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Willie Walker

b. 1896, South Carolina, USA, d. 4 March 1933, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Blind from birth, Walker worked only as a musician, and was playing guitar in a string band with Rev. Gary Davis by 1911. Josh White said that ‘ Blind Blake was fast but Walker was like Art Tatum.’ This is no exaggeration, as Walker’s issued 1930 recordings, especially the two takes of ‘South Carolina Rag’, ably confirm. He was a strong singer, but it is his guitar that immediately astonishes: lightning-fast but impeccably clear (and admirably accompanied by Sam Brooks). At least some of Walker’s playing appears to be a transfer to the guitar of mandolin figurations. It has been speculated that on ‘Dupree Blues’ he flatpicks the bass strings and simultaneously fingerpicks the treble; certainly his abilities were held in awe by former associates even 40 years after his death from congenital syphilis.
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Track List: Rough Guide To East Coast Blues

1. Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around

2. No No Blues

3. Church Bells Blues

4. South Carolina Rag (Take 1)

5. Greasy Greens

6. Skin Game Blues

7. Old Time Blues

8. Gonna Tip Out Tonight

9. One Way Gal

10. Honey You Don't Know My Mind

11. Truckin' My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 2)

12. Ninety Nine Year Blues (Take 2)

13. I Saw The Light

14. Hard Road Blues

15. She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day

17. Brownie Blues

18. O Lord, Search My Heart

19. Jealous Hearted Blues

20. DeKalb Chain Gang

21. Harmonica Stomp

22. Runaway Man Blues

23. Unfair Blues

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Track List: Rough Guide To Unsung Heroes Of Country Blues, Vol. 2

1. Bothering That Thing

2. She's A Fool Gal

3. Niagra Fall Blues

4. The Cat's Got The Measles

5. Lonesome Man Blues

6. This Will Bring You Back

7. Mississippi Bottom Blues

8. Snatch It And Grab It

9. Guitar Rag

10. Lonesome Atlanta Blues

11. Ragtime Millionaire

12. Man Trouble Blues

13. Grand Daddy Blues

14. Religion Is Something Within You

15. Rag Baby

16. Hey Mama - It's Nice Like That, Pt. 2

17. Poor Boy Blues

18. Shake Me Like A Dog

19. Down The Big Road Blues

20. Woman Woman Blues

21. Dupree Blues

22. Mama Don't Rush Me

23. Alabama Blues, Pt. 1

24. Bye Bye Baby Blues

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Track List: Ragtime Blues Guitar (1927 - 1930)

1. Dry Bone Shuffle - Take 1

2. One Way Gal

3. Ragtime Crazy

4. Midnight Blues

5. Ragtime Millionaire

6. Tillie Lee

7. Barbershop Rag

8. Old Country Rock

9. Raggin' the Blues (Raggin' Dem Blues)

10. Brownie Blues

11. Unknown Blues

18. Jamestown Exhibition

19. Black Dog Blues

20. Original Blues

21. Frisco Blues

22. Dupree Blues

23. South Carolina Rag - Take 1

24. South Carolina Rag - Take 2

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Track List: East Coast Blues: 1926-1935

1. South Carolina Rag

2. Brownie Blues

3. Black Dog Blues

4. Crow Jane

5. Blind Arthur's Breakdown

6. Original Blues

7. Unknown Blues

8. Dupree Blues

9. Barbershop Rag

10. Pistol Blues

11. Old Time Blues

13. Raggin' The Blues

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Track List: Crime Songs

1. Racketeer Blues

2. Police Dog Blues

3. They Raided The Joint

4. Police Station

5. Gamblin' Woman

6. Gangster Blues

7. District Attorney Blues

11. Gang Busters

13. The Law Gonna Step On You

16. Dupree Blues

20. Judge Harsh Blues

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Track List: The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Disc 1

2. Roll And Tumble Blues

3. Hard For To Love

6. Last Kind Words Blues

7. Old Jaw Bone

8. Oh Molly Dear

9. High Water Everywhere Pt. 1

11. Woman Woman Blues

15. Dupree Blues

20. Bull At The Wagon

22. Stack-O-Lee

23. Sail Away Ladies

Disc 2

3. Charmin Betsey

4. Milwaukee Blues

8. Rolling Log Blues

10. Tim Brook

11. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed

12. Billy Lyons And Stack O’Lee

14. Lonesome Home Blues

18. I’ll Lead A Christian Life

20. Sun To Sun Blues

21. The Letter That Never Came

22. Some These Days I’ll Be Gone

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Track List: Say Hi To Northern Soul

1. That Driving Beat (Feat. Don Bryant)

2. Love Is After Me

4. Sea Cruise

5. Hurting Over You Boy

7. Coming On Strong

8. The Champion (Part.1)

9. So Good To Me

10. Help Yourself

11. Sho Is Good

13. Who's Making Love

16. Don't Tear Me Down

17. Love What You're Doing To Me

19. Love Makes The World Go Round

20. Stepchild

21. Satisfactorize Your Mind

22. Back Into Your Heart

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Track List: Complete Goldwax Singles, Vol. 3: 1967-1970

Disc 1

1. I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)

7. It's My Life

9. I'm A Fool For You

10. Gonna Send You Back To Georgia

11. Ticket To Ride

12. There Goes My Used To Be

13. The Power Of A Woman

14. Lonely Man

15. He Called Me Baby

17. A Man Needs A Woman

18. Stronger Than Love

21. That's How Much I Love You

22. I'm A Poor Man's Son

27. Life Turned Her That Way

28. A Message To Young Lovers

Disc 2

1. Love Is A Beautiful Thing

3. Once In A While (Is Better Than Never At All)

4. He's Too Old

9. Freedom Train

10. That's The Way Love Turned Out For Me

15. I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)

16. Soul City USA

17. To Love Somebody

18. These Ain't Raindrops

19. Happiness

20. Rockin' Chair

25. Row, Row Your Boat

26. Everybody Needs Somebody

27. I Slipped A Little

28. I'm Crying Over You

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Track List: Richer Tradition Country Blues & String Band Music

Disc 1

1. Guitar Blues

2. Time Ain't Gonna Make Me Stay

3. Sundown Blues

4. Salt Lake City Blues

5. Whiskey And Gin Blues

6. James Alley Blues

7. Goin' To Leave You Blues

9. A Chicken Can Waltz The Gravy Around

10. Bamalong Blues

11. Man Trouble Blues

12. Blue Coat Blues

13. Frisco Whistle Blues

14. Two Ways To Texas

15. Gravel Camp Blues

16. T And T Blues

17. Death Bell Blues

18. C.C. & O. Blues

19. Middlin' Blues

20. Rolling Log Blues

21. Kyle's Worried Blues

22. Bull Frog Blues

23. Sobbin' Woman Blues

24. Miss Meal Cramp Blues

25. The Unknown Blues

Disc 2

1. Jail House Blues

2. Blues, Just Blues, That's All

3. String Band Blues

4. Black Cat Blues

5. Dirty Guitar Blues

6. Boodle-Am-Shake

7. Quill Blues

8. The Jug Band Special

9. Cold Morning Shout

10. Violin Blues

11. Easy Winner

12. G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again

13. I Got A Gal

16. Adam And Eve

17. Runnin' Wild

18. Giving It Away

19. Jackson Stomp

20. Old Hen Cackle

21. Travelin' Railroad Man Blues

22. Old Hen Cackle

23. Ted's Stomp

24. Dusting The Frets

Disc 3

3. Mean Conductor Blues

4. Back Door Blues

5. Spanish Blues

6. Helena Blues

7. I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop

8. Rising River Blues

9. She Could Toodle-Oo

10. Weak Minded Woman

11. Old Rock Island Blues

12. Cairo Blues

13. I Ain't Givin' Nobody None

14. Showers Of Rain Blues

15. Framer's Blues

16. If I Call You Mama

17. Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door

18. Mississippi Swamp Moan

19. Paddlin' Madeline Blues

21. South Carolina Rag

23. Poor Jane Blues

24. Window Pane Blues

25. Hot Jelly Roll Blues

Disc 4

1. Labor Blues

2. Goin' Away Blues

3. No Baby

4. Early Mornin' Blues

5. Dreaming Blues

6. Weeping Willow Blues

7. Way Down In Arkansas

8. Wild About My Loving

9. Indian Squaw Blues

10. Florida Bound

11. God Didn't Make No Monkey Man

12. Tallahatchie River Blues

13. Diamond Ring Blues

14. Bedside Blues

15. Lonesome Midnight Dream

16. Billy Goat Blues

17. That Won't Do

18. Ghost Woman Blues

19. 'toby' Woman Blues

20. Rollin' Dough Blues

21. Starvation Farm Blues

22. Farewell To You Baby

23. Teasin' Brown Blues

24. Married Woman Blues

25. Dago Blues

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Track List: People Take Warning 3: Man Vs. Man

Disc 1

2. Wreck Of The Old 97

3. Bill Wilson

4. The Crash Of The Akron

5. The Fate Of Talmadge Osborne

8. Fate Of Will Rogers & Wiley Post

9. Down With The Old Canoe

10. Wreck Of Number 52

11. Kassie Jones Part 1

12. Kassie Jones Part 2

13. The Brave Engineer

14. The Sinking Of The Titanic

15. Fate Of Chris Lively And Wife

16. Wreck On The Mountain Road

17. The Unfortunate Brakeman

19. The Fatal Wreck Of The Bus

20. Last Scene Of The Titanic

21. Casey Jones

23. The Titanic

24. When That Great Ship Went Down

Disc 2

1. The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi

3. Dixie Boll Weevil

5. Ohio Prison Fire

6. Memphis Flu

7. Explosion In The Fairmount Mine

8. Storm That Struck Miami

9. When The Levee Breaks

10. Alabama Flood

13. High Water Everywhere, Part 2

14. Ryecove Cyclone

15. McBeth Mine Explosion

16. Dry Well Blues

17. Baltimore Fire

18. Tennessee Tornado

19. Dry Spell Blues, Part 2

20. The Santa Barbara Earthquake

21. The Death Of Floyd Collins

22. The Porto Rico Storm

23. Boll Weavil

24. The Flood Of 1927

Disc 3

1. Peddler And His Wife

2. The Little Grave In Georgia

3. Kenney Wagner's Surrender

4. Henry Clay Beattie

5. The Murder Of The Lawson Family

7. Railroad Bill

8. Frankie

9. Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1

10. Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2

12. Darling Cora

13. Billy Lyons And Stack O' Lee

14. Tom Dooley

17. Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane

18. The Bluefield Murder

20. Fate Of Rhoda Sweeten

21. Dupree Blues

22. Poor Ellen Smith

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Track List: Before The Blues Vol. 1

1. Bamalong Blues

2. Run Mollie Run

3. Lonesome Road Blues

5. On Jordan's Stormy Banks We Stand

6. Mississippi Jail House Groan

7. Forked Deer

8. Bye Bye Baby Blues

9. Pretty Polly

10. Soft Steel Piston

12. Jamestown Exhibition

13. Dupree Blues

16. John Hardy

17. Wayward Girl Blues

18. Newport Blues

20. Stack O' Lee Blues

22. I'll Go With Her Blues

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Track List: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920s & 30s

1. If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down

2. Cocaine Blues

3. Bow Wow Blues

4. Jive Man Blues

5. Jonah In The Wilderness

7. Whitewash Station

9. The Dirty Dozen No. 2

10. Tain't None O' Your Business

11. It's A Good Thing

12. She's A Hum Dum Dinger

13. Papa's On The House Top

14. Let That Liar Alone

17. Atlanta Strut

18. Arkansas Hard Luck Blues

21. Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out

22. When I Stopped Running I Was At Home

23. Frankie Jean

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Track List: My Rough And Rowdy Ways: Early American Rural Music. Badman Ballads And Hellraising Songs, Vol. 1

1. Tell It To Me

2. Little Sadie

3. Bad Luck Dice

4. Way Up On Clinch Mountain

5. Frankie

6. Canned Heat Blues

8. Country Blues

9. Kentucky Blues

10. Prisoner's Dream

13. Way Down The Old Plank Road

14. The Fate Of Talmedge Osborn

15. Viola Lee Blues

17. Dupree Blues

19. Low Down Rounder Blues

20. Stack-O-Lee

22. Jesse James

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