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How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Hard Times and Live?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:33 am
by NormanD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBJesvXTYVw

I was given a copy of the Dust To Digital book/CD of the complete Washington Phillips recordings. It's a great set, with clear restorations, and well worth buying.

D2D haven't put a track up on UTube, so here's one of their earlier sets instead from old time fiddle/singer Blind Alfred Reed with a song that Ry Cooder brought to wider popularity on one of his early LPs.

Re: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Hard Times and Live?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:57 am
by Adam Blake
I have bought one as a birthday present for... someone we know whose birthday is near the end of the month.

Re: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Hard Times and Live?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:07 pm
by NormanD
The Washington Phillips or the Alfred Reed? I first heard the former in 1968 on a Paul Oliver compiled blues LP. This track, "Denomination Blues" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOX9-k ... oOX9-kcv7g

For all the great music to have come out in 1968, 'Screening The Blues' is still the one I remember best https://www.discogs.com/Various-Screeni ... se/4423488

Ry Cooder later revived this tune. He had an excellent taste for American roots music.

Sister Rosetta also covered the gospel song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9bX5mzdihs She sings it with rocking joy and an underlying threat. You'd better believe her now.....

And does anyone else remember the time when you weren't meant to use the word 'hell' in refined company? Maybe many still don't.

Re: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Hard Times and Live?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:25 pm
by Adam Blake
NormanD wrote:The Washington Phillips or the Alfred Reed? .


The Washington Phillips.

Re: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Hard Times and Live?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:07 pm
by alister prince
Norman, I sure as hell do remember.
Thanks for the heads up on the D2D stuff.
Aly