Definitive Collection of Down Home Blues from Detroit
Three CD’s defining Blues in the heart of Detroit, a well-packaged collection, and combined with an informative booklet it encapsulates the depth of blues in the city of Detroit. Tracks from over twenty artists that were influential in creating a dynamic Detroit Blues Scene are included. Some of the artists names are familiar, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Kirkland, Baby Boy Warren, others in the collection fill in gaps in blues music lovers collections. These are tracks that are part of the history of the blues that permeates down to and shines through in modern blues and rock.
The forty-eight-page booklet is a great read including an essay on the origins of Detroit music by renowned blues researcher and historian Mike Rowe, complete with rare photos, track listing and more. Eighty-two rare tracks are packaged for our delight a compilation that has a place in all music lovers collections, not just of historic interest but more importantly and vital it adds tom any Blues collection with tracks that you may not have heard before. How does it do this? By including songs that are previously unissued or have not been available for decades putting Detroit on the blues map. For many the depth of material will be a revelation as they will have only heard of John Lee Hooker who has seven tracks ranging from 1948 through to 1960. Do not just check out the names you know take your time explore them all. Get to know the single offerings from the likes of John Brim, Bus Driver from the 1950’s with plaintive vocals and Big Maceo is a class piano player. The harp driven Ramblin Man of Sam Kelly provides country blues given the urban lift. Then Earl Chapman surround by his unknown musicians that give his blues a modern feel this is Detroit Urban Blues with the energy of the late 1950’s with the roots of rock n Roll heard in the vibe being created. This is just three of the wealth of treasures in this casket of Detroit Blues jewels.
Detroit, Michigan, is smaller than Chicago and sometimes overlooked, but was a hub of blues that was inventive and full of urban aggression with a mix of small combo group recordings, solo players, guitar, vocals, harmonica and so much more. The artists explored range from artists who made commercial recordings and others with just a single record released. Together we have over two hundred and twenty-four minutes of the sound that gave Detroit the Blues. This is the Definitive three-album collection of Down Home Blues from Detroit.
EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….
NOTES FROM MIKE ROWE
“Everything on Detroit Special is rare, it’s a matter of degree. Some are rare because there are few copies of the original 78rpm; others because they were never originally issued and exist as an acetate from the record company. Our objective was to put together a collection of material unissued or, if issued, unavailable now.”
Little Daddy Walton
Big Jack Reynolds
Little Sonny (Hastings Street After Hours / I Hear My Woman Callin’ – alt. take)
Eddie Kirkland (I’ll Move You Baby)
Martee Bradley (un-reissued anywhere; very rare 78rpm)
Detroit Count (acetates only issued in Japan)
John Lee Hooker (Miss Sadie Mae / 609 Boogie – rare 78rpm)
John Brim (available only on one inferior collection)
Bob Kelly (rare 45rpm)
Earl Chatman (rare 45rpm)
Calvin Frazier (Lillie Mae version 1 – unissued acetate)
(Rockhouse – rare 78rpm)