Complete Recorded Works (1927-1930)

Ed Bell

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Complete Recorded Works (1927-1930) Review

by Scott Yanow

Document's series of "complete recorded works in chronological order" has resulted not only in all of the performances being reissued of major prewar blues performers, but the work of quite a few minor personalities too. Ed Bell, a singer/guitarist from Atlanta, lived until 1966 but made all of his recordings during 1927 and 1929-1930. One of his best sessions was cut one day in September 1927, a solo date resulting in four memorable lowdown blues. Otherwise, Bell is heard as "Sluefoot Joe," "Barefoot Bill From Alabama," and on two vocal-guitar duets with Pillie Bolling. In addition, this CD has Bolling's only other recordings, two solo numbers from 1930. A collector's item of its kind, this disc will be enjoyed by fans of early country blues.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:33 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:45 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:51 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:45 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:57 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:59 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 03:10 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:08 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:44 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:55 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:26 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 03:10 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:46 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:36 Amazon
15 Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:44 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 03:07 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Pillie Bolling 03:00 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Pillie Bolling 03:06 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 03:00 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:58 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:58 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 03:01 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 02:47 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Barefoot Bill / Sluefoot Joe 03:05 Amazon
25 Ed Bell feat: Pillie Bolling 03:19 Amazon
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Ed Bell feat: Pillie Bolling 03:00 Amazon
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