The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Charley Patton
Charley Patton’s distinctive guitar style inspired a whole tradition, the Delta Blues. The man himself was many things; a hell-raiser extraordinaire, bona fide celebrity, a wandering bluesman and a musician like no other. Enjoy a comprehensive collection of his finest works loving re-mastered to perfection on this engaging Rough Guide.
Includes bonus Delta Blues Legacy CD
- Listen Mississippi Boweavil Blues (3:09)
- Listen Down The Dirt Road Blues (2:58)
- Listen Pony Blues (2:59)
- Listen A Spoonful Blues (3:10)
- Listen High Water Everywhere (Part 1) (2:58)
- Listen High Water Everywhere (Part 2) (2:57)
- Listen 34 Blues (2:57)
- Listen Pea Vine Blues (3:04)
- Listen Revenue Man Blues (2:42)
- Listen Poor Me (2:58)
- Listen High Sheriff Blues (3:11)
- Listen Frankie & Albert (3:09)
- Listen Prayer Of Death (Part 1) (3:04)
- Listen Prayer Of Death (Part 2) (2:49)
- Listen Shake It And Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama) (3:07)
- Listen Magnolia Blues (3:02)
- Listen Circle Round The Moon (2:32)
- Listen Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues (3:07)
- Listen Mean Black Moan (3:26)
- Listen Jesus Is A Dying Bed Maker (2:53)
- Listen Oh Death (2:51)
- Listen Heart Like Railroad Steel (2:56)
- Listen Son House: Walkin’ Blues (2:59)
- Listen Willie Brown: M&O Blues (3:09)
- Listen Louise Johnson: All Night Long Blues (3:10)
- Listen Henry Sims: Be True Be True Blues (3:01)
- Listen Bertha Lee Patton: Mind Reader Blues (2:54)
- Listen Howlin’ Wolf: Saddle My Pony (2:34)
- Listen John Lee Hooker: Hobo Blues (3:01)
- Listen Muddy Waters: Gypsy Woman (2:34)
- Listen Brownie Mcghee: Big Legged Woman (2:42)
- Listen Big Joe Williams: She Left Me A Mule To Ride (2:31)
- Listen Bukka White: Fixin To Die Blues (2:48)
- Listen Tommy Johnson: Canned Heat Blues (3:23)
Only the hiss and crackle that bedevilled his original recordings for many years has prevented Charley Patton from receiving the same adulation that surrounds the cult of Robert Johnson. On this meticulously remastered Rough Guide the legend of Charley Patton is reborn.
As an illustrious wandering bluesman, Charley spent his life moving nomadically around the Mississippi Delta and made the odd trip further afield to New Orleans, St Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago. All along the road he could be found singing, strumming, drinking and generally living his life hard and fast. He cut just four recording sessions between 1929 and 1934, the highlights of which were selected for this Rough Guide by the Jazz and Blues expert, Nigel Williamson.
The album opens with ‘Mississippi Boweavil Blues’ whereby a humorous imagined dialogue takes place between a farmer and the Boweavil insect which, much to the farmer’s dislike, feeds on cotton buds and flowers. Another classic song the two-part track, ‘High Water Everywhere’ gives Patton’s vivid account of the Mississippi flood of 1927. Another great, the haunting track ‘Screamin’ And Hollerin’The Blues’ was originally released under the name, ‘The Masked Marvel’ but is true Patton genius.
Many of the tracks including, ‘High Sheriff Blues’, ‘Pea Vine Blues’ and ‘Down The Dirt Road Blues’ tackle issues unique to the experience of early twentieth century Mississippi life, yet there's still a universality about the passions and emotions he conjures that makes this record buzz with emotion.
The bonus album pays homage to Patton's influence and shows how the blues would have sounded very different without his towering example. Enjoy music from the likes of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, all of whom fell under the great Patton’s spell – and who can blame them?