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Jazz And Blues Legends

The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Blake

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Famous for his 'piano-sounding' guitar, Blind Blake was one of the greatest blues guitarists that ever lived. A true pioneer of 'finger-style' guitar, he was also a zealous musical experimenter who re-defined the limitations of the guitar. Enjoy his six-string wizardry on such re-mastered classics as 'West Coast Blues', 'He's In The Jailhouse Now' and 'Diddie Wah Diddie'.

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Track List

01    Blind Arthur’s Breakdown    
02    He’s In The Jailhouse Now    
03    Police Dog Blues        
04    Diddie Wah Diddie         
05    You Gonna Quit Me Blues    
06    West Coast Blues        
07    Hey Hey Daddy Blues    
08    Come On Boys Let’s Do That Messin’ Around    
09    I Was Afraid Of That: Part 2    
10    Georgia Bound        
11    Southern Rag            
12    Bad Feelin’ Blues        
13    That Will Never Happen No More    
14    Skeedle Loo Doo Blues    
15    Doing A Stretch        
16    Too Tight Blues No. 2    
17    Sweet Jivin’ Mama        
18    Dry Bone Shuffle        
19    Poker Woman Blues        
20    Righteous Blues        
21    Sweet Papa Low Down    
22    Sea Board Stomp             
23    Guitar Chimes            
24    Wabash Rag            
25    One Time Blues        

Famous for his 'piano-sounding' guitar, Blind Blake was one of the greatest blues guitarists that ever lived. A true pioneer of 'finger-style' guitar, he was also a zealous musical experimenter who re-defined the limitations of the guitar. Enjoy his six-string wizardry on such re-mastered classics as 'West Coast Blues', 'He's In The Jailhouse Now' and 'Diddie Wah Diddie'.

The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Blake

Known as both a six-string wizard and a gregarious hard-living drinker, Blind Blake's complex and intricate fingerstyle techniques and diverse repertoire have influenced and inspired generations of players, including Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie McTell, Ry Cooder and John Fahey. He is credited as one of the earliest practitioners of Piedmont finger style, characterized by a picking approach in which an alternating thumb-bass pattern supports a melody played using the treble strings creating that memorable 'boom-chick, boom-chick' pattern.

His first solo record, released by Paramount, included a B-side cut of 'West Coast Blues', heard on this Rough Guide. This early tune has all the hallmarks of what was to become Blind Blake's calling-card guitar style: it's an upbeat rag number and features Blake's natural, in this case almost recitative-like, singing tone. 'West Coast Blues' is also cited as the first song to include the word 'rock'.

'Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around' includes one of the first scat solos ever recorded. Unlike some of his predecessors, Blake was happy to experiment allowing his music to dance the line between blues, rag and hokum. On 'Dry Bone Shuffle', Blake's line-up includes a bones player. The bones are an instrument made, quite simply, from a pair of animal bones or wood. The clickety-click articulated rhythm made by the instrument is heard rattling throughout the track. On 'Sea Board Stomp', Blake's guitar is purposefully played to sound like a bending horn, while 'Sweet Papa Low Down' is a quirky Charleston for plinky-plonk piano, cornet, xylophone and Blake's jiving guitar. The onomatopoeic tune 'Diddie Wah Diddie' is a classic ragtime blues stuffed full with double-entendre.

The bumper bonus album features more riotous ragtime and hokum from the 1920s and 1930s. Join the party with tracks from Blind Willie McTell, Papa Charlie Jackson, Willie Walker and more.