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The Paramount Masters

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Disc 1 of 4
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Nappy Head Blues - Bobby Grand
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Red River Blues - Lottie Beaman
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Honky Tonk Train Blues
Artist: Meade Lux Lewis
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You Can't Keep No Brown - Bo Weevil Jackson
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Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues - Teddy Darby
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No. 29 - Wesley Wallace
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Outside Women Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
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Old Country Rock - William Moore
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Keep A-Knockin' - James "Broodle It" Wiggins
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Touch Me Light Mama - George "Bullet" Williams
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Jack Of All Trades - Moanin' Bernice Edwards
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Come On In (Ain't Nobody Here But Me) - Harum Scarums
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All Birds Look Like Chickens To Me - Sweet Papa Stovepipe
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Cotton Field Blues - Charlie "Dad" Nelson
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Traveling Blues
Artist: Ma Rainey
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Soon This Morning Blues
Artist: Charlie Spand
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Gay Cattin' - Papa Charlie Jackson
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Whoopee Blues - King Solomon Hill
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Eagles On A Half - Geechie Wiley
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Wasn't It Sad About Lemon - Washboard Walter
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Freakish Man Blues - George Hannah
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Rough Rugged Road Blues - Bumble Bee Slim
3:30
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Mississippi Jail House Groan - Rube Lacy
3:22
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Try Me One More Time - Marshall Owens
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Barrel House Flat Blues
Artist: Mary Johnson
3:03
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I Shall Not Be Moved
Artist: Charley Patton
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Walking Blues - Raymond Barrow
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Guitar Boogie - Blind Roosevelt Graves
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Black And Evil Blues - Alice Moore
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The New Dirty Dozen - Ben Curry
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Low-Down Mississippi Bottom Man - Freddie Spruell
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Vicksburg Blues
Artist: Little Brother Montgomery
2:58
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Jack Of Diamonds Georgia Rub - Henry Townsend
3:18
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Billy Goat Blues - John Byrd
3:28
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Bunker Hill Blues - Side Wheel Sally Duffie
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Number Three Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins
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Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
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Eastern Chimes Blues - Henry Brown
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Fetch Your Water
Artist: Charlie Spand
2:30
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Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake - J.D. Short
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Water Bound Blues - Alice Pearson
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Broke Down Engine - Lonnie Clark
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Dying Pickpocket Blues - Barrel House Welch
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Seven Sister Blues - Edward Thompson
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Old Timbrook Blues - John Byrd
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The Preacher Must Get Some Sometime - Bob Robinson
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Motherless Child Blues - Elvie Thomas
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The Duck Yas Yas - Jack O' Diamonds
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Boodle De Bum Bum - Ben Curry
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Gotta Shave 'Em Dry - James Wiggins
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Disc 3 of 4
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Some Scream High Yellow - Boll Weevil Jackson
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Jab Blues - Jabo Williams
3:19
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Raised In The Alley Blues
Artist: Freddie Brown
3:18
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Frisco Leaving Birmingham - George "Bullet" Williams
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Nintey Nine Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
2:39
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Conjur Man Blues
Artist: Roosevelt Sykes
3:08
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Mama's Angel Child - Sweet Papa Stovepipe
2:59
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Honey Blues - Lottie Beaman
2:52
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Lonesome Atlanta Blues - Bobby Grant
3:00
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Fat Greasy Baby - Ropert Peeples
3:12
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No Special Rider Blues
Artist: Little Brother Montgomery
2:54
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New York Blues - Blind Roosevelt Graves
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Doctor, Oh Doctor - Henry Townsend
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I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop - Bogus Ben Covington
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Red Letter Blues - Ruby Paul
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Piano Kid Special - Piano Kid Edwards
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Where Did You Stay Last Night - Famous Hokum Boys
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The Gone Dead Train - King Solomon Hill
3:18
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Fanny Lee Blues - Wesley Wallace
3:15
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Narrow Face Blues - Washboard Walter
3:16
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Pick Poor Robin Clean - Geechie Wiley
3:14
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The Boy In The Boat - George Hannah
2:40
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Texas Blues - Marshall Owens
3:19
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Evil Woman Blues - James "Boodle It" Wiggins
3:10
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Three, Six And Nine
Artist: Roosevelt Sykes
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Disc 4 of 4
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Tom Cat Blues - Freddie Spruell
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Smiling Blues - Jack O' Diamonds
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Mama, Don't You Think I Know - Papa Charlie Jackson
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Back To The Woods Blues
Artist: Charlie Spand
3:23
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Prison Blues - Alice Moore
3:18
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Deep Morgan Blues - Henry Brown
3:23
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My Laona Blues - Teddy Darby
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Pistol Blues - Bo Weevil Jackson
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Pratt City Blues - Jabo Williams
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Telephone Arguin' Blues - J.D. Short
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Over To My House - Elvie Thomas
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Hambone Blues - Ed Bell
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Down In Tennessee - Lonnie Clark
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Ham Hound Crave - Rube Lacy
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Fire Detective Blues
Artist: Roosevelt Sykes
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Up On The Hill Blues - Edward Thompson
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Key To The Mountain Blues
Artist: Mary Johnson
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Down On My Bended Knee - King Solomon Hill
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Red River Blues - Charlie "Dad" Nelson
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Give Us Another Jug - Piano Kid Edwards
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Nehi Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
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Last Farewell Blues - Ruby Paul
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Larceny Woman Blues - Barrel House Welch
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Wicked Devil's Blues - Robert Peeples
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Raggin' The Blues - William Moore
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Total Tracks: 100   Total Length: 302:21

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Delta Blues Holy Grail

wallbanger

Currently reading "Delta Blues" by Ted Gioia and Paramount Records was the Holy Grail for seminal blues. Unfortunately they sold the nickel masters for scrap during the Great Depression (the company folded in 1935). The book has a suggested reading list and here are the recommended tracks from this collection: "Outside Woman Blues (D1:T7)", "Mississippi Jail House Groan (D1:T23)". Charley Patton, Son House, & Skip James are better represented elsewhere on Emusic.

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Music is Great, Sound Quality Variable

Palomino-Royalle

This really is an impressive and varied collection of old blues. I would have given it five stars except for the sometimes rough sound quality. Some of these old discs were pretty beat up, so there's only so much anyone could do. Encoding them at ~128 kBit/s doesn't help matters, though. And yet, the music still shines through.

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Unheard, Yet Essential

Smokeorange

Paramount, in a huge burst of recording, managed to get some of the best Delta and Urban blues of the 20's. Of course, Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded there too, but these recordings are one-offs by relative unknowns. And MAN are they superb! I think they were lucky, like Chess in the 50's and Stax in the 60's. But anyway, the music is fun, haunting, and rollicking. My favorites are "Ain't Nobody Here But Me" by the Harum Scarems and the cuts by the incomparable Blind Joe Reynolds. I own a lot of old blues CD's, but this kind of range is unduplicated.