- Released: October 1, 1993
- Label: Document
- 1.Wang Wang Harmonica Blues
- 2.Sisco Harmonica Blues
- 3.Black And Evil Blues
- 4.Little Brother Blues
- 5.Baby, Won't You Doodle-Doo-Doo
- 6.Howling Wolf Blues
- 7.Crying Blues
- 8.Things About Coming My Way
- 9.Bad Depression Blues
- 10.Greenville Sheik
- 11.Good Gal
- 12.High Brown Cheater
- 13.Double Crossing Women
- 14.So Sweet, So Sweet
- 15.Lazy Black Snake Blues
- 16.Downhearted Man Blues
- 17.Low Cotton
- 18.Blood Red River
- 19.Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed
- 20.Motherless Children
- 21.Pure Religion Hallilu - (take 1)
- 22.Pure Religion Hallilu - (take 2)
- 23.I Don't Intend To Die In Egyptland
- 24.This Heart Of Mine
- 25.There's A Man Goin' Around Taking Names
- 26.Lay Some Flowers On My Grave
Personnel includes: Josh White (vocals, guitar).
Recorded between September, 1929 and November, 1933. Includes liner notes by Dave Moore.
Personnel: Josh White (vocals, guitar); Robert Carver, Nobel Carver (guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
Liner Note Author: Dave Moore .
Recording information: New York, NY (06/09/1929-11/13/1933); Richmond, IN (06/09/1929-11/13/1933).
Josh White, who became famous in the 1940s as an accessible and highly intelligent folk singer, began his career as a blues-oriented vocalist and guitarist. Vol. 1 of his complete early recordings starts with a couple instrumental jams from 1929 with the Carver Boys (a quartet consisting of harmonica and three guitars). The remainder of this CD is from 1932-1933, with White heard on some easy-to-take religious songs and as a blues performer. These 24 recordings are all solo numbers other than two selections that have an unknown pianist added. White's voice is strong, and his guitar playing is quite fluent. Among the better numbers are "Black and Evil Blues," "Things About Coming My Way," "Double Crossing Woman," and "Lay Some Flowers on My Grave." This set is particularly recommended to blues collectors who were not aware of Josh White's musical beginnings. ~ Scott Yanow