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Blues At Home 4

by Memphis Piano Red

John Williams was discovered at the end of the ‘60s, but only a limited number of examples of his music has been made available. This album, recorded at his home between 1972 and 1978, concretely contributes to the appreciation of his talent.
Genre: Blues: Country Blues
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1. Untitled Slow Boogie
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2. Baby Please Come Back to Me
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3. Red's Delight
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4. I Need Love so Bad
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5. Forty-Four Blues
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6. Barrelhouse Blues (Take 1)
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7. Pretty Little Flower (feat. Sleepy John Estes)
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8. After Hours
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9. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
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10. How Long, How Long Blues
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11. Barrelhouse Blues (Take 2)
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12. Going Down Slow
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13. Cow Cow Blues
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14. Mr. Freddie Blues
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15. Dark Muddy Bottom
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16. Memphis Blues
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17. Standing At the Crossroads
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18. Aggravating Papa
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19. Mother-in-Law Blues
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20. Louisiana Blues
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21. Rocky Mountain Blues
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22. Untitled Slow Boogie No. 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The fourth volume of the “Blues At Home” Collection, this CD features an underrated but outstanding piano blues musician, John Williams (a.k.a. Memphis Piano Red). He was born an albino in Germantown, Tennessee, in 1904 in a family with 11 children, six of whom played musical instruments. He learned how to play piano at the age of 13 from one of his sisters and was influenced by local Germantown piano blues players. In 1930 he moved to Memphis where he started his musical activity, playing often in Beale Street bars. He hoboed and rode freight trains for more than 25 years, visiting and sojourning in various states, developing a solid barrelhouse piano technique coupled with strong, heartfelt singing. He never had the chance to record 78 rpm race records, and was discovered in the late '60s during blues revival times. Only a limited number of examples of his music have ever been released; and in most of that material, the piano is out of tune. This CD has been recorded during two long sessions held in 1972 and 1978 at his private home in Memphis, Tennessee, using well-tuned pianos. All tracks have been fully digitally remastered in 2013 from the original tapes.
—Giambattista Marcucci

ALBUM CREDITS
Phonographic copyright & © 2013 Giambattista Marcucci
All rights of the producer and copyright owner reserved
Recorded, edited, and produced by Giambattista Marcucci
Technical and research assistance in 1972 by Lucio Maniscalchi
Image caption: Memphis Piano Red at home, Memphis, Tennessee, 1978
Cover photograph © 1978-2013 by Giambattista Marcucci

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