Blowing Blues – A History of Blues Harmonica 1926-2002 (Full Albums)

By JP Allen

Written by JP Allen on . Posted in Blog: Harmonica Articles, Harmonica Players

If you’re a fan or a student of blues harmonica then this is right up your street: 3 full albums with an awesome potted history of blues harmonica from 1926 all the way up to 2002. If you listen in order, you can hear how the blues harmonica sound evolves from a raw folksy almost whimsical sound to a thick, slick polished blues sound, over the years. Fantastic stuff (CDs can be purchased here )

Volume 1 of 3: 1926 to 1947

01 – Sun Brimmers Blues – The Memphis Jug Band [03:25]
02 – Need More Blues – Robert Cocksey [03:13]
03 – Up Country Blues – De Ford Bailey [03:15]
04 – Man Trouble Blues – Jaybird Coleman [03:04]
05 – Greenville Strut – Mississippi Sarah & Daddy Stovepipe [03:29]
06 – Chickasaw Special – Noah Lewis [03:16]
07 – The Old Folk Started – Minnie Wallace [02:43]
08 – Touch Me Light Mama – George Bullet Williams [02:46]
09 – Fourth Avenue Blues – Slim Barton & Eddie Mapp [02:47]
10 – El Watson´s Fox Chase – El Watson [02:53]
11 – Medley Of Blues – Freeman Stowers [02:53]
12 – Beale Street Breakdown – Jad Davenport & His Jug Band [02:57]
13 – Police And High Sheriff Come Riddin´ Down – Ollis Martin [03:00]
14 – Bumblee Bee Blues – Memphis Minnie [02:52]
15 – Mean Low Blues – Blues Birdhead [03:22]
16 – Mississippi Swamp Moon – Alfred Lewis [03:23]
17 – Tampa Strut – The Georgia Browns [02:56]
18 – Harmonica Stomp – Jazz Gillum [02:47]
19 – I´m Stranger Here – Blind Boy Fuller [02:54]
20 – Blues In The Rain – Eddie Kelly´s Washboard Band [02:29]
21 – You Can Lead Me – Sonny Boy Williamson [03:08]
22 – Slick Capers Blues – Little Buddy Doyle [02:37]
23 – Blowing The Blues – Sonny Terry [02:52]
24 – We Got To Get Together – Frank Edwards [02:37]
25 – Tampa Blues – Skoodle Dum Doo & Sheffield [02:57]

Volume 2 of 3: 1948 to 1960

01 – Big Joe Williams – King Bisquit Stomp [02:33]
02 – Walter Mitchell – Pet Milk Blues [03:46]
03 – Elder Roma Wilson – Better Get Ready [03:19]
04 – Sonny Boy Williamson – Bring Another Half A Pint [03:04]
05 – Forest City Joe – Memory Of Sonny Boy [03:16]
06 – Pee Wee Hughes & His Delta Duo – I´m A Country Boy [02:50]
07 – Robert Rickard – Wig wearing Woman [03:25]
08 – Snooky Pryor – Boogy Fool [02:26]
09 – Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers – Creole Gal Blues [02:33]
10 – Rhytm Willie – Wallin´ Willie [02:29]
11 – James Tisdom – Winehead Swing [03:01]
12 – Muddy Waters – Evan´s Shuffle [02:13]
13 – Joe Hill Louis – Gotta Go Baby [02:32]
14 – Howling Wolf – Moanin´ At Midnight [02:56]
15 – Walter Horton – Jumpin´ Blues [02:16]
16 – Memphis Minnie – Me & My Chauffeur [02:53]
17 – Driftin´ Slim – Down South Blues [02:46]
18 – Little Walter – Juke [02:47]
19 – Sunny Blair – Glad To Be Back Home [03:13]
20 – Papa Lightfoot – After-While (Blues Lights) [02:27]
21 – Grace Brim – Man Around My Door [03:11]
22 – Doctor Ross & His Jump & Jive Boys – Doctor Ross Bo [02:38]
23 – Sonny Terry – The Woman Is Killing Me [02:43]
24 – Sonny Boy Williamson – Mighty Long Time [02:58]
25 – Little Mac – Don´t Come Back [02:21]

Volume 3 of 3: 1961 to 2002

01 – Snooky Pryor – Gonna Have A Good Time (03:49)
02 – Little Walter – Juke (Re-recording) (03:37)
03 – Junior Wells – Hoodo Man Blues (03:21)
04 – Good Rockin´ Charles – Don´t Start Me Talking (03:04)
05 – Paul Jones & Jack Bruce – Sonny Boy Williamson (02:57)
06 – Doctor Ross – Got Something To Tell You (03:57)
07 – Sonny Boy Williamson – 99 (02:49)
08 – Paul Butterfield – Last Night (04:34)
09 – Jimmy Reed – Down At The Grocery Store (03:21)
10 – Duster Bennet – Fresh Country Jam (04:54)
11 – Charlie Musselwhite – Key To The Highway (04:33)
12 – Walter Horton – Easy (03:16)
13 – King Bisquit Boy – Hoodo Party (02:50)
14 – Carey Bell – Yoy Went Away Baby (04:12)
15 – John Mayall – Why Worry (03:12)
16 – Big John Wrencher – Honeydripper (02:16)
17 – Billy Boy Arnold – Back Door Friend (03:41)
18 – Paul DeLay – Rode Myself Crazy (02:38)
19 – Sonny Blake – Bring It On Home (03:12)
20 – Whispering Smith – Texas Flood (03:46)
21 – Paul Lamb – Hootin´ And Screamin´ (03:32)

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  • Manole

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    Formidable.

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