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Levee Camp Blues (#1)4780A2, , , 9-3-1941, , ,

An archival source for both sides of this disc was unavailable at the time of cataloging (Spring 2018). The Library of Congress’ disc concordance states that no preservation reel was made when the rest of the collection was transferred (1968), which suggests the disc was either damaged or missing. However, the fact that the recordings have been commercially issued (see Biograph’s “The Original Library of Congress Sessions From Field Recordings 1941-1942”) argues that the disc or at least a tape transfer does survive and is simply currently (still) missing. The audio in this catalog, then, is that issued on the Biograph CD.

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Government Fleet Blues4780B1, , , 9-3-1941, , ,

An archival source for both sides of this disc was unavailable at the time of cataloging (Spring 2018). The Library of Congress’ disc concordance states that no preservation reel was made when the rest of the collection was transferred (1968), which suggests the disc was either damaged or missing. However, the fact that the recordings have been commercially issued (see Biograph’s “The Original Library of Congress Sessions From Field Recordings 1941-1942”) argues that the disc or at least a tape transfer does survive and is simply currently (still) missing. The audio in this catalog, then, is that issued on the Biograph CD.

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Walking Blues4780B2, , , 9-3-1941, , ,

An archival source for both sides of this disc was unavailable at the time of cataloging (Spring 2018). The Library of Congress’ disc concordance states that no preservation reel was made when the rest of the collection was transferred (1968), which suggests the disc was either damaged or missing. However, the fact that the recordings have been commercially issued (see Biograph’s “The Original Library of Congress Sessions From Field Recordings 1941-1942”) argues that the disc or at least a tape transfer does survive and is simply currently (still) missing. The audio in this catalog, then, is that issued on the Biograph CD.

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Shetland Pony Blues4781A19/3/1941, bluesguitar vocallake-cormorantdesotomississippiclack
Fo' Clock Blues4781A2, , 9-3-1941, , bluesguitar mandolin vocallake-cormorantdesotomississippiclack
Levee Camp Hollers4781B1, , 9-3-1941field-hollervocallake-cormorantdesotomississippiclack
Delta Blues4781B2, 9-3-1941, , bluesguitar harmonica vocallake-cormorantdesotomississippiclack
Song fragment6606B27-17-1942,

Alternately identified as “Sun Goin’ Down,” “I Ain’t Goin’ to Cry No More,” and “Special Rider” on various releases and (in the case of the latter) Blues and Gospel Recordings.

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Special Rider Blues6606B37-17-1942,

Followed by brief discussion of song, which House said he learned in 1928 from Willie Williams in Matson, Miss., and by the tuning (Spanish A).

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Low Down Dirty Dog Blues6607A17-17-1942, bluesguitar vocalrobinsonvillecoahomamississippi
Depot Blues6607A27-17-1942,

Followed by demonstration of tuning and chords, and lyric improvisation.

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American Defense6607B17-17-1942, ,

Followed by discussion and tuning demonstration. House says he made the song up three months earlier.

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Am I Right Or Wrong6607B27-17-1942, lyric-songguitar vocalrobinsonvillecoahomamississippi
Walking Blues6607B37-17-1942Death Letter Blues,

In the Lomax interview that follows, House discusses his experience recording for the Paramount company in 1930, and his affiliation with the Delta Big Four and Charley Patton. He also identifies this song as “Walking Blues,” although what was issued on Paramount under that name is a different song. This performance would be identified on 1960s releases as “Death Letter (Blues).”

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County Farm Blues6608A17-17-1942,

Brief interview with Lomax follows.

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The Pony Blues6608A27-17-1942,

Followed by tuning demonstration; House says he learned the tuning from Willie Brown.

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The Jinx Blues (#1)6608A37-17-1942, bluesguitar vocalrobinsonvillecoahomamississippi
The Jinx Blues (#2)6608B17-17-1942, bluesguitar vocalrobinsonvillecoahomamississippi