Modern Downhome Blues Sessions 4 / Various (Uk)

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Review Text The fourth in a series spotlighting blues releases from the Bihari Brothers' California-based Modern Records label, this installment features gutbucket country-blues, mostly recorded in Atlanta and Dallas between 1948 and 1952. This isn't polished stuff, and while these sides aren't exactly field recordings, they have that same sort of ragged, immediate intimacy, and what they lack in slickness they make up for with enthusiastic abandon. Highlights include the rousing opening track, "Neglected Woman" (a piano and guitar romp featuring Alexander Herman Moore and Smokey Hogg), "Gonna Write You a Letter," which sports an ominous solo electric guitar turn from Jesse Babyface Thomas, and a tense, nuanced "Milford Blues" by Little Son Jackson. The real delights here, however, are the eight sides (including two takes of "Applejack Boogie") by Pine Top Slim. With easy, sparse, acoustic guitar accompaniment, Pine Top (exactly who he is remains somewhat of a mystery) turns in fine country-blues versions of "Applejack Boogie" and "Baby Please Don't Go." There isn't too much here for the general listener, but collectors and historians of late-period country-blues will find this disc to be a valuable archival document. ~ Steve Leggett

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  1. 1. Neglected Woman - 3:41
  2. 2. Carolina - 3:54
  3. 3. Lillie Mae Boogie - 3:35
  4. 4. If I Lose You Woman - 3:39
  5. 5. Meet Me Tonight Along the Avenue - 3:49
  6. 6. Gonna Write You a Letter - 3:55
  7. 7. Applejack Boogie - 3:37
  8. 8. I'm Gonna Carry On - 3:30
  9. 9. John Henry - 3:54
  10. 10. Baby Please Don't Go - 3:43
  11. 11. 13 Highway - 3:45
  12. 12. Bluebird Blues - 3:01
  13. 13. Keep 'Em Down - 3:32
  14. 14. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You - 3:38
  15. 15. Dark Old World - 3:38
  16. 16. Thinking Life Over aka Sittin' Down Thinkin' - 3:35
  17. 17. Fast Life - 3:09
  18. 18. Mean Old Frisco - 3:45
  19. 19. Poor Boy - 3:48
  20. 20. Applejack Boogie - 2:29
  21. 21. Milford Blues - 2:27
  22. 22. Talkin' Boogie - 3:02
  23. 23. Night Time Anytime aka Tomorrow I May Be Gone - 4:37
  24. 24. Texas Blues - 3:39
  25. 25. Numbered Days - 3:33
  26. 26. Wee Wee Hours - 3:42
  27. 27. Dollar Diggin' Woman - 3:30
  28. 28. Boogie Like You Wanna - 3:41

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