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Got the Blues

Son House

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Album Review

This single-disc set collects Son House's Library of Congress sessions for Alan Lomax in 1940 and 1941, and adds in House's complete Paramount recordings from 1930, which consist of three double-sided 78s ("My Black Mama," "Preachin' the Blues," and "Dry Spell Blues"). Since House's rediscovery sides for Columbia in the 1960s catch him, quite honestly, with diminishing powers, the material presented here is the truly essential stuff.

Biography

Born: 21 March 1902 in Riverton, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Son House's place, not only in the history of Delta blues, but in the overall history of the music, is a very high one indeed. He was a major innovator of the Delta style, along with his playing partners Charley Patton and Willie Brown. Few listening experiences in the blues are as intense as hearing one of Son House's original 1930s recordings for the Paramount label. Entombed in a hailstorm of surface noise and scratches, one can still be awestruck by the emotional fervor House puts into his singing...
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