Various Artists

Too Late, Too Late Blues, Vol. 1

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This CD initiated a logical series for the Document label. The company's goal of reissuing every single prewar recording has resulted in hundreds of valuable CDs being reissued. Inevitably, there were new discoveries of music after the fact, so this series consists of previously unreleased titles, alternate takes, and discoveries. Vol. 1 has selections from Blind Blake ("Early Morning Blues"), Blind Lemon Jefferson ("Lock Step Blues" and "Hangman's Blues"), George "Bullet" Williams, Bessie Tucker, the Memphis Jug Band, Willie Baker, Rev. D.C. Rice, Charlie Spand, Robert Peeples, Charley Patton (an alternate of "I Shall Not Be Moved"), Big Bill Broonzy, Frank Brasswell, Memphis Minnie, the team of Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom Dorsey, Bo Carter, Joe McCoy, Kokomo Arnold (a test pressing of his famous "Milk Cow Blues"), Little Buddy Doyle, and Lonnie Johnson. More general blues collectors should explore the more obvious releases first, but specialists will find these 26 performances (and those in later CDs included in this series) to be quite fascinating.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:02 Spotify
2
3:08 Spotify
3 3:07 Spotify
4
2:52 Spotify
5
3:12 Spotify
6 3:10 Spotify
7
3:09 Spotify
8
3:20 Spotify
9
1:33
10 2:52
11
2:39
12 3:07 Spotify
13
2:43 Spotify
14
2:30 Spotify
15 3:18 Spotify
16
3:14 Spotify
17
3:14 Spotify
18
3:02 Spotify
19 3:00 Spotify
20
3:11
21
3:00 Spotify
22 3:15
23 2:49 Spotify
24
2:48
25 2:38 Spotify
26 3:13 Spotify
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