25 Freddy King Have You Ever Loved A Woman
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One of the numbers Lena Horne sang in her triumphant 1981 one-woman show “Lena Horne – The Lady And Her Music” was an obscure Rodgers and Hart song, the wittily risqué “A Lady Must Live”. As a dedicated fan of all things Rodgers & Hart, I wondered at first, how in heaven’s name did Lena Horne find this rare gem.

 

I should have known better. There may well be a charming bit of business behind her discovery of the song; the means of her introduction to it, however, are far less important than the realisation that Lena Horne knows a good song when she hears one. Whether a song is brought to her attention for her consideration or encountered by her by chance, it is inescapable that she will recognise a song of merit, and if her vocal personality is up to it, she will have a new song to add to her already rich repertoire. And of course the chief beneficiaries are those who are unfamiliar with a forgotten or neglected gem.

 

So it’s little wonder that, in this album, Lena Horne has chosen her songs with care and in the process has uncovered rarely heard treasures from the pop song masters of the past.

Two of them have music by Harold Arlen, who wrote the melodies – with lyrics by E Y Harburg – Lena sang in “Jamaica”, her Broadway musical first presented in 1957. One is “The Eagle & Me” also with the lyrics by Harburg from the 1944 Broadway hit, “Bloomer Girl”. The song, reflecting a social consciousness of Arlen & Harburg is a joyous paean to freedom. “Sing From My Heart”, with a lyric by Ted Koehler is a swinging come-what-may ballad first sung by Irene Dunne in a 1939 RKO film, “Love Affair”.

 

Cole Porter, represented on the album by two songs could be the source of many Lena Horne numbers that she could delight her fans with, but for this album she offers his rarely performed “Ours”, in which exotic locales are viewed as retreat for lovers. It’s from the 1936 musical “Red Hot & Blue” the other Porter song is his wonderfully ardent standby “Every Time We Say Goodbye”.

 

Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash were infrequently paired as songwriters, but when they were, the songwriting craft was in captivating hands. Such is the case for “Roundabout”, lifted from 1946’s short lived “Sweet Bye And Bye”, and inserted into the 1952 Bette Davis musical, “Two’s Company”.

 

Lena Horne, to be sure, does not disappoint those who welcome choice renditions of songs from the standard repertoire. The likes of the aforementioned “Every Time We Say Goodbye”, “A Fine Romance”,“Look To The Rainbow” and “When I Fall In Love”, fill the bill with unquestioned brilliance

 

This album also reflects Lena Horne’s willingness to find worthy newcomers, two of which – the lovely ballads “I Wish I’d Met You” and “I Won’t Leave You” featured in her warm duets with Sally Davis and Joe Williams respectively. A third is “Joy”, a bluesy, yet optimistic song featuring a bit of cheerful byplay between Nina and her musicians.

 

If there is an underlying romantic philosophy in Lena Horne’s program it is one noted by Ettore Stratta, the album’s producer, “Lena”, he explains “wasn’t interested in songs of unrequited love, they reflect the sunnier view of life”.

Indeed, for the listener this album also mirrors Lena Horne’s basic philosophy of performance: the best songs of the past and present, in renditions that make them her own.

 

More recently, Lena’s “A Fine Romance” was featured in the Australian international smach hit film “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”.

 

Unfortunately, Lena Horne passed away on the 9th of May 2010, but her music will stay with us forever.

 

IRV LICHTMAN, DEPUTY EDITOR, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

Track Listing

  1. I Wish I’d Met You
  2. Ours
  3. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  4. A Fine Romance
  5. Roundabout
  6. September Song
  7. Joy
  8. Close Enough For Love
  9. I Won’t Leave You Again
  10. The Eagle And Me
  11. When I Fall In Love
  12. Look To The Rainbow
  13. It Could Happen To You
  14. Sing My Heart

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