I've Got the Blues But I'm Too Damn Mean to Cry: Protest in Early Blues & Gospel (4-CD)
by Various Artists

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: October 28, 2016
  • Originally Released: 2016
  • Label: JSP Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

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

Tracks on Disc 2:

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

Tracks on Disc 3:

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

Tracks on Disc 4:

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

Product Description:

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.
JSP Records

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