Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blind Boy Fuller anthology

i made this selection of my favorite blind boy fuller songs.  he was great and you should like his music.

i should say more about it though.  the casual listener may be curious to hear where Robert Plant got a few of his lyrics from...  but this music is great for what it is.   fuller did some extremely interesting things with rhythm changes and use of the 12 bar system in unexpected ways.  i focused on his more unique vocal melodies, which appeal to me more than standard blues riffing.  i included what i felt were the recordings that best emphasized his frequently-repeated themes.  but they are given equal weight to his less-visited themes for the sake of sparing you redundancy.  there are songs which i liked mostly for the lyrical novelty but none that i only liked the lyrics of (such as the previously-blogged Fish Smell).  but don't worry because fuller is absolutely filthy and that is one of the things i like the most about it: it's an unflinching look at life with no words spared.  there is no embarrassed political correction in this music. it is just honest, unpretentious fun.   i don't claim to be any kind of expert on blues music, but this particular singer speaks to me more than any other i've heard so far.  i'm still investigating but this really grabs me.  yeah!

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
Show me a woman a man can trust
Ashes to ashes and sand to sand
Show me a woman who ain't got a backdoor man

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