Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues Soundtrack

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Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues Soundtrack

The blues is an imperative. People don't play and sing the blues simply because they like it or because they're good at it, they play the blues because they have to. Novelist Walter Mosley's fictional bluesman, Soupspoon Wise is a disciple of the late blues master, Robert Johnson. In his novel, RL's Dream, Mosley paints a portrait of the meaning of "the blues" through Soupspoon's memory of Johnson. Hearing Johnson's magnetic artistry transformed 'Spoon forever. The eloquence of a bluesman's performance is best measured by the veracity of his testimony, rather than its cleverness or virtuosity. Like Soupspoon Wise, director Martin Scorsese understands this completely.

Scorsese's PBS series, The Blues is a collection of short films which illuminates the art form in this tradition. Filmmakers Clint Eastwood and Wim Wenders, two contributors to this effort, are masters of this. The series is not to be missed. Appropriately, The Best Of The Blues, the condensed version of a five CD set which features music from this series begins with Robert Johnson's 1936 recording of "Cross Road Blues." Johnson's personality reaches out across the decades and engulfs the listener. The raw and primitive power of his voice and fingers is a perfect overture for what proves to be an outstanding collection of music.

Nearly eighty artists are featured in the collection of seven films. Twenty-one are represented on the Best of CD, and each one is as worthy as the next. Simply listing the artists would only serve as a hearty recommendation for this collection. Cassandra Wilson's "Vietnam Blues" was recorded in 2002, nearly seventy years after "Cross Roads Blues," but Johnson and Wilson could be holding hands in the studio. The respect for tradition walks hand-in-hand with the variety of the presentation throughout. The more familiar "One Way Out," by the Allman Brothers, is a version recorded live. Dickey Betts pickin' on that red guitar and Duane on slide channel Johnson's spirit in every note. You know at the outset that these guys didn't choose to play like this; they were called like country preachers. Taken as a whole, this condensed collection offers seven decades of honest music.

The selections offered transcend time and regionalism. Jimi Hendrix recorded "Red House" in London in 1967. The rest of the trio is English, born and bred, but the soul of the blues is in every note. Although Jimi was a rock hero, with a deep and varied set of influences, he was a blues artist to his core. The guitar solos alone are worth the price of the ticket. Scorsese completely understands the soul of the blues, and manages to deftly maintain the consistency of the concept while demonstrating the diversity of background, sex, region and time, which encompasses the blues tradition.

The Best Of The Blues is the most consistently rewarding collection of it's kind you're likely to find. Each cut is presented with excellent recording quality. Each cut is carefully and appropriately selected. The larger CD set would be a treat, but this condensed version lacks nothing in character, variety or spirit. It really is The Best Of The Blues.

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Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Television Soundtrack
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.42 x 4.25 x 5.25 IN
Release Date: 08/26/2003
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1. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
2. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) - Bessie Smith
3. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James
4. Evil (Is Going On) - Howlin' Wolf
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
6. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
7. Death Letter Blues - Son House
8. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) - Ray Charles
9. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
10. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
11. All Your Love (From Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton) - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Featuring Eric Clapton
12. One Good Man (From I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!) - Janis Joplin
13. Red House (From Are You Experienced?) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
14. One Way Out (Live) (From Eat A Peach) - The Allman Brothers Band
15. Pride And Joy (From Texas Flood) - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
16. Am I Wrong (From Keb' Mo') - Keb' Mo'
17. Just Won't Burn (From Just Won't Burn) - Susan Tedeschi
18. Voodoo Music - Los Lobos
19. Vietnam Blues - Cassandra Wilson
20. Round And Round (From Fundamental) - Bonnie Raitt
21. I Pity The Fool (Live) - Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland
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