Wednesday, September 15, 2010

V/A - Last Kind Words (2006)

Last Kind Words was put out by the record store-turned-label Mississippi Records (out of Portland, OR) and compiles assorted blues recordings from 1926-1953. Kind of a survey, it fills in the gaps between the better known baby boomer-lauded blues, but more so, is just chock full of beautiful music. It's the record that introduced me to Blind Willie McTell's duets with his wife Kate, and the monster of a title track that is like nothing else and my trump card for anyone griping about blues formula.

The label's whole aesthetic is rock solid, with this record as testament-- album cover by Chris Johansen and this handsome label.

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