Sleepy John Estes

Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1937)

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For those with enough interest, Document's Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1937) is invaluable, offering an exhaustive overview of Sleepy John Estes' early recordings. The early to mid-'30s were the most fruitful years of Estes' long career, during which he recorded most of the best songs of his career: "The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair," "Someday Baby Blues," "Milk Cow Blues," "Drop Down Mama," and "Down South Blues." Of course, these are all available on I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More 1929-1941, along with a more regimented set of classic performances from the late '30s. All of which leaves Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1937) as a mixed blessing, more intriguing and important for serious fans than those simply wishing to get a taste of what made Sleepy John Estes great.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2
3:16
3 3:10
4
3:07
5 3:21
6
3:43
7 2:59
8
3:11
9 2:59
10
2:59
11 2:48
12 3:01
13 2:58
14
2:55
15 3:06
16 2:40
17 2:58
18
3:18
19 3:11
20 3:08
21 3:09
22 2:57
23 3:06
24 3:02
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