Original Blues Classics

Original Blues Classics

(Est. 1982) Created under the Fantasy, Inc. umbrella, Original Blues Classics has been a tremendously successful program of reissues. Under this name facsimiles of original editions of blues LPs have been reissued on CD. The LPs were originally released on Riverside, Prestige and its subsidiary Bluesville that had been purchased by Fantasy. Its premise is simple: to present memorable blues albums with original covers and notes, which have been unavailable for years. The vaults of the Fantasy-affiliated labels hold some of the most important blues ever recorded. Drawing on this wealth of material, Original Blues Classics has grown to about 100 titles.


ORIGINAL BLUES CLASSICS FEATURED ARTISTS

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

Hook is one of the greatest exponents of urban blues and R&B, but as he says, “Man, it’s all blues to me.” At an earlier stage in his music, he was a direct descendant in the line of Delta bluesmen which stretched from Charlie Patton and Son House to Robert Johnson and Bukka White.

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Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins

Sam Hopkins was a Texas country bluesman of the highest caliber whose career began in the 1920s and stretched all the way into the 1980s. Along the way, Hopkins watched the genre change remarkably, but he never appreciably altered his mournful Lone Star sound.

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Rev. Gary Davis

Rev. Gary Davis

A masterful guitarist and a powerful singer whose music was influenced by country blues, ragtime and religious pieces, Rev. Gary Davis (1896-1972) was almost completely blind from birth and totally blind by the time he became an adult. The self-taught Davis began playing guitar when he was six.

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Odetta

Odetta

Throughout her career, Odetta has excelled at singing folk songs, blues, ballads, spirituals, and even pop and jazz. MORE