Revenants. Phantoms. Biographical ciphers emerged from their anonymous dark, made 78 rpm recordings, and were promptly swallowed up by darkness again. Yet their recordings have made an indelible place for themselves in our world by dint of capacity to inspire wonder.
At once a collection of secret blueprints for a new raw musics revolution and a testament to the enduring power of great art to shock, confound, inspire and sustain. John Fahey’s final curated work for Revenant.
Disc 1 I Want Jesus to Talk with Me - Homer Quincy Smith Deal Rag - Walter Taylor Motherless Child Blues - Elvie Thomas Big Bed Bug (Bed Bug Blues) - Tommy Settlers and His Blues Moaner I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape - Nugrape Twins Molly Man - (Red Hot) Old Mose Black Dog Blues - Bayless Rose Workhouse Blues - Mattie May Thomas Bo-Lita - Kid Brown and His Blue Band My Mama Always Talked To Me - John Hammond Balln' the Jack - The Salty Dog Four Friday Moan Blues - Alfred Lewis Pick Poor Robin Clean - Geeshie Wiley It's Cold In China Blues - The Mississippi Moaner Black Sheep Blues - Pigmeat Terry Old Hen Cackle - Two Poor Boys Frisco Blues - Bayless Rose Hot Time Blues - William Harris Take A Look At That Baby - Two Poor Boys Skinny Leg Blues - Geeshie Wiley Little Birdie - John Hammond Little Girl in Rome - Otto Virgial Dangerous Blues - Mattie May Thomas Mean Low Blues - Blues Birdhead Be My Kid Blues - Elizabeth Johnson
Disc 2 Last Kind Word Blues - Geeshie Wiley Poor Mourner - Cousins & DeMoss Jamestown Exibition - Bayless Rose There's a City Built of Mansions - Nugrape Twins Cairo Blues - Henry Spaulding Two White Horses in a Line - Two Poor Boys Shrimp Man - (Red Hot) Old Mose Don't Mistreat Your Good Boyfriend - The Bubbling Over Five Bull Frog Blues - William Harris Purty Polly - John Hammond Go Down Moses - Homer Quincy Smith Over to my House - Wiley and Thomas Shaking Weed Blues - Tommy Settlers and His Blues Moaner Big Mac from Macamere - Mattie May Thomas Moaning the Blues - Pigmeat Terry Original Blues - Bayless Rose John Henry Blues (take 3) - Two Poor Boys Sobbin' Woman Blues - Elizabeth Johnson Bad Notion Blues - Otto Virgial Eagles on a Half - Geeshie Wiley Mississippi Swamp Moan - Alfred Lewis Red Cross The Disciple of Christ Today - Moses Mason Kansas City Blues - William Harris As Free A Little Bird As Can Be - John Hammond No Mo' Freedom - Mattie May Thomas This CD is also available as a download from
There is no easy way to explain just how good this collection is! From the very first track (my first time hearing Homer Quincy Smith), I was completely involved with no turning back. I’ve been listening to these songs all weekend & toward the end of each, I still find myself in true anticipation of the next. The ghosts are evident in this one. Honestly, the best compilation I have heard in while! A true 5-star rating! Malcolm - Venerable Music
Homer Quincy Smith Walter Taylor Elvie Thomas Tommy Settlers and His Blues Moaner Nugrape Twins (Red Hot) Old Mose Bayless Rose Mattie May Thomas Kid Brown and His Blue Band John Hammond Salty Dog Four Alfred Lewis Geeshie Wiley Mississippi Moaner Pigmeat Terry Two Poor Boys William Harris Otto Virgial Blues Birdhead Elizabeth Johnson Cousins & DeMoss Henry Spaulding Bubbling Over Five William Harris Wiley and Thomas Moses Mason