Son House - Father of Folk Blues (1LP, 180g, 33RPM)
Son House - Father of Folk Blues (1LP, 180g, 33RPM)
Son House - Father of Folk Blues (1LP, 180g, 33RPM)
Son House - Father of Folk Blues (1LP, 180g, 33RPM)

Son House - Father of Folk Blues (1LP, 180g, 33RPM)

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Son House (vocal, steel-bodied National guitar)

Al Wilson (guitar, harmonica)

Written by Son House


1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Columbia

Recorded: on the 12th to 14th April 1965, at Columbia’s New York City studios

Produced by John Hammond

Originally released in 1965

Reissued in 2020


Tracks :

 Side A:

  1. Death Letter Blues
  2. Pearline
  3. Louise McGhee
  4. John The Revelator
  5. Empire State Express


Side B:

  1. Preachin' Blues
  2. Grinning In Your Face
  3. Sundown
  4. Leavee Camp Moan


Awards : 

Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning - Rated 88/100!

TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal

Hi-Fi News' "Album Choice" for November 2016


Reviews :

"This was the first such presentation of a Delta blues musician done by Columbia, which seemed like a pretty hip label at the time, since they had both Bob Dylan and Paul Revere and the Raiders. The man's picture on the front is mesmerizing, in a word; the white shirt, black string tie, and silver steel guitar just adding to the excitement. Perhaps this album picture was the first glimpse many young listeners had of such a style of guitar. It was decades before Dire Straits appropriated the image. Revisionist critical thinking has it that the later recordings by Son House can't match the music created during his '30s sessions for Paramount. Here, of course, we have the music as sports syndrome, an area where the elderly are always going to fail in someone's eyes. So much of music enjoyment, however, is a subjective reaction that so often involves many other factors, among them time and place. The sound of the metal slide quietly hovering over the strings can bring to mind only one thing in the mind of a westerner: an angry rattlesnake. And the way many listeners' jaws dropped upon hearing music such as this for the first time may not be quite as intense as a hiker's facial expression upon encountering such a creature, but it is close enough. There is a second blues legend appearing here as well. Guitarist and harmonica player Al Wilson was a founding member of Canned Heat, and a musician so good at what he did that he became a sterling example of the possibility that young white blues fans could actually learn to play this music really well, with intensity. The original pressing contains nine tracks, each of them gems. The length some of the tracks are allowed to go to is really wonderful. One of them is more than nine minutes long. Producers of country blues material in the 21st century would probably frown on such a thing because they are guilty of helping water the genre down over the years. The inevitable repackaging of material from these recording sessions in the '90s contained alternate takes, a decision that picks open arguments about whether the old man's playing at that time really warranted hearing every take, or, in fact, whether such documentation is really even that important in a genre such as blues. However one feels about such controversial subjects, it definitely seems like producer John Hammond picked the right tracks the first time out." AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne

"Muddy Waters' Folk Singer wasn't the only blues LP recorded with the due care rarely shown to albums in the genre, prior to the revival. Son House's rediscovery in the early 1960s reads like a Hollywood script, but all of the elements are there to make you realize that this John Hammond-produced LP, 50 years on, was one of the most important. Just House and his bottleneck acoustic guitar: his sheer presence must has been terrifying to those unfamiliar with the intensity of rural, unamplified blues. Every track is astounding, but skip straight to the voice-only 'John The Revelator' for an instant taste of House's abilities to captivate. And he lived long enough, too, to savor his renaissance." Ken Kessler, HiFi News, November 2016


Ratings :

AllMusic 5/5  ,  Discogs 4.59/5  ,  HiFi News : Sound Quality = 92%

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