I am a long time fan of Mississippi John Hurt. His music is legend. I bought this CD to add to my blues collection. It has great songs on it. The only drawback, and this depends on the listener I guess, is that there is so much static it is difficult to catch the entire nuance of the music. This probably can't be avoided since the recordings are from his original sessions. I would like to think that one day someone will be able to filter out the static without loosing the music. It is almost like listening to those large thick old records on the turntable. All in all I am glad I purchased it.
Okay, ignore the first nimrod's review. Let me help you out on something-- GO BUY THIS NOW. Mississippi John Hurt was an angel among early recorded country blues singers. His voice is like honey in a jar with the sun shining through it. His guitar playing is drop-dead gorgeous. An absolute master of the alternating thumb-picked bass, his other fingers must have looked like they were dancing as he played these glorious, raggy refrains. By all accounts, Hurt was a gentle and kind person, and this comes through clearly on his 1928 sessions. These are the only recordings Hurt made in the pre-war era, and after he made them he returned to his life of sharecropping and obscurity for the next three and a half decades. Fortunately for us, he was rediscovered (in his hometown of Avalon, Mississippi)by some stalwart blues researchers and went on to enjoy a succesful revival amidst the folk rock explosion of the 1960's (in which all manner of hippies glommed on to these musical greats,...
Classic Mississippi John Hurt from 1928. Right off the vinyl with no cleaning up, so you get crackles characteristic of a recording of that time. If you want a digitally cleaned up version try "Avalon Blues: Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings"
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