Buddy Moss

Complete Recorded Works, Vols. 1-3

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These three CDs contain all of Moss's recordings made between January 1933 and October 1941. The sound is generally good to excellent, and as for the material, it is just about the most sophisticated and beautifully played Atlanta blues of its period. From his very earliest sessions in January of 1933, Buddy Moss made his guitar sing almost like a human voice even without a slide, just strumming, and his own voice was one of the most expressive in the blues. And when he played slide . . . well, Atlanta blues didn't get any better than this, especially with Curley Weaver ("Prowling Woman" and "T.B.'s Killing Me," for the guitar duet, are worth the price of Vol. I) or Fred McMullen providing the second guitar part (and Blind Willie McTell's voice turning up every so often), or, a little later, Josh White playing with him. Among the more fascinating anomalies is "Daddy Don't Care" from Volume I, which anticipates Blind Boy Fuller's "You've Got Something There." But the real reason for getting these three discs -- and all three are necessary -- is to take in one of the genuine, deserving blues giants in history on 67 of the greatest sides ever laid down.