F R E D   M c D O W E L L, November 5, 1971 at the Gaslight, New York City; source: Front cover of Oblivion OD-1; photographer: Valerie Wilmer
Fred McDowell at the Gaslight,
New York City, 1971
source: Front cover of Oblivion OD-1
photographer: Valerie Wilmer
Short film 'Blues Maker' by Christian Garrison at http://archive.org/details/blues_maker_1969
Short film "Blues Maker" by Christian Garrison

Mississippi   Fred
McDowell

b. January 12, 1904 in Rossville, Tennessee
d. July 3, 1972 in Memphis, Tennessee
buried at Hammond Hill Baptist Church, between Como and Senatobia, MS
discography
F R E D   M c D O W E L L at the 1969 Memphis Country Blues Festival; photographer: Baron Wolman
Fred McDowell at the 1969
Memphis Country Blues Festival

photographer: Baron Wolman
This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Mississippi Fred McDowell LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11960Sounds Of The South
Southern Folk Heritage Series

- Bands Of The Arkansas
- Wave The Ocean
- Hen Duck
- Farmer's First Wife
- Boll Weevil Holler
- Jesse James
- Kenny Wagner
- Trouble So Hard
- Baptizing Scene
- Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus
- Windham

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning #
- Come On Boys, Let's Go To The Ball
- Paddy On The Turnpike
- Join The Band
- Lucky Holler
- I Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down


McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
notes by Gary Kramer
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Atlantic SD-1346

= London LTZ-K 15211

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= Polydor-Atlantic 590 033
(UK 1968)

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= Atlantic 782496
4 cd boxset 1993
"Sounds Of The South"

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# on Rounder CD 1718

21960Roots Of The Blues
Southern Folk Heritage Series

Lonnie Young
- Jim and John
Vera Hall
- The Wild Ox Moan

Fred McDowell
- Been Drinkin' Water Out Of A Hollow Log
Miles Pratcher
- All Night Long

Fred McDowell
- Shake 'Em On Down #
Forest City Joe
- Levee Camp Reminiscence

Lonnie Young
- Chevrolet
Lonnie Young
- Oree
Johnny Lee Moore
- Levee Camp Holler
- Eighteen Hammers
Forest City Joe
- Train Time

Fred McDowell
- Freight Train Blues
Forest City Joe
- Drink On Little Girl


McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
notes by Gary Kramer
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Atlantic SD-1348

notes by Alan Lomax
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= Polydor-Atlantic 590 019
(UK 1968)

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= Atlantic 782496
4 cd boxset 1993
"Sounds Of The South"

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# on Rounder CD 1718

31960Negro Church Music
Southern Folk Heritage Series

Vera Hall
- Death, Have Mercy

James Shorty & Fred McDowell
- I Want Jesus To Walk With Me #
Mrs. Mary Lee & congregation
- Jesus Is Real To Me
Rev. R. C. Crenshaw & congregation
- I Love The Lord
Rev. G. I. Townsel
- A Sermon Fragment
Rev. R. C. Crenshaw & congregation
- I'm Goin' Home On The Mornin' Train
Madam Mattie Wigley & congregation
- Power

Viola James, Lonnie Young, & Ed Young
- On That Rock
James Shorty, Viola James, & congregation
- Jesus On The Main Line
James Shorty, Viola James, & congregation
- This Little Light Of Mine
Henry Morrison & St. Simon's Island Singers
- I'm Gonna Sail Like A Ship On The Ocean
John Davis, Bessie Jones, & St. Simon's Island Singers
- Blow Gabriel

Felix Dukes & Fred McDowell
- Motherless Children
Bernice McClellan & congregation
- What Do You Think About Jesus (He's All Right)


McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
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Atlantic SD-1351

= London LTZ-K 15214

= Polydor-Atlantic 590 029
(UK 1968)

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= Atlantic 782496
4 cd boxset 1993
"Sounds Of The South"

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# on Rounder CD 1718

41960The Blues Roll On
Southern Folk Heritage Series

Boy Blue
- Boogie Children
Forest City Joe
- She Lived Her Life Too Fast

Fred McDowell
- Drop Down Mama
Lonnie Young
- Sittin' On Top Of The World
John Dudley
- Cool Water Blues
Forest City Joe
- She Don't Love Me That Way
- Stop Breaking Down
Boy Blue
- Joe Lee's Rock
Rosalie Hill
- Bullyin' Well

Fred McDowell
- When You Get Home, Write Me A Few Little Lines
Forest City Joe
- Red Cross Store
- Forest City Jump


McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
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Atlantic SD 1352

= London LTZ-K 15215

notes by Alan Lomax
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= Polydor-Atlantic 590 025
(UK 1968)

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= Atlantic 782496
4 cd boxset 1993
"Sounds Of The South"

double page advert for the London-American LP reissues of Southern Folk Heritage Series from Jazz Journal April 1961; click to enlarge !
double page advert for the London-Atlantic LP reissues
of Southern Folk Heritage Series from Jazz Journal April 1961

(scan courtesy Alan Balfour)
51960Southern Journey 5
Deep South ... Sacred And Sinful

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- You Done Tol' Everybody

McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins


Prestige 25005
(12 LP series)

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= Atlantic 782496
4 cd boxset 1993
"Sounds Of The South"

61960Southern Journey 10
Yazoo Delta Blues And Spirituals

Fred McDowell
- 61 Highway
Ed Young, Lonnie Young Sr. and Jr.
- Jim and John
Miles Pratcher & Bob Pratcher
I'm Gonna Live Anyhow Till I Die
Mattie Gardner, Ida Mae Towns, and Jessie Lee Pratcher
- Little Sally Walker
Sid Hemphill, Lucius Smith
- Old Devil's Dream
John Dudley
- Po' Boy Blues

Fred McDowell
- Fred McDowell's Blues
Ed Lewis and prisoners from Lambert, MS
- Stewball
Anderson Burton & congregation
- God's Unchanging Hand

Fred McDowell
- Keeps Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
Viola James & congregation
- Tryin' to Make Heaven My Home

Fred McDowell
- Soon One Morning
Leroy Gary
- Mama Lucy
Ervin Webb with prisoners at Parchman MS
- I'm Goin' Home
Henry Ratcliff
- Louisiana
Leroy Miller with prisoners, Parchman MS
- Berta, Berta


McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
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Prestige 25010
(12 LP series)

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= Atlantic 782496
4 cd boxset 1993
"Sounds Of The South"

   

- Done Left Here
- All The Way From East St. Louis
- Shake 'Em On Down
- The Girl That I Am Lovin'
- Good Morninig Little Schoolgirl
- Left My Baby Standing
- On The Frisco Line
- Write Me A Few Lines
- Goin' Down To The River
- I Rolled And I Tumbled
- Trouble Everywhere I Go
- Red Cross Store Blues
- John Henry
- Kokomo Blues
- Milk Cow Blues #
- Trouble Everywhere I Go (alternate version) #
- I've Been Drinking Water Out Of A Hollow Log #
- Highway 61 #
- Someday Baby #
- untitled instr. (Como) #

rec. April 21/22, 1962 at McDowell's home in Como, MS by Dick Spottswood

# CD bonus tracks
originally unissued

Heritage HT 302 (1982)
Flyright FLY CD 14 (1989)
Rounder CD 2138 (1995)

71964Fred McDowell: Mississippi Delta Blues

- Write Me A Few Lines
- Louise
- I Heard Somebody Call
- 61 Highway
- Mama Don't Allow Me
- Kokomo Blues

- Fred's Worried Life Blues
- You Gonna Be Sorry
- Shake 'Em On Down
- My Trouble Blues
- Black Minnie
- That's Alright
- When I Lay My Burden Down #

rec. February 13/14, 1964 in Como, MS by Chris Strachwitz; Fred McDowell, voc, g; # Annie Mae McDowell, voc
notes by Chris Strachwitz
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Arhoolie F-1021 (US)
= Arhoolie AR 19025 (D)
= Trio PA-3052 (Jp 1974)

Arhoolie discography

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= Fontana 688 806ZL (UK)

Fontana discography

81964


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My Home Is In The Delta - Blues and Spirituals by Fred and Annie Mae McDowell

- Waiting For My Baby #
- I'm In Jail Again #
- The Girl I'm Loving #
- Going Down South, Carrying My Whip #
- Diving Duck Blues #
- The Sun Rose This Morning #

- Get Right Church *
- Amazing Grace *
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed *
- Where Could I Go *
- The Lord Will Make A Way *
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning *
- When The Saints *

CD bonus tracks:
- Six White Horses #
- Down on Dankin's Farm #
- Big Road Blues *
- When I Lay My Burden Down *

# rec. November 24, 1963 in Como, MS by Norman Dayron and Pete Welding; Fred McDowell, voc, g
* rec Febuary 24, 1964 in Como, MS by Norman Dayron and Pete Welding; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Annie Mae McDowell, voc

Testament T-2208 (1st press) / Testament TCD-5019 cover photo by Raeburn Flerlage
Testament T-2208 (2nd press) back liner photo by Brad Barrett (Fred McDowell at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles, December 29, 1968)
Bounty BY 6022 / Polydor 236.570 cover photo by Valerie Wilmer


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notes by Peter J. Welding
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Testament T-2208 (1964)

notes by Peter J. Welding
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= Testament T-2208
(2nd press by OJL, 1969?)

notes by Peter J. Welding
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= Bounty BY 6022
(UK 1966)

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= Polydor 236.570
(UK 1970)
"Going Down South"

notes by Peter J. Welding
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= Testament TCD-5019
(US 1995)

180 gram vinyl
notes by Peter J. Welding
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= Sutro Park SP-1025 (2013)

two CD set

(=) Floating World
7261872 (UK 2013)
along with "Amazing Grace"

Testament discography

91965Bad Luck N' Trouble

Clifton Chenier
- Why Did You Go Last Night
R.C. Smith
- Don't Drive Me Away
Mercy Dee
- Bird Brain Baby
Lightning Hopkins & Spider Kilpatrick
- Candy Wagon
James Phillips
- No Lovin'
Little Son Willis
- Bad Luck N' Trouble
K.C. Douglas
- I Know You Didn't Want Me


Fred McDowell
- Fred's Rambling Blues #
Little Son Willis
- Harlem Blues
Detroit Slim
- Nelly Mae
Essie Jenkins
- Influenza Blues
Bukka White
- Midnight Blues [Takoma 31364]
Manny Nichols
- Throw A Little Boogie


# rec. February 13/14 1964 in Como, MS; Fred McDowell, voc, g

on front cover: Sleepy John Estes' hands
cropped from a 1962 photo by Georges Adins








Arhoolie F-1018

Arhoolie discography

101965Fred McDowell: Cotton Country Blues

- Some Day Baby
- Milk Cow Blues
- The Train I Ride []
- Over The Hill

- Goin' Down To The River
- I Wished I Were In Heaven Sitting Down
- Louise

rec. December 1, 1965 in Como, MS by Alan Bates; Fred McDowell, voc, g; [] Annie Mae McDowell, voc
Black Lion front cover photo by Sylvia Pitcher
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Polydor 423.249
(Germany 1965)
"Cotton Country Blues"

notes by Alan Bates
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= Black Lion BLP 30140
(UK 196?)
[Alan Bates' label, founded in 1968]
"Mississippi Delta Blues"

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= Black Lion 2460193
(UK 1972)
"Mississippi Delta Blues"

notes by Albert McCarthy
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= Intercord / Black Lion
28 446-3 U (Germany)
"Mississippi Delta Blues"

notes by Albert McCarthy
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= Vogue 512509 (Fr 1980)
(Blues Legacy 9)
"Mississippi Delta Blues"

notes by Albert McCarthy
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= Blue Lion BLCD 760179
(1992)
"Mississippi Delta Blues"

(=) Orbis BLU NC 045 (1995)
"Mississippi Blues"

111965The Blues at Newport 1964 - Part 1

Fred McDowell
- Lord I'm Going Down South
- Highway 61
- If The River Was Whiskey
Sleepy John Estes
- Sleepy Johnís Twist
- Mailman Blues
- Drop Down Mama
- Clean Up At Home

Doc Reese
- Old Hannah
- Hey Rattler
- Oh My Lord
Robert Pete Williams
- Levee Camp Blues
- On My Way From Texas
- Midnight Boogie


rec. July 23-26, 1964 live at the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival discography

notes by Samuel Charters
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Vanguard VRS 9180 (mono)
= VSD 79180 (stereo)

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= Fontana TFL 6048 (UK)

2 CD set
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King/Vanguard KICP 2118/9
(Jp 1991)
The Blues at Newport
1964 part 1 and 2

121965Traditional Music at Newport 1964 - Part 1

Hobart Smith
- Coo-Coo Bird
- Railroad Bill
- Jack Of Diamonds
Moving Star Hall Singers
- Mother Is Gone
- See God's Ark
Sarah Gunning
- Girl Of Constant Sorrow
Cajun Band
- Les Flammes d'Enfer
- La Walse Du Musician
Willie Doss
- Catfish Blues
Ken and Neriah Benfield
- Caty Cline
- Ella's Grave

Joe Patterson
- Fox Chase
- Shear Them Sheep Even
- Casey Jones
Sacred Harp Singers
- Calvary
- Rocky Road
Chet Parker & Elgia Hickok
- Temperance Reel
- Golden Slippers
Bill Thatcher
- The Job I Left Behind
Doc Watson (with Gaither Carlton & Arnold Watson)
- Muskrat

Fred McDowell
- Fred's Rambling Blues
- Shake 'Em Down

rec. July 23-26, 1964 live at the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival discography

notes by Ralph Rinzler
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click to read track list !
Vanguard VRS 9182 (mono)
= VSD 79182 (stereo)

notes by Ralph Rinzler
click to read notes !
= Fontana TFL 6049 (UK)

2 CD set
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(=) King/Vanguard KICP
2116/7 (Jp 1991)
Traditional Music at
Newport 1964 part 1 and 2

131965Newport Folk Festival 1964
Evening Concerts Vol. 3


Doc Watson (with Merle Watson & Arnold Watson)
- Blueridge Mountain Blues
- Blackberry Blossom
- Going Down This Road Feeling Bad

Fred McDowell (with the Georgia Sea Island Singers)
- Louise
Hedy West
- 500 Miles
- Anger In The Land
Swan Silvertones
- Oh Mary Don't You Weep
- Feed Me, Jesus

Tom Paxton
- Bottle Of Wine
- That Was The Last Thing On My Mind
Judy Roderick
- He Was A Friend of Mine
- Mr. Brown To You
- Blues On My Ceiling
The Cajun Band
- Bosco Stomp


rec. July 23-26, 1964 live at the Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival discography

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Vanguard VRS-9186 (mono)
= VSD-79186 (stereo)


= Fontana TFL 6052 (UK)

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= King/Vanguard SH-227?
(Jp)

141965American Folk Blues Festival '65 - Studio Session

Fred McDowell
- Highway 61 (3:04) #   @ Spotify
J.B. Lenoir
- Slow Down
Walter Horton
- Christine
Roosevelt Sykes
- Come On Back Home
Eddie Boyd
- Five Long Years
- The Big Question

Jimmy Lee Robinson
- Rosalie
John Lee Hooker
- King Of The World
- Della Mae
Buddy Guy
- First Time I Met The Blues
Big Mama Thornton
- Houn' Dog
Doctor Ross
- My Black Name Is Ringing


# rec. October 7, 1965 at a studio in Hamburg, Germany

Philips/Phonogram SFL-7386 track sequence:
John Lee Hooker - King Of The World (AFBF 1965)
John Lee Hooker - Della May [sic] (AFBF 1965)
J.B. Lenoir - Slow Down (AFBF 1965)

Fred McDowell - Highway 61 (AFBF 1965)
Doctor Ross - My Black Name Is Ringing (AFBF 1965)
Jimmy Lee Robinson - Rosalie (AFBF 1965)
Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues (AFBF 1966)

Eddie Boyd - Five Long Years (AFBF 1965) [track sequence of side B?]
Eddie Boyd - The Big Question (AFBF 1965)
Junior Wells - Checkin' On My Baby (AFBF 1965)
Roosevelt Sykes - Running The Boogie (AFBF 1966)
Little Brother Montgomery - I Keep On Drinking (AFBF 1966)
Sippie Wallace - Suitcase Blues (AFBF 1966)
Otis Rush - All Your Love or My Own Fault (actually "Sweet Little Angel") (AFBF 1966)

ACT CD 9204 track sequence:
Lost Blues Tapes Vol. 1 - American Folk Blues Festival [1963, 1964, 1965]

John Lee Hooker - Della Mae (alt tk) (3:16) (AFBF 1965)
Big Mama Thornton -Hound Dog (outtake & at tk) (3:32) (AFBF 1965)
Muddy Waters - Captain, Captain (3:32) (AFBF 1963) (AFBF 1965)
Sonny Boy Williamson II - I Got To Cut Out (3:06) (AFBF 1964)
Big Walter Horton - Blues Harp Shuffle (3:26) (AFBF 1964)
Willie Dixon - Strong Brain - Broad Mind (2:48) (AFBF 1964)
Willie Dixon - Big Leg Women (2:44) (AFBF 1964)
Sugar Pie deSanto - You Keep Me Running (3:04) (AFBF 1964)
Buddy Guy - South Side Jump (2:55) (AFBF 1965)
J.B. Lenoir - If I Get Lucky (3:05) (AFBF 1965)

Fred McDowell - Got A Letter This Morning (3:10) (AFBF 1965) #   @ youtube
Roosevelt Sykes -Sail On (3:00) (AFBF 1965)
Memphis Slim -Memphis Boogie (3:16) (AFBF 1963)
Hammie Nixon with Sleepy John Estes - Your Best Friend's Gone (3:20) (AFBF 1964)
Doctor Ross - Farewell Baby (5:11) (AFBF 1965)
John Lee Hooker - Della Mae (outtake) (1:09) (AFBF 1965)

Evidence ECD 26100 track sequence:
disc 5: American Folk Blues Festival 'sixty five

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Highway 61
J.B. Lenoir - Slow Down, Woman
Big Walter "Shakey" Horton - Blues Harp Shuffle °°
Big Walter "Shakey" Horton - Christine
Roosevelt Sykes - Come On Back Home
Eddie Boyd - Five Long Years
Eddie Boyd - The Big Question
Jimmie Lee Robinson - Rosa Lee
John Lee Hooker - King Of The World
John Lee Hooker - Della Mae
Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
Doctor Ross - My Black Name Is Ringing
John Lee Hooker - Della Mae (alt tk) °°
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog (alt tk) °°
Buddy Guy - South Side Jump °°
J.B. Lenoir - If I Get Lucky °°

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Got A Letter This Morning °°
Roosevelt Sykes - Sail On °°
Doctor Ross - Farewell, Baby °°


°° bonus tracks (from ACT CD 9204)

American Folk Blues Festival discography

notes by Horst Lippmann
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Fontana 885 422 TY
(Germany 1965)

notes by Horst Lippmann
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= Fontana 885 422 TY
("Special Edition")

notes by Horst Lippmann
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Fontana TL 5286
(UK 1965)






(=) Philips/Phonogram
SFL-7386 (Jp 1969)
American Folk Blues Festival 65-66

notes by Willy Leiser



= L+R 42.025 (Germany 1980)




= Optimism LR CD-2025
(US 1983)


= Optimism LRC-2025
(US 1983) (cassette)




= Bellaphon CDLR 42025
(Germany 1990)




ACT CD 9204-2 (UK 1992)

5 CD set
notes by Bill Dahl
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(=) Evidence ECD 26100
(US 1995)

151966Fred McDowell   Vol. 2

- I Ain't Gonna Be Bad No More #
- Where Were You #
- I Looked At The Sun #
- Do My Baby Ever Think Of Me #
- Brooks Run Into The Ocean *
- Bull Dog Blues *

- I Walked All The Way From East St. Louis
- Red Cross Store Blues //
- Gravel Road Blues //
- Frisco Lines //
- You Got To Move //
- I Wish I Was In Heaven Sittin Down []

# rec. February 13/14, 1964 in Como, MS; Fred McDowell, voc, g

* rec. March 1965 in Holly Springs, MS; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Eli Green, voc

[] rec. May 2, 1965, Fred McDowell, voc, g; Annie Mae McDowell, voc; Hunter's Chapel Spiritual Singers, vocals
// rec. July 5, 1965 in Berkeley, CA; Fred McDowell, voc, g

cover photo by Jim Marshall
notes by Pete Welding
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Arhoolie F-1027

Arhoolie discography

161966


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The Sound Of The Delta
A Mississippi Blues Anthology

Ruby McCoy - Black Mary
Elijah Brown - Won't Be Troubled Long
Big Joe Williams - Your Close Friend #
Avery Brady - Goin' Home With My Baby °°

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Kokomo
Bert Logan - Don't You Want To Be A Member?
Elijah Brown - Pearline   @ youtube
Arthur Weston - Uncle Sam Called Me (I Got To Go)
Avery Brady - Bad Weather

Big Joe Williams - Walkin' Blues °°
Ruby McCoy - Rising Sun, Shine On   @ youtube
Arthur Weston - Early In The Morning
Big Joe Williams - Walkin' Ground Hog *
Elijah Brown - Winding Ball   @ youtube
Avery Brady - Uncle Sam's Own Ship °°
Russ Logan - Annie Mae

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Louise
Avery Brady - Let Me Drive Your Ford   @ youtube
Andrew Cauthen - Canary Bird


°° CD bonus tracks

prod. by Sammy and Pete Welding; engineered by Norman Dayron or Big Joe Williams
Big Joe Williams tracks rec. 1964 in Chicago, IL; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; # Bill Foster, g; * Jimmy Brown, violin
photography by Pete Welding
notes by Pete Welding
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Testament T-2209
(US 1966)

notes by Pete Welding
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= Bounty BY 6033
(UK 1967)

notes by Pete Welding

(=) Testament TCD-5012
(US 1994)

Testament discography

171966Fred McDowell And The Hunter's Chapel Singers: Amazing Grace

- Jesus On The Mainline
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion
- Going Over The Hill
- I Know I've Been Converted
- Just a Little More Faith
- Back Back Train
- You Got To Move

- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed
- Amazing Grace
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- Tell The Angels
- When You Come Out Of The Wilderness
- The Lord Will Make A Way
- It's A Blessing
- This Little Light Of Mine

CD bonus tracks:
- Going Over The Hill
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed
- The Lord Will Make A Way

rec. February 6, 1966 in Chicago, IL; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Fannie Davis, voc; Annie Mae McDowell, voc; Grace Bowden, voc; James Collins, voc
notes by Pete Welding
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Testament T-2219

Testament discography

notes by Pete Welding
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(=) Testament TCD 5004
(1995)

181966Big Mama Thornton In Europe

- Swing It On Home °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Sweet Little Angel °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- The Place   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Little Red Rooster °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Unlucky Girl || °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Hound Dog || °°   @ youtube (footage!)   @ Spotify

- My Heavy Load # °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- School Boy # °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Down Home Shakedown ||   @ youtube (footage!)   @ Spotify
- Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Session Blues ||   @ youtube   @ Spotify

Arhoolie CD 9056 bonus tracks:
- I Need Your Love   @ Spotify
- Good Time In London   @ Spotify

- Chauffeur Blues #   @ Spotify
- Swing It On Home   @ Spotify
- Hound Dog (tk 2)   @ Spotify
- Big Mama talks with Chris Strachwitz   @ Spotify


rec. October 20, 1965 at Wessex Studio in London, UK by Chris Strachwitz; Big Mama Thornton, voc, hca; Eddie Boyd, keyb; Buddy Guy, g; || Big Walter Horton, hca; # Mississippi Fred McDowell, g; Jimmie Lee Robinson, b; Fred Below, dr
cover photo by Chris Strachwitz

°° on Arhoolie CD 305 ("The best of Arhoolie LPs 1028, 1032 & 1039")
- Sweet Little Angel
- Unlucky Girl ||
- Swing It On Home
- Little Red Rooster
- Hound Dog ||
- Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be

- School Boy #
- My Heavy Load #
- I'm Feeling Alright
- Sometimes I Have A Heartache
- Black Rat
- Life Goes On
- Bumble Bee
- Gimme A Penny
- Wade In The Water
- Ball 'N' Chain

notes by Chris Strachwitz








Arhoolie F-1028






= Stateside ISP-80525
(Jp 1966)




Arhoolie CD 305 (1989)
"Ball And Chain"






(=) Arhoolie CD 9056
(US 2005)

Arhoolie discography

191967Long Way From Home - The Blues Of Fred McDowell

- The Train I Ride (4:09)   @ youtube
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home (3:52)   @ Spotify
- Milk Cow Blues (3:31)   @ youtube
- John Henry (3:53)   @ Spotify
- Gravel Road Blues (3:44)   @ Spotify

- Millionaire's Daughter Blues (3:29)   @ youtube
- Big Fat Mama (4:39)   @ Spotify
- You Drove Me From Your Door (5:29)   @ youtube
- Sail On, Little Girl (4:37)   @ Spotify

rec. November 12, 1966 at the University of California in Los Angeles, CA by Pete Welding with the assistance of David Evans; Fred McDowell, voc, g
cover photo by David Gahr
notes by Pete Welding
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Milestone MLP 3003 (mono)

notes by Pete Welding
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= Milestone MSP 93003
(stereo)

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= CBS 63735 (UK 1969)

notes by Pete Welding
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= Pathé Marconi 2 C 062-
93702 (Fr 1973)

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= Milestone HBS 8017
(It 1982)

Milestone discography

notes by Pete Welding
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= OBC OBC-535 (1990)

notes by Pete Welding
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= OBC OBCCD-535 (1990)

OBC discography

201968This Old World's In A Hell Of A Fix
the gospel according to ...

Rev. Dr. J. Gordon McPherson
- This Old World's In A Hell Of A Fix (excerpts from sermon)
Rev. Robert Wilkins
- Old Time Religion
- I Wish I Was In Heaven
- Holy Ghost Train
- The Gamblin' Man

Fred McDowell
- Jesus Is On The Main Line
- See What My Lord Has Done
Skip James
- Let Jesus Lead You

Jaybird Coleman
- I'm Gonna Cross The River Jordan
Sam Collins
- Devil In The Lion's Den
Rev. Moses Mason
- Go Wash In The Beautiful Stream
Washington Phillips
- You Can't Stop A Tattler
Blind Lemon Jefferson
- I Want to Be Like Jesus in My Heart
- All I Want Is That Pure Religion
- He Arose From The Dead


notes by
Richard K. Spottswood
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Biograph BLP 12027

Biograph discography

211969Mississippi Delta Blues - Vol. 1

Napoleon Strickland
- Oh Baby
Do Boy Diamond
- Long Haired Doney
- Going Away Blues

Johnny Woods & Fred McDowell
- Three O'Clock In The Morning #
Walter Miller
- Stuttgart, Ark
Tom Turner
- Gonna Bring Her Right Back Home

Furry Lewis
- See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Robert Diggs
- Drink, Drink, Drink
Dewey Corley
- Fishing In The Dark
Teddy Williams
- Down Home Blues
Houston Stackhouse
- Canned Heat
Peck Curtis
- The Death Of Sonny Boy Williamson


# rec. August 1967 in Como, MS by George Mitchell and Roger Brown; Johnny Woods, voc. hca; Fred McDowell, g; edited & produced by Chris Strachwitz; all photographs by George Mitchell

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Do Boy Diamond discography Dewey Corley discography

Johnny Woods discography Walter Miller discography

Furry Lewis discography

notes (adapted from
"Blow my Blues away")
by George Mitchell
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Arhoolie 1041

(=) Arhoolie CD 401 (1994)

Arhoolie discography

221968The Roots Of America's Music

LP 1:
Country Blues
Fred McDowell - Shake 'Em On Down
Mance Lipscomb - Sugar Babe
Black Ace - New Triflin' Woman
Alex Moore - July Boogie
Big Joe Williams - Greystone Blues
Lil Son Jackson - Roberta
John Jackson - Going Down In Georgia On A Horn
Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly - No More Hard Times
Lowell Fulson - River Blues

City Blues
Mercy Dee - Walked Down So Many Turnrows
Juke Boy Bonner - Going Back To The Country
Lightning Hopkins - Tom Moore Blues
Big Mama Thornton - Unlucky Girl
Clifton Chenier - Louisiana Blues
Larry Williams - I Know You Hear Me Calling
Johnny Young - Wild Wild Woman


LP 2:
Gospel & Jazz
Bukka White - Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World
Jesse Fuller - Amazing Grace
Rev. Overstreet - I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord
Robert Shaw - The Ma Grinder
Kid Thomas - Eh La Bas
Joe Turner - Old Piney Brown's Gone
Luna - Nisaba In The Grass

Country, Cajun & Folk
J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers - Run Mountain
Del McCoury - Dreams
The Hodges Brothers - Carroll County Blues
Luderin Darbone - Crowley Waltz
Nathan Abshire - Cajun Two Step
Alice Stuart - Once I Had A Sweetheart
Crabgrass - Charles Giteau
James Campbell - Baby Please Don't Go


compilation of tracks previously on Arhoolie LPs; ed. & prod. by Chris Strachwitz
no previously unissued tracks!

inner gatefold with Pete Welding notes

2-disc package
notes by Pete Welding









Arhoolie R2001/2002






= Stateside SR-9323B
(Jp 1972)

Arhoolie discography

231969Fred McDowell And His Blues Boys

- My Baby * #
- Levee Camp Blues * #
- When The Saints Go Marching In *
- Diamond Ring *
- Dankin's Farm *

- Big Stars Falling []
- You Ain't Treating Me Right *
- Meet Me Down In Froggy Bottom *
- Ethel Mae Blues

[] rec. July 5, 1965 in Berkeley, CA; Fred McDowell, voc, g
rec. August 19-21, 1969 in Berkeley, CA; Fred McDowell, voc, g; * Mike Russo, g; * John Kahn, b; # Bob Jones, dr
notes by Pete Welding
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Arhoolie F-1046

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= Arhoolie AR 19001 (EUR)

Arhoolie discography

241969Memphis Swamp Jam

Booker White
- Christmas Eve Blues
- Columbus, MS Blues
- Sad Day Blues
Piano Red
- Mobile Blues
- Abel Street Stomp

Nathan Beauregard
- Nathan's Bumble Bee Blues
- 'Bout A Spoonful
Sleepy John Estes
- Need More Blues
- President Kennedy Stayed Away Too Long



Fred McDowell
- Shake Em On Down
- Fred's Blues
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Napoleon Strickland
- Back Water Rising
- Other's Piece
- Shimmy She Wobble

Furry Lewis
- Judge Boushay Blues
- Walking Blues
Watson & Jones [John Fahey & Bill Barth]
- Memphis Rag
- St. Louis Blues
- Praying On The Old Campground


McDowell tracks rec. June 9, 1969 in Memphis, Tenn.; Fred McDowell, voc, g, Johnny Woods, hca

inner gatefold of Blue Thumb BTS 6000
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inner sleeves of Blue Thumb BTS 6000
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DLP
notes by Pete Welding
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Blue Thumb BTS 6000
= King SR-481 (Jp 1971)

(=) Arhoolie 1084 (1979)
"Kings Of Country Blues
Vol. 1"

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and
Arhoolie 1085 (1979)
"Kings Of Country Blues
Vol. 2"


(=) Arhoolie CD 385
www.arhoolie.com


(=) Arhoolie CD 386
"Mississippi Delta Blues
Jam In Memphis
Vol. 1 & 2"

Arhoolie discography

251969Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock 'N' Roll

- Baby Please Don't Go
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Kokomo Me Baby
- That's All Right Baby
- Red Cross Store

- Everybody's Down On Me
- 61 Highway
- Glory Hallelujah
- Jesus Is On The Mainline

bonus tracks on Fuel 2000 CD:
- My Baby She Gonna Jump And Shout
- Long Line Skinner
- You Got To Move
- The Train I Ride
- You Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore

rec. September 8-10, 1969 at Malaco Sound Recording Studios, in Jackson, MS; prod. by Tommy Couch; Fred McDowell, g, voc; Jerry Puckett, b; Darin Lancaster, dr
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Capitol SM 409 (mono)
ST 409 (stereo)

notes by Pete Welding
and Bonnie Raitt
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(=) Cema/Capitol 33919
(2 CDs 1995)
"Complete Sessions"
(along with the Just
Sunshine JSS 4 tracks)

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= Fuel 2000 CD (2001)

261969Mississippi Fred McDowell In London   Volume One

- Some Sweet Day
- Mojo Hand
- Amazing Grace
- My Second Mind
- I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down

- My Babe
- Take Your Picture Darling
- Diving Duck Blues
- I Don't Need No Heater

rec. March 8, 1969 in London, UK by the National Blues Federation; Fred McDowell, voc, g
notes by Mike Raven
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Transatlantic TRA 194
"In London Volume One"

notes by Mike Raven
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= Sire SES 97018
(US 1970)

271969Mississippi Fred McDowell In London   Volume Two

Transatlantic TRA 203 / Everest/Archive ... FS-253 / Drive Archive CD 41040 track sequence:
- What's The Matter With Papa's Little Angel Child
- Levee Camp Blues
- Got To Move
- Get Right Church
- Big Fat Mama

- Unknown Blues
- Good Morning Little School Girl
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- You Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore
- The Train I Ride

Rykodisc/Tradition TCD 1012 track sequence:
- Unknown Blues (aka I Heard Somebody Call)
- The Train I Ride
- Levee Camp Blues
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- You Got to Move
- What's The Matter With Papa's Little Angel
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- You Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore
- Get Right Church
- Big Fat Mama

rec. March 8, 1969 in London, UK; Fred McDowell, voc, g; prod. by the National Blues Foundation

Rykodisc/Tradition reissue prod. by David Greenberg & Anton Glovsky; photographer: Jim Marshall
notes (10/1969)
by Mike Raven
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Transatlantic TRA 203

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Everest / Archive Of Folk &
Jazz Music FS-253

= Gamma 68905 (Fr)

= Dargil FS-253 (Portugal)

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= Drive Archive DE2-41040
(1994) "Ain't Gonna Worry"

notes by Mississippi Fred
McDowell & Anton Glovsky
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= Rykodisc/Tradition
TCD 1012 (1996)
(digitally remastered)
"Steakbone Slide Guitar"

281969Blues Roots

- Frisco Lines - Fred McDowell
- Fare You Well Baby Blues - Joe Callicott
- Long Haired Doney - R. L. Burnside
- Mean Stepfather - Big Joe Williams
- Bald Eagle Train - Bukka White and Washboard Willie
- Don't Drive Me Away - R.C. Smith
- Long Tall Girl - Mance Lipscomb
- Red River Blues - Lil' Son Jackson
- I Am the Black Ace - Black Ace
- Whistling Alex Moore - Alex Moore
- Texas Blues - L. and M. Fulson
- Cat Bear - John Jackson
- Ma Grinder - Robert Shaw
- Take a Walk - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Bear Cat - John Jackson
- Snowing and Raining - Guitar Slim and Jelly Belly
- Got A Date I Can't Be Late - Jesse Fuller
- You Got Another - Lightnin' Hopkins and Barbara Dane
- Struggle Here - Juke Boy Bonner and Simon
- Listen At That Bull - G. Coleman
- Trouble Blues - Big Joe Turner
- Dream - John Littlejohn
- Sugar Daddy - Wade Walton
- I'm Feeling Alright - Big Mama Thornton
- Sometimes I Cry - Johnny Young
- Black Snake Blues - Clifton Chenier
- Two Bugs - Earl Hooker


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"The selections from this album have been comprised from the catalog of Arhoolie Records ... Except where otherwise indicated, all selections produced and recorded by Chris Strachwitz"

two record set
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Poppy PYS-60.003
= RCA / Victor SHP-6124/25

Poppy discography

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= Tomato DLP 2696181 (1989)

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reissued as Tomato CD
TOM 3001

291969Fred McDowell / Furry Lewis
When I Lay My Burden Down


Fred McDowell #
- If You See My Baby
- John Henry
- Louise
- 61 Highway
- Big Fat Mama
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- Dankin's Farm

Furry Lewis (rec. Nov., 1968)
- Casey Jones (Ramblin' Mind)
- Every Day Of The Week
- Grieve My Mind
- Casey Jones (Ramblin' Mind)
- Beale Street Blues
- When I Lay My Burden Down


# rec. February 1969 in Como, MS; Fred McDowell, voc, g
notes by Ernest F. Dyson
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Biograph BLP 12017

= Blue Moon BMLP 1.047
(UK 1988)

Biograph discography

301970Stars Of The 1969-1970 Memphis Country Blues Festival

Furry Lewis
- Judge Boyshoy [sic] Blues * [actually "Judge Harsh Blues" aka "Grand Central Station"] * [Blue Horizon 7-63228]
- John Henry * [Blue Horizon 7-63228]
Joe Callicott
- Hoist Your Window \\ [Blue Horizon 7-63227]
- On My Last Go Round \\ [Blue Horizon 7-63227]
Champion Jack Dupree
- Right Now § [Decca SKL 4871]

Champion Jack Dupree
- Troubles § ° [Decca SKL 4871]
Bukka White
- Big Boat Blues // [actually "Drifting Blues"] [Blue Horizon 7-63229]
- Old Man Tom // [Blue Horizon 7-63229]

Fred McDowell
- Diving Duck Blues # [Transatlantic TRA 194]
- I Don't Need No Healer [actually "Heater"] # [Transatlantic TRA 194]

* rec. July 21, 1968 at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN by Mike Vernon; Furry Lewis, voc, g
\\ rec. July 21, 1968 at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN by Mike Vernon; Joe Callicott, voc, g
§ rec. April 4 & 5, 1967 in London, UK by Mike Vernon; Champion Jack Dupree, voc, p; Albert Hall, tp; Rx Morris, Bob Efford, ts; Harry Klein, bs; Mickey Baker, g, tamb, ° voc; John Baldwin, b; Ronnie Verrell, dr
// rec. July 21, 1968 at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN by Mike Vernon; Bukka White, voc, g

# rec. March 8, 1969 in London, UK by the National Blues Federation; Fred McDowell, voc, g
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Sire SES 97015 (US 1970)
311970All Day Thumb Sucker

Southwind
- Rootin & Tootin
Summy Lay
- Maggie's Farm

Fred McDowell
- Shake 'Em On Down
Robbie Basho
- Eagle Sails The Blue
Tyrannosaurus Rex
- Cat Black
Ike & Tina Turner
- Bold Soul Sister

Love
- Run To The Top
Nathan Beauregard
- 'Bout A Spoonful
Aynsley Dunbar
- Sugar On The Line
Albert Collins
- Frosty
Earl Hooker
- Cross Cut Saw
Chicago Bluestars
- Comin Home
Bossa Rio
- Blackbird



Blue Thumb BTS 8702




= Blue Thumb BTS 2000

31a1970The New Spirit of Capitol

Steve Miller Band - Little Girl (3:20)
Hedge & Donna - Jamie (2:40)
Joe South - Games People Play (3:33)
Linda Ronstadt - Silver Threads And Golden Needles (2:19)
John Stewart - July, You're A Woman (3:12)
David Axelrod - A Little Girl Lost (3:24)
The Edgar Broughton Band - Boy Soldier (4:18)

Grand Funk Railroad - Please Don't Worry (4:16)
The Sons - It's Time (3:55)
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine (4:10)
Guitar Jr. - Broke An' Hungry (3:10)
Bob Seger System - Innervenus Eyes (2:44)

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Red Cross Store (4:48)

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Capitol SNP-6
31b1971


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Fred McDowell and Johnny Woods: Eight Years Ramblin'

Revival RVS 1001 / Barclay 920415 track sequence:
- Shake Em On Down []
- Going Down To The River []
- Smokestack Lightning # [not on Fat Possum CD]
- My Babe # [not on Fat Possum CD]
- Long Haired Doney #

- Red Cross Store []
- I Left My Baby (Sitting In The Back Door Crying) (aka Standing At The Back Door) []
- John Henry []
- Scratch My Back * [not on Fat Possum CD]
- Going Away []

Rounder 2007 / Guimbarda 30111075 track sequence:
- Shake Em On Down []
- Smokestack Lightning # [not on Fat Possum CD]
- John Henry []
- My Babe # [not on Fat Possum CD]
- Red Cross Store []

- Going Down To The River []
- Long Haired Doney #
- I Left My Baby (Sitting In The Back Door Crying) (aka Standing At The Back Door) []
- Going Away []
- Scratch My Back * [not on Fat Possum CD]

Fat Possum CD 03642 track sequence:
- Shake Em On Down []
- Going Away []
- Mama Says I'm Crazy [previously unissued] []
- I Got A Woman [previously unissued] #
- Red Cross Store []
- Going Down To The River []

- Standing At The Back Door []
- What's Going To Become Of Me? [previously unissued] []
- Long Haired Doney #
- John Henry []
- I Walked All Night Long [previously unissued] []

[] rec. August 1967 in Como, MS by George Mitchell; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Johnny Woods, hca

# rec. August 1967 in Como, MS by George Mitchell; Johnny Woods, voc, hca; Fred McDowell, g

* rec. August 1967 in Como, MS by George Mitchell; Johnny Woods, voc. hca

Johnny Woods discography


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and Tony Martin
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Revival RVS 1001
(UK 1971)

Revival discography

notes by George Mitchell
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= Barclay 920415 (Fr 1972)

notes by George Mitchell
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= Rounder 2007 (US 1976)

Rounder discography

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= Guimbarda GS-11.075
(Sp 1980)

notes by George Mitchell
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(=) Fat Possum CD 03642
/ Fat Possum LP 80364
(US 2002)
"Mama Says I'm Crazy"

add'l releases @ discogs


The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers.- Rolling Stones Records/Atlantic COC-59100 1971
including a cover of Fred McDowell's 'You Gotta Move'
32spring
1972
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Live In New York

- Shake 'Em On Down
- I'm Crazy About You Baby
- John Henry
- You Got To Move
- Someday

- Mercy
- The Lovin' Blues
- Goin' To The River resp. (on 2nd ed.) - White Lightnin' °°
- Baby Please Don't Go

rec. November 5, 1971 at the Gaslight, New York City; with Tom Pomposello, b or 2nd g; prod. by Fred Seibert
Oblivion OD-1 photography by Valerie Wilmer
Tomato LP / CD 2696372 photography by David Gahr

°° "Goin' To The River" only on original 1972 edition; on all later editions replaced by "White Lightnin'"
notes by Tom Pomposello
and Fred McDowell
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new notes (March 1973)
by Tom Pomposello
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(=) Oblivion OD-1 (March
1973 2nd remastered edition

oblivionrecords.tumblr.com

notes by Tom Pomposello
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= Labor LAB-15 (1982)
[Heiner Stadler's label]
"Shake 'Em On Down
- Live in New York"

notes by Tom Pomposello
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= Tomato LP 2696372
[Kevin Eggers' label]
(Germany 1989)

new notes (19??)
by Tom Pomposello
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= Tomato CD 2696372
(US 1989)

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= Labor LAB 7004
(Ca 1994)

notes by Les Fancourt
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= Charly CPCD 8165
(EU 1997)

2 CD set
containing whole session
notes by Mark Humphry
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Grapeshot / Live Archive
CD GRR 1001 (2000)
officially licensed!
original tapes reedited, re-sequenced,
and remastered by Tom Pomposello

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= Corazong 255 019 (US
2001) "You Got To Move"

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= Tomato TMT 2066
(US 2003)

331972Mississippi Fred McDowell   1904-1972

Just Sunshine JSS 4 / XTRA 1136 / tracks:
- Someday
- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- Mortgage On My Soul
- Baby Let Me Lay Down (In Your Cool Iron Bed)

- Drop Down Mama
- Rap
- Louise
- Somebody Keeps Callin' Me
- Eyes Like An Eagle

Antilles AN-7022 / Collector's Issue C-5526 with # bonus tracks:
- Someday
- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- Mortgage On My Soul
- Baby Let Me Lay Down (In Your Cool Iron Bed)
- Shake Em' On Down #
- Goin Down To The River (And Sat Down On The Ground) #

- Drop Down Mama
- Rap
- Louise
- Somebody Keeps Callin' Me
- Eyes Like A Eagle
- Goin' Down South #

rec. September 8-10, 1969 at Malaco Sound Recording Studios, in Jackson, MS; prod. by Tommy Couch; Fred McDowell, g, voc; Jerry Puckett, b; Darin Lancaster, dr
cover photograph by Baron Wolman, 1969
notes by Michael Cuscuna
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Just Sunshine JSS 4

notes by Michael Cuscuna
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(=) Antilles AN-7022
(1973; plus three add'l tracks)
"Somebody Keeps Calling
Me"

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= XTRA 1136 (1974 UK)
"1904-1972"

XTRA discography

notes by Michael Cuscuna
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= Collector's Issue C-5526
(Austria 198?) "1904-1972
Rap, Louise and other
Songs"

Collector's Issue discography

notes by Pete Welding
and Bonnie Raitt
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(=) Cema/Capitol 33919
(2 CDs 1995)
"Complete Sessions"
(along with the Capitol
ST 409 tracks)

341972Blues For Your Pocket

Blind Willie Johnson
- Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Son House
- New Pony Blues
Furry Lewis
- Pearlee Blues
Jazz Gillum
- Key To The Highway
Big Bill Broonzy
- Guitar Shuffle
Brownie McGhee
- Sportin' Life Blues

Memphis Slim
- Boogie Woogie Piano Styles
Little Brother Montgomery
- Lonesome Mama
Sticks McGhee
- Drink Of Wine Mop Mop
J.D. Short
- So Much Wine
James 'Son' Thomas
- Beefsteak Blues

Fred McDowell
- Mojo Hand

compiled by Mike Leadbitter
notes (Febuary 1972)
by Mike Leadbitter
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Transatlatic TRA SAM 25

= Guimbarda 30111057
(Sp 1979)

351972The Great Blues Men

Homesick James
- Set A Date
John Lee Hooker
- Dusty Road
Sleepy John Estes
- Corinna #
Muddy Waters
- Nineteen Years Old
Jesse Fuller
- San Francisco Bay Blues
Mance Lipscomb
- Blues In G
Rev. Gary Davis
- If I Had My Way #

Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
- Key To The Highway
Otis Spann
- Burning Fire
Lightnin' Hopkins
- Cotton Field Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
- Louise, Louise Blues
Johnny Young
- Tighten Up On It
James Cotton
- Ain't Nobody's Business


Mississippi John Hurt
- Moanin' The Blues
Junior Wells
- Stormy Mnday Blues #
Johnny Shines
- Dynaflow Blues
Son House (+ Al Wilson)
- Empire State Blues #
Sonny Terry
- Mountain Blues
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson
- It's All Right, Baby

Jimmy Rushing
- How Long, How Long Blues
Skip James
- Cypress Grove Blues
J. B. Hutto
- Please Help

Fred McDowell
- Fred's Ramblin' Blues
Ida Cox
- Four Day Creep #
Robert Pete Williams
- On My Way From Texas
Otis Rush
- I't's A Mean Old World

# not on CD
DLP
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Vanguard VSD 25/26

Vanguard / King GW-203/4
(Jp 1972)

(=) Vanguard CD 25/26 (1988)

361973Fred McDowell: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning

- Introduction //
- I Heard Somebody Calling //
- Amazing Grace //
- Where Could I Go But To The Lord []
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning []
- Bye And Bye *
- Dig My Grave With A Silver Spade §

- Don't Look For Me On A Sunday #
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl #
- Little Girl, Little Girl, How Old Are You #
- Levee Camp Blues $

# rec. February 13/14, 1964 in Como, MS; Fred McDowell, voc, g

[] rec. May 2, 1965; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Annie Mae McDowell, voc; Hunter's Chapel Spiritual Singers, voc

// rec. June 23, 1965 in Berkeley, CA; Fred McDowell, voc, g

* rec. July 5, 1965 in Berkeley, CA; Fred McDowell, voc, g

$ rec. live June 9, 1969 in Memphis, TN; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Johnny Woods, hca

§ rec. August 19-21, 1969 in Berkeley, CA; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Mike Russo, g; John Kahn, b

front cover photo by Peter Feldmann
notes by Chris Strachwitz
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Arhoolie F-1068

Arhoolie discography

371973Mississippi Fred McDowell / Guitar Jr.

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Baby Please Don't Go
- 61 Highway
- Kokomo Me Baby
- Everybody's Down On Me

Guitar Jr. (aka Lonnie Brooks)
Broke An' Hungry
Wee Wee Hours
Rooster Blues
Texas Flood


promotional picture disk; tracks taken from Capitol ST-403 (Guitar Jr. 1969) and Capitol ST-409 (McDowell 1969)
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381973Mississippi Fred McDowell: Somebody Keeps Calling Me

- Someday
- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- Mortgage On My Soul
- Baby Let Me Lay Down
- Shake 'Em On Down #
- Goin' Down To The River #

- Drop Down Mama
- Rap
- Louise
- Somebody Keeps Callin' Me
- Eyes Like An Eagle
- Goin' Down South #

# tracks not on Just Sunshine JSS 4 (1972)

notes by Pete Welding
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Antilles AN-7022

= Mango CD7022 (1990)

notes by Pete Welding
and Bonnie Raitt
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(=) Cema/Capitol 33919
(2 CDs 1995)
"Complete Sessions"
(along with the Capitol
ST 409 tracks)

38a1975Honest Tom Pomposello

- Tommy's Jump
- Old Joe Clark
- Jesus Died on the Cross (To Save The World)
- Movin' Too Fast
- Supreme Court Breakdown

- Amazing Grace
- Meeting You
- St. Louis Blues
- (I'm) Watchin' The T.V.

- Hey Little Girl (Who Made Your Dress?) #

rec. 1973-75; prod. by Fred Seibert
# rec. November 9, 1971; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Tom Pomposello, g

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38b1976Great Bluesmen Newport

Robert Pete Williams
- Midnight Boogie
- Levee Camp Blues
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
- My Baby Done Changed The Lock On The Door
John Lee Hooker with Bill Lee on bass
- Tupelo
- Bus Station Blues

Son House
- Son's Blues
- Death Letter Blues °°
- Pony Blues
Sleepy John Estes
- Mailman Blues
- Clean Up At Home
Doc Reese
- Hey Rattler / Oh My Lord


Mississippi John Hurt
- Sliding Delta
- Trouble, I've Had It All My Day
Skip James
- Hard Times Killing Floor Blues
- Cherry Ball Blues °°
- Illinois Blues
The Reverend Gary Davis
- Death Don't Have No Mercy

Willie Doss
- Catfish Blues
- I Had A Woman

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Lord, I'm Going Down South
- If The River Was Whiskey
Lightnin' Hopkins with Samuel Lay
- Cotten Fields Blues
- Shake That Thing

gatefold inner sleeve of Vanguard VSD 77/78
gatefold inner sleeve, left side; click to enlarge !gatefold inner sleeve, right side; click to read Maynard Solomon notes !

°° note on CD 77/78: "due to compact disc time restrictions some songs on the original album are not included in this package"
DLP
notes by Maynard Solomon
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Vanguard VSD 77/78

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King/Vanguard LAX-155
(Jp 1976)

notes by Samuel Charters
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= Vanguard CD 77/78 (1991)
2 LPs on 1 CD #
Great Bluesmen At
Newport 1959-1965

391977Roots Of The Blues

Henry Ratcliff
- Louisiana
Bakari-Badji
- Field Song From Senegal
John Dudley
- Po' Boy Blues
Tangle Eye
- Kate Left Memphis
Leroy Miller And A Group Of Prisoners
- Berta, Berta

Fred McDowell And Miles Pratcher
- Old Original Blues [= Fred McDowell Blues]
Ed Young And Lonnie Young
- Jim And John
Alec Askew
- Emmaline, Take Your Time
Miles Pratcher And Bob Pratcher
- Buttermilk
Leroy Gary
- Mama Lucy
Miles Pratcher And Bob Pratcher
- I'm Gonna Live Anyhow Till I Die


Tangle Eye And A Group Of Prisoners
- No More, My Lord

Rev. Crenshaw And The Congregation Of New Brown's Chapel, Memphis
- Lining Hymn And Prayer

Fred McDowell
- Death Comes A-Creepin' In My Room [= Soon One Mornin']
Congregation Of New Brown's Chapel, Memphis
- Church-House Moan
Bessie Jones
- Beggin' The Blues

Rose Hemphill
- Rolled And Tumbled #

Fred McDowell, Miles Pratcher, And Fannie Davis
- Goin' Down To The Races [= Goin' Down To The River]
Forrest City Joe
- You Gotta Cut That Out

McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins

# Fred McDowell credited erroneously as guitarist

notes by Alan Lomax
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New World NW 252
401980Fred McDowell: Levee Camp Blues
Fred McDowell 1968: The Early Days Recalled
A Folk-Blues Document - Never-Before-Issued!

- Levee Camp Blues
- Let Me Lay Down in Your Cool Iron Bed
- My Baby Don't Treat Me Like Humankind
- My Baby Has Eyes Like An Eagle (take 2)
- Jim Steam Killed Lula
- Pea Vine Special

- Dark Clouds A-Rising
- My Baby Has Eyes Like An Eagle (take 1)
- Will Me Your Gold Watch And Chain
- Won't Be Worried Long
- Down On Dankin's Farm
- Bye And Bye, Goin' To See The King

CD bonus tracks:
- Goin' Over The Hill #
- When I Lay My Burden Down #

rec. March 1968 in Los Angeles; Ca. by Pete Welding; Fred McDowell, voc, g
# rec. February 6, 1966 in Chicago; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Fannie Davis, voc; Annie Mae McDowell, voc; Grace Bowden, voc; James Collins, voc
notes by Pete Welding
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Origin Jazz Library OJL 8051

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= Testament TCD-6007
(1998)

411981John Vincent presents Genuine Mississippi Blues

Ace LP 2028 tracks:
Bad Smitty
- Smokestack Lightnin
- How Many More Years
Sam Myers
- Sad & Lonesome [Ace unissued]
- You're So Fine [Ace 3027]
- Money Is My Downfall [Ace unissued]
- Gold Tail Bird (tk 2) [Ace unissued]
Johnny Littlejohn
- I Wanna Go Home [Ace 3028]
- I Got My Nose Open [Ace unissued]

Johnny Littlejohn
- She Nineteen Year Old [Ace 3028]
Elmore James, Jr.
- Crazy Bend Ida Mae
- Bad Feeling
- Cummins Prison Blues
King Edward
- I Should Quiet You Baby [Ace unissued]
- The Things I Used To Do [Ace 3027]

Fred McDowell
- Baby Please Don't Go [not "Don't Say A Mumblin Word" as written on back cover!] #

Ace CD 2028 tracks:
- Smokestack Lightenin' - Bad Smitty
- How Many More Years - Bad Smitty
- Sad And Lonesome - Sam Myers
- You're So Fine - Sam Myers
- Money Is My Downfall - Sam Myers
- Gold Tail Bird - Sam Myers
- I Wanna Go Home - John Littlejohn
- I Got My Nose Open - John Littlejohn
- She Nineteen Year Old - John Littlejohn
- Crazy Bout Ida Mae - Elmore James, Jr.
- Bad Feeling - Elmore James, Jr.
- Cummins Prison Blues - Elmore James, Jr.
- I Should Quiet You, Baby - King Edward
- The Things I Used To Do - King Edward

- Baby, Please Don't Go - Mississippi Fred McDowell #
- Hey Little Girl - Frankie Lee Sims
- Walking With Frankie - Frankie Lee Sims
- What Will Lucy Mae Do - Frankie Lee Sims

- Don't Say A Mumblin Word - Mississippi Fred McDowell

Westside WESM 579 tracks:
- Smokestack Lightning - Bad Smitty
- Gold Tail Bird (tk 1) - Sam Myers [Ace unissued]
- I Got My Nose Open - Johnny Littlejohn
- Crazy 'Bout Ida Mae - Elmore James Jr.
- Money Is My Downfall - Sam Myers
- The Things I Used To Do - King Edward
- Standing At The Crossroads - Bad Smitty [Ace unissued]
- You're So Fine - Sam Myers
- Bad Feeling - Elmore James Jr.
- Sad And Lonesome - Sam Myers
- I Wanna Go Home - Johnny Littlejohn
- Last Night - Bad Smitty [Ace unissued]
- I Should Quit You Baby (Killing Floor) - King Edward
- Take Me Where You Go - Sam Myers [Ace unissued]<
- Cummins Prison Blues - Elmore James Jr.
- She's 19 Years Old - Johnny Littlejohn
- How Many More Years - Bad Smitty
- Gold Tail Bird (tk 2) - Sam Myers
- Today I Started Loving You Again - King Edward
- Walkin' With Smitty (tk 1) - Bad Smitty [Ace unissued]


# rec. in Jackson, MS (Malaco session); Fred McDowell, voc, g; poss. Johnny Woods Napolian Strickland, hca
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Ace LP 2028 (UK 1981)

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(=) Ace CD 2028 (1993)

notes by Neil Slaven
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(=) Westside WESM 579
(UK 1999)   "Genuine
Mississippi Blues... Plus"

(Ace Blues Masters Vol. 4)

421982Mississippi Fred McDowell 1962
His First Recordings Following Discovery

- Done Left Here
- All The Way From East St. Louis
- Shake 'Em On Down
- The Girl That I Am Lovin'
- Good Morninig Little Schoolgirl
- Left My Baby Standing
- On The Frisco Line

- Write Me A Few Lines
- Goin' Down To The River
- I Rolled And I Tumbled
- Trouble Everywhere I Go
- Red Cross Store Blues
- John Henry
- Kokomo Blues

on CDs only:
- Milk Cow Blues
- Trouble Everywhere I Go (alternate version)
- I've Been Drinking Water Out Of A Hollow Log
- Highway 61
- Someday Baby
- untitled instr. (Como)

rec. April 21/22, 1962 at McDowell's home in Como, MS by Dick Spottswood

notes by Chris Smith
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alternative cover; click to enlarge !

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Heritage HT 302

notes by Bruce Bastin
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= Flyright FLY CD 14 (1989)

notes by Tom Pomposello
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= Rounder CD 2138 (1995)

431984Mississippi Fred McDowell: Standing At The Burying Ground
featuring Jo Ann Kelly

- 61 Highway
- Red Cross Store
- When I Lay My Burden Down #
- Evil Hearted Woman
- I Asked For Whisky, She Gave Me Gasoline

- Standing At The Burying Ground
- Glory Hallelujah
- Write Me A Few Short Lines
- My Baby Done Me Wrong

rec. March 8, 1969 during a British tour at the Mayfair Hotel, London; Fred McDowell. voc, g; # Jo Ann Kelly, voc [not on 'Glory Hallelujah' as listed in Blues Records Vol. 2]
notes by Jo Ann Kelly
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Red Lightnin' RL 0053 [UK]

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= Red Lightnin' RLCD0053

www.redlightnin.com


re-released 1995 (along
with McDowell tracks
from RL 0063) as
"Mississippi Fred McDowell
live at the Mayfair"
on Warner CD 43025

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= Sequel NEB CD 851
(UK 1996)

441986Phil Guy / Mississippi Fred McDowell: Dose Of Double Dynamite

Phil Guy And His Chicago Blues Band
- Call The Plumber
- Howlin' For My Darlin'
- Garbage Man Blues
- Miss You


Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Louise
- My Babe
- Waves Of The Water
- Kokomo Blues

McDowell tracks rec. March 8, 1969 during a British tour at the Mayfair Hotel, London; Fred McDowell. voc, g

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Red Lightnin' RL 0063


McDowell tracks
(along with RL 0053)
re-released 1995 as
"Mississippi Fred McDowell
live at the Mayfair"
on Warner CD 43025

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= Sequel NEB CD 851
(UK 1996)

= Onyx Classix CD 261112

451986Atlantic Blues: Guitar

- Broke Down Engine - Blind Willie McTell
- Shake 'Em On Down - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- My Baby Don't Love Me - John Lee Hooker
- Guitar Lovin' Man - John Lee Hooker *
- Tall Pretty Woman - Sticks McGhee
- The Blues Rock - Texas Johnny Brown

- There Goes The Blues - Texas Johnny Brown
- Bongo Boogie - Texas Johnny Brown
- Two Bones And A Pick - T-Bone Walker
- Mean Ol' World - T-Bone Walker *
- Let Me Know - Chuck Norris
- It Hurts To Love Someone - Guitar Slim *


- Down Through The Years - Guitar Slim
- Okie Dokie Stomp - Cornell Dupree
- Blue Nocturne - Cornell Dupree *
- TV Mama - Big Joe Turner
- Reconsider Baby - Al King
- Midnight Midnight - Mickey Baker

- I Smell Trouble - Ike & Tina Turner
- Why I Sing The Blues - B.B. King
- Crosscut Saw - Albert King
- Angels Of Mercy - Albert King *
- Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King #
- Can't Be Satisfied - John Hammond, Jr. *
- Shake For Me - John Hammond, Jr. #
- Flood Down In Texas - Stevie Ray Vaughan

* not included on CD reissue
# included on CD reissue only

2 LP set

Atlantic 7-81695-1

part of "Atlantic Blues:
Guitar, Piano, Vocalists,
Chicago"
(8 LP box)

Atlantic 7-81713-1

4 CD set

(=) Atlantic CD 82309 (1990)
"Atlantic Blues: Guitar,
Piano, Vocalists, Chicago"

461988Fred McDowell: Shake 'Em On Down - 1959

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- I Been Drinking Water Out Of A Hollow Log
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Freight Train Blues
- Drop Down Mama
- When You Get Home, Write Me A Few Little Lines
John Dudley
- Poor Boy Blues
- Cool Water Blues


Mississippi Fred McDowell
- 61 Highway Blues
- Fred McDowell's Blues
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- Soon One Mornin'
- You Done Tol' Everybody
- My Mother Died And Left Me
- I Wisht I Was In Heaven

rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
photography by Sylvia Pitcher
notes (March 1988)
by Chris Smith
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KC 107
471993Sounds Of The South
A Musical Journey From The Georgia Sea Islands To The Mississippi Delta

Disc 1: Sounds Of The South / Blue Ridge Mountain Music:
- The Banks Of The Arkansas / Wave The Ocean - Neil Morris / Charley Everidge
- Hen Duck - Lonnie Young / Ed Young / Lonnie Young Jr.
- The Farmer's Curst Wife - Estil C. Ball
- Boll Weevil Holler - Vera Hall
- Jesse James - The Mountain Ramblers
- Jesse James - Vera Hill
- Kenny Wagner - Bob Carpenter
- Trouble So Hard - Vera Hall
- Baptizing Scene - Reverend W.A. Donaldson
- Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus - Viola James & Congregation
- Windham - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers

- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning - Mississippi Fred McDowell
13. Come On Boys, Let's Go To The Ball - Sid Hemphill/Lucas Smith
- Join The Band - John Davis & Group
- Lucky Holler - Ed Lewis
- I Be So Blad When The Sun Goes Down - Ed Lewis & Group
- Cotton Eyed Joe - The Mountain Ramblers
- Big Tilda - The Mountain Ramblers
- Jennie Jenkins - Estil C. Ball / Orna Ball
- John Henry - The Mountain Ramblers
- Rosewood Casket - The Mountain Ramblers
- Silly Bill - The Mountain Ramblers
- Big Ball In Boston - The Mountain Ramblers
- Chilly Winds - Wade Ward
- The Old Hickory Cane - The Mountain Ramblers
- John Brown - Hobart Smith
- Poor Ellen Smith - Hobart Smith
- Shady Grove - The Mountain Ramblers


Disc 2: Roots Of The Blues / The Blues Roll On:
- Jim And John - Lonnie Young / Ed Young / Lonnie Young Jr.
- The Wild Ox Moan - Vera Hall

- Been Drinkin' Water Out Of A Hollow Log - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- All Night Long - Miles Pratcher / Bob Pratcher
- Shake 'Em On Down - Mississippi Fred McDowell / Mile Pratcher / Annie Davis
- Levee Camp Reminiscence - Forrest City Joe
- Chevrolet - Lonnie Young/Ed Young / Lonnie Young Jr.
- Levee Camp Holler - Johnny Lee Moore
- Eighteen Hammers - Johnny Lee Moore / 12 Mississippi Penitentary Convicts
- Drink On Little Girl - Forrest City Joe/Sonny Rogers/Thomas Morgan

- Drop Down Mama - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Boogie Children - Boy Blue / Willie Jones/Joe Lee
- She Lived Her Life Too Fast - Forrest City Joe / Sonny Boy Rogers / Thomas Martin
- Sittin' On Top Of The World - Lonnie Young / Ed Young / Lonnie Young Jr.
- Cool Water Blues - John Dudley
- Stop Breaking Down - Forrest City Joe / Sonny Boy Rogers / Thomas Martin
- Joe Lee's Rock - Boy Blue/Willie Jones/Joe Lee
- Bullyin' Well - Rosalie Hill

- When You Get Home, Write Me A Few Lines - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Red Cross Store - Forrest City Joe
- Forrest City Jump - Forrest City Joe/Sonny Boy Rogers/Thomas Martin


Disc 3: Negro Church Music / White Spirituals:
- Death, Have Mercy - Vera Hall
- I Want Jesus To Walk With Me - James Shorty & Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Jesus Is Real To Me - Mrs. Mary Lee / Congregation
- I Love The Lord - Reverend R.C. Crenshaw & Congregation
- A Sermon Fragment - Reverend G.I. Townsel
- I'm Goin' Home On The Mornin' Train - Reverend R.C. Crenshaw & Congregation
- Power - Madam Mattie Wigley / Congregation
- On That Rock - Viola James/Lonnie Young / Ed Young
- Jesus On The Mainline - James Shorty / Viola James / Congregation
- I'm Gonna Sail Like A Ship On The Ocean - Henry Morrison & St Simon's Island Singers
- Blow Gabriel - John Davis/Bessie Jones/St. Simon's Island Singers
- What Do You Think About Jesus (He's Alright) - Bernice McClellan / Congregation
- Tribulations - Estil C. Ball/Lacey Richardson/Blair Reedy
- When I Get Home - Estil C. Ball/Blair Reedy
- The Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Estil C. Ball
- Baptizing Down By The Creek - The Mountain Ramblers
- Sermon And Lining Hymn - Reverend I.D Back/Congregation
- Antioch - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
- Calvary - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
- Please Let Me Stay A Little Longer - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
- Father, Jesus Loves You - Estil C. Ball
- Lonesome Valley - Estil C. Ball / Lacey Richardson / Orna Ball / Blair Reedy
- Father Adieu - Estil C. Ball
- The Old Country Church - The Mountain Ramblers
- Cabin On The Hill - Estil C. Ball / Lacey...


Disc 4: American Folk Songs For Children:
- Johnson's Old Gray Mule - Mainer Band
- My Little Rooster - Almeda Riddle
- Whoa Mule - Mainer Band
- Frog Went A-Courtin' - Almeda Riddle
- Glenn's Chimes - Mainer Band
- Chick-A-Li-Lee-Lo - Almeda Riddle
- Old Joe Clark - The Mountain Ramblers
- Go Tell Aunt Nancy - Almeda Riddle
- Train III - Mainer Band
- Johnny Cuckoo - Bessie Jones & Group
- Mama Buy Me A Chiney Doll - Almeda Riddle
- Soldier, Soldier - Hobart Smith
- Mary Mack - Jessie Pratcher / Mattie Gardner / Mary Gardner
- Hambone - Bessie Jones
- Banging Breakdown - Hobart Smith
- Green Sally, Up - Jessie Pratcher / Mattie Gardner / Mary Gardner
- Sometimes - Bessie Jones & Group
- The Arkansas Traveller - Hobart Smith
- Paper Of Pins - Estil C. Ball / Orna Ball
- The Little Dappled Cow - Texas Gladden
- Go To Sleep, Little Baby - Bessie Jones
- Paddy On The Turnpike - Wade Ward / Charley Higgins / Charley Poe
- Jimmy Sutton - Spence Moore/Roy Birns
- Liza Jane - The Mountain Ramblers
- Oree - Lonnie Young/Ed Young / Lonnie Young Jr.
- Train Time - Forrest City Joe

- Freight Train Blues - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- This Little Light Of Mine - James Shorty / Viola James / Congregation
- Motherless Children - Felix Dukes / Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Little Moses - Neil Morris

reissue prod. by Yves Beauvais
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Atlantic 782496

481993Mississippi Fred McDowell: You Gotta Move

- Write Me A Few Lines
- Louise
- I Heard Somebody Call
- 61 Highway
- Mama Don't Allow
- Kokomo Blues
- Fred's Worried Life Blues
- You Gonna Be Sorry
- Shake 'Em On Down
- My Trouble Blues
- Black Minnie
- That's Alright
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- Ain't Gonna Be Bad No Mo'
- Do My Baby Ever Think Of Me
- Brooks Run Into The Ocean (+ Eli Green)
- Bull Dog Blues (+ Eli Green)
- Frisco Line
- You Gotta Move
All of LP 1021
& most of 1027

notes by Chris Strachwitz
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Arhoolie CD 304

Arhoolie discography

491993Blues With A Feeling

Fred and Annie Mae McDowell with Robert Wilkins
- What Do You Think About Jesus?

Vanguard VCD2-77005
(Recorded live at the
Newport Folk Festival)
501993Mississippi Fred McDowell: Train I Ride

- What's The Matter With Papa's Little Angel Child #
- Levee Camp Blues
- You Got To Move
- Get Right Church
- Big Fat Mama
- Unknown Blues
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- You Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore #
- Train I Ride

# additional tracks on "Blues Masters" and "That's The Train I Ride"

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New Rose Blues 5436 (Fr)

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= Aim 0012 CD
(Australia 1998)

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"Blues Masters"

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Digital Music Group (2006)
"That's The Train I Ride"

51c.1994Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins
When I Lay My Burden Down


Fred McDowell (1969)
- If You See My Baby
- John Henry
- Louise
- 61 Highway
- Big Fat Mama
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- Dankin' Farm
- Jesus Is On The Main Line
- See What My Lord Has Done
Furry Lewis (1968)
- Casey Jones (Ramblin' Mind)
- Harry Furry Blues
- Every Day Of The Week
- Grieve My Mind
- Beale Street Blues
- When I Lay My Burden Down
Robert Wilkins (1960)
- Old Time Religion
- I Wish I Was in Heaven
- Rock Of Ages
- When I Lay My Burden Down

prod. Arnold S. Caplin

notes by Peter Aschoff
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Biograph BCD 130

Biograph discography

521994Lost Blues Tapes Vol. 1
American Folk Blues Festival 1963-65

- Della Mae - John Lee Hooker
- Hound Dog - Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton
- Captain Captain - Muddy Waters
- I Got To Cut Out - Sonny Boy Williamson
- Blues Harp Shuffle - 'Big' Walter Horton
- Strong Brain Broad Mind - Willie Dixon
- Big Leg Woman - Willie Dixon
- You Got Me Runnin' - Sugar Pie Desanto
- South Side Jump - Buddy Guy
- If I Get Lucky - J. B. Lenoir

- Got A Letter This Morning - 'Mississippi' Fred McDowell
- Sail On - Roosevelt Sykes
- Memphis Boogie - Memphis Slim
- Your Best Friend's Gone - John Estes & Hammie Nixon
- Farewell Baby - Dr. Isaiah Ross
- Della Mae - John Lee Hooker
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ACT CD 9204
531995Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock 'N' Roll
Complete Sessions


disc 1
- Baby Please Don't Go *
- Good Morning Little School Girl *
- Kokomo Me Baby *
- That's All Right Baby *
- Red Cross Store *
- Everybody's Down On Me *
- 61 Highway *
- Glory Halleujah *
- Jesus Is On The Mainline *
- Someday #

disc 2
- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines #
- Mortgage On My Soul #
- Baby Let Me Lay Down (In Your Cool Iron Bed) #
- Drop Down Mama #
- Rap/Louise #
- Somebody Keeps Callin' Me #
- Eyes Like An Eagle #
- My Baby She Gonna Jump And Shout []
- Long Line Skinner []
- Baby Please Don't Go []

rec. September 8-10, 1969 at Malaco Sound Recording Studios, in Jackson, MS; prod. by Tommy Couch; Fred McDowell, g, voc; Jerry Puckett, b; Darin Lancaster, dr

* previously on Capitol ST/SM 409
# previously on Just Sunshine JSS 4
[] previously unissued
2 CD set
notes by Pete Welding
and Bonnie Raitt
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Cema/Capitol 33919
541995Bottleneck Blues

Napoleon Strickland
- Key To The Bushes
Big Joe Williams
- Talking About Bottleneck
- Traveling Blues
Robert Night Hawk
- Crying Won't Help You

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Six White Horses #
Mott Willis
- Knife Instrumental
Robert Lee Granderson
- Flora Blues
J.B. Hutto & The Hawks
- Wild Wild Woman
Blind Connie Williams
- St. Louis Blues
David Honeyboy Edwards
- Worryin' Woman Blues
Robert Johnson
- I'm Coming, Lord, Please Don't Drive Me Away
Chicago Blues Band
- Verna Lee Blues

Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Wouldn't Mind Dying #
John Littlejohn
- Dust My Broom
Blind Connie Williams
- Trouble In Mind
Big Joe Williams
- How Do You Want Your Rollin' Done
Mott Willis
- M & O Blues
Johnny Shines
- Crucial Moment
Jack Owens
- Train Time
Robert Johnson
- I Don't Know When Death Is Gonna Call Me
Herb Quinn
- Casey, You Can't Ride This Train
Napoleon Strickland
- Skake 'Em Down

# rec. February 6, 1966 in Chicago; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Fannie Davis, voc; Annie Mae McDowell, voc; Grace Bowden, voc; James Collins, voc

[Testament T-2216
announced, but not issued]

notes by David Evans





Testament TCD-5021
(US 1995)

= P-Vine PCD-5576 (Jp)

Testament discography

551995Testament Records Sampler

- Pet Cream Man - J.B. Hutto & The Hawks
- A Man For The Nation - John Lee Granderson
- Railroad Blues - The Chicago String Band
- Nobody Knows My Troubles - Otis Spann

- Jesus Is On The Mainline - Fred McDowell & The Hunter's Chapel Singers
- Peach Tree Blues - Eddie Taylor
- I'm Talking 'Bout You - Eddie Lee "Mustright" Jones
- Cat Squirrel - Dr. Isaiah Ross
- I'm Gettin' Tired - Robert Nighthawk
- Going Back To Texas - Jimmy Walker & His Western Stars/Erwin Helfer
- Black Mary - Ruby McCoy
- So Cold In Vietnam - Johnny Shines
- Titanic Blues - Bill Jackson
- Don't Start Me To Talkin' - A Feeling / Johnny Turner & Blues With A Feeling
- All My Money Gone - Johnny Young
- One Thin Dime - Blind Connie Williams

- Goin' Down South - Fred McDowell
- I'm Going To Detroit - John Wrencher
- Annie Mae - Big Joe Williams
- My Babe - Napoleon Strickland Fife & Drum Band
- Hoodoo Snake Doctor Blues - Johnny Shines
- Dust My Broom - Johnny Littlejohn
- Pleading And Crying - Billy Boy Arnold


notes by Pete Welding



Testament TCD-4001

Testament discography

56199?Mississippi Delta Blues Jam in Memphis, Vol. 1

Napoleon Strickland with The Como Drum Band
- Back Water Rising

Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Fred's Blues
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Otha Turner with The Como Drum Band
- Otha's Piece
Napoleon Strickland with The Como Drum Band
- Shimmy She Wobble

Fred McDowell
- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- A Dark Cloud Rising
Furry Lewis
- Furry Lewis' Blues (previously unreleased)
- Walking Blues
- Judge Bushay Blues
R.L. Watson & Josiah Jones [= John Fahey & Bill Barth]
- Memphis Rag
- St. Louis Blues
- Praying On The Old Campground / Lonesome Blues
Memphis Piano Red
- Mobile Blues
- Abel Street Stomp
rec. June 1969
Includes all of
Arhoolie LP 1085,
part of 1084 and several
previously unissued cuts.
LPs 1084 & 1085 were
once available as "Swamp
Blues", a double LP
originally released
on Blue Thumb

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Arhoolie CD 385

Arhoolie discography

57199?Mississippi Fred McDowell: Good Morning Little School Girl
Mississippi Fred McDowell Sings Blues and Spirituals

Part I: The Blues
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Little Girl, Little Girl, How Old Are You
- Fred's Rambling Blues
- Don't Look For Me On A Sunday
- I Walked All The Way From East St. Louis
- Red Cross Store Blues
- Gravel Road Blues
- Where Were You When The Rooster Crowed 'Fore Day
- Drop Down Mama
- I Looked At The Sun
- Early This Morning (Write Me A Few Of Your Lines)
Part II: Church Songs
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- Get Right Church
- I'm Going Over The Hill
- Amazing Grace
- I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
- You Gotta Move
- It's A Blessing
- Bye And Bye
- I'm So Glad, Got Good Religion
- Look Way Down That Lonesome Road
- When The Saints Go Marching In

front cover photo by Peter Feldmann
Some previously unissued,
and some selections
from LPs 1018, 1027, & 1068

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Arhoolie CD 424

Arhoolie discography

581995Mississippi Fred McDowell: This Ain't No Rock & Roll

- My Baby *
- Levee Camp Blues *
- When The Saints Go Marching In *
- Diamond Ring *
- Dankin's Farm *
- You Ain't Treatin' Me Right *
- Ethel Mae Blues *
- Meet Me Down In Froggy Bottom *
- Mama Said I'm Crazy #
- I Heard Somebody Calling Me #
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning #
- I Wonder What Have I Done Wrong #
- I Worked Out Old Lu And I Worked Out Old Bess #
- Jim, Steam Killed Lula #
- Worried Now, Won't Be Worried Long #
- Going Away, Won't Be Gone Long #
- Going Down That Gravel Bottom #
- Bye, Bye Little Girl #

* previously on LP 1046 (rec. 1969)
# previously unissued (rec. 1968 at Chris Strachwitz' house)

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Arhoolie CD 441

Arhoolie discography

591995Mississippi Fred McDowell: Mississippi Blues

- Some Day Baby #
- Milk Cow Blues #
- The Train I Ride #
- Over The Hill # []
- Goin' Down To The River #
- I Wished I Were In Heaven Sitting Down #
- Louise #
- Germany Blues *
- Some Sweet Day *
- The Sun Rose This Morning *
- When I Lay My Burden Down * []
- Goin' Down To Louisiana *

rec. December 1, 1965 in Como, MS by Alan Bates; Fred McDowell, voc, g; [] Annie Mae McDowell, voc
# previously on Polydor LP 423.294 (1965)
* previously unissued

series edited by Tony Russell

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Orbis BLU NC 045
Blues & Rhythm 106 (1996); click to enlarge !   Keith Briggs: Fred McDowell on CD.- Blues & Rhythm 106 (1996), p. 14-15; click to read pdf-file !
Keith Briggs: Fred McDowell on CD [as of December 1995]
Blues & Rhythm 106 (1996), p. 14-15
601996Mississippi Fred McDowell: Steakbone Slide Guitar

- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Big Fat Mama
- The Train I Ride
- Get Right Church
- You Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore
- What's The Matter With Papa's Little Angel
- Unknown Blues (aka I Heard Somebody Call)
- Levee Camp Blues
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- You Got to Move
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Rykodisc/Tradition
TCD-1012
60a1996Mississippi Fred McDowell: Mississippi Real Blues


Iris Musique (Fr)
60b1996Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 1
15 Down Home Country Blues Classics

- Frisco Line - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Lightning Hopkins
- Going Down In Georgia On A Horn - John Jackson
- Cairo Blues - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson
- 'bout A Spoonful - Mance Lipscomb
- Drink On Little Girl - Black Ace
- Country Boy Down In New Orleans - Snooks Eaglin
- Columbus, Mississippi Blues - Bukka White
- Shake 'em On Down - Dr. Ross
- Just Trippin' In - Robert Pete Williams
- Hump In My Back - Jesse Fuller
- Brother James - Big Joe Williams
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry - Smoky Babe
- Poor Black Mattie - R.L. Burnside
- Mercury Blues - K.C. Douglas



Arhoolie CD 101

Arhoolie discography

611997Southern Journey, Vol. 1
Voices from the American South

Blues, Ballads, Hymns, Reels, Shouts, Chanteys and Work Songs

O Day (Bessie Jones)
- Katy Went Fishing With Her hook And Line (Hobart Smith)
- Walk In The Parlaor (Sid Hemphill & Lucius Smith)
- Mama's Gonna Buy (Vera Ward Hall)

- Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting Down (Fred McDowell)
- Po' Lazarus (Bright light Quartet)
- The Lass Of Loch Royale (Neil Morris)
- Three Nights Drunk (J.E. Mainer and band)
- Turkey In The Straw (Charley Everidge & Neil Morris)
- Pharaoh (Sidney Carter)
- Interview (Uncle Charley Higgins, Wade Ward & Dale Poe)
- Cripple Creek (Uncle Charley Higgins, Wade Ward & Dale Poe)
- The diver Boy (Ollie Gilbert)
- Pretty Polly (Estil C. Ball)
- Sweet Roseanne (Bright Light Quartet)
- Sink 'Em Low (Bessie Jones)
- Dollar Mamie (Ed Lewis, Leader; with prisoners)
- I Wonder Will We Meet Again? (Rev. Crenshaw & congregation)
- Poor Wayfaring Stranger (Almeda Riddle)
- Testimony (I.D. Beck)
- Guide Me O Thou Great Jehobah (Ike Caudill, leader The Thornton Old Regular Baptist Church Congregation)
- The Last Words Of Copernicus (Scared Harp singers)
- The Gospel Train (Belleville A Capella Choir)
- Beulah Land (John Davis & Bessie Jones)
- It Just Suits Me (Hobart Smith & Bessie Jones)

McDowell track rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collin

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Rounder CD 1701
621997Southern Journey, Vol. 3
61 Highway Mississippi


- Louisiana - Henry Ratcliff
- Jim and John - Ed Young / Lonnie Young Sr.

- 61 Highway Blues - Fred McDowell
- Stewball - Ed Lewis & Prisoners
- Po' Boy Blues - John Dudley
- God's Unchanging Hand - Anderson Burton & Congregation

- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning - Fred McDowell
- Emmaline, Take Your Time - Sidney Hemphill / Lucius Smith
- I'm Gonna Live Anyhow 'Till I Die - Miles Pratcher / Bob Pratcher
- Little Sally Walker - Mattie Gardner / Ida Mae Towns
- Old Devil's Dream - Sidney Hemphill / Lucius Smith
- Rolled And Tumbled - Rose Hemphill
- Mama Lucy - Leroy Gary

- Soon One Mornin' (Death Come A-Creepin' In) - Fred McDowell
- I'm Goin' Home - Ervin Webb & Prisoners
- Interview - Ervin Webb

- Fred McDowell's Blues - Fred McDowell / Miles Pratcher
- Tryin' to Make Heaven My Home - Viola James & Congregation
- Berta, Berta - Leroy Miller with Hoe Group

- Germany Blues - Fred McDowell
- Clarksdale Mill Blues - John Dudley
- If It's All Night Long - Miles Pratcher / Bob Pratcher

- Lord Have Mercy - Fred McDowell
- Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby - Mrs. Sidney Carter

McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collin

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Rounder CD 1703
631997Southern Journey, Vol. 6
Sheep, Sheep, Don'tcha Know the Road?

Southern Music, Sacred and Sinful

Sheep, Sheep Don'tcha Know The Road (Bessie Jones and the Sea Island Singers)
- The Juice Of The Forbidden Fruit (Neil Morris)
- Devil's Dream (Hobart Smith)
- You Got Dimples In Your Jaws (Willie Jones & others)
- Drunken HHiccups (Hobart Smith)

- You Done Tol' Everrybody (Fred McDowell)
- The House Carpenter (Almeda Riddle)
- Straighten 'Em (Bright Light Quartet)
- Corn Dodgers (Neil Morris)

- I Wished I Was In Heaven (DenisGardner, Mattie Gardner & Fred McDowell)
- Tribulations (Estil C. Ball, Lacey Richardson)
- No Room At The Inn / The Last Month Of THe Year (Vera Ward Hall)

- My Mother Died And Left Me (James Shorty & Fred McDowell)
- Buttermilk (Miles Pratcher & Bob Pratcher)
- The Prayer Wheel (Bright Light Quarter)
- Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (Ike Caudill and Congregation of Mt. Oliver Old Regular Baptist Church)

McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collin

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Rounder CD 1706
641997Fred McDowell
Portraits: The First Recordings


- Going Down The River
- 61 Highway
- Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
- When The Train Comes Along
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Worried Mind
- Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus
- You Done Told Everybody
- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
- What's The Matter Now?
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (instrumental)
- You're Gonna Be Sorry

rec. 1959 by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins

notes by Matthew Barton
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Rounder CD 1718
651998Mississippi Fred McDowell: Shake 'Em On Down

- Shake 'Em On Down
- Louise
- My Babe
- Waves Of Water
- Kokomo Blues
- 61 Highway
- Red Cross Store Blues
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- Evil Hearted Woman
- I Asked For Whiskey, She Brought Me Gasoline
- Standing At The Burying Ground
- Glory Hallelujah
- Write Me A Few Lines
- My Baby Done Me Wrong
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Culture Press CD 1003
661998Down Home Slide

- That's All Right - Robert Nighthawk
- I Know She Didn't Love Me - John Henry Barbee

- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed - Mississippi Fred McDowell, Annie Mae McDowell #
- Roll Me Over Slow - Big Joe Williams
- Everything Gonna Be Alright - Robert Nighthawk
- John Henry - Elijah Brown
- Jackson Town Eddie Taylor
- Mad & Evil - George Coleman
- I'm On My Way To Canaan Land - Blind Connie Williams
- Which Way My Baby Go - Big Joe Williams
- Hoodoo Snake Doctor Blues - Johnny Shines
- Slidin' - John Littlejohn
- Walk On, Little Girl - Big Joe Williams
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home -Arthur Weston
- Anna Lee - Robert Nighthawk
- Sweet Home Chicago - David Honeyboy Edwards

- I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- My Lonesome Bed - Big Joe Williams
- Key To The Highway - Blind Connie Williams


McDowell tracks rec. February 6, 1966 in Chicago; Fred McDowell, voc, g; # Annie Mae McDowell, voc

Testament CD 6009
672000Mississippi Fred McDowell Live At The Gaslight

disc 1
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Fred's Worried Blues
- Jesus Is On The Mainline
- Mercy
- When The Saints Go Marchin' In
- Someday Baby
- The Lovin' Blues
- You Got To Move
- White Lightnin'
- Louise
- Baby Please Don't Go

disc 1
- Goin' To The River (Carry My Rocking Chair)
- Shake 'Em On Down
- 61 Highway
- John Henry
- My Babe
- I'm Crazy 'Bout You Baby
- Red Cross Store
- Levee Camp Blues
- Good Mornin' Little Schoolgirl
- Don't Mistreat Nobody (Cause You Got A Few Dimes)
- Get Right Church
- Good Night (Spoken Outro)

rec. November 5, 1971 at the Gaslight, New York City; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Tom Pomposello, b or 2nd g; digitally remastered by Anton Glovsky

two-CD set
notes by Mark Humphry
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Grapeshot / Live Archive
CD GRR 1001
682001The Best Of Mississippi Fred McDowell

- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- Do My Baby Ever Think Of Me
- Levee Camp Blues
- When The Saints Go Marching In
- My Bottleneck
- Fred's Worried Life Blues
- Kokomo Blues
- Meet Me Down In Froggy Bottom
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Going Away
- Won't Be Gone Long
- I Wish I Was In Heaven Sittin' Down
- Fred's Rambling Blues
- I Looked At The Sun
- You Gatta Move
- My Baby
- Intro: Shake 'Em On Down / Louise

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Arhoolie CD 501

Arhoolie discography

692003Mississippi Fred McDowell: Heritage Of The Blues

- Waiting For My Baby
- The Girl I'm Loving
- Going Down South, Carry My Whip
- Goin' Over The Hill
- Diving Duck Blues
- My Baby Don't Treat Me Like Human Kind
- Jim Steam Killed Lula
- Just A Little More Faith
- Down On Dankin's Farm
- Pea Vine Special
- You Got To Move
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning

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Hightone HCD 8151
702003The Very Best Of Mississippi Fred McDowell
Heroes of the Blues series

- Write Me A Few Lines
- Louise
- My Baby
- You Gotta Move
- Kokomo Blues
- Red Cross Store
- 61 Highway
- Get Right, Church
- Pea Vine Special
- Trouble Everywhere I Go
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
- Shake ĎEm On Down
- On The Frisco Line
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed
- Drop Down Mama
- Iíve Been Drinking Water Out Of A Hollow Log
notes by Frank Scott
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Shout Factory DK 30256<
712003The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1

- Shake For Me - Howlin' Wolf (196)
- I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush (196)
- Another Night To Cry - Lonnie Johnson (196)
- Women Be Wise - Sippie Wallace (196)
- Everyday I Have The Blues - Memphis Slim (196)
- Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong - T-Bone Walker (196)
- Hoodoo Man Blues - Junior Wells (196)
- Black Snake Blues - Victoria Spivey (196)
- Mojo Hand - Lightnin' Hopkins (196)
- My Younger Days - Sonny Boy Williamson (196)
- Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
(196)
- Going Down To The River - Mississippi Fred McDowell (196)
- Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues - Willie Dixon (196)
- Nine Below Zero - Sonny Boy Williamson (196)
- Love Me Darlin' - Howlin' Wolf (196)
- Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters (196)


notes by Rob Bowman
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Hip-O CD 1003
71a2003Alan Lomax - Blues Songbook

disc: 1
- Goin' Down The River - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Rolled And Tumbled - Rosalie Hill
- Cherry Ball Blues - Jack Owens & Bud Spires
- Dust My Broom - Howlin' Wolf
- Boogie Children - Joe Lee
- Stagolee - Lucious Curtis
- Stop All The Buses - Cecil Augusta
- Worried Life Blues - David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
- The Pony Blues - Son House
- Tangle Eye Blues - Walter 'Tangle Eye' Jackson
- Trouble So Hard - Vera Ward Hall
- Worried Blues - Sonny Terry
- Beggin' The Blues - Bessie Jones
- John Henry - Gabriel Brown
- Country Blues - Dock Boggs
- Cherry Ball Blues - Skip James
- I Hate A Man Like You - Jelly Roll Morton
- Roll 'Em - Pete Johnson
- Kokomo - The Memphis Jug Band
- Life Is Like That - Big Bill Broonzy


disc: 2
- I Could Hear My Name A Ringin' - Big Bill Broonzy
- Dimples In Your Jaws - Joe Lee
- Catfish Blues - Jack Owens & Bud Spires<
- Kill-It-Kid Rag - Blind Willie McTell
- You're Gonna Need My Help - Elinor Boyer
- The Army Blues - David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
- Blues De La Prison - Canray Fontenot
- I Been Drinnkin' - Vera Ward Hall
- I Been A Bad, Bad Girl - Ozella Jones
- I Be's Troubled - Muddy Waters
- Boogie Instrumental - R.L. Burnside
- Blind Lemon Blues - Lead Belly
- Sweet Patootie Blues - Albert Ammons
- The Last Time - Sam Chatmon
- Shorty George - Smith Casey
- Desert Blues - Hattie Ellis
- Joe Turner - Hobart Smith
- Joe Turner - Miles
- Joe Turner - Big Bill Broonzy
- See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Hobart Smith
- How Long Blues - Sonny Terry


2 CD set

Rounder CD 1866
722006Mississippi Fred McDowell: London Calling

- 61 Highway
- Red Cross Store
- When I Lay My Burden Down (with Jo Ann Kelly)
- Evil Hearted Woman
- I Asked For Whiskey, She Brought Me Gasoline
- Standing At The Burying Ground
- Glory Hallelujah
- Write Me A Few Lines
- My Baby Done Me Wrong
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Louise
- My Babe
- Waves Of The Water
- Kokomo
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Snapper SBLUECD035
732007An Introduction to Mississippi Fred McDowell

- Good Morning Little School Girl
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Levee Camp Blues
- You Gotta Move
- 61 Highway
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Como
- John Henry
- Kokomo Blues
- Someday
- The Train I Ride
- Going Down the River
- AIn't Gonna Worry My Life No More
- Louise
- I Asked For Whiskey, She Gave Me Gasoline
- My Baby Done Me Wrong
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Fuel 2000 061690
742010Mississippi Fred McDowell: Come and Found You Gone
The Bill Ferris Recordings

- Big Fat Mama, Meat Shakin' On Her Bones
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Find My Suitcase
- Letter From Hot Springs
- John Henry
- Hello Darling What Have I Done?
- Dream I Went To The U.N. #
- The Boogie
- Little Red Rooster
- Get Right Church
- Death Came In
- Dialogue []
- I Got Religion []
- Come And Found You Gone []
- Where Could I Go? []
- You Gonna Meet King Jesus []
- Interview with Bill Ferris

rec. August 1967 by Bill Ferris; Fred McDowell, voc, g; [] Annie Mae McDowell, voc; Napoleon Strickland, hca; # unidentified musician, voc
notes by
Bill Ferris, Luther
Dickinson & Vincent Joos
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Devil Down Records
752010Been Here All My Days

- Who's Gonna Be Your Man - John Lee Ziegler
- Bullying Well - Rosa Lee Hill

- Shake 'Em On Down - Fred McDowell
- What Makes Grandma Love Grandpa - Jimmy Lee Williams
- Old Country Rock #1 - James Davis
- Big Road Blues - Houston Stackhouse
- Search Me Lord - James Shorter

- Home Going - Jessie Mae Hemphill
- Georgia Buck - Precious Bryant
- Country Blues - Joe Callicott
- Rabbit On A Log - Lonzie Thomas
- Trouble Brought Me Down - Greeb Paschal
- Good Morning Judge - Furry Lewis
- Hold My Body Down - Robert Johnson


"selections from the George Mitchell archive"

Mississippi MR-064
762011Mississippi Fred McDowell: Downhome Blues 1959

disc 1
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- When You Get Home, Write Me A Few Lines
- Drop Down Mama
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Fred McDowell's Blues
- Goin' Down To The River
- You Gonna Be Sorry
- You Done Tol' Everybody
- Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus
- Soon One Mornin'
- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
- Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
- Germany Blues
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Freight Train Blues
- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
- Been Drinkin' Water Out Of A Hollow Log
- I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
- 61 Highway Blues
- Lord Have Mercy
- Worried Man
- What's The Matter Now
- Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (instr)

disc 2
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Shake 'Em On Down
John Dudley
- Cool Water Blues
- Po' Boy Blues
- Clarksdale Mill Blues
Lonnie Young / Ed Young
- Jim And John
- Hen Duck
- Chevrolet
- Oree
- Sittin' On Top Of The World
Miles Pratcher & Bob Pratcher
- All Night Long
- I'm Gonna Live Anyhow 'Til I Die
- Buttermilk
Forrest City Joe
- Levee Camp Reminiscence
- Train Time
- Red Cross Store
- You Gotta Cut That Out
- Stop Breaking Down
- Drink On Little Girl
- She Lived Her Life Too Fast
- She Don't Love Me That Way
- Forrest City Jump
Joe Lee
- Boogie Children
- Joe Lee's Rock
- You Got Dimples In Your Jaw


Mississippi Fred McDowell tracks rec. September 21, 1959 in Como, MS by Alan Lomax with the assistance of Shirley Collins
2 CD set

JSP JSPCD 4227


more Fred McDowell on Anthologies, Compilations, Samplers: www.allmusic.com

 

 
Mississippi Fred McDowell tribute albums
#year
of release
artist / title of songs label # / notes
1200?Preachin' The Blues - Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell

- Get Right Church - Paul Geremia
- 61 Highway - Charlie Musselwhite
- Kokomo Blues - Anders Osborne
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning - Colleen Sexton
- You Gotta Move - Brian Stoltz
- Train I Ride - Tab Benoit
- I Heard Somebody Call - David Maxwell
- Frisco Line - Sue Foley
- Fred's Worried Life Blues - Kenny Neal
- I Rolled & I Tumbled - Steve James
- That's Alright - Johnny Sansone
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Scott Holt
notes by Steve James
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Telarc CD-83536

www.telarc.com

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Keith Briggs: Fred McDowell on CD.- Blues & Rhythm 106 (1996), p. 14-15
- Bob Eagle & Eric S. LeBlanc: Blues - A Regional Experience.- Santa Barbara (Praeger Publishers) 2013, p. 
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, p. 366-368, 603
- Robert Ford: A Blues Bibliography, 2nd Edition (Routledge Music Bibliographies) 2007, p. 
- http://www.ionet.net/~tslade/fred.htm
- http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads/blues/f/mcdowell.htm
- eBay auctions
- various internet resources

source of left column picture: Front cover of Arhoolie F-1027; photographer: Jim Marshall

thanks to Alan Balfour, Snežana Lažarević, Guillaume Guerin, Scott Barretta, Brad Barrett and Tony Russell for additional info / scans

 

F R E D   M c D O W E L L   post mortem 1972; photographer: William Eggleston William Eggleston; photographer:
Fred McDowell post mortem 1972photographer: William Eggleston

 

F R E D   M c D O W E L L's original tombstone, now located in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS; source: www.roadfan.com/missfred.html
Fred McDowell's original tombstone
now located in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS
source: www.roadfan.com/missfred.html

 

F R E D   M c D O W E L L's new tombstone at Hammond Hill Baptist Church cemetery (front); source: www.deadbluesguys.com/dbgtour/mcdowell_fred.htm Fred McDowell's new tombstone at Hammond Hill Baptist Church cemetery (back); source: www.waltergraylewis.com/blues-trail.html
Fred McDowell's new tombstone at Hammond Hill Baptist Church cemetery

sources: www.deadbluesguys.com/dbgtour/mcdowell_fred.htm (front)
www.waltergraylewis.com/blues-trail.html (back)

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