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Mississippi's Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans in 1964.
The "Father of the Delta Blues" recorded this namesake LP for Columbia Records a year later in 1965. It's become, in the words of Living Blues magazine - "Essential recordings by one of the greatest bluesmen ever." And now, Analogue Productions presents a reissue unmatched in sonic quality and luxury presentation. For this version they turned to Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound to remaster the recording from the original master tapes. The freshly cut lacquers - cut at 45 RPM for truer cartridge tracking and decreased distortion on the inner groove - were then plated and pressed on 180-gram vinyl by Quality Record Pressings.
Son was born Eddie James House, Jr., on March 21, 1902, in Riverton, Miss. By the age of 15, he was preaching the gospel in various Baptist churches as the family seemingly wandered from one plantation to the next. He didn't even bother picking up a guitar until he turned 25; to quote House, "I didn't like no guitar when I first heard it; oh gee, I couldn't stand a guy playin' a guitar. I didn't like none of it." But if his ambivalence to the instrument was obvious, even more obvious was the simple fact that Son hated plantation labor even more and had developed a taste for corn whiskey. After drunkenly launching into a blues at a house frolic in Lyon, Miss., one night and picking up some coin for doing it, the die seemed to be cast; Son House may have been a preacher, but he was part of the blues world now.
Now, sit back and enjoy one of the genre's greatest, on a reissue that's the best that's been made to date. So authentic, so real - that's the Analogue Productions difference.
During this time period, Columbia's recordings typically sounded amazing, and this album is no exception. On Analogue Productions' spectacular 2017 45rpm reissue cut all-analog by Sterling Sound's Ryan Smith, House is almost literally in the room with you, playing for anybody who'll take the time to listen.
- 180g Vinyl
- Double LP
- Remastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Master Tape
- Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
- Heavyweight Glossy Tip-On Gatefold Jacket by Stoughton Printing
- Bonus Track "Motherless Children"
- Death Letter
- Louise McGhee
- John the Revelator
- Empire State Express
- Preachin' Blues
- Grinning in Your Face
- Levee Camp Moan
- Motherless Children (Bonus Track)