How Britain Got The Blues – Skiffle, Folk, R’n’R & The British Blues Boom 2CD

How Britain Got The Blues – Skiffle, Folk, R’n’R & The British Blues Boom 2CD


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Rhythm & Blues Records presents a new series of double CDs highlighting the 240 or so songs most frequently performed by British beat and blues artists. Volume One spotlights the pre-Beatles skiffle and folk era and ties this in to the Blues Boom group material of the late 1960s. Three further volumes concentrate on Merseybeat, the London scene and the jazz and soul sounds that influenced the mod movement. In the late 1960s, when US college youth were likely to buy anything British labelled ‘heavy’, ‘progressive’ or  ‘blues’, the brand-leaders of the British Invasion: The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Ten Years After, The Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin were, without exception, born out of the American music included in this fascinating collection.

Teenagers in post-war America weren’t particularly fond of folk, blues or country and western; that was the stuff that their parents liked. Yet to some of their counterparts in ration-book Britain, this music seemed to offer messages from an intriguing culture half a world away. Lonnie Donegan’s hit album ‘King of Skiffle’ engendered a craze among British teenagers for reproducing and even recording these sounds in their suburban bedrooms or provincial youth clubs, on cheap guitars and homemade instruments. The skiffle sound spread like wildfire across the UK before its more discerning practitioners reverted, towards a more rock ‘n’ roll style, taking their fusion back to North America whence it had come, in a ‘British Invasion’.


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Skiffle, Folk, R’n’R & The British Blues Boom

1. Downbound Train Chuck Berry
2. Rock Island Line Leadbelly
3. Long Gone Lost John Papa Charlie Jackson
4. See See Rider Ray Charles
5. Tobacco Road John D. Loudermilk
6. Backwater Blues Bessie Smith
7. Leaving Blues Leadbelly
8. Midnight Hour Blues Leroy Carr
9. Sportin’ Life Blues Brownie McGhee
10. Cumberland Gap   Frank Hutchison
11. Matchbox Carl Perkins
12. This Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe
13. Riot In Cell Block No. 9 The Robins
14. Ain’t Nobody’s Business Jimmy Witherspoon
15. Slippin’ & Slidin’ Little Richard
16. Sea Cruise Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns
17. Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry
18. Midnight Special Big Bill Broonzy
19. Pick a Bale of Cotton Leadbelly
20. San Francisco Bay Blues Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
21. Stack O’Lee Mississippi John Hurt
22. Boll Weevil Song Woody Guthrie
23. Take This Hammer Leadbelly
24. Diggin My Potatoes Washboard Sam
25. Going Down Slow Jimmy Cotton
26. Chills & Fever Johnny Love & His Orchestra
27. Rock Island Line Kelly Pace


1. Cat Squirrel Dr. Isaiah Ross
2. Shake Your Money Maker Elmore James
3. Spoonful Howlin’ Wolf
4. Steppin’ Out Memphis Slim
5. Messin’ With The Kid Junior Wells
6. Hide Away Freddie King
7. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ Muddy Waters
8. Gallis Pole Leadbelly
9. Mean Ol’ Frisco Arthur Crudup
10. Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson
11. Outside Woman Blues Blind Joe Reynolds
12. How Many More Years Howlin’ Wolf
13. I’m So Glad Skip James
14. It Hurts Me Too Tampa Red
15. Love In Vain Robert Johnson
16. Mean Old World T-Bone Walker
17. Need You Love So Bad Little Willie John
18. Sitting On Top Of The World Howlin’ Wolf
19. Lawdy Mama Freddie King
20. From Four Until Late Robert Johnson
21. Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulsom
22. Key To The Highway Bill “Jazz” Gillum
23. Eyesight To The Blind Sonny Boy Williamson
24. I Can’t Quit You Baby Otis Rush
25. The Thrill Is Gone Roy Hawkins
26. Rock Me Baby B.B. King
27. Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson
28. First Time I Met The Blues Buddy Guy
29. Double Trouble Otis Rush

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Weight0.125 kg