V/A - Let's Get Loose : Folk And Popular Blues Styles From The Beginnings To The Early 1940s

“[In the early 20th] century, professional traveling entertainers in the South, many of them women, began to incorporate blues into their stage acts. In 1912 the first blues sheet music appeared, and very shortly the blues moved into the mainstream of white popular music as well as southern white folk music. In 1920 the first blues record by a black vocalist appeared, initiating a flood of thousands of commercial recordings that continues today. These popularizing trends took place in a historical context of increasing migration of rural southern blacks to the northern urban centers. Blues have continued to flourish in the ghettos, mainly among people with strong and recent ties to the South. Hastened by the hit and star system of the record industry, a series of new performance styles grew up, containing elements that reminded the listener of the South but also reflecting the increasing sophistication and complexity of city life. Styles emanating from the cities had an influence on southern rural blues singers through records and through the recording artists’ personal appearances, while at the same time the urban blues scene was nourished by a steady stream of new performers arriving from “down home.” The blues on this album, all from commercial recordings, illustrate the major styles in which blues were performed from the turn of the century to the outbreak of World War Il. Side One contains styles already in existence at the advent of recording, including examples of early white folkand popular-blues styles. Side Two presents styles that developed or came into prominence largely after or as a result of commercial recording.” (album notes excerpt)

Just scored a heap of these 70’s New World Records LP comps from Mississippi Records, on the cheap. This one’s sporting some prime cuts, and there’s plenty more like this that are on the way.

+ Liner notes *PDF

Release Information
Year: 1978.
Country: USA.
Label: New World Records.
Side 1
1. Yank Rachell, Sonny Boy Williamson, Washboard Sam & Alfred Elkins - PeacH Tree Blues
2. Pillie Bolling – Brownskin Woman
3. The Johnson Boys – Violin Blues
4. Monarch Jazz Quartet Of Norfolk – What's The Matter Now
5. Buck Mountain Band – Yodeling Blues
6. Hattie Hudson – Doggone My Good Luck Soul
7. Clara Smith – Let's Get Loose
8. George O'Connor – Nigger Blues

Side 2
1. Tyus And Tyus – Dad's Ole Mule
2. Rufus & Ben Quillian – Keep It Clean
3. Scrapper Blackwell - & Leroy Carr Blue Night Blues
4. Walter Roland – House Lady Blues
5. Harlem Hamfats – I'm Cuttin' Out
6. Tommy McClennan – Deep Blue Sea Blues
7. Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Alfred Elkins & Blind John Davis - Love Me, Baby
8. The Five Breezes – My Buddy Blues
Comments (9)

9 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    thank you for your commitment to this varied discography you bestow

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks very much for this interesting looking comp.

  3. Dan Leo says:

    Thanks for the obscurities!

  4. hey ghost, have always loved your blog. curious to know how many other New World releases you’ve got? i have three that i’ll try and remember off the top of my head: a Minstrel song compilation, one on sacred harp singing, and a comp of 1940s-1950s country/honky tonk music.

    i rip LPs & tapes frequently and post it up on broadcastsfrom.poorfarmeditionspress.com – have a look around! and let me know if you got any of those above, if not, i’ll get around to it at some point and share a bit more of this New World discrography

  5. + also one on southern hymns called The Gospel Ship

    peace —

  6. Anonymous says:

    i discovered this blog a couple of days ago and i’ve already checked all the entries. awesome.
    looking forward to some re-ups!
    keep up the awesome job 🙂

  7. brian says:

    Thanks for sharing your eclectic & mind blowin’ music \(^o^)/

  8. Janas says:

    Thank you, Nicholab.

  9. chazaloo says:

    Thank you, thank you!

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