Earlier this year, Third Man Records teamed up with Document Records for a new groundbreaking project that aims to re-release music by some of the greatest and most influential blues artists of the 20th Century on the 12 inch vinyl. The first few volumes in this ongoing series features the completed recorded works in chronological order of Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks. Besides an old Columbia compilation CD of Robert Johnson recordings, this is my first time owning something from the '20s and '30s. I am just absolutely blown away by the sound. It really is a truly unique and mindblowing experience, listening to music that was recorded over eighty years ago, the way it's always meant to be listened to, on analog. It can't get any purer than this. As Bruce recently said, it's magic......but without the tricks, which is exactly what this feels like. I am grateful to Jack White for making these essential works of art easily accessible to everyone, and of course for those who will benefit the most -- the younger and future generations of blues lovers.
The recordings we'll be presenting in this reissue series are the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, R&B, Elvis, teenagerism, punk rock... it all goes back to these vital, breathtaking recordings. Third Man Records is proud to present these landmark albums in conjunction with Document Records, with brand new, jaw-dropping artwork by Rob Jones and new insightful liner notes, on vinyl for the first time in decades. Every record collection should have ample room for these highly important and endlessly listenable albums.
- Third Man Records
P.S. The new White Stripes Elephant 10th Anniversary reissue is now available at the TMR store. It's fantastic!!