Saturday, July 2, 2022

VA - When the Sun Goes Down, The Secret History of Rock & Roll [2002] (4 x CD's)



VA - When the Sun Goes Down, The Secret History of Rock & Roll [2002] (4 x CD's)

Superb sound quality and sheer entertainment value make this a series by which other musical retrospectives should be measured. Over four discs (available individually as well as in this limited-edition set), the expansive selection of blues-based music from the RCA-Bluebird vaults celebrates artistry that still sounds vital 50 years after it was recorded. Among the highlights are such seminal recordings as "Catfish Blues" by Robert Petway (which Muddy Waters would transform into "Rolling Stone"), "Canned Heat Blues" by Tommy Johnson, "Sweet Little Angel" by Tampa Red (later a signature tune for B.B. King), and "That's All Right" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (which ignited a rock & roll revolution in Elvis Presley's hands). Every cut seems to have been chosen with care, and some of the more obscure rank with the greatest delights: "Memphis" Minnie McCoy's "Selling My Pork Chops" and Washboard Sam's "Soap and Water Blues." As a blues anthology that surveys the roots of rock & roll, the set omits many of the biggest names (who recorded for other labels) and goes lightly on the 12-bar, guitar-driven style that flourished in Chicago after World War II. Yet the variety and vigor of the offerings should strike a responsive chord with casual fan and blues aficionado alike. (Amazon)




Track lists


01 Robert Petway Catfish Blues 2:54

02 Big Joe Williams Baby, Please Don't Go 3:25

03 Leadbelly Ham An' Eggs 3:01

04 Big Bill Broonzy Mississippi River Blues 2:43

05 Trixie Butler Just A Good Woman Through With The Blues 2:44

06 Milton Brown And His Musical Brownies Garbage Man Blues 2:46

07 Bukka "Washington" White The Panama Limited 3:15

08 Tommy Johnson Cool Drink Of Water Blues 3:35

09 Leadbelly The Midnight Special 3:09

10 Carter Family Worried Man Blues 2:47

11 Amede Ardoin And Denus Mcgee Les Blues De Voyage 2:57

12 Andrew And Jim Baxter K. C. Railroad Blues 3:32

13 Rev. J. M. Gates Somebody's Been Stealin' 2:50

14 Alberta Hunter Beale Street Blues 3:18

15 Noah Lewis Devil In The Wood Pile 2:57

16 Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers Walk Right In 2:59

17 Julius Daniels Ninety-Nine Year Blues 3:06

18 Bessie Tucker Got Cut All To Pieces 3:29

19 Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers Feather Bed 3:19

20 Julius Daniels Can't Put A Bridle On That Mule This Morning 3:27

21 Deford Bailey Davidson County Blues 3:24

22 Frank Crumit Frankie And Johnny 3:22

23 Taskiana Four Dixie Bo-Bo 3:04

24 Paul Robeson Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 3:04

25 Hall Johnson Choir St. Louis Blues 3:55


01 Victoria Spivey Telephoning The Blues 3:12

02 Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers Viola Lee Blues 3:12

03 Genevieve Davis Haven't Got A Dollar To Pay Your House Rent Man 3:32

04 Ishman Bracey Saturday Blues 3:31

05 Jim Jackson When I Woke Up This Morning She Was Gone 3:16

06 Tommy Johnson Canned Heat Blues 3:39

07 Blind Willie Mctell Statesboro Blues 2:36

08 Memphis Jug Band Stealin', Stealin' 2:59

09 Furry Lewis Judge Harsh Blues 3:06

10 Edna Winston Rent Man Blues 3:06

11 Harris & Harris I Don't Care What You Say 2:49

12 Lizzie Miles I Hate A Man Like You 3:29

13 Frank Stokes Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do - Part 1 3:20

14 Sippie Wallace I'm A Mighty Tight Woman 2:54

15 Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel #9 2:42

16 Sleepy John Estes The Girl I Love, She Got Long, Curly Hair 2:59

17 Mccoy & Johnson Don't Want No Woman 3:16

18 Memphis Jug Band Cocaine Habit Blues 2:52

19 Blind Willie Reynolds Married Woman Blues 3:20

20 Jimmie Davis Red Nightgown Blues 3:01

21 Mississippi Matilda Hardworking Woman 2:55

22 Bo Carter Doubled Up In A Knot 2:54

23 Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah If You Want Me, Baby 2:45

24 Little Brother Montgomery The First Time I Met The Blues 2:51

25 Mississippi Sheiks Sales Tax 3:05


01 Sam Theard That's Chicago's South Side 2:52

02 Peetie Wheatstraw Peetie Wheatstraw Blues 3:18

03 Roosevelt Sykes Devil's Island Gin Blues 3:02

04 Amos Easton Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On 3:19

05 Joe Pullum Black Gal, What Makes Your Head So Hard? 3:30

06 Lil Johnson I Lost My Baby 2:52

07 Big Bill Broonzy Keep Your Hands Off Her 2:53

08 Leroy Carr When The  Sun Goes Down 2:58

09 Memphis Minnie Mccoy Selling My Pork Chops 2:54

10 Pine Top Sparks Every Day I Have The Blues 3:09

11 Walter Davis Sweet Sixteen 2:51

12 Meade Lux Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues 3:00

13 Richard M. Jones Trouble In Mind 2:42

14 Merline Johnson He Roars Like A Lion 3:24

15 Robert Lee Mccoy Prowling Night Hawk 3:05

16 Sonny Boy Williamson Good Morning School Girl 3:01

17 Speckled Red Trio You Got To Fix It 3:14

18 Washboard Sam Bucket's Got A Hole In It 2:44

19 Tommy Mcclennan Bottle It Up And Go 2:48

20 Bill 'jazz' Gillum Key To The Highway 2:40

21 Tampa Red Don't You Lie To Me 2:59

22 Johnny Temple What Is That She Got 2:56

23 St. Louis Jimmy Oden Going Down Slow 3:13

24 James 'yank' Rachel Hobo Blues 3:20

25 Lonnie Johnson He's A Jelly Roll Baker 3:15


01 Doctor Clayton Pearl Harbor Blues 3:05

02 Five Breezes My Buddy Blues 2:51

03 Big Maceo Worried Life Blues 2:57

04 Cats & A Fiddle I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water 2:50

05 Memphis Slim Grinder Man Blues 3:09

06 Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons Walkin' The Boogie 2:52

07 Lil Green Why Don't You Do Right 3:00

08 Robert Lockwood Little Boy Blue 3:06

09 Doctor Clayton Angels In Harlem 3:07

10 Sunnyland Slim Illinois Blues 3:16

11 Eddie Boyd Chicago Is Just That Way 2:53

12 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's All Right 2:56

13 Henry "Red" Allen Get The Mop 2:46

14 Jazz Gillum Look On Yonder Wall 3:09

15 Roosevelt Sykes Trio Anytime Is The Right Time 3:16

16 Tampa Red When Things Go Wrong With You 3:03

17 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Dust My Broom 2:39

18 Washboard Sam Soap And Water Blues 3:09

19 Piano Red Rockin' With Red 2:34

20 Tampa Red Sweet Little Angel 3:00

21 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup My Baby Left Me 2:24

22 Johnny Moore's Three Blazers How Blue Can You Get 3:05

23 Piano Red Right String, But The Wrong Yo-Yo 2:42

24 Sonny Terry Ride And Roll 2:35

25 Little Richard Get Rich Quick 2:15




  1. Brilliant.....

    Its all there....everything we have listeneed to since.


    1. Thanks Stephen.
      This is a truly great set to listen to over and over.

  2. Replies
    1. You're welcome, Aussie.
      This sett is a winner.

  3. Thank you! I had a copy of this years ago, when I was still burning everything to CD, VERY happy to get a new digital copy - great stuff!

    1. Hi Gummo,
      It a set we all should have. I am glad you are happy to get this music again.