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Blues - Released June 18, 1992 | Legacy - Columbia

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After being rediscovered by the folk-blues community in the early '60s, Son House rose to the occasion and recorded this magnificent set of performances. Allowed to stretch out past the shorter running time of the original 78s, House turns in wonderful, steaming performances of some of his best-known material. On some tracks, House is supplemented by folk-blues researcher/musician Alan Wilson, who would later become a member of the blues-rock group Canned Heat and here plays some nice second guitar and harmonica on several cuts. This two-disc set features alternate takes, some unissued material and some studio chatter from producer John Hammond, Sr. that ocassionally hints at the chaotic nature inherent to some of these '60s "rediscovery" sessions. While not as overpowering as his earlier work (what could be?), all of these sides are so power packed with sheer emotional involvement from House, they're an indispensable part of his canonade.~ Cub Koda

Blues - Released February 4, 2014 | Columbia - Legacy

Blues - Released June 16, 2017 | Doxy Records

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Blues - Released January 1, 2003 | Shout Factory

Blues - Released December 14, 2004 | Monrose Digital

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Blues - Released May 12, 1998 | Columbia - Legacy

Columbia/Legacy's The Original Delta Blues is a fine distillation of the label's double-disc set Father of the Delta Blues, containing 16 highlights from that comprehensive overview of his '60s rediscovery recordings. Curious listeners who are intimidated by the size of the previous set are advised to pick up this terrific sampler instead. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Blues - Released November 19, 2010 | Grammercy Records

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Blues - Released September 9, 2003 | Columbia - Legacy

This collection spotlights the great Delta bluesman Son House at three distinct points in his life. Included here are three of his 78s issued in the 1930s by Paramount Records, several of the Library of Congress field recordings done by Alan Lomax in 1941-1942, and a sampling of rediscovered 1960s concert pieces, including a riveting version of Blind Willie Johnson's "John the Revelator." All of this material is available elsewhere, but having examples of these different eras all on one disc makes this set a nice introduction to the full sweep of House's recorded legacy. ~ Steve Leggett

Blues - Released June 25, 2018 | Milestones Records

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Miscellaneous - Released March 10, 2018 | Arcola

"Although all the songs are delivered with a religious fervor, House's past as a preacher is best expressed via 'I Want to Live so God Can Use Me,' sung with just the accompaniment of clapping and foot-stomping..."

Pop - Released September 16, 2017 | Frank & Johnny Productions

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Blues - Released | RockBeat Records

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