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Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell – Vol. 1 – 1926-1934 – 4 CD

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Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell spearheaded an urban form of blues in the late 1920s. Urbanization of the rural form resulted from the migration of African Americans from the South to Northern cities. Many settled in the Midwest, some in Indianapolis, which was where Leroy Carr and his partner Scrapper Blackwell ended up. By the 1920s it had a thriving blues scene. Indianapolis was a railroad hub which served the expansion of flour mills, meat packers, and breweries, and provided skilled and unskilled work. Carr owed many of his songs to the railroads. Ironically the L & N, mentioned in the beautiful and poignant Alabama Women Blues, was not one of them. One of Leroy Carr finest recorded numbers - Naptown Blues - referred to the city - 'Naptown' was its nickname. Early on, Carr joined a circus - and this theme occurs occasionally in his work - see his Carried Water For The Elephant. As to influences - we know Carr drew on earlier records - his most famous song, How Long, How Long Blues has roots in Ida Cox's How Long, Daddy, How Long. Another theme recurred - alcohol. This reflected his own heavy drinking, which accelerated his death. Scrapper Blackwell, a part time bootlegger, shared his boozing proclivities. Drink must have inspired Straight Alky Blues which Carr recorded in 1929. The instrumental break features delicious slow-paced boogie piano, laced with Blackwell's guitar. Carr also covered Lucille Bogan's Sloppy Drunk Blues which he cut six months after the original. Another piece of booze-inspired magic was Corn Licker Blues. Hoodoo featured in one or two Carr numbers. Baby You Done Put That Thing On Me might be one - it's love or hoodoo. In Papa's Got Your Water On, however, Carr invokes a Southern belief that a mojo's power will act as a check on his lover. Whatever the theme, Carr and Blackwell were one of the most enduring musical partnerships of the blues in the 1920s and 30s.

Track Listing:

CD1:
1. My Own Lonesome Blues -3:04   2. How Long, How Long Blues – 3:08   3. Broken Spoke Blues – 3:00   4. Tennesse Blues – 3:03   5. Truthful Blues – 2:56   6. Mean Old Train Blues – 3:03   7. You Got To Reap What You Sow - 2:54   8. Low Down Dirty Blues – 3:08   9. Box Car Blues – 3:12   10. How Long, How Long Blues No.2 – 2:47   11. How Long, How Long Blues No.3 – 3:12   12. Baby Don't You Leave Me No More – 3:15   13. Tired of Your Low Down Ways – 3:13   14. I'm Going Away and Leave My Baby – 3:09   15. Prison Bound Blues – 3:08   16. You Don't Mean Me No Good – 3:17   17. How About Me – 3:28   18. Straight Alky Blues Part1 – 3:02   19. Think of Me Thinking of You – 3:08   20. The Truth About the Thing – 3:14   21 Straight Alky Blues Part 2 – 3:23   22. Straight Alky Blues Part 3 – 3:22   23. Lifeboat Blues – 3:01   24. Gambler’s Blues – 3:10   25. There Ain't Nobody Got It Like She Got T – 3:22

CD2:
1. That's All Right For You – 3:18   2. Wrong Man Blues – 3:15   3. Naptown Blues – 2:46   4. The New How Long Blues – 3:07   5. Love Rides All – 3:02   6. I Know That I'll Be Blue – 3:22   7. Gettin' All Wet – 3:27   8. Rain Day Blues – 3:23   9. Blue With the Blues – 3:28   10. Just Worryin' Blues – 2:52   11. Baby You Done Put That Thing On Me – 3:22   12. I Won't Miss You When You're Gone – 3:14   13. Don't You Get Tired – 3:07   14. I'm Going Back To Tennessee – 3:16   15. Christmas In Jail – 3:14   16. Prison Cell Blues – 2:50   17. That's Tellin' 'Em – 3:01   18. Papa Wants a Cookie – 2:45   19. Memphis Town – 2:50   20. Don't Say Goodbye – 2:56   21. I Ain't Got No Gal – 3:14   22. Goodbye Blues – 2:49   23. The Dirty Dozen – 2:53   24. Workhouse Blues – 3:17

CD3:
1. Let's Make Up and Be Friends Again – 3:12   2. Let’s Disagree – 2:55   3. Sloppy Drunk Blues- 2:58   4. Hard Times Done Drove Me To Drink – 3:29   5. Long Road Blues – 3:14   6. Jail Cell Blues – 3:12   7. Four Day Rider – 3:03   8. Alabama Women Blues – 2:51   9. Papa's On the House Top – 2:58   10. Carried Water For the Elephant – 3:04   11. Low Down Dog Blues – 2:48   12. Nineteen Thirty One Blues – 3:00   13. Love Crying Blues – 2:59   14. Papa's Got Your Water On – 3:13   15. Big House Blues – 3:04   16. How Long, How Long Blues Part 2 – 2:49   17. What More Can I Do -3:07   18. Papa Wants To Knock a Jug - 2:32   19. How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone – 2:54   20. Quittin' Papa – 3:11   21. Lonesome Nights – 3:06   22. I Keep the Blues – 2:57

CD4:
1. Gone Mother Blues – 3:04   2. Midnight Hour Blues – 3:07   3. Moonlight Blues – 3:11   4. The Depression Blues – 3:05   5. Mean Mistreater Mama – 3:06   6. Mean Mistreater Mama – 2:56   7. Mean Mistreater Mama No 2 -3:29   8. Court Room Blues – 3:13   9. Hurry Down Blues – 3:36   10. Corn Licker Blues – 3:41   11. Hold Them Puppies – 3:39   12. Shady Lane Blues – 3:44   13. Blues She Gave Me – 3:03   14. You Can't Run My Business No More – 3:14   15. Blues Before Sunrise – 3:34   16. Blues Before Sunrise – 3:38   17. Ain't Got No Money Now – 3:11   18. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child – 2:44   19. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child – 2:44   20. Stormy Night Blues – 2:38   21. Take a Walk Round t he Corner – 3:07   22. Baby Come Back To Me – 2:26   23. Blue Night Blues – 2:58   24. My Woman's Gone Wrong – 2:32

 

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