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
Released October 7, 2003
Recorded August 10, 1920 – April 9, 2003
Genre Blues
Length 6:10:47
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 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]

[1][7]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Shortnin' / Henduck" Othar Turner & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band 2:52
2. "Long John" Lightning & Group 5:25
3. "Crazy Blues" Mamie Smith 3:29
4. "St. Louis Blues" W. C. Handy 3:02
5. "Muddy Water" Bessie Smith 3:08
6. "Match Box Blues" Blind Lemon Jefferson 3:01
7. "Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee" Furry Lewis 2:36
8. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Ma Rainey 3:03
9. "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" Blind Willie Johnson 3:21
10. "Savoy Blues" Louis Armstrong 3:27
11. "Downtown Blues" Frank Stokes 3:10
12. "Frankie" Mississippi John Hurt 3:24
13. "Fishing Blues" Henry Thomas 2:43
14. "How Long, How Long Blues" Leroy Carr 3:06
15. "Canned Heat Blues" Tommy Johnson 3:38
16. "Statesboro Blues" Blind Willie McTell 2:30
17. "It's Tight Like That" Tampa Red & Georgia Tom 3:04
18. "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" Pinetop Smith 3:22
19. "Guitar Blues" Lonnie Johnson 3:15
20. "Pony Blues" Charley Patton 2:59
21. "Diddie Wah Diddie" Blind Blake 2:58
22. "K.C. Moan" Memphis Jug Band 2:32
23. "Standin' on the Corner (Blue Yodel 9)" Jimmie Rodgers 2:39
24. "Sittin' on Top of the World" Mississippi Sheiks 3:04
25. "Preachin' the Blues" Son House 3:02
Total length: 1:18:50

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Devil Got My Woman" Skip James 3:00
2. "C.C. Rider" Lead Belly 2:59
3. "Baby, Please Don't Go" Big Joe Williams 3:24
4. "Dirty Mother for You (Don't You Know)" Roosevelt Sykes 2:59
5. "Billie's Blues" Billie Holiday 2:40
6. "Cross Road Blues" Robert Johnson 2:40
7. "Good Mornin' Little School Girl" Sonny Boy Williamson I 3:01
8. "Shake 'Em On Down" Bukka White 3:01
9. "Roll 'Em Pete" Joe Turner & Pete Johnson 2:50
10. "Catfish Blues" Robert Petway 2:53
11. "Going to Chicago Blues" Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing 3:26
12. "Key to the Highway" Big Bill Broonzy 3:01
13. "Me and My Chauffeur Blues" Memphis Minnie 2:46
14. "Worried Life Blues" Big Maceo Merriweather 2:56
15. "Cross Cut Saw Blues" Tommy McClennan 2:46
16. "Evil Gal Blues" Lionel Hampton Sextet with Dinah Washington 2:54
17. "Strange Things Happening Everyday" Sister Rosetta Tharpe 2:52
18. "Honeydripper Pt. 1" Joe Liggins 3:05
19. "Driftin' Blues" Johnny Moore's Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown 3:14
20. "Let the Good Times Roll" Louis Jordan 2:47
21. "That's All Right Mama" Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 2:55
22. "Call It Stormy Monday" T-Bone Walker 3:02
23. "Good Rockin' Tonight" Wynonie Harris 2:47
24. "Ain't Nobody's Business, Part One" Jimmy Witherspoon 2:55
25. "Double Crossing Blues" The Johnny Otis Quintette with Little Esther & the Robins 2:46
Total length: 1:13:39

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Mother Earth" Memphis Slim 2:42
2. "Please Send Me Someone to Love" Percy Mayfield 2:55
3. "Rocket 88" Jackie Brenston 2:50
4. "Dust My Broom" Elmore James 2:45
5. "No More Doggin'" Rosco Gordon 3:09
6. "Juke" Little Walter 2:45
7. "Hound Dog" Big Mama Thornton 2:50
8. "Reconsider Baby" Lowell Fulson 3:10
9. "The Things That I Used to Do" Guitar Slim 3:02
10. "In the Night" Professor Longhair 2:32
11. "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" Muddy Waters 2:51
12. "Eisenhower Blues" J. B. Lenoir 2:53
13. "Blue Monday" Fats Domino 2:17
14. "Hard Times" Ray Charles 2:55
15. "I Hear You Knocking" Smiley Lewis 2:44
16. "Mystery Train" Elvis Presley 2:27
17. "Don't Start Me to Talkin'" Sonny Boy Williamson II 2:34
18. "Smokestack Lightning" Howlin' Wolf 3:08
19. "Who Do You Love?" Bo Diddley 2:30
20. "I'm a King Bee" Slim Harpo 3:04
21. "Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry 2:42
22. "Farther Up the Road" Bobby "Blue" Bland 2:58
23. "So Many Roads, So Many Trains" Otis Rush 3:13
24. "First Time I Met the Blues" Buddy Guy 2:18
25. "Big Boss Man" Jimmy Reed 2:49
Total length: 1:10:03

Disc four[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Hide Away" Freddie King 2:35
2. "Drivin' Wheel" Junior Parker 2:37
3. "Boom Boom" John Lee Hooker 2:32
4. "Frosty" Albert Collins 3:03
5. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" Muddy Waters 2:58
6. "Killing Floor" Howlin' Wolf 2:50
7. "Death Letter Blues" Son House 4:21
8. "You Gotta Move" Mississippi Fred McDowell 3:21
9. "Highway 61 Revisited" Bob Dylan 3:26
10. "Hoodoo Man Blues" Junior Wells 2:05
11. "Wang Dang Doodle" Koko Taylor 3:01
12. "All Your Love" John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 3:34
13. "I've Got a Mind to Give Up Livin'" Paul Butterfield Blues Band 4:58
14. "Red House" Jimi Hendrix 3:51
15. "Born Under a Bad Sign" Albert King 2:46
16. "Mama Talk to Your Daughter" Magic Sam 2:43
17. "Tell Mama" Etta James 2:23
18. "Ain't Superstitious" The Jeff Beck Group 4:53
19. "She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)" Taj Mahal 3:30
20. "Black Magic Woman" Fleetwood Mac 2:52
21. "One Good Man" Janis Joplin 4:09
Total length: 1:08:28

Disc five[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "The Thrill Is Gone" B.B. King 4:03
2. "Dallas" Johnny Winter 2:45
3. "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" Derek and the Dominos 6:53
4. "Give Me Back My Wig" Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers 3:35
5. "One Way Out" The Allman Brothers Band 4:57
6. "Down Home Blues" Z. Z. Hill 3:59
7. "Pride and Joy" Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble 3:40
8. "Smoking Gun" Robert Cray 4:00
9. "Tuff Enuff" The Fabulous Thunderbirds 3:22
10. "I'm in the Mood" John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt 4:31
11. "Timbarma" Ali Farka Touré 4:11
12. "Am I Wrong?" Keb' Mo' 2:19
13. "Cherry Red Wine" Luther Allison 4:23
14. "Bill" Peggy Scott-Adams 4:18
15. "Just Won't Burn" Susan Tedeschi 4:46
16. "Voodoo Music" Los Lobos 3:23
17. "Round and Round" Bonnie Raitt 3:39
18. "Vietnam Blues" Cassandra Wilson 4:32
19. "I Pity the Fool" Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland 3:40
20. "Sweet Home Chicago" Keb' Mo' & Corey Harris 2:51
Total length: 1:19:47

References[edit]

  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) (Media notes). Various Artists. Hip-O Records. B0000393-02.