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Scrapper Blackwell - The Collection 1928-61

Scrapper Blackwell - The Collection 1928-61

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Francis “Scrapper” Blackwell was a blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter from South Carolina, who was primarily active during the late 1920s and early 1930s, when he did all his early recordings, but re-emerged during the folk-blues boom of the late ‘50s and early ’60s to make further recordings.

He was very much associated with blues pianist and composer Leroy Carr, by whom he was sometimes overshadowed, but this collection mostly focuses on his work released under his own name or variations of it. This 43-track  collection includes releases from 1928 through to 1935 on the Vocalion, Gennett, Champion, Bluebird and Decca labels as Scrapper Blackwell, Francis Blackwell and Frankie Black, including a duet tribute to Leroy Carr with pianist Dot Rice, who appears on some of his other recordings, plus all the titles from his 1960 album Blues Before Sunrise and selected titles from his 1961 album Mr. Scrapper’s Blues.

The collection therefore looks at his career from a different standpoint from many others, highlighting his talents as a distinctive songwriter and performer on noted songs like Kokomo Blues, Trouble Blues” and Hard Time Blues, but also demonstrating how his style and relevance to the blues endured across the decades.


If Francis Hillman Blackwell's sobriquet was well earned, there was no hint of crude roughness in his playing; his fine single note picking can be heard here across all 26 sides of the 78s in his discography. This handsome package includes a 14-page essay by Paul Watts. What Acrobat has done is craft a well-researched, highly-listenable account of one of the most important artists of the pre-war era. Definitely recommended, particularly with disc one as a starting point. - Gary Blue (Blues & Rhythm May 2021) 

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Kokomo Blues "Scrapper" Blackwell
2 Penal Farm Blues "Scrapper" Blackwell
3 Trouble Blues Pt. 1 "Scrapper" Blackwell
4 Trouble Blues Pt. 2 "Scrapper" Blackwell
5 Non-Skid Tread Scrapper Blackwell and The Two Roys with Chippie Hill
6 Be-Da-Da-Bum Scrapper Blackwell
7 Mr. Scrapper's Blues Scrapper Blackwell
8 Down And Out Blues Scrapper Blackwell
9 Springtime Blues Scrapper Blackwell
10 Hard Time Blues Scrapper Blackwell
11 Back Door Blues Scrapper Blackwell
12 Rambling Blues Scrapper Blackwell
13 Sneaking Blues Scrapper Blackwell
14 Blue Day Blues Scrapper Blackwell
15 Down South Blues Scrapper Blackwell
16 Morning Mail Blues Francis Blackwell
17 Blues That Make Me Cry [Front Door Blues ] Francis Blackwell
18 D Blues Francis Blackwell
19 A Blues Francis Blackwell
20 Motherless Boy Blues Frankie Black
21 Wayback Blues Frankie Black
22 My Old Pal Blues Frankie Black
23 Bad Liquor Blues Frankie Black
24 Alley Sally Blues Frankie Black
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 No Good Woman Blues Frankie Black
2 Texas Stomp Dot Rice and Frankie Black
3 Blues Before Sunrise Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
4 Sally-In-The-Alley-Blues Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
5 Shady Lane Blues Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
6 E Blues  Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
7 Goin' To Jail About Her Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
8 Soft Blues Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
9 No Good Woman Blues Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
10 Leaving You Blues Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
11 Blue 'N Whistling Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
12 Back Step Blues   Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
13 How Long Blues  Francis 'Scrapper' Blackwell
14 Goin' Where The Monon Crosses The Yellow Dog   Scrapper Blackwell
15 Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out   Scrapper Blackwell
16 Little Girl Blues Scrapper Blackwell
17 George Street Blues   Scrapper Blackwell
18 Little Boy Blue   Scrapper Blackwell
19 Penal Farm Blues   Scrapper Blackwell
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