An interesting collection of blues tunes from 1927 to 1933, lovingly collected and supplied with well written liner notes and pictures. This is another example of a non-numbered ‘limited’ edition, and I am wondering why. This really is a beauty of a publication. It like reading a little book about the earliest of blues, while listening to the originals.
Looking at the names, I am again wondering about them. I wrote earlier about the blindness of so many blues musicians. In reading about it, I came across another little fun fact. Many blues musicians were doing business under different names, so they could fool the already powerful record companies. They didn’t get much, but most of the contracts they had to sign were exclusive. They couldn’t do any other work, but were paid little. So to escape that, they just recorded under different names. An interesting theory.