Blind Willie McTell - Complete Recorded Works Volume 3 - Delta Blues 180 Grm LP

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Blind Willie McTell - Volume 3

Label: Third Man Records
Cat#: TMR 181
Series: Document Reissues – Volume 3
Format: 180 Grm Vinyl, 12", Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2013
Genre: Blues
Style: Delta Blues


A-1 You Was Born To Die 2:47
A-2 Dirty Mistreater 3:07
A-3 Lord Have Mercy If You Please 2:55
A-4 Don't You See How This World Made A Change 2:52
A-5 Savannah Mama 3:14
A-6 Broke Down Engine 3:11
A-7 Broke Down Engine No. 2 (Take 1) 3:25
A-8 Broke Down Engine No. 2 (Take 3) 2:51
A-9 My Baby Is Gone 2:56

B-1 Love-Makin' Mama (Take 1) 2:53
B-2 Love-Makin' Mama (Take 2) 3:01
B-3 Death Room Blues (Take 1) 2:47
B-4 Death Room Blues (Take 2) 2:55
B-5 Death Cell Blues 3:06
B-6 Lord, Send Me An Angel (Take 1) 2:53
B-7 Lord, Send Me An Angel (Take 2) 2:52
B-8 B And O Blues No. 2 (Take 1) 2:59
B-9 B And O Blues No. 2 (Take 2) 2:27
B-10 Weary Hearted Blues 2:59

Blind Willie McTell's final pre-war sessions are the subject of the third and last disc in Document's series. The set begins with a September 1933 session covering a wide range of stylistic ground, ranging from the songster staple "Honey Fare Thee Well" (covered here as "East St. Louis Blues") to Bumble Bee Slim's "B and O Blues"; most remarkable is "Bell Street Lightnin'," a gripping and vivid portrait of Depression-era life at its most tragic.

The final dates, from April 1935, comprise McTell's material for Decca, recorded with wife Kate and guitarist Curley Weaver; assembled in large part of gospel material, they also include "Hillbilly Willie's Blues," an overt and hugely entertaining attempt to appeal to the Southern white listening audience.

Blind Willie McTell - Love Making Mama

greatest guitar bluesman ever!

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Blind Willie McTell - You Was Born To Die

William Samuel "Blind Willie" McTell (May 5, 1898 (sometimes reported as 1901 or 1903) August 19, 1959) was an influential American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a twelve-string finger picking Piedmont blues guitarist, and recorded 149 songs between 1927 and 1956.


Born William Samuel McTier (or McTear) in Thomson, Georgia, blind in one eye, McTell had lost his remaining vision by late childhood, but became an adept reader of Braille. He showed proficiency in music from an early age and learned to play the six-string guitar as soon as he could. His father left the family when McTell was still young, so when his mother died in the 1920s, he left his hometown and became a wandering busker. He began his recording career in 1927 for Victor Records in Atlanta. .

In the years before World War II, he traveled and performed widely, recording for a number of labels under a different name for each one, including Blind Willie McTell (Victor and Decca), Blind Sammie (Columbia), Georgia Bill (Okeh), Hot Shot Willie (Victor), Blind Willie (Vocalion), Red Hot Willie Glaze (Bluebird), Barrelhouse Sammie (Atlantic) and Pig & Whistle Red (Regal). His style was singular: a form of country blues, bridging the gap between the raw blues of the early part of the 20th Century and the more refined East Coast "Piedmont" sound. He took on the less common and more unwieldy 12-string guitar because of its volume. The style is well documented on John Lomax's 1940 recordings of McTell for the Library of Congress, for which McTell earned ten dollars.

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Label Third Man Records