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Founder of the Delta Blues [Best of]

Charlie Patton Audio CD
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1. Down The Dirt Road Blues
2. Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
3. Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues
4. Stone Pony Blues
5. It Won't Be Long
6. Shake It and Break It
7. Magnolia Blues
8. Dry Well Blues
9. High Water Everywhere Part I
10. High Water Everywhere Part II
11. Green River Blues
12. Bird Nest Bound
13. High Sheriff Blues
14. A Spoonful Blues
15. Moon Going Down
16. Pony Blues
17. Elder Green Blues
18. Banty Rooster Blues
19. Some Of These Days
20. Tom Rushen Blues
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1969 release.


Although the title of founder might not be exactly accurate, Patton does cast a giant shadow over Mississippi blues. His background as a medicine show entertainer made him more than the typical brooding bluesman. Much of his repertoire was upbeat and just plain fun. Take, for instance, his rendition of "Shake It and Break It": the gravelly voiced Patton snaps his strings and taps out the rhythm on his guitar while not missing a beat. His slide numbers like "High Sheriff" and "When Your Way Gets Dark" are beautiful melodic pieces seldom matched by his peers. He was also an early mentor of Robert Johnson, who probably picked up his trademark descending bass run from Patton. Charley was one of the true greats and is required listening for Delta blues fans. --Lars Gandil

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This one was considered THE Charlie Patton-compilaton for many long years. Originally released in 1969, "Founder Of The Delta Blues" includes almost all of Patton's best songs, from "Pony Blues" to "High Sheriff Blues", and it is still a very fine overview of Charlie Patton's recording career. But it has now been overtaken, fidelity-wise, by the magnificent JSP box set "The Complete Recordings 1929-34", and the single-disc retrospective "Pony Blues: His 23 Greatest Songs" from the Austrian Wolf label, as well as a couple of other recent compilations.
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By Dixon
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OK, here's the straight skinny: This is the absolute best Charlie Patton CD that exists . . . it has over 20 of his greatest, original tunes & has THE best sound quality . . . the situation with the transfers, the pops & scratches is this: if you are a fan of prewar acoustic blues you are used to recordings that sound old & scratchy, IF you're not this might not appeal to you. But there IS a reason Yazoo did not erase them because in doing so they would have taken all the high-end & richness out of the actual voice & guitar of Patton. Some companies, like Columbia, reissue their prewar blues with a dampened, 'cleaned-up' sound because they know the general buyer does not like the scratchy, old record sound, but, believe me, the music itself suffers, it's lifeless & muted . . . So, buyer beware, but understand that this is a well thought-out collection issued by people who actually understand the music & you WILL get used to pops & scratches if you are an earnest fan of this music. I am a prewar blues nerd & am in the process of buying the complete recordings of all my blues heros (Yazoo doesn't issue complete recordings generally) . . . but even then I will be buying Yazoo compilations of songs I already have because they are sonically the BEST sounding reissues of this material, bar-none. So are you serious about some of the deepest, most powerful music ever recorded by mankind or are you a joker?
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Charlie Patton was of the first generation of blues artists and exerted a profound influence on the development of what we call the Mississippi Delta Blues. This Yazoo collection brings together what are genrally regarded to be his greatest recordings. Sound quality varies and Yazoo admittedly did not eliminate some of the clicks and pops in the original because it would muffle the music. This is as good a single disc colelction of Patton's music as one can get, although there are other single-disc collections that look quite good available from other labels.
Bear in mind that the British Catfish label has collected all of Patton's recordings on a budget priced three-disc set. As I write this (9/21/01), Revenant is about to release a seven-disc box that contains not only all of Patton's recordings but every other recording that was made at the recording sessions that Patton participated so this will include pioneering recordings by Willie Brown, Son House, Lousie Johnson and others. One disc will contain recordings by persons influenced by Patton and one will contain interveiws with Patton's associates about Patton. Also included will be a reproduction of the late John Fahey's long out-of-print Patton biography. This box set is likely to be the definitive Patton release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential roots music and best sound quality Sept. 8 2000
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Charley Patton is to Mississippi what Blind Lemon Jefferson is to Texas: its most important black rural artist of before WW2. If you have a taste for this sort of thing, it doesn't get better than this. A blazing performer whose singing and guitar work can still overwhelm you, seven decades later. But it's completely inaccurate to slam the disc's sound qualtity and accuse the label of "laziness." To the contrary, Yazoo Records has always had the very best in 78-reissue sound, disc after disc. Its engineers, far from being lazy, have always taken scrupulous care and a ridiculous amount of time in achieving their sonic results. The fact is that the old Paramount78s from which most of these tracks were taken were worn almost beyond recognition, from cheap manufacture and overplaying with heavy tonearms. Yazoo's audio philosophy is that you can't eliminate all the noise without eliminating the high frequencies that make the music live. If you can't take the noise, that's up to you; but the typical Yazoo CD will come closer than any other label's to the sound you'd get if you played these 78s on an antique gramophone: an entirely different, and genuine, sound experience. In the present case, this disc is a complete digital remastering, going back to the original source 78s, of a landmark Yazoo 2-LP set from about 30 years ago (and an earlier CD issue of same). This is no. 10 in Yazoo's "2000 series" of all- digital 78 reissues, and the only place you'll find Patton sounding this good is on its compantion, Yazoo 2001. Get ready to tap, no, make that stomp, your foot to one of the great American dance musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE SEMINAL BLUES DOCUMENTS Oct. 3 1998
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If you had never heard the blues before and needed a "top five" to go on, this CD would not only be on it but would probably be first on the list. Now, Patton was not the first bluesman to record, and he may or may not have been the "best", or the most popular, or influential, or talented, and he did not have the posthumous show-biz connections (read Clapton,Stones)of Robert Johnson (although John Fogerty did buy him a fitting headstone and Rolling Stone's five stars do appear on the front). The point is that he was, indeed, the founder of the delta blues; the most famous and influential strain of the blues. One can draw a line from Patton to Son House (his contemporary) to Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters and it doesn't get much more decicive than that! Patton, though, is much more than history; he is a powerful artist that stands on his own, that can be enjoyed solely on the basis of the music. Charley Patton is not a footnote in the blues, and any history of blues that does not mention him or state his significance is not a history and and blues collection without him is not a collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirt-poor acoustics, but great Charlie Patton
If you were listening to this disc with headphones, you'd probably go nuts -- the sound quality is that primitive (about as primitive as it gets!). Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Stephen Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Source!
Firstly,this bickering about 'laziness' is a bit neurotic,-as the other insightful reviewer pointed out these are Paramount 78s and no cheaper quality discs were ever manufactured... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by Peter Acebal
5.0 out of 5 stars what he said
I just want to echo the previous comment on the recording quality. The problem is obviously not "laziness" -- the recordings were made in the late 20's at the very... Read more
Published on Dec 3 2000 by BookrT
4.0 out of 5 stars Five-star music, two-star recording
No need to rehash all the praise for Charley Patton; he is in fact one of the all-time great Delta blues singers, and this album contains some of his finest material. Read more
Published on June 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding heart and soul blues from the founder himself.
I love this cd. it is one of my favorite blues albums in my collection, and I would like to purchase more Charley Patton albums in the future.
Published on Dec 12 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all begins
Charlie Patton has been described by some as probably the first artist to record and popularize the delta sound. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 1998 by Krishnan Srinivasan
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfathomable Blues
I checked this out from the library, listened and thought "What is he saying?" After checking it out 20 times, I finally bought the thing ... Read more
Published on July 1 1998 by Craig Riecke
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