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Desperate Man Blues [coll] – [Dust-To-Digital]

???Desperate Man Blues??? [soundtrack]

Record collector Joe Bussard (rhymes w/ ???Buzzard???) is already represented at KFJC by his ???Down in the Basement??? collection and the Fonotone box set collecting his own 78 r.p.m. label releases. This new collection of tracks covering about a 30 year span accompanies a documentary detailing his exploits as the uber-collector of 78 r.p.m. discs in the United States, with Joe constantly referencing one great forgotten artist after another. There are a few overlaps with other collections via acknowledged classics such as ???Cross Road Blues??? and Blind Willie Johnson???s chilling ???Dark Was the Night???, but many tracks here will be new to the average listener. It???s a near-even split between country and blues artists, along with one jazz track. His tastes regarding this music are impeccable, so every track has its virtues, but you???ll no doubt have a favorite or two of your own. For immediate relief from contemporary doldrums, try #5, 9, 10, 15, 19. Tracks #1 and 3 kick off with little audio snippets of Joe from the film.

  • Reviewed by ArtCrimes on January 31, 2007 at 8:45 am
  • Filed as CD,Soundtrack
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