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In His Prime
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
Even before his rediscovery in 1959, Furry Lewis's lofty place in Memphis blues history had been secured on the strength of a mere 23 songs recorded between 1927 and 1930. Lewis's innovative guitar work and his pained voca... more »
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Even before his rediscovery in 1959, Furry Lewis's lofty place in Memphis blues history had been secured on the strength of a mere 23 songs recorded between 1927 and 1930. Lewis's innovative guitar work and his pained vocals take center stage on these 14 recordings. Lewis shows terrific versatility on these sides: His incredible fingerpicking uses dramatic bass tones on "Jellyroll" and rolls banjo-style on "Mistreatin' Mamma." His high-pitched slide wails through "Why Don't You Come Home." Lyrically, he was capable of both great wit and dark imagery ("I believe I'll buy me a graveyard of my own/I'm gonna kill everybody that ever done wrong."). The Lewis staple "Kassie Jones (Parts 1 and 2)" is here, although his other classic, "John Henry," isn't. --Marc Greilsamer
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Not to be missed!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Furry Lewis was never better than he was on these early recordings. Lewis's Memphis sound was very different from the more familiar Delta sound of Robert Johnson and his followers, and his magnificent singing, guitar-playing, and songwriting will come as a revelation to blues fans who have somehow overlooked this blues giant. The sound-quality of these recordings far exceeds what might reasonably be expected of music recorded so long ago. Highly recommended!"
An all time classic
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 02/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just love to listen to this album again and again. The great Memphis bluesman is truly in his prime, playing blues and ballads, accompanying himself perfectly on guitar. Songs like Kassie Jones and John Henry never sounded better than they do here. The blues "I will turn your money green" and "Judge Harsh blues" should be recognized as all time classics and the cream of Memephis Blues. It should go without saying - if you love country blues - don't miss.