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Various – I’ve Got The Blues But I’m Too Damn Mean To Cry – 4CD

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Protest, resentment, despair. Well, it's the blues after all. But frequently the message is expressed with wit and humour, so that the object of the various barbs would have no idea who or what was being criticised. Occasionally, as with both the Mississippi Sheiks and the Memphis Jug Band - who complained about police corruption - the sentiments were unambiguous. And, as it happens, never so relevant as today.

But these tracks were cut primarily as entertainment - the musicianship and wordplay is generally stunning. Listen for that reason. The sociology's a bonus.

Track Listing:

CD1:
Mississippi Sheiks: 1. Jail Bird Love Song - 5:57   Ramblin' Thomas: 2. No Job Blues - 4:37   Ozie McPherson: 3. Down in the Bottom Where I Stay - 6:58   Wilmer Davis: 4. Gut Struggle - 3:48   Roosevelt Sykes: 5. Trouble and Whiskey - 3:17   Norfolk Jubilee Singers: 6. Raise R-U-K-U-S Tonight - 3:21   Birmingham Jubilee Singers: 7. Raise A R-U-K-U-S Tonight - 6:45   Madlyn Davis: 8. Landlady's Footsteps - 0:24   Clara Smith: 9. Get on Board - 5:52   Charley Patton: 10. I'm Goin' Home - 4:25   Mose "Clear Rock" Platt & James "Iron Head" Baker: 11. Old Rattler - 3:09   Ernest Williams, James "Iron Head" Baker & Convict Group: 12. Ain't No More Cane on This Brazos - 2:49   Sara Martin: 13. The Prisoner's Blues - 2:47   Rosa Henderson: 14. Penitentiary Bound Blues - 2:59   Gene Campbell: 15. Wash and Iron Woman Blues - 2:18   Dorothy Dodd: 16. I've Got the Blues But I'm Just Too Mean to Cry - 3:09   George Carter: 17. Rising River Blues - 2:50   Bessie Brown: 18. Song From a Cotton Field - 2:46   Lucille Bogan: 19. They Ain't Walking No More - 3:07   Washington (‘Lightnin'): 20. Long John - 5:26   Vera Hall: 21. Another Man Done Gone - 1:24   Alice Moore: 22. Black Evil Blues - 2:53   Julius Daniels: 23. Richmond Blues - 3:32   Bessie Tucker: 24. Bessie's Moan - 3:29   Sylvester Weaver: 25. Rock Pile Blues - 3:01   Curtis Jones: 26. Highway 51 Blues - 2:40

CD2:
Charley Patton: 1. Down the Dirt Road Blues - 3:00   The Fisk Jubilee Singers: 2. Po' Moaner's Got a Home at Last - 2:59   John Byrd: 3. That White Mule of Sin - 3:04   Charles Tyus: 4. You've Got to Recognise Me - 2:50   Lead Belly: 5. I'm All Out and Down - 5:23   Blind Lemon Jefferson: 6. Prison Cell Blues - 2:47   Moanin' Bernice Edwards: 7. Moaning Blues - 2:41   Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charlie: 8. On Our Turpentine Farm - 3:08   Bo Carter: 9. Good Old Turnip Greens - 3:08   Smith Casey: 10. Two White Horses Standing in Line - 2:36   Cow Cow Davenport: 11. Jim Crow Blues - 3:06   Son House: 12. Am I Right or Wrong - 1:48   Kelly Pace: 13. It Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad - 6:11   Clara Smith: 14. Waitin' for the Evenin' Mail - 3:21   Rev. Edward Clayborn: 15. I Shall Not Be Moved - 2:49   Ma Rainey: 16. Toad Frog Blues - 3:04   Too Tight Henry: 17. Squinch Owl Moan - 2:44   Alice Moore: 18. Daddy-Calling Mama - 3:05   The Heavenly Gospel Singers: 19. Mean Old World - 2:50   Dora Carr: 20. Cow Cow Blues - 2:52   Robert Johnson: 21. Last Fair Deal Gone Down - 2:42   Bumble Bee Slim: 22. Chain Gang Bound - 3:36    J.M. Gates: 23. These Hard Times Are Tight Like That - 3:00   Hezekiah Jenkins: 24. The Panic Is On - 3:18   Son House: 25. Preachin' the Blues, –Pt. 1 - 3:04

CD3:
Bob Campbell: 1. Starvation Farm Blues - 2:54   Walter Davis: 2. No Place to Go - 2:53   Blind Lemon Jefferson: 3. One Dime Blues - 2:47   Mississippi John Hurt: 4. Blue Harvest Blues - 2:54   Funny Paper Smith: 5. Fool's Blues - 2:52   Vera Hall: 6. Boll Weevil Blues (The Boll Weevil Holler) - 1:17   Charley Patton: 7. Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues - 3:10   Unknown Girls: 8. Hopali (Hop-a-Lee) - 1:45   Alberta Hunter: 9. Experience Blues - 3:02   Lonnie Johnson: 10. Broken Levee Blues - 3:26   Charley Campbell: 11. Eighteen Hundred and Ninety One (Ain't Working Song) - 1:37   Martha Copeland: 12. Bank Failure Blues - 2:56   Jesse Bradley: 13. Hammer Ring - 2:39   George "Bullet" Williams: 14. The Escaped Convict - 2:57   Bumble Bee Slim: 15. I'm Having So Much Trouble - 3:02   Tom Bell: 16. Worried Blues - 2:44   Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell: 17. Workhouse Blues - 3:17   Rev. F.W. McGee: 18. The Sure Route Excursion to Hell, Pt. 1 - 3:00   Sara Martin: 19. Black Hearse Blues - 3:15   Bessie Smith: 20. Washwoman Blues - 3:12   Sippie Wallace: 21. Sud Bustin' Blues - 3:08   J.M. Gates: 22. Hitler and Hell - 3:01   Mamie Smith: 23. Don't Mess With Me - 3:12   Irene Scruggs: 24. My Daddy's Calling Me - 2:47   Jim Jackson: 25. I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop - 3:01   Johnson-Nelson-Porkchop: 26. G. Burns Gonna Rise Again - 3:01    Lead Belly: 27.The Bourgeois Blues - 5:36

CD4:
Martha Copeland: 1. Hobo Bill - 3:23   2. Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues - 3:16   Blind Willie McTell: 3. Dying Crapshooter's Blues - 3:12   Jazz Gillum: 4. Sarah Jane - 3:07   Maggie Jones: 5. North Bound Blues - 3:11   James "Iron Head" Baker: 6. Go Down Old Hannah - 2:43    Vera Hall: 7. Been Drinking - 2:44   8. Poor Lazarus - 3:16   Tampa Red: 9. Cotton Seed Blues - 2:56   Paramount Jubilee Singers: 10. I Couldn'’t Hear Nobody Pray - 3:12   Memphis Jug Band: 11. He's in the Jailhouse Now - 3:13   Will Bennett: 12. Railroad Bill - 2:59   Josie Miles: 13. Mad Mama's Blues - 3:55   Blind Lemon Jefferson: 14. Dynamite Blues - 2:56   Bessie Tucker: 15. Key to the Bushes Blues - 2:54   Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band: 16. Red Ripe Tomatoes - 3:04   Texas Alexander: 17. Justice Blues - 2:54   Clara Smith: 18. Nobody Knows the Way I Feel Dis Mornin' - 3:08   Edna Winston: 19. Pail in My Hand - 3:18   Clara Smith: 20. The Basement Blues - 2:57   Helen Gross: 21. Workin' Woman's Blues - 3:00   Sylvester Palmer: 22. Broke Man Blues - 2:59   Hattie Burleson: 23. Sadie's Servant Room Blues - 2:45   Lucille Bogan (as Bessie Jackson): 24. Red Cross Man - 3:11   Washboard Sam: 25. Life Is Just a Book - 3:13

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