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Mississippi Blues
Various Artists
Mississippi Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
 
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This well-chosen 11-track collection succeeds admirably in its attempt to represent the Mississippi, the river of blues. This deep, wide, multihued collection of blues combines an expansive chronological and stylistic swee...  more »

     
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Mississippi Blues
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Putumayo World Music
Release Date: 2/12/2002
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Acoustic Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 790248019628, 079024801962

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This well-chosen 11-track collection succeeds admirably in its attempt to represent the Mississippi, the river of blues. This deep, wide, multihued collection of blues combines an expansive chronological and stylistic sweep with a commendable attention to entertainment value through its emphasis on the unexpected. Bobby "Blue" Bland's awe-inspiring vocal on "St. James Infirmary," a masterpiece of American music, is an expected highlight, but selections like Ike and Tina Turner's 1969 take on the B.B. King standard "3 O'clock in the Morning" and the electrifying Luther Allison's "Part Time Love," a Motown gem from early in his career, provide satisfying surprises. Chris Thomas King's subtle but significant modernization of Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen," a performance both rootsy and progressive, is a perfect fit for the collection. Much of the music has a folksy feel, especially the work of Mississippi John Hurt, an acoustic purist until the end, who rolls through a back-to-the-basics "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor," and that of voluntary European exile Memphis Slim, whose piano-powered "Stewball" features the legendary Willie Dixon on bass. Other legends, including John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells, are well represented, but it's Memphis Minnie, a seminal guitar star of the 1930s, who steals the show with her empowered "I Got to Make a Change Blues." --Michael Point

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CD Reviews

Mississippi Blues is a must have!
Lou Brown | Moscow, ID USA | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like good old Delta blues....then you'll LOVE this CD. I have one and gave one as a gift and the entire family listened to it over Christmas and everyone loved it."
Just good blues
S. Howe | Michigan | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"bought it as a gift for my hubby, but I love it too."
Another good blues collection
Fred Camfield | Vicksburg, MS USA | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is another good CD I found at my friend Regina's shop, Art and Soul, in Vicksburg, MS (the south end of the Delta). It is a sampling of 11 vocalists, with various instrumental (guitar, harmonica, and/or keyboard with backup on drums, etc.). It is one of the collections put together by Putumayo, and includes a small bonus booklet inside the CD case giving a brief background of the musician/vocalists included - some are deceased, i.e., Luther Allison in 1997, Junior Wells in 1998, John Lee Hooker in 2001, and Memphis Minnie in 1963. I have it playing on my Windows media player as I write this. Playing time of the individual selections ranges from 2:23 (Bobby Bland) to 5:53 (Junior Wells)."