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Postby ideot » Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:02 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-13-03 AT 05:09 PM (EST)]fat possum. no questions about it. t-model ford, r.l. burnside, the black keys, robert belfour, the list goes on.
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RE: best record label

Postby boz » Sat Dec 13, 2003 11:20 pm

Best "current" label
Alligator
Best label
Chess
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RE: best record label

Postby bluesmouse » Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:14 am

Hey doesn't this now belong in the 'vs' forum or am I getting confused? :7
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RE: best record label

Postby blueswriter » Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:33 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-13-03 AT 08:40 PM (EST)]I'll log in a vote for Chess as the best overall label for blues ever, seeing as the stable included, at one time or another Muddy, Wolf, Sonny Boy II, Little Walter, John Brim, Elmore James, Little Milton, Otis Spann, and a few other pretty influential artists. Alligator is okay but there's a lot of generic, overproduced stuff being churned out on that label. Bruce Iglauer seems to have lost sight of the old Hound Dog Taylor approach and has settled into a mode of knob-twiddling. Delmark still has a great cast of some heavy hitters and their material is consistently solid.

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RE: best record label

Postby ricochet » Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:05 am

I'm with ideot on Fat Possum.
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RE: best record label

Postby ideot » Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:10 am

I suppose I should narrow it down to current label. Weren't chuck berry and bo didly on chess also?
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RE: best record label

Postby david » Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:35 am

Best current label for blues CDs: Big Road
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RE: best record label

Postby blueswriter » Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:36 pm

I suppose I should narrow it down to current label. Weren't chuck berry and bo didly on chess also?

Yep, and Etta James, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Rogers, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Robert Nighthawk, Willie Mabon, Willie Nix, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Henry Gray, Lowell Fulson, J.B. Lenoir, Dr. Ross, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, Little Johnny Jones, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, and a few more were also with Chess at some point during their career. That explains my vote for the label as the best ever.

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RE: best record label

Postby stumblin » Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:46 pm

Eh?
Surely whichever label treated it's artists with proper dignity and fairness would be the best. I can't think of any qualifying candidate though, but I'm no expert in such matters.
Please feel free to ignore any opinions I might hold on this, or indeed any, topic.
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RE: best record label

Postby jellyroll baker » Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:02 pm

>Eh?
>Surely whichever label treated it's artists with proper
>dignity and fairness would be the best.

We're talking blues labels here. I don't think this has ever happened.

As far as Fat Possum goes, I love the music they put out but I can't stand their marketing and I have my suspicians that they're not really a "label" any more but just a part of Epitaph.
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RE: best record label

Postby bluesmcgoo » Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:04 pm

For a while there (when I was into the whole electric thang) I really liked Black Top Records - Snooks Eaglin, Anson Funderburk, (and wasn't some of the earlier Ronnie Earl stuff on that label also?) etc., but it seems they're a thing of the past now too.
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RE: best record label

Postby ideot » Sun Dec 14, 2003 7:41 pm

>I have my suspicians that
>they're not really a "label" any more but just a part of
>Epitaph.

yeah, they were about to, or maybe did, go bankrupt a few years ago and epitaph bought them out. The management at fat possum's not so good, it's just a few drunks who happen to own a recording studio and like the blues. The black keys' "thickfreakness" is on epitaphs latest installment of the "punk-o-rama" collection.
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RE: best record label

Postby jellyroll baker » Mon Dec 15, 2003 6:04 am

>>I have my suspicians that
>>they're not really a "label" any more but just a part of
>>Epitaph.
>
>yeah, they were about to, or maybe did, go bankrupt a few
>years ago and epitaph bought them out. The management at
>fat possum's not so good, it's just a few drunks who happen
>to own a recording studio and like the blues. The black
>keys' "thickfreakness" is on epitaphs latest installment of
>the "punk-o-rama" collection.

That explains why they're not picking up and recording guys like Johnny Farmer and Robert Cage anymore. Pity, cause going to towns and finding people like T-Model Ford was what they did best. At least they've given us Robert Belfour.
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RE: best record label

Postby ideot » Mon Dec 15, 2003 2:06 pm

>That explains why they're not picking up and recording guys
>like Johnny Farmer and Robert Cage anymore
on their website it says johny farmer gave up the blues because he thinks it's the devil's music. this may just be rhetoric though.
on the upside, they did sign little freddie king, an outstanding singer that I've had the good fortune to listen to.
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RE: best record label

Postby jaycee » Wed Jul 21, 2004 2:47 pm

jaycee

i"ve got to say fat possum, are the most innovative out there at the moment. the only
label, that goes into the field and actually discovers people. charles caldwell for instance
and the reissues.
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