Album Review

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

ArtCrimes   1/31/2007   CD, Soundtrack

???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.

you heard it 40 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 3483 days ago, MAYHEM Blind Willie Johnson played Dark Was The Night-Cold Was The Ground
  • 4809 days ago, Rev. Arthur C. Crimes played Dark Was The Night-Cold Was The Ground
  • 5022 days ago, Art Crimes played Statesboro Blues
  • 5057 days ago, Art Crimes played Indian War Whoop
  • 5197 days ago, Art Crimes played Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy
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