Blind Boy Fuller – Complete Recorded Works 1935 – 1940 Vol 2 (29th April 1936 to 12th July 1937)
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Blind Boy Fuller
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 23 July 1935 – 19 June 1940
Vol. 2: 29th April 1936 to 12th July 1937
Featuring the recordings of:
Blind Boy Fuller, vocal / guitar. Blind Boy Fuller, vocal / guitar; Dipper Boy Council, guitar; Bull City Red, washboard on 4. Blind Boy Fuller, vocal / guitar; Bull City Red, washboard on 6, 7, 8, 9. Blind Boy Fuller, vocal / guitar; Dipper Boy Council, guitar added on 19; Bull City Red, washboard on 19.
Genres: Blues, Country Blues, Carolina Blues, Piedmont Blues, Piedmont Guitar, Country Blues Guitar, Ragtime Guitar, National Guitar
Abridged from this albums original booklet notes. Blind Boy Fullers 1936 sessions (mostly included in Vol. 1) yielded ten titles including Trucking My Blues Away (a remake of Tampa Reds What Is It That Tastes Like Gravy? from 1929) and Mama Let Me Lay It On You (a version of Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joes Can I Do It For You? from 1930). Both of these titles were popular enough to be issued on several of the ARC labels (with Trucking later reissued twice on Columbia) as well as being re-recorded in No. 2 incarnations at later sessions. Regardless of their genesis, both titles have been associated with Blind Boy Fuller ever since he recorded them and his versions have inspired a host of imitators. Blind Boy Fullers third group of sessions took place on February 8, 9 and 10, 1937 with Dipper Boy Council and Bull City Red present on guitar and washboard on some tracks. Bruce Bastin has noted that Fullers Been Your Dog uses the same melody as Bull City Reds “Black Woman and Poison Blues” and that its guitar part is similar to Reds Mississippi River both recorded in July 1935. Mamie was recalled by Willie Trice as the first song he learned in the mid-1920s so these two songs may offer evidence that Blind Boy Fuller was drawing from a common pool of local material. Untrue Blues was a reworking of the Crow Jane theme (the 1927 version by Julius Daniels on Victor 21065 has Richmond Blues a song covered by Bull City Red at the July 1935 session as its flip-side). Fuller was probably aware of this record as well as Josh Whites popular version (Blood Red River from 1933). In addition to this, Richard Trice recalled that Fuller carefully studied Carl Martins definitive version of Crow Jane from 1935. This should all serve to illustrate how much conscious reconstruction of recorded blues material took place in the group of musicians surrounding Blind Boy Fuller. The last title recorded at the February 1937 sessions was New Oh Red! with both Dipper Boy Council and Bull City Red added on this exuberant remake of the Harlem Hamfats hit of 1936 (itself a remake of their own Oh, Red! from earlier in that year). Blind Boy Fuller was, at this point in his career, a fully professional, seasoned recording artist whose records sold as well as any of the Chicago competition.Ken Romanowski Copyright 1992: Document Records