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Skip James

The Rough Guide To Skip James

    Skip James was a Delta blues enigma, whose mesmerizing guitar playing and haunting voice produced bluer than blue masterpieces. This beautifully re-mastered collection of his seminal 1931 recordings shows why his otherworldly blues cast its spell on many blues greats from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton.
    Arguably the greatest of the original Delta blues guitarists with his mesmerizing and truly unique style. 'The Rough Guide To Skip James' highlights his diverse repertoire of songs ranging from deep, dark Delta blues to upbeat barrelhouse piano tunes and spirituals.


    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Billie Holiday

    The Rough Guide To Billie Holiday: Birth Of A Legend

    Arguably the most iconic and lastingly influential jazz singer of all time, Billie Holiday expressed an incredible depth of emotion that spoke of hard times and injustice as well as triumph. With accompaniment by some of the finest bands of the era, these classic tracks were recorded during her creative heyday when her voice was at its potent.

    This compilation includes the iconic "Strange Fruit", hailed as the song that gave birth to the civil rights movement. Holiday’s emotive voice, innovative techniques and touching songs continue to inspire artists the world over. Accompaniment from the finest bands of the era led by the likes of Teddy Wilson, Artie Shaw and Count Basie and featuring the delightful duet with Louis Armstrong "My Sweet Hunk O’ Trash". Lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques, Billie Holiday not only sang the blues - she lived them.

    Mississippi John Hurt

    The Rough Guide To Mississippi John Hurt

      With his beautifully refined guitar fingerpicking style and gentle voice, Mississippi John Hurt had a truly unique interpretation of the blues which was rooted in the bygone songster and ragtime traditions. Leaving behind a legacy of great songs, these beautifully remastered 1928 recordings show why he influenced many great musicians during the folkrevival including Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Taj Mahal. Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential of all of the pre-war country blues artists, this collection includes the legendary murder ballads ‘Stack O’ Lee Blues’ and ‘Louis Collins’. Mississippi John Hurt is forever immortalized in these classic country blues recordings.

      Hailed as the ‘High Priestess of Soul’, Nina Simone’s unique style seamlessly fused jazz and R&B with her classical piano roots to accompany her profoundly beautiful voice.

      From classics such as ‘I Loves You Porgy’ and ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ to dynamic live recordings from her creative heyday, this collection charts her rise to stardom and shows why she remains a hugely inspirational figure to this day. ‘An overwhelming artist, piano player, and singer,’ - Bob Dylan

      Swinging Addis is thriving once again, with the distinctive ancient-sounding tones of Ethiopia blending with modern jazz interpretations to create a totally unmistakable fusion. From the legendary innovators Mulatu Astatke and Getatchew Mekuria to today’s new generation of artists, this Rough Guide celebrates this burgeoning and most captivating of musical scenes. A compilation soaked in the urban cool that pervades Ethiopian music, both traditional and modern, includes a download card enabling you to download the full album as well as bonus Ethiopian Jazz tracks.

      Various Artists

      The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove (Volume 1)


        This is a 180 gram limited edition LP and includes a FREE download card allowing you to download the full album with bonus tracks.

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