February 23, 2018

Mississippi John Hurt: Last Sessions

Vanguard VSD-79327

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1972
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Delta Blues
A1 Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home (2:12)
A2 Boys, You're Welcome (3:00)
A3 Joe Turner Blues (3:30)
A4 First Shot Missed Him (1:40)
A5 Farther Along (3:43)
A6 Funky Butt (1:55)
A7 Spider, Spider (1:25)
A8 Waiting For You (3:28)
A9 Shortnin' Bread (2:13)
B1 Trouble, I've Had It All My Days (3:02)
B2 Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me (3:20)
B3 Good Morning, Carrie (1:58)
B4 Nobody Cares For Me (3:42)
B5 All Night Long (2:44)
B6 Hey, Honey, Right Away (1:58)
B7 You've Got To Die (3:28)
B8 Goodnight, Irene (2:26)
Mississippi John Hurt (guitar/vocals) Patrick Sky (guitar)
Producer: Patrick Sky, Designer: Jules Halfant, Photographers: David Gahr and Dick Waterman
Recorded February 1966 at Manhattan Towers, New York; and July 1966 at Vanguard's 23rd Street Recording Studio, New York. It is astonishing that this man, in the final months of his life, could do 17 songs that were the equal of anything he had done at his first sessions 45 years earlier, his playing (supported on some tracks with producer Patrick Sky on second guitar) as alluringly complex as ever and his voice still in top form. Hurt is brilliant throughout, his voice overpowering in its mixture of warmth, gentleness, and power, and in addition to the expected crop of standards and originals, he covers songs by Bukka White ("Poor Boy, Long Ways from Home") and Leadbelly ("Goodnight Irene") -- all of it is worthwhile, with some tracks, such as "Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me," especially haunting.

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