Sleepy John Estes The Complete Recorded Works, Volume 1: 1929-1937
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- Released: July 15, 1991
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Document
- 1.The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair
- 2.Broken Hearted, Ragged and Dirty Too
- 3.Divin' Duck Blues
- 4.Little Sarah
- 5.Black Mattie Blues
- 6.T-Bone Steak Blues
- 7.Milk Cow Blues
- 8.Street Car Blues
- 9.Expressman Blues
- 10.Watcha Doin'?
- 11.Poor John Blues
- 12.Stack o' Dollars
- 13.My Black Gal Blues
- 14.Sweet Mama
- 15.Down South Blues
- 16.Stop That Thing
- 17.Someday Baby Blues
- 18.Who's Been Telling You Buddy Brown Blues
- 19.Married Woman Blues
- 20.Drop Down Mama
- 21.Government Money
- 22.I Wanta Tear It All the Time
- 23.Vernita Blues
- 24.I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More
Personnel: Sleepy John Estes (vocals, guitar); Son Bonds (vocals, guitar, kazoo); James "Yank" Rachel (vocals, mandolin); Ray Thomas (vocals); Charlie Pickett (guitar); Hammie Nixon, Tee (harmonica); Lee Brown (kazoo); Johnny Hardge, Jab Jons, Jab Jones (piano); Ann Sorter (washboard).
Liner Note Author: Chris Smith .
Recording information: Chicago, IL (09/24/1929/08/02/1937); Memphis, TN (09/24/1929/08/02/1937); New York, NY (09/24/1929/08/02/1937); NY, NY (09/24/1929/08/02/1937).
Unknown Contributor Role: Hammie Nixon.
One of the central figures of the 1920s/'30s blues world, Sleepy John Estes had a mournful singing style that pretty much defined the concept of the blues. This collection covers what is arguably the most important period in Estes's career, from his first recordings at the tail end of the '20s to 1937. Songs that cemented his legacy for decades to come, like "Drop Down Mama," are here, as well as lesser known tunes that are no less striking. Though Estes had a longer recording career than some of his contemporaries, the soulful grit contained in these, his earliest sides, stands as a timeless example of the great American art form known as the blues.
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