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The Classic Years 1927-1940

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The Classic Years 1927-1940
The Classic Years 1927-1940


Willie McTell was one of the early-blues greatest guitarists and finest singers. He played a standard 6-string acoustic until the mid 1920s but from the beginning of his recording career in 1927 he used a 12-string in the studio almost exclusively. Unlike virtually every other bluesman who relied on a 12-string for its resonances as a rhythm instrument, McTell displayed a nimble, elegant slide and finger-picking style that made it sound like more than one guitar. He recorded dozens of sides throughout the 1930s under a multitude of names and by 1940 was well known enough that Library of Congress archivist John Lomax felt compelled to record him. Those cuts round off this authoritative 4-CD box set, that opens with his 1927 debut sessions (including his famous "Statesboro Blues") and covers all aspects of his '30s recordings, from delightfully raucous ragtime to darker, lonelier sides of the blues.


  1. Name
  2. Writin' Paper Blues
  3. Stole Rider Blues
  4. Mama, 'Tain't Long Fo' Day
  5. Mr. McTell Got The Blues
  6. Mr. McTell Got The Blues
  7. Three Women Blues
  8. Dark Night Blues
  9. Statesboro Blues
  10. Loving Talking Blues
  11. Atlanta Strut
  12. Travelin' Blues
  13. Come On Around To My House Mama
  14. Kind Mama
  15. Teasing Brown
  16. Drive Away Blues
  17. This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread
  18. Love Changing Blues
  19. Talkin' To Myself
  20. Razor Ball
  21. Southern Can Is Mine
  22. Broke Down Engine Blues
  23. Stomp Down Rider
  24. Scarey Day Blues
  25. Rough Alley Blues
  26. Experience Blues
  27. Painful Blues
  28. Low Rider's Blues
  29. Georgia Rag
  30. Low Down Blues
  31. Rollin' Mama Blues
  32. Lonesome Day Blues
  33. Mama, Let Me Scoop For You
  34. Searching The Desert For The Blues
  35. Warm It Up To Me
  36. It's Your Time To Worry
  37. It's A Good Little Thing
  38. You Was Born To Die
  39. Lord Have Mercy If You Please
  40. Don't You See How This World Made A Change
  41. Savannah Mama
  42. Broke Down Engine
  43. Broke Down Engine No. 2
  44. My Baby's Gone
  45. Love-Makin' Mama
  46. Death Room Blues
  47. Death Cell Blues
  48. Lord, Send Me An Angel
  49. B And O Blues No. 2
  50. B And O Blues No. 2
  51. Weary Hearted Blues
  52. Bell Street Lightnin'
  53. Southern Can Mama
  54. Runnin' Me Crazy
  55. East St. Louis Blues (Fare You Well)
  56. Ain't It Grand To Be A Christian
  57. We Got To Meet Death One Day
  58. We Got To Meet Death One Day
  59. Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around
  60. I Got Religion, I'm So Glad
  61. Dying Gambler
  62. God Don't Like It
  63. Bell Street Blues
  64. Let Me Play With Yo' Yo-Yo
  65. Lay Some Flowers On My Grave
  66. Ticket Agent Blues
  67. Cold Winter Day
  68. Your Time To Worry
  69. Cooling Board Blues
  70. Hillbilly Willie's Blues
  71. Just As Well Get Ready, You Got To Die/Climbing High Mountains/Tryin' To Get Home
  72. Monologue On Accidents
  73. Boll Weevil
  74. Delia
  75. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
  76. Will Fox
  77. I Got To Cross The River Jordan
  78. Monologue On Old Songs/Old Time Religion/Amen
  79. Amazing Grace
  80. Monologues On: The History Of The Blues/Life As Maker Of Records/On Himself
  81. King Edward Blues
  82. Murderer's Home Blues
  83. Kill-It-Kid Rag
  84. Chainey
  85. I Got To Cross The River Of Jordan
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