Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues: The Early Years (1927-1935) (CD)

SKU: DOCD-5677

$ 25.99


This updated and revised album demonstrates the wide breadth of the McTell repertoire with some of the best blues on record.

NEW RE-MASTER with IMPROVED SOUND and UPDATED ARTWORK. In keeping with our efforts to reduce the use of plastic, Document Records is replenishing its back-catalogue with card Digipacks. In doing so, productions are being updated with new artwork and improved re-masters.

DOCD-5677 Blind Willie McTell - The Early Years 3 CD album replaces the original three separate volumes of Blind Willie McTell's work in the Document catalogue; DOCD-5006, DOCD-5007 and DOCD-5008. It has additional tracks which first saw their re-issues scattered in Document's 'Too Late' series and now contains 74 tracks.
This updated and revised album demonstrates the wide breadth of the McTell repertoire with some of the best blues on record. It also contains the enthralling ragtime numbers 'Georgia Rag', 'Southern Can Is Mine' and 'Atlanta Strut'.

If Robert Johnson was the King of the Mississippi blues then the Royal Crown of the Georgia blues must go to Blind Willie McTell. In addition, he was also a King of the twelve string guitar. Blind Willie McTell played some of the deepest 'country blues', intricate 'ragtime' and some of the finest 'bottleneck slide guitar' to have been recorded.

Moreover McTell was equally at home playing religious pieces, similar to the guitar evangelists of the time including his good friend the great Blind Willie Johnson. Also joining him on some of the tracks are Ruby Glaze, his wife Kate, his close companion Curly Weaver and others.

Revered by many including, Taj Mahal, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and Jack White, all of who have covered his songs but he has never been imitated.

Includes informative, illustrated booklet by David Evans plus detailed discography.


Cast & Crew


Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Writing Paper Blues
  • Stole Rider Blues
  • Mamma, 'Tain't Long Fo' Day
  • Mr McTell Got The Blues (take 1)
  • Mr McTell Got The Blues (take 2)
  • Three Women Blues
  • Dark Night Blues
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Loving Talking Blues
  • Atlanta Strut
  • Travelin' Blues
  • Come On Around To My House Mama
  • Kind Mama
  • Teasing Brown
  • Drive Away Blues
  • This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread
  • Love Changing Blues
  • Talkin' To Myself
  • Razor Ball
  • Southern Can Is Mine
  • Broke Down Engine Blues
  • Stomp Down Rider
  • Scarey Day Blues
  • Rough Alley Blues
  • Experience Blues
  • Painful Blues
Disc 2:
  • Low Rider's Blues
  • Georgia Rag
  • Low Down Blues
  • Rollin' Mama Blues
  • Lonesome Day Blues
  • Mama, Let Me Scoop For You
  • Searching The Desert For The Blues
  • Warm It Up To Me
  • It's Your Time To Worry
  • It's A Good Little Thing
  • You Was Born To Die
  • Dirty Mistreater
  • Lord Have Mercy If You Please
  • Don't You See How This World Made A Change
  • Savannah Mama
  • Broke Down Engine
  • Broke Down Engine No. 2 (take 1)
  • Broke Down Engine No. 2 (take 3)
  • My Baby's Gone
  • Love-Makin' Mama (take 1)
  • Love-Makin' Mama (take 2)
  • Death Room Blues (take 1)
  • Death Room Blues (take 2)
  • Death Cell Blues
Disc 3:
  • Lord, Send Me An Angel (take 1)
  • Lord, Send Me An Angel (take 2)
  • B And O Blues (take 1)
  • B And O Blues (take 2)
  • Weary Hearted Blues
  • Bell Street Lightnin'
  • Southern Can Mama
  • Runnin' Me Crazy
  • East St. Louis Blues (Fare You Well)
  • Ain't It Grand To Be A Christian
  • We Got To Meet Death One Day (take 1)
  • We Got To Meet Death One Day (take 2)
  • Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around
  • I Got Religion, I'm So Glad
  • Dying Gambler
  • God Don't Like It
  • Bell Street Blues
  • Let Me Play With Yo' Yo-Yo
  • Lay Some Flowers On My Grave
  • Ticket Agent Blues
  • Cold Winter Day
  • Your Time To Worry
  • Cooling Board Blues
  • Hillbilly Willie's Blues

Additional Details

Label: Document Records

Genre: Blues

Language: English

Run Time: 220 mins

Region: 0

Release Date: 06/03/22

UPC: 714298567724

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