Charley Patton Primeval Blues, Rags and Gospel Songs
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- Released: March 22, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Yazoo
Living Blues - pp.74-75"[A]wfully good....Immortal music..."
- 1.Revenue Man Blues
- 2.Hang It on the Wall
- 3.Prayer of Death - Part 1
- 4.High Water Everywhere - Part 2
- 5.Stone Pony Blues
- 6.Prayer of Death - Part 2
- 7.Mean Black Cat Blues
- 8.34 Blues
- 9.You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die
- 10.Elder Green Blues
- 11.Dry Well Blues
- 12.Some Happy Day
- 13.Love My Stuff
- 14.Tom Rushen Blues
- 15.Trouble Bout My Mother
- 16.Some Summer Day
- 17.Running Wild Blues
- 18.Jesus Is a Dying Bed Maker
- 19.Some of These Days I'll Be Gone
- 20.Hammer Blues
- 21.Oh Death
- 22.Poor Me
- 23.Frankie & Albert
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Charley Patton (vocals, guitar); Willie Brown (guitar); Bertha Lee (vocals); Henry "Son" Sims (fiddle).
Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
Liner Note Authors: Don Kent; Stephen Calt; Richard Nevins.
This single-disc selection from Yazoo is interesting because it bypasses some of Charley Patton's best-known sides like "Down the Dirt Road Blues" and "High Sheriff Blues" in favor of presenting a more versatile Patton capable of handling gospel and even pop fare (check out the take here of "Some Summer Day" to hear a relatively softer and gentler Charley Patton). Since Patton's rhythms and overall approach can be repetitive at times, a single disc like Primeval Blues, Rags and Gospel Songs that mixes things up a bit makes a perfect introduction for casual listeners, but Patton's recorded work is both the Big Bang and the epicenter of country-blues, so going a little deeper and springing for one of the several fine box sets available is well worth the time and expense. ~ Steve Leggett
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