Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways 2 / Var

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Review Text Like the first volume, this brings together a lengthy single-disc program of blues of various shades from the vaults of Folkways. Most, though not all, of these 22 tracks are acoustic, with acoustic guitar blues being well represented with selections from Leadbelly, Pink Anderson, Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Josh White, as well as lesser-known figures like Cat Iron, who plays an eerie slide guitar on "Poor Boy a Long, Long Way from Home." Give the compilation credit for supplying a good deal of variety, however, also dipping into piano blues by Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, and Mary Lou Williams; though Williams is known as a jazz pianist rather than a blues one, she's the accompanist for Nora Lee King's blues-jazz outing "Blues -- Until My Baby Comes Home." There's also room for a little full-band blues too, with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry's "Dark Road" (on which they're backed by a drummer), and the much fuller "Down in the Alley," an early electric band recording by the Chambers Brothers. And a couple of white performers make it into the program too, those being Barbara Dane, Roscoe Holcomb (with "Graveyard Blues"), and a young Lucinda Williams (who covers "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor"). A solid and wide-ranging collection this is, but like its predecessor, it suffers from an absence of original recording or release dates for much of the material, though the annotation in the 24-page booklet is otherwise extensive. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  1. 1. Dark Road - 3:46
  2. 2. Step It Up and Go - 3:38
  3. 3. It Was Early One Morning - 2:27
  4. 4. Blues (Until My Baby Comes Back Home) - 3:55
  5. 5. That's No Way to Do It - 2:25
  6. 6. Farro Street Jive - 2:18
  7. 7. I Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Depot Blues) - 3:59
  8. 8. Graveyard Blues - 3:02
  9. 9. 44 Blues - 3:45
  10. 10. Big Fat Mama - 3:59
  11. 11. Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor - 4:53
  12. 12. Lieutenant Blues - 3:40
  13. 13. Woman Is Killing Me - 2:26
  14. 14. Little Drops of Water - 3:09
  15. 15. When Things Go Wrong With You (It Hurts Me Too) - 3:01
  16. 16. Poor Boy a Long, Long Way from Home - 3:47
  17. 17. My Jack Don't Drink Water No More - 4:44
  18. 18. 'Way Behind the Sun - 4:51
  19. 19. Tell Me, Baby - 3:36
  20. 20. Just a Dream - 4:15
  21. 21. Jelly Jelly - 2:29
  22. 22. Down in the Alley - 3:07

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9/23/03 

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