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Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

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Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

A living and dynamic tradition, blues is forged in hard times but powerful enough to bring on the good times. Legends such as Lead Belly, Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, Elizabeth Cotten, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee, among others formed the "blues backbone" of Folkways Records. This compilation from the Smithsonian Folkways collection spans half a century and features Delta, St. Louis, Southwest, and Chicago styles performed by some of the best-known figures in blues history. From boogies to ballads, full of innuendo and irony, this classic collection is a jukebox in a jewel case.

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Track Listing

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Old Jabo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee 2:14
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102
Mule-Ridin' Blues Big Bill Broonzy 3:46
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103
Joggie Boogie Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon 3:28
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104
Black Woman Vera Hall 1:27
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105
Mercury Blues K. C. Douglas 2:21
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106
Ran the Blues Out of My Window Roosevelt Sykes 2:57
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107
Leaving Blues Lead Belly 2:23
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108
One Dime Blues Etta Baker 3:46
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109
County Farm Blues Son House 2:11
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110
Clog Dance (Stomping Blues) Champion Jack Dupree 2:02
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111
Boll Weevil Pink Anderson 3:06
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112
Nickel's Worth of Liver Edith North Johnson and Henry Brown 2:43
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113
Don't Leave Me Here Big Joe Williams 2:43
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114
Jimmy Bell Cat Iron 2:20
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115
Candy Man Rev. Gary Davis 2:35
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116
Beer Drinking Woman Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon 2:32
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117
Come Go Home with Me Lightnin' Hopkins 3:55
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118
Careless Love Josh White 3:23
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119
I Asked Her If She Loved Me Henry Townsend 2:55
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120
Rising Sun Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry 2:43
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121
Pony Blues David "Honeyboy" Edwards 3:28
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122
Vicksburg Blues Little Brother Montgomery 4:02
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123
Vastapol Elizabeth Cotten 2:11
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124
Drifting Along Blues Lonnie Johnson 2:59
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125
Oh Baby, You Don't Have to Go The Chambers Brothers 2:49
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126
Don't Lie Buddy Lead Belly and Josh White 2:20
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