Monday, May 8, 2017

Paramount Records 2004 The Paramount Masters



Genre: Blues
Rate: 244 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 04:51:14
Size: 509,04 MB

Review by Stewart Mason

Paramount Records didn't know it at the time, but they created one of the most valuable catalogs of early American blues and jazz music ever assembled. Formed by a furniture company called the Wisconsin Chair Company in the mid-teens to facilitate sales for their new phonograph cabinets, Paramount Records (along with its subsidiary labels Broadway, Famous, and Puritan) sent a young man named Art Satherley on the road in the South to explore and exploit the growing "race records" market beginning in 1917.

Over the next 15 years, Satherley and the other Paramount Records' representatives recorded well over 100 sides featuring blues and jazz artists as well-known as Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, and Meade Lux Lewis, and an otherwise unknown as Side Wheel Sally Duffie, whose "Bunker Hill Blues" is a piano blues showcase for a high-register, vibrato-heavy vocal of uncertain pitch which sounds almost like a 1920s equivalent to Björk. These 100 sides are presented in chronological order, with as much information is as known about each recording. Sound quality varies widely, and of course is at times atrocious, but the historical import and entertainment value for students of early jazz and blues is immense.

CD A:



01 - Bobby Grant - Nappy Head Blues 02:45

02 - Lottie Beaman - Red River Blues 02:58

03 - Meade Lux Lewis - Honky Tonk Train Blues 03:15

04 - Bo Weevil Jackson - You Can't Keep No Brown 03:11

05 - Teddy Darby - Lawdy, Lawdy, Worried Blues 03:06

06 - Wesley Wallace - No.29 03:15

07 - Blind Joe Reynolds - Outside Woman Blues 02:55

08 - William Moore - Old Country Rock 03:03

09 - James 'Boodle It' Wiggins - Keep A-Knockin' 03:09

10 - George 'Bullet' Williams - Touch Me Light, Mama 02:48

11 - Moanin' Bernice Edwards - Jack Of All Trades 02:44

12 - Harum Scarums - Come On In (Ain't Nobody Here But Me) 02:45

13 - Sweet Papa Stovepipe - All Birds Look Like Chicken To Me 03:08

14 - Charlie 'Dad' Nelson - Cotton Field Blues 02:42

15 - Ma Rainey - Traveling Blues 02:55

16 - Charlie Spand - Soon This Morning Blues 02:59

17 - Papa Charlie Jackson - Gay Cattin' 02:55

18 - King Solomon Hill - Whoopee Blues 03:10

19 - Geechie Wiley - Eagles On A Half 03:00

20 - Washboard Walter - Wasn't It Sad About Lemon 03:02

21 - George Hannah - Freakish Man Blues 02:50

22 - Bumble Bee Slim - Rough, Rugged Road Blues 03:31

23 - Rube Lacy - Mississippi Jail House Groan 03:22

24 - Marshall Owens - Try Me, One More Time 03:12

25 - Mary Johnson - Barrel House Flat Blues 03:04


CD B:



01 - Charley Patton - I Shall Not Be Moved (Alt. Take) 02:44

02 - Raymond Barrow - Walking Blues 03:08

03 - Blind Roosevelt Graves - Guitar Boogie 02:56

04 - Alice Moore - Black & Evil Blues 03:22

05 - Ben Curry - The New Dirty Dozen 03:08

06 - Freddie Spruell - Low-Down Mississippi Bottom Man 03:26

07 - Little Brother Montgomery - Vicksburg Blues 02:59

08 - Henry Townsend - Jack Of Diamonds Georgia Rub 03:19

09 - John Byrd - Billy Goat Blues 03:29

10 - Side Wheel Sally Duffie - Bunker Hill Blues 02:38

11 - Buddy Boy Hawkins - Number Three Blues 02:40

12 - Ed Bell - Mamlish Blues 02:36

13 - Henry Brown - Eastern Chimes Blues 03:29

14 - Charlie Spand - Fetch Your Water 02:31

15 - J.D. Short - Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake 02:49

16 - Alice Pearson - Water Bound Blues 02:55

17 - Lonnie Clark - Broke Down Engine 02:57

18 - Barrel House Welch - Dying Pickpocket Blues 02:51

19 - Edward Thompson - Seven Sister Blues 02:53

20 - John Byrd - Old Timbrook Blues 03:19

21 - Bob Robinson - The Preacher Must Get Some, Sometime 02:44

22 - Elvie Thomas - Motherless Child Blues 03:19

23 - Jack O'diamonds - The Duck's Yas Yas 02:56

24 - Ben Curry - Boodle De Bum Bum 03:10

25 - James Wiggins - Gotta Shave 'em Dry 03:05


CD C:



01 - Bo Weevil Jackson - Some Scream High Yellow 03:10

02 - Jabo Williams - Jab Blues 03:19

03 - Freddie Brown - Raised In The Alley Blues 03:19

04 - George 'Bullet' Williams - Frisco Leaving Birmingham 02:45

05 - Blind Joe Reynolds - Ninety Nine Blues 02:40

06 - Roosevelt Sykes - Conjur Man Blues 03:09

07 - Sweet Papa Stovepipe - Mama's Angel Child 02:59

08 - Lottie Beaman - Honey Blues 02:53

09 - Bobby Grant - Lonesome Atlanta Blues 03:00

10 - Robert Peeples - Fat Greasy Baby 03:13

11 - Little Brother Montgomery - No Special Rider Blues 02:55

12 - Blind Roosevelt Graves - New York Blues 03:17

13 - Henry Townsend - Doctor, Oh Doctor 02:46

14 - Bogus Ben Coving Ton - I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop 03:13

15 - Ruby Paul - Red Letter Blues 02:42

16 - Piano Kid Edwards - Piano Kid Special 02:45

17 - Famous Hokum Boys - Where Did You Stay Last Night - 02:57

18 - King Solomon Hill - The Gone Dead Train 03:19

19 - Wesley Wallace - Fanny Lee Blues 03:16

20 - Washboard Walter - Narrow Face Blues 03:16

21 - Geechie Wiley - Pick Poor Robin Clean 03:15

22 - George Hannah - The Boy In The Boat 02:41

23 - Marshall Owens - Texas Blues 03:20

24 - James 'Boodle It' Wiggins - Evil Woman Blues 03:11

25 - Roosevelt Sykes - Three, Six And Nine 02:57


CD D:



01 - Freddie Spruell - Tom Cat Blues 03:08

02 - Jack O'diamonds - Smiling Blues 03:03

03 - Papa Charlie Jackson - Mama, Don't You Think I Know 02:36

04 - Charlie Spand - Back To The Woods Blues 03:24

05 - Alice Moore - Prison Blues 03:19

06 - Henry Brown - Deep Morgan Blues 03:24

07 - Teddy Darby - My Laona Blues 02:43

08 - Bo Weevil Jackson - Pistol Blues 03:01

09 - Jabo Williams - Pratt City Blues 03:16

10 - J.D. Short - Telephone Arguin' Blues 03:13

11 - Elvie Thomas - Over To My House 03:30

12 - Ed Bell - Hambone Blues 02:48

13 - Lonnie Clark - Down In Tennessee 02:38

14 - Rube Lacy - Ham Hound Crave 02:55

15 - Roosevelt Sykes - Fire Detective Blues 03:06

16 - Edward Thompson - Up On The Hill Blues 03:01

17 - Mary Johnson - Key To The Mountain Blues 02:57

18 - King Solomon Hill - Down On My Bended Knee 02:57

19 - Charlie 'Dad' Nelson - Red River Blues 02:49

20 - Piano Kid Edwards - Give Us Another Jug 02:48

21 - Blind Joe Reynolds - Nehi Blues 03:14

22 - Ruby Paul - Last Farewell Blues 02:58

23 - Barrel House Welch - Larceny Woman Blues 02:53

24 - Robert Peeples - Wicked Devil's Blues 03:12

25 - William Moore - Raggin' The Blues 02:59




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4 comments:

Blue Cat said...

Thank you for these, there are some unusal tracks included here.

I can see that the bitrate is supposed to be 244 VBR, and I'm not picky, but Disc B seems to be 125 kbps. Again, I'm not picky! (Just a heads up for those who might be.)

One thing important. Disc D has only 21 tracks. There should be 25. Does anyone have this release who can offer the other 4 tracks?

Blue Cat said...

Thanks to BDaD for the missing tracks!

The Bluesgambler said...

thank you for your comment and sorry for my mistakes. Did not recognize the missing tracks of album D and the lower bitrate of album B. Now the links are corrected. Please download the links for album B & D once again.

Blue Cat said...

Thanks again for your effort. As I said, I'm not that picky. It all (128 or 320kbps- even FLAC) sounds the same when you listen through inexpensive headphones/computer external speakers. (Hell, I had a 'mighty' six transistor radio as a kid, so I got used to it!) But it is nice to know everything is all the same.