Blind Blake

Rope Stretchin' Blues (1926-1931), Vol. 4

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This album was the final installment of a four volume set comprising the entire known output of this blues picker's blues picker. Like any of Blake's too few collections, it shows off the vast range of his repertoire, including ragtime and country shuffle numbers as well as blues. There are some solo numbers as well as duets with a pianist, little bits of minstrel-show style accompaniment from rattlebones and xylophone, and several female guest vocal spots that definately have the required funk. There are glitches in the recording that sound like someone went after the master with a Boy Scout knife, but listening past this the antique sound was quite capable of picking up enough of Blake's playing to send most guitarists into finger-counting exercises.

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