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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fred McDowell - The First Recordings

Styles : Delta Blues
Released : 1997
Lable : Rounder Records

01 - Going Down The River
02 - 61 Highway
03 - Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting
04 - When The Train Comes Along
05 - Shake "Em On Down
06 - Worried Mind
07 - Woke Up This Morning With My M
08 - You Done Told Everybody
09 - Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
10 - What's The Matter Now
11 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
12 - I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
13 - Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (Instrumental)
14 - You're Gonna Be Sorry

One of the Alan Lomax Collection "Portraits" series
Field recordings made September 21-25 1959 in Como, Mississippi.
Mastered at Master Cutting Room, NYC
Tracks 3 to 7, 9 to 13 not previously released.
Track 1 previously released as "Going Down To The Races" on CD Roots of the Blues (New World Records 80252-2)
Previous release info for other tracks unstated.

Mississippi Fred McDowell would go on to make several LPs for Testament and Arhoolie in the early sixties and in 1964 he played the Newport Folk Festival before going to Europe to perform at various blues festivals.
He even had one of his songs, "You Got to Move", covered by the Rolling Stones. In 1959, of
course, all this was in the future, and what we have on this CD are his very first recordings.
And what stunning recordings! If you don't believe me, just take a listen to "Worried Mind".
Other tracks include "Going Down the River"," 61 Highway Blues", "Shake 'Em On Down",
"Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and three gospel songs, "Woke Up this Morning With My Mind on Jesus", "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" and "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning".

Acoustic Guitar - Fred McDowell
Acoustic Guitar - Miles Pratcher (Track:1,5,14)
Vocals - Fred McDowell (Tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 11, 14)
Rose Hemphill, Sidney Carter (Track: 4)
Annie Mae McDowell (Track: 9)
James Shorty (Track: 12)

original CD from sussex

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