Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey
Box set by Various
Released October 7, 2003
Recorded August 10, 1920 – April 9, 2003
Genre Blues
Label Hip-O Records/Sony
Producer Various, Mark Abramson
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey is a 2003 various artists box set released on Hip-O Records. It is the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese PBS documentary series The Blues.[3] The box set attempts to present a history of the blues from the dawning of recorded music to the present day. It offers a survey of many different blues subgenres and tangential music styles, as well as a survey of almost all the most notable blues performers over time.

In 2004, the box set won two Grammy Awards for "Best Historical Album" and "Best Album Notes".[4] That same year it was #2 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.[5]

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey is also the title of a 2003 companion book to the series. Writers/editors include Peter Guralnick, Robert Santelli, Holly George-Warren and Christopher John Farley.[6]

Track listing[1][2][edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. Othar Turner & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band – "Shortnin' / Henduck"
  2. Lightning & Group – "Long John"
  3. Mamie Smith – "Crazy Blues"
  4. W.C. Handy – "St. Louis Blues"
  5. Bessie Smith – "Muddy Water"
  6. Blind Lemon Jefferson – "Match Box Blues"
  7. Furry Lewis – "Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee"
  8. "Ma" Rainey – ""Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom"
  9. Blind Willie Johnson – "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground"
  10. Louis Armstrong – "Savoy Blues"
  11. Frank Stokes – "Downtown Blues"
  12. Mississippi John Hurt – "Frankie"
  13. Henry Thomas – "Fishing Blues"
  14. Leroy Carr – "How Long, How Long Blues"
  15. Tommy Johnson – "Canned Heat Blues"
  16. Blind Willie McTell – "Statesboro Blues"
  17. Tampa Red & Georgia Tom – "It's Tight Like That"
  18. Pinetop Smith – "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie"
  19. Lonnie Johnson – "Guitar Blues"
  20. Charlie Patton – "Pony Blues"
  21. Blind Blake – "Diddie Wah Diddie"
  22. Memphis Jug Band – "K.C. Moan"
  23. Jimmie Rodgers – "Standin' On The Corner (Blue Yodel # 9)"
  24. Mississippi Sheiks – "Sittin' on Top of the World"
  25. Son House – "Preachin' The Blues"

Disc two[edit]

  1. Skip James – "Devil Got My Woman"
  2. Lead Belly – "C.C. Rider"
  3. Big Joe Williams – "Baby, Please Don't Go"
  4. Roosevelt Sykes – "Dirty Mother For You (Don't You Know)"
  5. Billie Holiday - "Billie's Blues"
  6. Robert Johnson – "Cross Road Blues"
  7. Sonny Boy Williamson I – "Good Mornin’ Little School Girl"
  8. Bukka White – "Shake 'Em on Down"
  9. Joe Turner & Pete Johnson – "Roll 'Em Pete"
  10. Robert Petway – "Catfish Blues"
  11. Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing – "Going To Chicago Blues"
  12. Big Bill Broonzy – "Key to the Highway"
  13. Memphis Minnie – "Me And My Chauffeur Blues"
  14. Big Maceo Merriweather – "Worried Life Blues"
  15. Tommy McClennan – "Cross Cut Saw Blues"
  16. Lionel Hampton Sextet with Dinah Washington – "Evil Gal Blues"
  17. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – "Strange Things Happening Everyday"
  18. Joe Liggins – "Honeydripper Pt. 1"
  19. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown – "Driftin' Blues"
  20. Louis Jordan – "Let the Good Times Roll"
  21. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup – "That's All Right Mama"
  22. T-Bone Walker – "Call It Stormy Monday"
  23. Wynonie Harris – "Good Rockin' Tonight"
  24. Jimmy Witherspoon – "Ain't Nobody's Business, Part One"
  25. The Johnny Otis Quintette with Little Esther & The Robins – "Double Crossing Blues"

Disc three[edit]

  1. Memphis Slim – "Mother Earth"
  2. Percy Mayfield – "Please Send Me Someone to Love"
  3. Jackie Brenston – “Rocket 88
  4. Elmore James – "Dust My Broom"
  5. Rosco Gordon – “No More Doggin'”
  6. Little Walter – "Juke"
  7. Big Mama Thornton – "Hound Dog"
  8. Lowell Fulson – "Reconsider Baby"
  9. Guitar Slim – "The Things That I Used to Do"
  10. Professor Longhair – "In The Night"
  11. Muddy Waters – "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man"
  12. J. B. Lenoir – "Eisenhower Blues"
  13. Fats Domino – "Blue Monday"
  14. Ray Charles – "Hard Times"
  15. Smiley Lewis – "I Hear You Knocking"
  16. Elvis Presley – "Mystery Train"
  17. Sonny Boy Williamson II – "Don't Start Me To Talkin'"
  18. Howlin' Wolf – "Smokestack Lightning"
  19. Bo Diddley – "Who Do You Love?"
  20. Slim Harpo – "I'm a King Bee"
  21. Chuck Berry – "Johnny B. Goode"
  22. Bobby "Blue" Bland – "Farther Up the Road"
  23. Otis Rush – "So Many Roads, So Many Trains"
  24. Buddy Guy – "First Time I Met The Blues"
  25. Jimmy Reed – "Big Boss Man"

Disc four[edit]

  1. Freddie King – "Hide Away"
  2. Junior Parker – "Drivin' Wheel"
  3. John Lee Hooker – "Boom Boom"
  4. Albert Collins – "Frosty"
  5. Muddy Waters – "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had"
  6. Howlin' Wolf – "Killing Floor"
  7. Son House – "Death Letter Blues"
  8. Mississippi Fred McDowell – "You Gotta Move"
  9. Bob Dylan – “Highway 61 Revisited
  10. Junior Wells – "Hoodoo Man Blues"
  11. Koko Taylor – "Wang Dang Doodle"
  12. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton – “All Your Love
  13. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – "I've Got A Mind To Give Up Livin'"
  14. Jimi Hendrix – "Red House"
  15. Albert King – "Born Under a Bad Sign"
  16. Magic Sam – "Mama Talk To Your Daughter"
  17. Etta James – "Tell Mama"
  18. The Jeff Beck Group – "Ain't Superstitious"
  19. Taj Mahal – "She Caught the Katy (And Left Me A Mule To Ride)"
  20. Fleetwood Mac – "Black Magic Woman"
  21. Janis Joplin – "One Good Man"

Disc five[edit]

  1. B.B. King – "The Thrill Is Gone"
  2. Johnny Winter – "Dallas"
  3. Derek and the Dominos – "Have You Ever Loved a Woman"
  4. Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers – "Give Me Back My Wig"
  5. The Allman Brothers Band – "One Way Out"
  6. Z.Z. Hill – "Down Home Blues"
  7. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – "Pride And Joy"
  8. Robert Cray – "Smoking Gun"
  9. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – "Tuff Enuff"
  10. John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt - "I'm in the Mood"
  11. Ali Farka Touré – "Timbarma"
  12. Keb' Mo' – "Am I Wrong?"
  13. Luther Allison – "Cherry Red Wine"
  14. Peggy Scott-Adams – "Bill"
  15. Susan Tedeschi – "Just Won't Burn"
  16. Los Lobos – "Voodoo Music"
  17. Bonnie Raitt – "Round And Round"
  18. Cassandra Wilson - "Vietnam Blues"
  19. Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland – "I Pity The Fool" (Live)
  20. Keb' Mo' & Corey Harris – "Sweet Home Chicago"

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Allmusic: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey
  2. ^ a b Hoffman, Larry (2003). Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey (CD BOX SET BOOKLET NOTES) (Media notes). Various Artists. Hip-O Records. B0000393-02. 
  3. ^ PBS: The Blues
  4. ^ New York Times, February 4, 2004, The Grammy Award Winners of 2004
  5. ^ Billboard Chart
  6. ^ Peter Guralnick, Robert Santelli, Holly George-Warren, Christopher John Farley (2003). Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. Amistad / HarperCollins. ISBN 0060525444. Retrieved March 2014.