Various Artists

Alabama Blues: 1927-1930

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Alabama Blues: 1927-1930 compiles the complete known recorded output of six obscure rural blues acts: George "Bullet" Williams, Clifford Gibson, Ollis Martin, Bertha Ross, Jaybird Coleman and Frank Palmes (which may actually be merely a pseudonym of Coleman's). As the liner notes point out, it's interesting to note that almost all of the artists featured here play the harmonica, an instrument whose relatively low cost made it the ideal accompaniment for the era's bluesmen, especially those from such an economically depressed area as rural Alabama; there's a clear regional sensibility linking their music, its primitive power and emotional intensity reflections of the blues at its purest.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:48 Amazon
2
02:44 Amazon
3
02:53 Amazon
4 02:56 Amazon
5
02:49 Amazon
6
03:03 Amazon
7
02:53 Amazon
8
02:55 Amazon
9
03:05 Amazon
10
02:37 Amazon
11
03:10 Amazon
12 03:06 Amazon
13
02:49 Amazon
14
03:04 Amazon
15
03:10 Amazon
16
03:05 Amazon
17
02:54 Amazon
18 03:07 Amazon
19 03:05 Amazon
20
03:01 Amazon
21 03:03 Amazon
22
02:55 Amazon
23
02:45 Amazon
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