Rock Island Line

Blues Characters Vol.12

2 CD - Le Chant du Monde 2742504/05
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original title: Lead Belly / Rock Island Line

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  • BLUES CHARACTERS, a prestigious new 30-volume collection, invites the listener to discover the work of the great men and women who made blues history; the pioneers of one of the greatest musical adventures of the twentieth century. Released as an 3-panel Digipack, each volume of the collection includes 2 CDs (nearly 2 1/2 hours of listening) and is accompanied by a 36-page booklet containing biographies and notes in French and English, with original photos and illustrations. Blues Characters will make a truly wonderful addition to any blues collection. The first 10 volumes of this authoritative collection are presented here, with 20 further volumes to follow in 2016.

    Originally from Ark-La-Tex (the south west of Arkansas, the north west of Louisiana and the north-east of Texas), the socio-economic area of over a million residents which had the town of Shreveport at its heart, William Huddie Ledbetter, alias ‘Lead Belly’, was one of the representatives of the initial generation of ‘country musicians’ born before 1890, who learned their art at a time when blues music was no more than a vague promise. His repertoire was originally made up of all the styles which were played in his home county (narrative ballads, work songs, cowboy songs, dances, marching music, pop or generic songs etc.) A genuine walking music archive, he knew an incalculable number of songs which would have been lost in the meanders of time.

  • 2 CD - 2h 30mn 28s
    upc/ean. 3149024250422
    ref. 2742504/05
    release date. 2015-10-30