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Down Home Blues Detroit: Detroit Special Box set (CD)
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Down Home Blues Detroit is THE definitive collection of blues music from Detroit-based musicians from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Features over 20 artists who were influential in developing the Detroit blues scene, including John Lee Hooker, Bo Bo Jenkins, Sam Kelly, Eddie Kirkland, Little Sonny, Detroit Count, Eddie Burns, Baby Boy Warren, Big Ed And His Combo and many more.Three CD set, packaged in a deluxe digipak with an outer slip case, features 82 rare tracks, all digitally remastered, with some unissued recordings and others which have not been available for decades.Includes a 48 page book featuring an essay on the origins of Detroit music by renowned blues researcher and historian Mike Rowe, complete with rare photos, tracklisting and full sessionography.Detroit, Michigan. A northern city - smaller but akin to Chicago - where country southern blacks migrated to find work and found themselves within new urban surroundings. Amongst their numbers were blues musicians who took with them their traditional sounds. It began to develop with a more aggressive feel which grew with them in their new urban life surroundings.There are 21 different artists here. There is extreme. There are selections of players who encompassed into small combo group recordings to the solo player whose sound without doubt was perfect without any extra accompaniment. There are artists here who made many more commercial recordings than others, who maybe got just one record out. By luck there are some unissued recordings - from unearthed rare acetate discs. The definitive three album collection of Down Home Blues from Detroit. Review Like the city which spawned it, Detroit blues was tough, no-nonsense and edged with danger. Of course, the most well-known exponent was John Lee Hooker, who joins the many lesser-known blues singers and musicians on this stellar collection who played the low-down bars and released singles on independent labels between the 1940s and 60s. These include Eddie Burns, Detroit Slim, Calvin Frazier, Bobo Jenkins, Baby Boy Warren, Little Sonny, Detroit Count, LC Green, Eddie Kirkland and Henry Smith.The most startling thing about this fascinating set is that I'd not heard of at least half these names until now. It's a real eye-opener discovering this whole other world which operated parallel to the better documented musical enclaves of the time. Special mention must be given to bluesologist Mike Rowe's 48-page illustrated book; awash in illustrations and accounts of this near-forgotten strata of abrasive inner city survival music. Unreservedly recommended to blues buffs. --5* Shindig - Kris Needs

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