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Various - Essential Delta Blues

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Looking at the history and development of popular music in the twentieth century, the blues holds a particularly influential place as it was to become the key root of so many other musical forms. Delta Blues was a variant of Country Blues. It was based in the Mississippi Delta, which was a specific area of North West Mississippi, running some 200 miles south from Memphis. Its land was very fertile, but for most of its working population it remained an impoverished area, and singing the blues became one of the very few ways that musicians could earn a few extra dollars away from the fields.

Side A:
Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson
Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
Special Rider Blues - Son House
Crawlin' King Snake - Tony Hollins
Black Spider Blues - Robert Lockwood Jr
Mississippi River Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
Highway No.51 - Tommy McClennan
Fixin' To Die - Bukka White

Side B:
Landing Blues - John Lee Hooker
Stomp Down Rider - Blind Willie McTell
Banana In Your Fruit Basket - Bo Carter
Nobody's Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson
Catfish Blues - Robert Petway
34 Blues - Charley Patton
Bottle It Up And Go - Tommy McClennan
Devil Got My Woman - Skip James
Dirty Mistreater - Willie 'Poor Boy' Lofton