Frankie & Albert

by: Mississippi John Hurt

{$Mississippi John Hurt} did a live 21-song set on April 15, 1965, at Oberlin College in Ohio, a scant two years after his rediscovery in 1963, and a year before his death in 1966. {$Hurt} was remarkably consistent as a performer, whether you listen to his famous 1920s {@Okeh} tracks, his rediscovery studio work for {@Vanguard Records}, or the handful of live shows like this one: the skill and delivery is always steady, professional, and charming. Among the highlights in this set is his intricate and atmospheric slide guitar work on {&"Talking Casey,"} one of the few times {$Hurt} abandoned his trademark three-finger guitar picking style. This concert has been issued in various configurations and sequences by several labels under different titles and with different cover art over the years including {^In Concert} ({@Magnum}), {^Frankie & Albert} ({@Tomato}), {^Live!} ({@Columbia River}), {^Satisfying Blues} ({@Collectables}), {^Revisited} ({@Varese}), and {^Mississippi John Hurt} ({@Dressed to Kill}). {@Vanguard} added a handful of live tracks recorded at {$Hurt}'s workshop appearance at the 1965 {~Newport Folk Festival} to the 21 original Oberlin songs to make 2002's {^Live}, which is probably the best choice out there. Just make sure you get the 1920s stuff first. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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