Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey
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Box set by
various artists
ReleasedOctober 7, 2003
RecordedAugust 10, 1920 – April 9, 2003
LabelHip-O Records, Sony
ProducerVarious, Mark Abramson
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey is a 2003 box set released on Hip-O Records. It is the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese PBS documentary series The Blues.[2] 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.[3][4] The previous year it was number 2 on the 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[edit]


Disc one[edit]

1."Shortnin' / Henduck"Othar Turner & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band2:52
2."Long John"Lightning & Group5:25
3."Crazy Blues"Mamie Smith3:29
4."St. Louis Blues"W. C. Handy3:02
5."Muddy Water"Bessie Smith3:08
6."Match Box Blues"Blind Lemon Jefferson3:01
7."Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee"Furry Lewis2:36
8."Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"Ma Rainey3:03
9."Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"Blind Willie Johnson3:21
10."Savoy Blues"Louis Armstrong3:27
11."Downtown Blues"Frank Stokes3:10
12."Frankie"Mississippi John Hurt3:24
13."Fishing Blues"Henry Thomas2:43
14."How Long, How Long Blues"Leroy Carr3:06
15."Canned Heat Blues"Tommy Johnson3:38
16."Statesboro Blues"Blind Willie McTell2:30
17."It's Tight Like That"Tampa Red & Georgia Tom3:04
18."Pine Top's Boogie Woogie"Pinetop Smith3:22
19."Guitar Blues"Lonnie Johnson3:15
20."Pony Blues"Charley Patton2:59
21."Diddie Wah Diddie"Blind Blake2:58
22."K.C. Moan"Memphis Jug Band2:32
23."Standin' on the Corner (Blue Yodel 9)"Jimmie Rodgers2:39
24."Sittin' on Top of the World"Mississippi Sheiks3:04
25."Preachin' the Blues"Son House3:02
Total length:1:18:50

Disc two[edit]

1."Devil Got My Woman"Skip James3:00
2."C.C. Rider"Lead Belly2:59
3."Baby, Please Don't Go"Big Joe Williams3:24
4."Dirty Mother for You (Don't You Know)"Roosevelt Sykes2:59
5."Billie's Blues"Billie Holiday2:40
6."Cross Road Blues"Robert Johnson2:40
7."Good Mornin' Little School Girl"Sonny Boy Williamson I3:01
8."Shake 'Em On Down"Bukka White3:01
9."Roll 'Em Pete"Joe Turner & Pete Johnson2:50
10."Catfish Blues"Robert Petway2:53
11."Going to Chicago Blues"Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing3:26
12."Key to the Highway"Big Bill Broonzy3:01
13."Me and My Chauffeur Blues"Memphis Minnie2:46
14."Worried Life Blues"Big Maceo Merriweather2:56
15."Cross Cut Saw Blues"Tommy McClennan2:46
16."Evil Gal Blues"Lionel Hampton Sextet with Dinah Washington2:54
17."Strange Things Happening Everyday"Sister Rosetta Tharpe2:52
18."Honeydripper Pt. 1"Joe Liggins3:05
19."Driftin' Blues"Johnny Moore's Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown3:14
20."Let the Good Times Roll"Louis Jordan2:47
21."That's All Right Mama"Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup2:55
22."Call It Stormy Monday"T-Bone Walker3:02
23."Good Rockin' Tonight"Wynonie Harris2:47
24."Ain't Nobody's Business, Part One"Jimmy Witherspoon2:55
25."Double Crossing Blues"The Johnny Otis Quintette with Little Esther & the Robins2:46
Total length:1:13:39

Disc three[edit]

1."Mother Earth"Memphis Slim2:42
2."Please Send Me Someone to Love"Percy Mayfield2:55
3."Rocket 88"Jackie Brenston2:50
4."Dust My Broom"Elmore James2:45
5."No More Doggin'"Rosco Gordon3:09
6."Juke"Little Walter2:45
7."Hound Dog"Big Mama Thornton2:50
8."Reconsider Baby"Lowell Fulson3:10
9."The Things That I Used to Do"Guitar Slim3:02
10."In the Night"Professor Longhair2:32
11."(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man"Muddy Waters2:51
12."Eisenhower Blues"J. B. Lenoir2:53
13."Blue Monday"Fats Domino2:17
14."Hard Times"Ray Charles2:55
15."I Hear You Knocking"Smiley Lewis2:44
16."Mystery Train"Elvis Presley2:27
17."Don't Start Me to Talkin'"Sonny Boy Williamson II2:34
18."Smokestack Lightning"Howlin' Wolf3:08
19."Who Do You Love?"Bo Diddley2:30
20."I'm a King Bee"Slim Harpo3:04
21."Johnny B. Goode"Chuck Berry2:42
22."Farther Up the Road"Bobby "Blue" Bland2:58
23."So Many Roads, So Many Trains"Otis Rush3:13
24."First Time I Met the Blues"Buddy Guy2:18
25."Big Boss Man"Jimmy Reed2:49
Total length:1:10:03

Disc four[edit]

1."Hide Away"Freddie King2:35
2."Drivin' Wheel"Junior Parker2:37
3."Boom Boom"John Lee Hooker2:32
4."Frosty"Albert Collins3:03
5."You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had"Muddy Waters2:58
6."Killing Floor"Howlin' Wolf2:50
7."Death Letter Blues"Son House4:21
8."You Gotta Move"Mississippi Fred McDowell3:21
9."Highway 61 Revisited"Bob Dylan3:26
10."Hoodoo Man Blues"Junior Wells2:05
11."Wang Dang Doodle"Koko Taylor3:01
12."All Your Love"John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton3:34
13."I've Got a Mind to Give Up Livin'"Paul Butterfield Blues Band4:58
14."Red House"Jimi Hendrix3:51
15."Born Under a Bad Sign"Albert King2:46
16."Mama Talk to Your Daughter"Magic Sam2:43
17."Tell Mama"Etta James2:23
18."Ain't Superstitious"The Jeff Beck Group4:53
19."She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)"Taj Mahal3:30
20."Black Magic Woman"Fleetwood Mac2:52
21."One Good Man"Janis Joplin4:09
Total length:1:08:28

Disc five[edit]

1."The Thrill Is Gone"B.B. King4:03
2."Dallas"Johnny Winter2:45
3."Have You Ever Loved a Woman"Derek and the Dominos6:53
4."Give Me Back My Wig"Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers3:35
5."One Way Out"The Allman Brothers Band4:57
6."Down Home Blues"Z. Z. Hill3:59
7."Pride and Joy"Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble3:40
8."Smoking Gun"Robert Cray4:00
9."Tuff Enuff"The Fabulous Thunderbirds3:22
10."I'm in the Mood"John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt4:31
11."Timbarma"Ali Farka Touré4:11
12."Am I Wrong?"Keb' Mo'2:19
13."Cherry Red Wine"Luther Allison4:23
14."Bill"Peggy Scott-Adams4:18
15."Just Won't Burn"Susan Tedeschi4:46
16."Voodoo Music"Los Lobos3:23
17."Round and Round"Bonnie Raitt3:39
18."Vietnam Blues"Cassandra Wilson4:32
19."I Pity the Fool"Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland3:40
20."Sweet Home Chicago"Keb' Mo' & Corey Harris2:51
Total length:1:19:47


  1. ^ a b "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey - Original soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Blues". PBS. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Grammy Award Winners of 2004". New York Times. February 4, 2004. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey - Original soundtrack | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
  5. ^ "Blues Albums". Billboard. October 18, 2003. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Peter Guralnick; Robert Santelli; Holly George-Warren; Christopher John Farley, eds. (2003). Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey. Amistad / HarperCollins. ISBN 0060525444. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Hoffman, Larry (2003). Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey (CD box set booklet notes). Various Artists. Hip-O Records. B0000393-02.