Mississippi John Hurt ‎– American Epic: The Best Of Mississippi John Hurt - Blues - 180 gram LP

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Mississippi John Hurt ‎– American Epic: The Best Of Mississippi John Hurt

Third Man Records ‎– TMR-459
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Misprint
16 Jun 2017
Delta Blues


A1 Frankie
A2 Ain't No Tellin'
A3 Spike Driver Blues
A4 Avalon Blues
A5 Louis Collins
A6 Candy Man Blues


B1 Stack O' Lee Blues
B2 Praying On The Old Camp Ground
B3 Blue Harvest Blues
B4 Got The Blues, Can't Be Satisfied
B5 Big Leg Blues
B6 Nobody's Dirty Business
B7 Blessed Be The Name


Companies, etc.

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Columbia Records
Copyright (c) – Third Man Records, LLC
Copyright (c) – Lo-Max Records Ltd.
Licensed To – Third Man Records, LLC
Engineered At – Endpoint Audio Labs, Inc.
Mastered At – Audio Mechanics
Lacquer Cut At – Nashville Record Productions
Pressed By – Third Man Pressing

Art Direction – Nathanio Strimpopulos
Compiled By [Album Compiler], Editor [Album Editor] – Bernard MacMahon
Executive-Producer – Jack White (2), Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett*
Lacquer Cut By – WG*
Mastered By – Duke Erikson, Ellis Burman, John Polito, John Tefteller, Nicholas Berg*, Peter Henderson
Producer [Album Producers] – Adam Block, Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson,Peter Henderson
Producer [Associate Producer] – Jack McLean, Patrick Ferris
Remastered By [Audio Restoration and Remastering] – Duke Erikson, John Tefteller, Nicholas Berg*,Peter Henderson
Transferred By [78 RPM Transfers By] – Nicholas Berg*
Vocals, Guitar – Mississippi John Hurt

Remastered using a mix of analog and digital technology.
Single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish, with black poly-lined inner sleeve.
Includes an apologize for the outer sleeve misprint. Track B1 was misprinted as A7 in the outer sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 8 13547 02427 5
Matrix / Runout (Etched, Runout Side A): TMR-459-A WANT A JOHN DONOTS? [TMP encircled] WG/NRP

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Runout Side B): TMR-459-B HURTS ... DONUT? [TMP encircled] WG/NRP

" In 1928, an unknown Mississippi sharecropper named John Hurt, played regular barn dances behind a white fiddle player who soon recommended Hurt to Okeh Records for recording. Okeh took the fiddle player's advice and recorded two sessions with Hurt, one in Memphis and one in NYC, of which only a single ("Nobody's Dirty Business"/"Frankie") was ever recorded and promptly forgotten. 

Hurt spent the next 35 years sharecropping, and working for the railroad (where he learned songs like "Spike Driver Blues," a variation on "John Henry"). "Avalon Blues," an ode to his home town, was a song Hurt wrote during his recording session in NYC in 1928 and also the song that led to his rediscovery. Hurt, who died in 1966, lived just long enough to see his music finally appreciated by a wider audience.

Mississippi John Hurt - Avalon Blues 

In 1928, Mississippi John Hurt recorded thirteen songs on the Okeh label, including "Avalon Blues." Then he disappeared. His music influenced generations of folk and blues performers, but the mystery remained. Who was he? What happened to him? In 1963, Tom Hoskins, following the clues of the "Mississippi" in Hurt's stage name, and the lyrics of this song, "Avalon, my home town," located Hurt living in a simple shack in tiny Avalon, Mississippi, the same shack pictured early in the video, and later as the reconditioned Mississippi John Hurt Museum. Not only was Hurt still alive in 1963, but the real miracle was that he retained his sweet singing voice and fluid guitar skills. He recorded dozens of songs and toured extensively in his final three years, sharing his beautiful music with the world. Sometimes there really are happy endings.

His music is so clear and so clean, you could drink from it.


Mississippi John Hurt - Spike Driver Blues 

Hurt's influence spanned several music genres including blues, country, bluegrass, folk and contemporary rock and roll. A soft-spoken man, his nature was reflected in the work, which remained a mellow mix of country, blues and old time music to the end

Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O' Lee Blues'

this song is so deep. so deep. no one can make a good cover of this because it has so much deep soulful blues that it is a one-of-a-kind blessing

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Third Man Records
Color Black