Charley Patton The Definitive (3-CD)

The Definitive (3-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Released: September 17, 2007
  • Label: Snapper Uk

Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - p.115
4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he intensity in his voice is self-evident."
The Wire - 6/01, p.67
"...It's not often that a budget price reissue deserves the tag indispensable..."
Living Blues - 7-8/01, p.82
"...The sound is excellent....the perfect Patton set for those who can live without the handful of unissued tracks."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/02, p.71
Included in Mojo's "Best Blues Albums of 2001".
Mojo (Publisher) - 6/01, p.118
"...This is the 1st time those battered old 78s have been remastered to a standard which actually renders them listenable....He wasn't built to last, but his music was."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Mississippi Boweavil Blues
  • 2.Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues
  • 3.Down the Dirt Road Blues
  • 4.Pony Blues
  • 5.Banty Rooster Blues
  • 6.It Won't Be Long
  • 7.Pea Vine Blues
  • 8.Tom Rushen Blues
  • 9.A Spoonful Blues
  • 10.Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)
  • 11.Prayer of Death, Pt. 1
  • 12.Prayer of Death, Pt. 2
  • 13.Lord, I'm Discouraged
  • 14.I'm Goin' Home
  • 15.Going to Move to Alabama
  • 16.Elder Greene Blues
  • 17.Circle Round the Moon
  • 18.Devil Sent the Rain Blues
  • 19.Mean Black Cat Blues
  • 20.Frankie and Albert

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Some These Days I'll Be Gone
  • 2.Green River Blues
  • 3.Hammer Blues
  • 4.Magnolia Blues
  • 5.When Your Way Gets Dark
  • 6.Heart Like Railroad Steel
  • 7.Some Happy Day
  • 8.You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die
  • 9.Jim Lee Blues, Pt. 1
  • 10.Jim Lee Blues, Pt. 2
  • 11.High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1
  • 12.High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2
  • 13.Jesus Is a Dying-Bed Maker
  • 14.I Shall Not Be Moved
  • 15.Rattlesnake Blues
  • 16.Running Wild Blues
  • 17.Joe Kirby
  • 18.Mean Black Moan
  • 19.Dry Well Blues
  • 20.Some Summer Day, Pt. 1

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Moon Going Down
  • 2.Bird Nest Bound
  • 3.Jersey Bull Blues
  • 4.High Sheriff Blues
  • 5.Stone Pony Blues
  • 6.34 Blues
  • 7.Love My Stuff
  • 8.Revenue Man Blues
  • 9.Oh Death
  • 10.Troubled 'Bout My Mother
  • 11.Poor Me
  • 12.Hang It on the Wall
  • 13.Farrell Blues
  • 14.Come Back Corrina
  • 15.Tell Me Man Blues
  • 16.Be True, Be True Blues
  • 17.Yellow Bee
  • 18.Mind Reader Blues

Product Description:

The story of Delta blues starts with Charley Patton's slashing slide style, hoarse and gruff vocals, and unerring ability to enliven and enlarge even the most mundane blues lyric. Patton's 78s have been collected in several fine packages, including the JSP box called Complete Recordings: 1929-1934, Catfish's nifty three-disc budget box called The Definitive Charley Patton (this is a straight reissue of that set via Recall), and the last word in all this, the impressive (and expensive) seven-disc Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues from Revenant Records. For those without deep pockets, though, this package really has everything at a decent price, including Patton's best-known songs like "Pony Blues," the two-part "High Water Everywhere," "Down the Dirt Road Blues," "High Sheriff Blues," "A Spoonful Blues," and "Revenue Man Blues." Since Patton's rhythms and overall approach can be repetitive at times, casual listeners wondering what all the fuss is about might be better served with a single-disc release (there are several on the market), but Patton's work is both the big bang and the epicenter of country blues, so going a little deeper and springing for this one makes perfect sense. ~ Steve Leggett

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 636551050524
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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