Monday, September 01, 2014

THE VICKSBURG–FORTY FOUR BLUES SAGA—Part IX

We’ve now come to the end of our little “Vicksburg–Forty Four” adventure saving, arguably, the best for last: two magnificent versions of “Vicksburg Blues” recorded 14 months apart in New Orleans by Little Brother Montgomery and both originally issued on Bluebird.


Little Brother Montgomery • Vicksburg Blues No. 2 • 1935



Little Brother • Vicksburg Blues—Part 3 • 1936

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, I do especially like Vicksburg Blues No. 2! First time I'm hearing it.

    I also went back and listened to Roosevelt Sykes' '44' Blues, as I hadn't heard it for a long time. Yours is a nice copy. I have the song on the 4-Disc 'Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers.' There are some interesting selections but, surprisingly, somebody got a little heavy-handed with the noise reduction on many of the tracks.

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    1. Why thank you, Marie. It seems some of these piano tunes don't get much attention here, but "Vicksburg"/"44" is a worthy tune and apparently very hard to play as well. I love all of Little Brother's versions. The Sykes came from the Yazoo Sykes/Lee Green CD so of course the sound is going to be about as good as it gets.

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