Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Buoyed by a good-will cloud

MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL "I Wished I Were In Heaven Sitting Down"

From a session produced and recorded by Alan Bates in Como, Mississippi on December 1st, 1965 comes this nice version of this traditional song. All instrumental, just electric bottleneck slide and stomping foot. Taken from the album Mississippi Blues on Black Lion, a swell album notable for vocals by Fred's wife Annie on two tunes; a laudanum-paced "Train I Ride"; and a cracking, lengthy, down and dirty version of Big Bill Broozy's "Louise" that's easily one of this master's finest moments.


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