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Album: Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-1968
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sliding Delta
2)    Candy Man
3)    Coffee Blues
4)    Stagolee
5)    Here I Am Lord Send Me
6)    Pallet on Your Floor
7)    Devil Got My Woman
8)    Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
9)    Preaching Blues
10)    Death Letter Blues
11)    Empire State Blues
12)    Son Blues
13)    Aberdeen Mississippi Blues
14)    Louise
15)    If the River Was Whiskey
16)    Walkin' Blues
17)    I Can't Be Satisfied
1)    Levee Camp Blues
2)    Midnight Boogie
3)    On My Way From Texas
4)    Freddie
5)    So Different Blues
6)    God Moves on the Water (The Sinking of the Titanic)
7)    San Francisco Bay Blues
8)    I Double Double Do Love You
9)    Samson & Delilah
10)    I Won't Be Back No More
11)    Intro: The Train Is Leaving - (previously unreleased)
12)    Drink Muddy Water - (previously unreleased)
13)    Long Gone
14)    Key to the Highway
15)    My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door
16)    Clean up at Home
1)    Woman I'm Loving, She's Taken My Appetite, The
2)    Baby Please Don't Go
3)    Shake That Thing - Samuel Lay
4)    Tupelo - Bill Lee
5)    Bus Station Blues - Bill Lee
6)    Let's Make It - (previously unreleased)
7)    Great Fire of Natchez - (previously unreleased)
8)    Boom Boom - (previously unreleased)
9)    I Can't Quit You Baby / Stop Now Baby
10)    How Long - (previously unreleased)
11)    Black Cat Crossed My Path - (previously unreleased)
12)    Harlem Bound - (previously unreleased)
13)    Piano Instrumental - (previously unreleased)
14)    Blow Wind Blow - (previously unreleased)
15)    Flood - (previously unreleased)
16)    See See Rider
17)    Blues With a Feeling
18)    Born in Chicago
 

Album: Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-1968
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sliding Delta
2)    Candy Man
3)    Coffee Blues
4)    Stagolee
5)    Here I Am Lord Send Me
6)    Pallet on Your Floor
7)    Devil Got My Woman
8)    Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
9)    Preaching Blues
10)    Death Letter Blues
11)    Empire State Blues
12)    Son Blues
13)    Aberdeen Mississippi Blues
14)    Louise
15)    If the River Was Whiskey
16)    Walkin' Blues
17)    I Can't Be Satisfied
1)    Levee Camp Blues
2)    Midnight Boogie
3)    On My Way From Texas
4)    Freddie
5)    So Different Blues
6)    God Moves on the Water (The Sinking of the Titanic)
7)    San Francisco Bay Blues
8)    I Double Double Do Love You
9)    Samson & Delilah
10)    I Won't Be Back No More
11)    Intro: The Train Is Leaving - (previously unreleased)
12)    Drink Muddy Water - (previously unreleased)
13)    Long Gone
14)    Key to the Highway
15)    My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door
16)    Clean up at Home
1)    Woman I'm Loving, She's Taken My Appetite, The
2)    Baby Please Don't Go
3)    Shake That Thing - Samuel Lay
4)    Tupelo - Bill Lee
5)    Bus Station Blues - Bill Lee
6)    Let's Make It - (previously unreleased)
7)    Great Fire of Natchez - (previously unreleased)
8)    Boom Boom - (previously unreleased)
9)    I Can't Quit You Baby / Stop Now Baby
10)    How Long - (previously unreleased)
11)    Black Cat Crossed My Path - (previously unreleased)
12)    Harlem Bound - (previously unreleased)
13)    Piano Instrumental - (previously unreleased)
14)    Blow Wind Blow - (previously unreleased)
15)    Flood - (previously unreleased)
16)    See See Rider
17)    Blues With a Feeling
18)    Born in Chicago
 
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  • Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island between 1959 & 1968. Includes liner notes by John Milward.
  • Digitally remastered by Jeff Zaraya.
  • This is part of Vanguard's Session Series.
  • Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-1968 presents live performances from many of the top blues players of the era. From Skip James to Mance Lipscomb to Memphis Slim, these musicians play mostly acoustic blues before an appreciative audience. From the first disc, Mississippi John Hurt's six-song set is a standout. Piedmont fingerpicking and resonant vocals highlight "Sliding Delta," "Candy Man," and "Pallet on Your Floor." Muddy Waters delivers fine versions of "Walkin' Blues" and "I Can't Be Satisfied," but his acoustic guitar lacks the rude punch that usually flavors his blues. Still, these songs make for interesting comparison to his electric work. Disc two finds Reverend Gary Davis belting out "Samson & Delilah" and "I Won't Be Back No More." Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry offer a rousing set, including a previously unreleased version of "Drink Muddy Water." Their spunky "Key to the Highway" proves once again that the blues can sometimes be joyful, while "My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door" reminds one to keep an eye on one's girl and best friend. Lightnin' Hopkins brings an urban touch along with -- shocking though it may be -- an electric guitar. Always laid-back and relaxed, there is something timeless about his performance of "The Woman I'm Loving, She's Taking My Appetite" and "Baby Please Don't Go." Like John Lee Hooker, his timing and approach are all his own. Many players like Son House had been brought back from obscurity thanks to the folk revival, so the historical value of this music cannot be overstated. With nearly three hours of music and a live audience, it is also the next best thing to having been at Newport during these exciting years. These discs are highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in acoustic blues. ~ Ronnie Lankford, Jr.
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (8/01, p.70) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...Fresh and expansive....serving up many transcendent blues moments by venerable musicians long thought lost until their triumphant rediscovery here..."

Living Blues (11-12/01, p.76) - "...Musically, this set is representative of some of our greatest bluesman and would make an excellent introduction to anyone with their work..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Included in Mojo's "Best Blues Albums of 2001".

Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.113) - "...An evocative memorial of bluesmen past and gone..."
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