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|Blind Lemon Jefferson|
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
Jefferson is considered to be the father of Texas blues, and with good reason. Unlike many early blues legends that lived and died in relative obscurity, Lemon was highly popular during his lifetime. Not only did he influe... more »
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Jefferson is considered to be the father of Texas blues, and with good reason. Unlike many early blues legends that lived and died in relative obscurity, Lemon was highly popular during his lifetime. Not only did he influence other bluesmen, but he also left quite an impression on country music father Jimmie Rodgers and western swing pioneers Bob Wills and Milton Brown. As a guitarist, Jefferson had few peers. His capability to throw off unexpected and complex phrases was legendary. Lemon's playing was accompanied by a high and lonesome voice that complemented his formidable songwriting skills. This CD is a reissue of a '70s double vinyl disc set, and it contains most of his best work including his only slide piece "Jack O' Diamonds," one of his many versions of "Matchbox Blues," and the amazing "Rabbit Foot Blues." One would be hard-pressed to find a bluesman of greater depth and skill than Mr. Jefferson. --Lars Gandil
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Blues this great deserves better remastering,no?
Peter Acebal | Christiansburg, VA United States | 01/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off,Lemon is justly named among the greats of Blues history and for good reason,-his stunning guitar fingerpicking and intricate (and odd) rhythmic measures are set to play alongside of unabashed pure emotional vocals and lyricism;from the playful air of "Crawling Baby Blues" to the haunted "Back water Blues" here was a simon-pure gifted musical artist;THAT said,there are problems here...Like a lot of Blues greats Jefferson recorded for Paramount and therein is the curse for Paramount discs were (are) the cheapest sort of bargain-basement records ever made,their cheap and rough-surfaced discs wore out pretty easily,so I'm not really blaming the folks here for the digital restoration job presented here but it makes a concerted effort to hear Lemon's guitar intricacies through the hiss and pops(though the restoration here is better than Columbia's recent reissue of the first Robert Johnson "King of the Delta Blues Singers",...the less said about THAT travesty the better!!)so if you love the Blues any which way you can get 'em then BUY THIS CD NOW! Lemon's greatness is such that it cant be snuffed out through noisy 78s,although it can be muffled a bit in spots,...."
Superb sound, imperfect track list
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 04/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Milestone's Blind Lemon Jefferson-collection gathers 25 of the seminal Texas bluesman's best songs, including the eerie "Black Snake Moan", the macabre "Hangman's Blues", and the classic "Jack O' Diamonds Blues", and the sound is surprisingly good. (Yes, I wish it had been better, too, but the original masters are long lost, and compared to other Blind Lemon-compilations, this one is actually very impressive.)The only downside is that the song selection is not as good as it could have been...several of Lemon's best songs are missing, including "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and "'Lectric Chair Blues". But the sound? Really good."