Thursday, January 10, 2013

Third Man Records reissue Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks

In their continuing endeavor to give life to some of the most important progenitors of rock music, Third Man Records just announced today that they are finally releasing the first three records in their Document Records reissue series. The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Volume 1 focuses on three of the great early bluesmen of the 1920s and 1930s - Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks. Many other influential artists will be presented in later volumes as well. The first batch of 300 will be on yellow (Patton), red (McTell) and orange (Sheiks) vinyl, with unlimited quantities available on black.

Here's a cool video from Jack White explaining the project:

Here's a track from each release showcasing what Third Man refers to as "the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, R&B, Elvis, teenagerism, punk rock... it all goes back to these vital, breathtaking recordings."



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