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Testament Records Sampler

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Testament Records Sampler Review

by Steven McDonald

This covers the story of Pete Welding's Testament blues label (now being brought to compact disc via Hightone Records), inspired by Delmark Records and driven by a desire just to get great blues recordings onto the market. This story is told both in this 23-track CD sampler and in the liner notes by Welding, who explains that he didn't care, when he started the label, whether or not it was commercially successful -- his job paid well enough. Testament proceeded to release a stream of amazing blues and R&B albums over the years, ranging from an anthology of Southern black fife and drum bands all the way to roaring electric blues that'll set fire to the hair in your ears. This sampler is 72 minutes of amazing selections from 23 different albums, and if you're a blues fan unfamiliar with Testament's CD releases, it may very well present a danger to your bank account. The sampler itself is priced cheaply enough to present a temptation, and you should let yourself be tempted.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
J.B. Hutto & the Hawks 02:44 Amazon
2 John Lee Granderson 03:05 Amazon
3
Chicago String Band 03:00 Amazon
4
Otis Spann 03:23 Amazon
5 Mississippi Fred McDowell / Fred McDowell & The Hunter's Chapel Singers 02:11 Amazon
6 Eddie Taylor 02:38 Amazon
7
Eddie Lee "Mustright" Jones 01:25 Amazon
8 Doctor Ross 04:08 Amazon
9
Robert Nighthawk 03:51 Amazon
10
Erwin Helfer / Jimmy Walker & His Western Stars / Jimmy Walker 03:02 Amazon
11
Ruby McCoy 03:07 Amazon
12 Johnny Shines 03:15 Amazon
13
Bill Jackson 03:36 Amazon
14
Johnny Turner 04:00 Amazon
15 Johnny Young 03:00 Amazon
16
Blind Connie Williams 02:17 Amazon
17 Mississippi Fred McDowell 03:08 Amazon
18
Big John Wrencher 02:57 Amazon
19 Big Joe Williams 03:56 Amazon
20
Napoleon Strickland 04:38 Amazon
21 Johnny Shines 03:07 Amazon
22 John Littlejohn 03:44 Amazon
23
Billy Boy Arnold 02:31 Amazon
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