Thursday, July 1, 2010

Harmonica Blues- Great Harmonica Performances of the 1920's and 30's

If I could find all these Yazoo comps on vinyl I would be a very happy man. Just got this one...for the time being...
The harmonica seems like the most obvious choice for blues musicians, it's a very proletariat instrument:
1) It's cheap
2) It's one of the most portable instruments. Pocketsize!
3) It's loud
4) It can imitate all kinds of sounds (the first track is train sounds...not my favorite track, but just pick up a harmonica and try for yourself. Not so easy)
The players on this record are definitely masters of their craft (the first ever black musician on The Grand Ole Opry was De Ford Bailey...last track on this comp.). This is just great blues, besides. Great stuff now that the dog days of summer are upon us. uhhggg.
Plus R. Crumb's cover art is fantastic...sums it all up.

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