Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Blues Came Down From Memphis

This album has long been a revered collectors' item, first appearing on Decca's London label in 1965. Compiled by Mike Vernan, later of Blue Horizon fame, it was a pioneering introduction to the "other side" of the city's most acclaimed label, "Sun Records".

When originally released, the album rescued fourteen of these sides from undeserved obscurity, collected them together for the first time and proved to be a revelation to blues lovers and collectors everywhere. The music was raw, earthy and powerful, and in such examples as 1954's "Cotton Crop Blues", acted as a timely reminder that the electric blues was no recent development. The album epitomised the rich blues blues scene that flourished in and around Memphis in the early 1950's.

The 20 tracks on this collection include the likes of Doctor Ross, James Cotton, Rufus Thomas Jr, Little Milton, Joe Hill Louis and Little Junior's Blue Flames


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