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First Recordings: George Mitchell Collection

R.L. Burnside

06/10/2003 | FP80365
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Red vinyl limited to 300 units

"At the time these tracks were cut, 1967 and 1968, R.L. Burnside was working on a plantation in Coldwater, MS, cutting silage. Folklorist George Mitchell was on a mission to record unknown blues singers down South. Mitchell heard about Burnside and paid him a visit, asking if he could record him. That night Mitchell returned to Burnside's place with a case of beer and some whiskey. Ten months later, Burnside had his first release. While these 14 tracks didn't jump start Burnside's career, they are stark, organic, and timeless, just Burnside and his acoustic guitar running down mainly traditional material that he arranged. This is an absolute treasure for Burnside aficionados and casual blues listeners alike." - All Music

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Track Listing

  1. Just Like a Bird Without a Feather
  2. Goin' Down South
  3. Come On In
  4. Little Babe
  5. Rollin' and Tumblin'
  6. Jumper on the Line
  7. Skinny Woman
  8. Poor Black Mattie
  9. Long Haired Doney
  10. Peaches
  11. Walkin' Blues
  12. Hobo Blues
  13. My Time Ain't Long
  14. Sat Down on My Bed and Cried