CAPITOL BLUES #7: SON HOUSE Delta Blues & Spirituals (1995) – LIVE w/ Canned Heat’s Alan Wilson

Delta Blues & Spirituals (1995)
Live At London’s 100 Club, 1970

Recorded over two nights in London, during what was supposed to be the legendary Son House’s final tour before retirement and his last gig in the UK. Instead, Son went on to perform for a few years after this, while age and incoherency attacked the legendary blues man’s abilities. Originally released on Liberty in the UK as John The Revelator (and later reissued on Sequel as John The Revelator – The 1970 London Sessions), this Capitol Blues Collection reissue’s title comes from its balance of spirituals Son House John The Revelatorand coarse Delta blues… alongside a couple of rambling monologues. Canned Heat’s Alan Wilson sits in on a couple of songs (only months before his death from an overdose, age 27). Pretty intense stuff – with a 16 and a half-minute version of “How To Treat A Man” – before an appreciative UK crowd. Many thanks to ARTKoen for putting together the essential .pdf liner notes for this and all the CBC releases. We’ve got more from The Capitol Blues Collection, HERE. Find Delta Blues & Spirituals for $5 at Amazon, HERE.

Monologue – The B-L-U-E-S (3:23)
Between Midnight And Day (6:33) – w/ Alan Wilson – harmonica
I Want To Go Home On The Morning Train (3:30) – w/ Alan Wilson – harmonica
Levee Camp Moan (7:07)
This Little Light Of Mine (1:01)
Monologue – Thinkin’ Strong (4:19)
Death Letter Blues (3:59) – w/ Delta Dave – guitar
How To Treat A Man (16:23)
Grinnin’ In Your Face (1:59)
John The Revelator (2:18)


  • Capt. Willard
    March 10, 2010 - 00:23 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Tweedster
    March 10, 2010 - 18:47 | Permalink

    thanks Willard!!!

  • Chance
    March 11, 2010 - 00:09 | Permalink

    Son is the absolute zenith of the blues for me, the greatest bluesman to ever walk the Earth IMO. "Pretty intense stuff," as you say; that's the whole thing with his approach to his art, so damn INTENSE. It's arresting. I have a three song BBC session from the same timeframe on my blog, along with lots more Son if anyone wants to explore further.

    Thanks, as always, for ALL this blues stuff, Will. Always wanted to check out T-Bone, now I don't have to wonder where to start! Gonna grab all this stuff.

  • Andrew
    March 11, 2010 - 03:26 | Permalink

    Son House is my favorite – thanks for posting!

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 - 01:03 | Permalink

    Here's an interesting video.
    Howlin Wolf playing Dust My Broom
    in Rochester New York. The man with the hat the camera keeps panning to is a very drunk Son House.
    I believe in the Wolf documentary
    he and Son House are arguing most of the time. Wolf didn't like to see
    Son appear that way in public.


  • Anonymous
    December 11, 2011 - 10:43 | Permalink

    A great series from Capitol. How often is a treasure trove like this unearthed, seemingly from nowhere?
    Thanks Willard!

  • Timbo
    October 28, 2015 - 12:30 | Permalink

    For me, Son House has one of the most powerful, emotionally charged voices in the blues. For years, I didn’t “get” him, until one morning at my drawing desk at about 4: AM when I’d been up for about 30 hours straight working on a deadline for an illustration I was doing. One of the Capital Blues Series anthologies was on the CD player. Suddenly, Son’s voice came over the speakers and swept over me like a ghost. I was stunned by the subtle nuances of his voice, his inflections of tone, the way he FEELS notes. He’s been my favorite blues vocalist ever since.

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