This essential LP release opens with an early recording of Son House's signature song, the soulful "Death Letter Blues" - a lament by a man who received a letter one morning telling him of the death of the woman he loved. Although it may be an old story from the blues idiom, this particular song offers richness and complexity in it's combination of traditional stanzas and musical setting andthus serves as an outstanding example of the workings of time andnarrative in the blues. Based on the 1930 tune "My Black Mama," "Death Letter Blues" became a highlight of House's live shows in the mid- and late Sixties where it went on for as long as 15 minutes.
This essential LP release opens with an early recording of Son House's signature song, the soulful "Death Letter Blues" - a lament by a man who received a letter one morning telling him of the death of the woman he loved. Although it may be an old story from the blues idiom, this particular song offers richness and complexity in it's combination of traditional stanzas and musical setting andthus serves as an outstanding example of the workings of time andnarrative in the blues. Based on the 1930 tune "My Black Mama," "Death Letter Blues" became a highlight of House's live shows in the mid- and late Sixties where it went on for as long as 15 minutes.
8436544170718

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Format: Vinyl
Label: IMT
Rel. Date: 06/23/2017
UPC: 8436544170718

Special Rider Blues: Original 1940-42 Mississippi Recordings
Artist: Son House
Format: Vinyl
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Available Formats and Editions

DISC: 1

1. Death Letter Blues
2. Special Rider Blues
3. Low Down, Dirty Dog Blues
4. The Jinx Blues (Part 1)
5. The Jinx Blues (Part 2)
6. The Pony Blues
7. Walking Blues (1942 Version)
8. County Farm Blues
9. American Defense 1
10. Government Fleet Blues 1
11. Delta Blues 1
12. Levee Camp Blues 1
13. Camp Hollers 1
14. Four O'Clock Blues

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This essential LP release opens with an early recording of Son House's signature song, the soulful "Death Letter Blues" - a lament by a man who received a letter one morning telling him of the death of the woman he loved. Although it may be an old story from the blues idiom, this particular song offers richness and complexity in it's combination of traditional stanzas and musical setting andthus serves as an outstanding example of the workings of time andnarrative in the blues. Based on the 1930 tune "My Black Mama," "Death Letter Blues" became a highlight of House's live shows in the mid- and late Sixties where it went on for as long as 15 minutes.