Blind Willie McTell - Complete Recorded Works Volume 1 - Delta Blues 180 Grm LP

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Blind Willie McTell – Complete Recorded Works Presented In Chronological Order, Vol. 1

Label: Third Man Records
Cat#: TMR155
Format: Vinyl, 180 Grm LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2013
Genre: Blues
Style: Country Delta Blues


A1 Writin' Paper Blues 3:07
A2 Stole Rider Blues 3:08
A3 Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day 2:54
A4 McTell Got The Blues (Take 1) 2:18
A5 McTell Got The Blues (Take 2) 2:21
A6 Three Women Blues 2:37
A7 Dark Night Blues 2:48
A8 Statesboro Blues 2:27

B1 Loving Talking Blues 2:37
B2 Atlanta Strut 3:06
B3 Travelin' Blues 3:11
B4 Come On Around To My House Mama 2:59
B5 Kind Mama 2:54
B6 Drive Away Blues 3:13
B7 Love Changing Blues 3:07


Guitar, Vocals – Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell was a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively.

McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta bluesmen, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

Born blind in the town of Thomson, Georgia, McTell learned how to play guitar in his early teens. He soon became a street performer around several Georgia cities including Atlanta and Augusta, and first recorded in 1927 for Victor Records. Although he never produced a major hit record, McTell's recording career was prolific, recording for different labels under different names throughout the 1920s and 30s. In 1940, he was recorded by John Lomax for the Library of Congress's folk song archive. He would remain active throughout the 1940s and 50s, playing on the streets of Atlanta, often with his longtime associate, Curley Weaver. Twice more he recorded professionally. McTell's last recordings originated during an impromptu session recorded by an Atlanta record store owner in 1956. McTell would die three years later after suffering for years from diabetes and alcoholism. Despite his mainly failed releases, McTell was one of the few archaic blues musicians that would actively play and record during the 1940s and 50s. However, McTell never lived to be "rediscovered" during the imminent American folk music revival, as many other bluesmen would.

McTell's influence extended over a wide variety of artists, including The Allman Brothers Band, who famously covered McTell's "Statesboro Blues", and Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to McTell in his 1983 song "Blind Willie McTell"; the refrain of which is, "And I know no one can sing the blues, like Blind Willie McTell". Other artists influenced by McTell include Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ralph McTell, Chris Smither and The White Stripes.

Of all the compilations of McTell's early work, this is probably the most rewarding, because it includes both his Victor songs (including "Statesboro Blues") and his Columbia sides (which have been issued separately by Columbia-Legacy), and RCA-BMG seems to be in no hurry to put any of the Victor material out as a comprehensive collection.

Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues

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Blind Willie McTell - Writin' Paper Blues

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Blind Willie McTell - Atlanta Strut

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BLIND WILLIE McTELL - Three Women Blues

Blind Willie Mc Tell was really the best on the 12 strings. His rags were unique too

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Format LP
Label Third Man Records