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San Francisco Bay Blues: The Jesse Fuller Collection 1954-61
San Francisco Bay Blues: The Jesse Fuller Collection 1954-61

Jesse Fuller
Styles: Blues, Folk
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3298
Jesse Fuller was an extraordinary and unique blues and folk performer, born in Georgia in 1896, who was an itinerant worker and performer until settled in Oakland, California in 1929. He was an accomplished guitarist but had never made a living as a musician, working on railroads and in shipyards and steelworks through to the 1950s. He became a highly individual street performer, equipping himself as a one-man-band by playing a harmonica and kazoo slung round his neck plus a hand-built pedal operated bass he called a ‘fotdella’, and called himself “The Lone Cat”. He made his first recordings in 1954 for the small, family-run World Song label, which included what would become his most famous composition “San Francisco Bay Blues”, which has since been performed and recorded by dozens of artists, notably Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. This great-value 43-track 2-CD set comprises just about all of the songs he recorded and which were released during this era on the albums “Working On The Railroad” for World Song, “Frisco Bound!” on the Cavalier label, and “Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals & Blues” and “Sings And Plays Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals & Blues” for Good Time Jazz, plus a single for Good Time Jazz. It’s a marvellous showcase for his remarkable talent as a musician, songwriter performer and raconteur who proved highly influential on later luminaries both within and beyond the blues spectrum.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Railroad Worksong Jesse Fuller
2 Lining Up The Tracks Jesse Fuller
3 John Henry Jesse Fuller
4 Railroad Blues Jesse Fuller
5 San Francisco Bay Blues Jesse Fuller
6 Hanging 'Round A Skin Game Jesse Fuller
7 Leavin' Memphis Frisco Bound Jesse Fuller
8 Got A Date Half Past Eight Jesse Fuller
9 Hump In My Back    Jesse Fuller
10 Flavor In My Cream Jesse Fuller
11 Finger Twister Jesse Fuller
12 Just Like A Ship On The Deep Blue Sea Jesse Fuller
13 Motherless Children Jesse Fuller
14 Amazing Grace    Jesse Fuller
15 Hark From The Tomb Jesse Fuller
16 As Long As I Can Feel The Spirit Jesse Fuller
17 Cincinnati Blues Jesse Fuller
18 Just A Closer Walk With Thee Jesse Fuller
19 Take This Hammer Jesse Fuller
20 Linin' Track Jesse Fuller
21 Tiger Rag    Jesse Fuller
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 I'm Going To Meet My Lovin' Mother Jesse Fuller
2 Memphis Boogie Jesse Fuller
3 Raise A Ruckus Jesse Fuller
4 Bye And Bye Jesse Fuller
5 Fingerbuster Jesse Fuller
6 Stagolee Jesse Fuller
7 99 Years Jesse Fuller
8 Hesitation Blues  Jesse Fuller
9 San Francisco Bay Blues Jesse Fuller The Amazing One Man Band
10 Jesse's New Midnight Special Jesse Fuller The Amazing One Man Band
11 Leavin' Memphis Frisco Bound    Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
12 Take It Slow And Easy Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
13 The Monkey And The Engineer    Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
14 New Corrine Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
15 Guitar Blues Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
16 Runnin' Wild Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
17 Hey Hey Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
18 In That Great Land Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
19 The Way You Treat Me Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
20 Down Home Waltz Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
21 Beat It On Down The Line    Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
22 Buck And Wing Jesse Fuller "The Lone Cat"
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