Estes, Sleepy John: Complete Recorded 2

Estes, Sleepy John SKU: 02089911
Sleepy John Estes: Complete Recorded 2

Estes, Sleepy John: Complete Recorded 2

Estes, Sleepy John SKU: 02089911

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Title: Complete Recorded 2
Artist: Estes, Sleepy John
Label: Document
UPC: 714298501629
Genre: Blues Traditional

This album begins with Sleepy John Este's account of how he came close to drowning when a car he was riding in skidded off a temporary bridge. It's typical of the man, in that it deals with events and people from his immediate experience and in it's constricted, emotional singing, matched by Hammie Nixon's melancholy harmonica. It's typical also in the element of paradox involved; this terrifying experience is recounted to the tune of 'Careless Love' (a tune he later used to sing about the fact that he'd gone 'Stone Blind'!) John Norris of 'Jazz Beat Magazine' once wrote of Sleepy John Estes "The emotional impact of his singing is overwhelming and when he really gets wound up in his music he sings with great power." Sleepy John Estes was in many ways the personification of the blues. His pleading vocals were always on the point of disintegrating into a cry, either of help or of joy. His guitar playing, which could either be used as a thumping rhythm or as a remarkable, strong and precise lead, were a direct line to the life of poverty that he lived and his experiences in the Brownsville, Tennessee, where he was born and where he died. Volume Two of his recordings continues to reveal Sleepy John Estes as a significant blues artist of the pre-war blues era. In addition to long time friend and music companion Hammie Nixon, several tracks find Sleepy John in the company Robert Lee McCoy, also known as Robert Nighthawk, Son Bonds and there is the possibility of an appearance of Charlie Pickett. Between them they produce some excellent blues such as Brownsvillle Blues, Hobo Jungle Blues and Special Agent. Drop Down is one of two recordings to feature the lively washboard playing of Ann Sortier, the girlfriend of Robert Lee McCoy. There is the strange, semi-religious blues Time Is Drawing Near. Tell Me How About It has some explicit things to say about 'Mister Tom' and his son-in-law 'Mister Robert', making it's chorus heavily ironic. Don't You Want To Know has all the originality of Estes' more serious lyrics e.g. The reference to Major Bowes, who ran a radio talent show. Sleepy John recorded and appeared extensively between 1961 and 1975 following his re-discovery and though his performances were strong and satisfying they did hide both the magic and vitality of his early recordings which Document now presents.

1.1 Floating Bridge
1.2 Need More Blues
1.3 Jack and Jill Blues
1.4 Poor Man's Friend (T Model)
1.5 Hobo Jungle Blues
1.6 Airplane Blues
1.7 Everybody Oughta Make a Change
1.8 Liquor Store Blues
1.9 Easin' Back to Tennessee
1.10 Fire Department Blues
1.11 Clean Up at Home
1.12 New Someday Baby
1.13 Brownsville Blues
1.14 Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)
1.15 Mailman Blues
1.16 Time Is Drawing Near
1.17 Mary Come on Home
1.18 Jailhouse Blues
1.19 Tell Me How About It (MR. Tom's Blues)
1.20 Drop Down (I Don't Feel Welcome Here)
1.21 Don't You Want to Know
1.22 You Souldn't Do That
1.23 When the Saints Go Marching in
1.24 Lawyer Clark Blues
1.25 Little Laura Blues
1.26 Working Man Blues
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