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  1. The George Mitchell Collection, Vols. 1-45
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  2. The George Mitchell Collection, Vols. 1-45

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George Mitchell, The George Mitchell Collection, Vols. 1-45

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George Mitchell
Audio CD
Box set
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This is an incredible collection of field recordings from the rural parts of the southern United States. It includes 7 CDs with each CD consisting of 20+ songs and a detailed 50 page booklet, which includes bio's on each performer and notes from George Mitchell himself. Most of the music is solo acoustic blues, but there's a little bit of spiritual/gospel numbers, and even some fife & drum tunes.

I'll add that it's worth every penny of my $30 spent.
The other reviewers here have already heaped tons of praise on this set so that leaves me with little else to say. I bought it of course, and I was not disappointed, to understate things.

While some guys in the 1960's were out there searching for and collecting country blues 78's from the 20's and 30's, George Mitchell (the researcher and compiler of this collection), was out there in the 1960's recording blues musicians who DID record (or could have recorded) those 78's in the 20's and 30's. Want to know what Charlie Patton or Tommy Johnson might have sounded like in 1929 if you were at a fish fry or in a juke? This set answers that one in a heartbeat, and with no surface noise from poorly handled 78's.

The survivors ... Buddy Moss, Joe Callicott, Will Shade, Big Joe Williams, Dewey Corley, John Estes, Furry Lewis! I likely missed a few. What? You heard some idiot say these artists were past their prime when Mitchell made these recordings? Obviously the critic... Read more
Seven discs. Each approximately 60 min. Sound is good. People of a certain age will understand the next question. In days gone by,did you ever go into your favorite record store,wander into the blues section,and come upon an album released on a low-no budget label,buy it,and come away mesmerized? That's the feeling you get from this wonderful collection put out by Fat Possum Records. This is like striking it rich or finding the holy grail. A look at the song titles and artists will give you some idea of the treasures found inside.

For the most part,the recordings were done in the late 60's. There are exceptions,but that's irrelevant,because this music flows seamlessly from one artist to the next. Recorded on a reel to reel recorder and one microphone,this is magic. Magic because Mitchell had the time and inclination to search out these people,get to know them and then record their music. Sometimes you get the feeling these forgotten men and women are singing to... Read more
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