Monday, January 16, 2023

VA - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [2006] + The Return of the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [2012] (4 x CDs)


VA - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [2006]  + The Return of the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [2012] (4 x CDs)

VA - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [2006]           For anyone who's collected 78-rpm records, enjoyed Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, or expressed interest in the great missing old-time and blues records of yesteryear, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of will be the Holy Grail. Whereas it isn't unusual for Yazoo to place a rarity on a new collection by Blind Blake or Blind Lemon Jefferson, this two-disc collection -- all 46 cuts -- is a testament to rarities. Perhaps the best-known (to a general old-time/blues audience) performer here is Son House, and the collection includes recordings of "Mississippi County Farm Blues" and "Clarksdale Moan." Others might be familiar with Dock Boggs ("Old Rub Alcohol Blues"), Ken Maynard ("Sweet Betsey from Pike"), and the Memphis Jug Band ("Jim Strainer Blues"). Incredibly, several of these tracks were recorded as test pressings and never officially released, meaning that as far as the recording industry is concerned, they don't exist. It's probable that all of the fuss made over this collection of rarities will make little sense to folks who don't spend all of their spare money and time hunting down 78-rpm records, and there's a point here. If you don't know that a certain item is rare, you won't value it in the same way a collector might. In this sense, one CD filled with scratchy old recordings is as good as another. But even for those who might not understand why they should be excited by The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, the collection nonetheless holds up as good old-time folk and blues, and expense-wise, Yazoo always offers lots of quality music for one's money. As an added bonus the cover art and inside cartoon has been put together by none other than Robert Crumb, a record collector and one-time string band performer himself. (AllMusic review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.)

VA- The Return of the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of [2012] (Var bit rate) The sequel to The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of visits the same 1920s era, a time when the recording industry was in its infancy, and labels tended to record any performer who had anything that might stick to the wall, regionally or otherwise. That approach, followed before anything like pop market research was even a glimmer of an idea, means that '20s music was all over the map, with street singers, mountain string bands, maverick fiddlers, musical preachers, banjo players, harp blowers, jug bands, and all manner of blues players getting their shot at putting 78s out there in the world. Like the first installment, this volume carries both familiar names (Charley Patton, Bukka White, Uncle Dave Macon) and the not-so-familiar, and that variety is part of this set's massive charm. Pop music culture in America starts with recordings like the ones collected here. (AllMusic review by Steve Leggett)

A very kind thank you to Gummo for providing Volume 2 of this set. 


Pt.1     Pt.2 


Track list

Vol.01 CD1

01 Freeny's Barn Dance Band Croquet Habits 3:09

02 Son House Mississippi Country Farm Blues 2:50

03 Georgia Pot Lickers Up Jumped The Rabbit 2:40

04 Memphis Minnie & Joe Mccoy I'm Going Back Home 2:49

05 Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles Fightin' In The War With Spain 3:17

06 John Byrd Old Timbrook Blues 3:26

07 Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers A Little Talk With Jesus 2:50

08 Tommy Johnson Slidin' Delta 3:12

09 Three Stripped Gears Alabama Blues 3:12

10 Jack Gowdlock Rollin' Dough Blues 2:55

11 Kentucky Ramblers Ginseng Blues 2:51

12 Ollis Martin Police And High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down 3:05

13 Roy Harvey & Jess Johnston & The West Virginia Ramblers John Hardy Blues 3:19

14 Long "cleeve" Reed & Little Harvey Hull The Down Home Boys, Original Stack O' Lee Blues 2:43

15 Amedie Ardoin & Dennis Mcgee Two Step De La Prairie Soileau 2:56

16 Andrew & Jim Baxter Operator Blues 3:27

17 J.D. Harris The Grey Eagle 3:10

18 Memphis Jug Band Jim Strainer Blues 3:23

19 Grayson County Railsplitters Ain't That Troule In Mind 3:01

20 Dock Boggs Old Rub Alcohol Blues 3:08

21 Jaybird Coleman Mistreatin' Mama 3:07

22 Henry Whitter It's A Rough Road To Georgia 2:54

23 Rev B.l. Wightman; Lottie Kimbrough & Congregation Live The Life 2:56

Vol.01 CD2

01 Yank Rachel; Sleepy John Estes & Jab Jones Sweet Mama 3:04

02 Crowder Brothers We All Love Mother 2:35

03 Son House Clarksdale Moan 2:59

04 Ashley & Foster Bull Dog Sal 2:57

05 Jesse "babyface" Thomas Down In Texas Blues 3:13

06 Georgia Pot Lickers Chicken Don't Roost Too High 2:54

07 William Harris I'm Leavin' Town (But I Sho' Don't Wanna Go) 3:07

08 Asa Martin & Roy Hobbs Wild Cat Rag 3:21

09 King Soloman Hill Whoopee Blues 3:09

10 Chubby Parker Davey Crockett 3:11

11 Geeshie Wiley Skinny Leg Blues 3:15

12 Sweet Brothers I'm Goona Marry That Pretty Little Girl 3:03

13 Blind Roosevelt Graves & Uaroy Graves I Shall Not Be Moved 3:07

14 Smith & Irvine Lonesome Road Blues 3:16

15 Luke Jordon If I Call You Mama 3:15

16 Grayson & Whitter My Mind Is To Marry 3:08

17 Osey Helton Green River 2:59

18 Lottie Kimbrough Don't Speak To Me 2:35

19 Wade Ward Married Man's Blues 2:45

20 Ken Maynard Sweet Betsey From Pike 3:38

21 Jaybird Coleman Boll Weevil 3:04

22 Bill Shepherd; Hayes Shepherd & Ed Webb Bound Steel Blues 3:07

23 Middle Georgia Singing Convention #1 Bells Of Love 2:48

Vol.02 CD1

01 Alex Hood & His Railroad Boys L And N Rag 2:35

02 Hambone Willie Newburn Roll And Tumble Blues 3:00

03 Appalachia Vagabond (hayes Shepherd) Hard For To Love 3:12

04 Washington (bukka) White The Panama Limited 3:11

05 Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers John Henry Blues 3:14

06 Geeshie Wiley Last Kind Words Blues 3:01

07 Carter Brothers & Son Old Jaw Bone 3:06

08 B.f. Shelton Oh Molly Dear 3:02

09 Charley Patton High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1 3:04

10 Ernest Stoneman Feat. Kahle Brewer Lonesome Road Blues 3:01

11 Ishman Bracey Woman Woman Blues 3:26

12 Fiddling Powers & Family Old Molly Hair 2:48

13 Ashley’s Melody Men Bath House Blues 2:51

14 Dennis Mcgee Feat. Sady Courville Mon Chere Bebe Creole 2:46

15 Willie Walker Dupree Blues 3:27

16 Packie Dolan & His Boys Irish Girl/Blue Breeches 3:12

17 Cartwright Brothers Texas Ranger 3:12

18 L.o. Birkhead Feat. A.e. Ward Robinson County 3:04

19 Robert Wilkins That's No Way To Get Along 2:52

20 Lewis Brothers Bull At The Wagon 2:43

21 Karola Stocha Feat. S. Bachleda Koscieliska 3:01

22 Fruit Jar Guzzlers Stack-O-Lee 3:15

23 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers Sail Away Ladies 3:01

Vol.02 CD2

01 Mississippi Possum Hunters The Last Shot Got Him 2:44

02 George Edgin’s Corn Dodgers My Ozark Mountain Home 3:13

03 Henry Thomas Charmin Betsey 3:03

04 Charlie Poole Feat. The North Carolina Ramblers Milwaukee Blues 3:16

05 Eck Robertson & Family Texas Wagoner 3:00

06 Joe Evans Feat. Arthur Mcclain Two White Horses 2:47

07 Leo Soileau Feat. Mayuse Lafleur Basile Waltz 2:50

08 Lottie Kimbrough Rolling Log Blues 3:17

09 Luke Hignight & His Ozark Strutters Fort Smith Breakdown 2:45

10 Carver Boys Tim Brook 3:11

11 Blind Willie Johnson Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed 3:16

12 Furry Lewis Billy Lyons And Stack O'lee 2:38

13 J.p. Nester Feat. Norman Edmonds Train On The Island 3:00

14 Tommy Johnson Lonesome Home Blues 3:07

15 Orkiestra Majkuta Wsciekla Polka 2:54

16 Lulu Jackson Little Rosewood Casket 3:02

17 E. Mullaney Feat. P. Stack Maid In A Cherry Tree 3:07

18 Elder Golden P. Harris I'll Lead A Christian Life 3:14

19 Fiddling Sam Long Seneca Square Dance 2:51

20 Blind Blake Sun To Sun Blues 3:22

21 Blue Ridge Mountain Singers The Letter That Never Came 3:11

22 Charley Patton Some These Days I'll Be Gone 3:13

23 Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers I'm A Long Time Traveling Away From Home 2:57




  1. Whoa! Fun stuff! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Hi BlueNote Cyberstar.
      A very interesting set.

  2. Hey, BB! I just went over to Amazon and bought The Return... for you and all your great readers! Seems like the least I can do for all you've done for me! Here's a link to The Return, please feel free to display it more prominently if you want.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Oops. Gone. Will retry layer.

    3. Thank you very much, Gummo.
      It was very kind of you and truly appreciated. BTW your link (above) worked fine for me.
      I will add it to this page after I review it.

    4. Gummo, very kind of you. Link worked via my cell. Thanks mate.

  3. Good Work, here are some squared up covers:

    1. Thank you, sanskritter.
      A kind gesture indeed. Appreciated.

  4. Replies
    1. Hi lemonflag.
      Gummo kindness is truly appreciated.
      He didn't have to do that, but I am really pleased he did. I put a lot of work into this site so when someone does what Gummo did it validates that others are enjoying it too.
      Really good of you to acknowledge Gummo as well.

  5. That R. Crumb album art alone draws me in. Lol. Love him.

    1. Robert Crumb art is amazing.
      Here is some more Robert Crumb for you.

    2. Holy Crumb!! Butter, you reign supreme! This was a total shock/surprise mate. Not only do you please aurally, but also the visual synapses, lol.
      Thanks so much.
      - D

  6. Great to have the two Vols....Thanks guys