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Best of
Mississippi John Hurt
Best of
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
 
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This inappropriately titled album is actually a concert recording from a performance at Oberlin College in 1965. Regardless, Hurt's rich, gentle voice and relaxed, flowing guitar lines could soothe the stormiest Monday. Am...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mississippi John Hurt
Title: Best of
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Delta Blues, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 015707192026, 015707192040, 015707310345, 090204668120

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This inappropriately titled album is actually a concert recording from a performance at Oberlin College in 1965. Regardless, Hurt's rich, gentle voice and relaxed, flowing guitar lines could soothe the stormiest Monday. Among the hymns and traditional songs heard here are "I Shall Not Be Moved," "Nearer My God to Thee," "Since I've Laid This Burden Down," and "You Are My Sunshine." Complementing those are Hurt folk/blues staples, notably "Monday Morning Blues," "Coffee Blues," and "C.C. Rider." The blues patriarch's warmth and geniality come through here with such emotional intimacy that you can't help being deeply moved. --Genevieve Williams

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Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy
Allan Ostermann | Portland (the one on the left) | 02/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, this is a live recording, not a collection of prerecorded material; but you know what? I think it's even better than the studio works. I own Avalon Blues and Worried Blues, and they're wonderful. But there's something different going on here. There's a certain undefinable spirit he adds to the songs. Gosh, I don't want to say it, but it's almost rowdy, if Mr. Hurt could ever be described in that fashion (heck, though, it's almost like calling Perry Como speed metal).All I'm trying to say is that the artist/audience chemistry seems to add something exciting to the music and the musician. I guess he seems happier and more alive; which leads me to one oxymoron I've always used to describe Mississippi John Hurt. Happy blues. I love this album, and if you like anything this man has recorded, I'd almost guarantee you'll feel the same."
It may not be his best, but:?
Douglas J. Harwood | Lexington, VA United States | 05/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This disc is a fine place to dive into the wonderfully gentle blues of this wonderfully gentle man. There was nothing flashy about John Hurt, and maybe for that reason his music may stick to your ribs for a long, long time."
A timeless classic
dmckenzi@eidnet.org | 01/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Must agree with the previous reviewer--this is truly great collection. I also first heard the LP in the late 60's, had a reel to reel tape of it that finally just wore out. Then heard it again a few days ago in a local Cajun restaurant. It sounded better than ever. Just had to have the CD."