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1928 Sessions
Mississippi John Hurt
1928 Sessions
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop
 
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Mississippi John Hurt recorded 13 country-blues songs for the Okeh Electric Records company in 1928. Then he vanished. Actually, he never left his hometown of Avalon, Mississippi. He simply put the guitar down. It was the ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mississippi John Hurt
Title: 1928 Sessions
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Yazoo
Release Date: 10/8/1990
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Delta Blues, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351016522, 016350106545, 016351016515, 669910079454

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Mississippi John Hurt recorded 13 country-blues songs for the Okeh Electric Records company in 1928. Then he vanished. Actually, he never left his hometown of Avalon, Mississippi. He simply put the guitar down. It was the Great Depression, times were tough, money was scarce, and he needed to work. Nearly 30 years later, a blues enthusiast tracked him down and took him back to Washington, D.C. Suddenly, Mississippi John's musical career resumed as quickly as it had been halted. These first songs cut in the late 1920s, however, represent Hurt in his youthful prime; the 1928 recordings represent the greatest presentation of his melancholy voice and hypnotic guitar playing. --Percy Keegan

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Because it is a 17--$ version of an album you can pay 10for
ty7777 | USA | 09/20/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Let me help you out- the music and the man-Fantastic! nevermind the movie. All of this material is available on the Avalon blues 1928 complete okeh recordings for 9.98 or so. And it is in excellent sound quality. Best you can ask for to be honest. Forget this overpriced set of the same music."
Soo-WEEET!
mutterjack | 05/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, ignore the first nimrod's review. Let me help you out on something-- GO BUY THIS NOW. Mississippi John Hurt was an angel among early recorded country blues singers. His voice is like honey in a jar with the sun shining through it. His guitar playing is drop-dead gorgeous. An absolute master of the alternating thumb-picked bass, his other fingers must have looked like they were dancing as he played these glorious, raggy refrains. By all accounts, Hurt was a gentle and kind person, and this comes through clearly on his 1928 sessions. These are the only recordings Hurt made in the pre-war era, and after he made them he returned to his life of sharecropping and obscurity for the next three and a half decades. Fortunately for us, he was rediscovered (in his hometown of Avalon, Mississippi)by some stalwart blues researchers and went on to enjoy a succesful revival amidst the folk rock explosion of the 1960's (in which all manner of hippies glommed on to these musical greats, apparently only so they could dilute it and foul it up.)At any rate, there are other reissues of these sessions-- a recent one on (I believe) RCA/Bluebird and of course, on the fine, fine Document label (the best source for all researchers and collectors of this music,) but I am only familiar with the Yazoo edition, so I can't judge variations in sound quality from reissue to reissue. In the 1960's, up to his death, Mississippi John Hurt appeared at numerous events, including Newport Folk Festivals and TV appearances and made several albums worth of recordings, most of which are in circulation and are also highly recommended. Don't die without hearing this wonderful collection of songs."