Label: Analogue Productions – APB 092-45 / Columbia CS 9217
This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Michael Fremer’s 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning – Rated 88/100!
AAA 100% Analogue – Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
The Absolute Sound Super Disc List / TAS Harry Pearson Super LP List
Includes Bonus Track “Motherless Children”!
AP’s reissue of this recording is extremely transparent, naturally balanced, and fulfills the “it’s like he’s playing in my room!” audiophile cliché Ryan K Smith used the original two-track stereo tape from the Sony archives and referenced an original Columbia “360 Sound” pressing to master this correctly and it shows. Never have I heard a blues recording that is so musically raw yet so sonically exceptional For fans of early blues and music in general, I can’t recommend this reissue enough.Music 10/10 Sound 11/10 Analogue Planet Praise for our 33 1/3 version! “Muddy Waters’ Folk Singer wasn’t the only blues LP recorded with the due care rarely shown to albums in the genre, prior to the revival. Son House’s rediscovery in the early 1960s reads like a Hollywood script, but all of the elements are there to make you realize that this John Hammond-produced LP, 50 years on, was one of the most important. Just House and his bottleneck acoustic guitar: his sheer presence must has been terrifying to those unfamiliar with the intensity of rural, unamplified blues. Every track is astounding, but skip straight to the voice-only ‘John The Revelator’ for an instant taste of House’s abilities to captivate. And he lived long enough, too, to savor his renaissance.” – Sound Quality = 92% – Ken Kessler, HiFi News, “100 Recommended All-Analog ressues Worth Owning “- Michael Fremer Analogplanet 2019 After slowly gaining stature among younger white audiences, Delta blues legend Son House’s first recordings in two decades landed on the 1965 Columbia LP release Father Of Folk Blues, which in the purest form showcases House’s immense talents. Perhaps best known for its opener, the vivid “Death Letter Blues,” House performs the bulk of Father Of Folk Blues unaccompanied – it’s just his uniquely strummed guitar and expressive vocal powers, unfiltered. During this time period, Columbia’s recordings typically sounded amazing, and this album is no exception. On Analogue Productions’ spectacular 45rpm reissue cut all-analog by Sterling Sound’s Ryan Smith, House is almost literally in the room with you, playing for anybody who’ll take the time to listen – Analogplanet’s Best Reissues of the Decade! 2020 Legendary Delta bluesman’s Columbia LP now on 200-gram vinyl! – bonus track a rendition of the traditional “Motherless Children” not found on standard 33 RPM version Mississippi’s Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans in 1964. The “Father of the Delta Blues” recorded this namesake LP for Columbia Records a year later in 1965. It’s become, in the words of Living Blues magazine – “Essential recordings by one of the greatest bluesmen ever.” And now, Analogue Productions presents a reissue unmatched in sonic quality and luxury presentation. . Son was born Eddie James House, Jr., on March 21, 1902, in Riverton, Miss. By the age of 15, he was preaching the gospel in various Baptist churches as the family seemingly wandered from one plantation to the next. He didn’t even bother picking up a guitar until he turned 25; to quote House, “I didn’t like no guitar when I first heard it; oh gee, I couldn’t stand a guy playin’ a guitar. I didn’t like none of it.” But if his ambivalence to the instrument was obvious, even more obvious was the simple fact that Son hated plantation labor even more and had developed a taste for corn whiskey. After drunkenly launching into a blues at a house frolic in Lyon, Miss., one night and picking up some coin for doing it, the die seemed to be cast; Son House may have been a preacher, but he was part of the blues world now. Now, sit back and enjoy one of the genere’s greatest, on a reissue that’s the best that’s been made to date. So authentic, so real – that’s the Analogue Productions difference. Selections: 1. Death Letter Blues 2. Pearline 3. Louise McGhee 4. John The Revelator 5. Empire State Express 6. Preachin’ Blues 7. Grinning In Your Face 8. Sundown 9. Leavee Camp Moan