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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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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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1969 release.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirt-poor acoustics, but great Charlie Patton Nov. 25 2003
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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!). But once you get used to it, and if you can listen to it on a stereo, I guarantee you'll have a totally different experience. This recording was done over four years (1929-34), so the track quality varies. Generally, though, there's such a deep, lazy, and magnetic ambience to Charlie Patton's music that it shines right through poor LP acoustics and seventy years of history. Good luck figuring out what Patton is actually saying (his enunciation is right up there with Bob Dylan's), but the music is what counts, right?! A rich and unique recording. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Source! Feb. 9 2002
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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 and if they have survived at all their fragility rivals an old Renaissance painting SO take it easy with the conscientous engineers at Yazoo because these digital transfers are the very best that can be head with the notoriously cheapo Paramounts!
Musically this CD is a revelation AND an excellently balanced view of Patton as a performer,...not just red-hot Delta blues but also minstrel Rags and field hollers AND his eloquent percussive guitar work needs no qualifying introduction.
If the surface hiss trobules you then all I can suggest is that you take up the guitar learn these tunes then make your very own CD,...BUT you won't get anywhere tho' Patton Was (and always will be) One-of-a-kind!
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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 what he said Dec 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
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 beginning of recorded music. It's a miracle that this music has been preserved at all. If you feel like you have to, go ahead and turn on your "Dolby" switch, but I'll listen to it as it is on the original masters.
Patton is an absolute giant, and his voice will come through loud and clear to any true fan of American folk music, regardless of any so-called "noise."
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