Sleepy John Estes

Goin' to Brownsville

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Sleepy John Estes never really changed or altered his style during the 50-year period he recorded. The records he made for Victor in the 1920s didn't sound much different than the ones he made in the late 1960s and 1970s for various collector's labels. This collection features 21 previously unissued solo performances from 1962 capped with a lengthy interview with Sleepy John conducted by producer Pete Welding. Estes is in fine form throughout, particularly effective on "Lost My Eyesight," "Run Around," "Floating Bridge," "Vernita's Blues" and Big Bill Broonzy's "It Was a Dream." In the 18-minute interview that closes this disc, Estes discusses making records for Decca, Victor and other labels, coming to Chicago and losing his eyesight. Compelling music and even more compelling conversation, all of it loaded with realism and ambience galore.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
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2:32 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:35 Spotify
6 1:55 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:53 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:15 Spotify
11 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:45 Spotify
13 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
14 1:29 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
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2:33 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
19 1:53 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
21 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
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18:12 SpotifyAmazon
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