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PETE WILLIAMS â€“ THOSE PRISON BLUESâ€“Â VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1958 SEMI-PRIVATE PRESSING RELEASED ON
SMALL, LOUISIANA-BASED (BATON ROUGE) 'FOLK-LYRIC' LABEL - ORIGINAL 1958 FOLK-LYRIC MONO LP FL-109
ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
ONE OF THE RAREST ACOUSTIC PENITENTIARY BLUES / FIELD
RECORDINGS IN EXISTENCE
MATTE (NOT GLOSSY), CHESS MONO LABEL WITH SILVER
INCLUDES RARELY SEEN
6-PAGE FOLK-LYRIC BOOKLET (CATALOG BROCHURE)
DEEP GROOVE PRESSING
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS
NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
ORIGINAL GLOSSY, LIGHTLY LAMINATED COVER
THICK, HEAVY VINYL
CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH
'-1/-1'.Â ON SOME LABELS,Â SUFFIX 'â€“1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL
PRESSING) ; APPARENTLY THIS IS AN RCAÂ
VICTOR CUSTOM PRESSING.
MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX)
OF THE RECORD
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It is an interesting type of
blindfold test to play these recordings of this artist that were made when he
was in prison serving a life sentence for murder, then compare them with tracks
he cut after being released, supposedly for his great abilities as a blues
improviser. The question might be, how would life in the prison environment
affect the musical output of a performer such as this, and can a listener tell
the difference between the blues of a prisoner and a free man? There are
several tracks here in which the perfunctory nature of the performances simply
do not compare with the majesty of later recordings Robert Pete Williams made
when breathing free air again. Perhaps this is why some of these tracks were
not released the first time around. However, the flaws described are not
consistently true about this entire set of prison performances, and neither is
the dimensionless recording sound that the listener is initially greeted with,
the strings flapping as if tuning up would have brought on the guards. Things
pick up with "Texas Blues," in which the guitarist's fingers seem to
be flying over the strings, picking out notes the way a bird might nip at a
seed on the ground. The guitar sound becomes transformed on "Louise,"
emphasizing middle tones in a way that reaches into the gut. At this juncture,
one might be willing to admit the obvious intensity of a prison performance
when it represents a human's only possible emotional outlet, but from the sound
of this man's blues, this remained pretty much the case long after he was
released from the slammer.
Â (EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY EUGENE CHADBOURNE, ALL MUSIC
unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!;
weÂ grade records under the strong,
diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
WE GRADE THE VINYL AS EXCELLENT.
This is one of those albums that are somewhat difficult to grade. It is
somewhere between VG++ and NEAR MINT, just a notch below NEAR MINT. A
few light abrasions ARE visible, but they are extremely shallow,
superficialÂ and only moderately
visually distracting (nothing significant).For the most part, the vinyl looks
impeccable without any MAJOR visual flaws or imperfections. Much of the
original luster is intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which
was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on
such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not
expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
The record has a "deep groove" (an indent in the
label about 1/2-inch from the edge of the label, which on SOME labels is
associated with very early or first pressings).
The album comes with a rarely seen Folk-Lyric catalog
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not
an inferior, digital recording!!!
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT
EXCELLENT OR VERY GOOD++ (VG++).
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover:
Cover has some light ring wear (nothing significant); On the
scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, andÂ
10 being the most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 4
Back cover has circular tarnish (grayish, dust-covered
sections, which closely follow the contour of the record),Â probably caused by friction or by rubbing
against other covers during the storage. The tarnish is similar in appearance
to a common ring wear, but, UNLIKE ring wear, these grayish areas may be
possible to clean up with a minor effort and with a right cleansing solution.
Cover shows JUST A HINT of yellowing on both sides,
apparently from aging.