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Third Man Records is excited to announce the release of ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969, a 50th anniversary celebration collecting 24 previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more.

The historic gathering was presented by a small group of blues-obsessed University of Michigan students determined to give their blues heroes a public spotlight where they might shine before it was too late. Among those enterprising student-promoters was John Fishel, whose teenage brother Jim Fishel, gathered some friends to help record the festival as a personal memento. Taking advantage of their all-access pass and juggling a small Norelco tape recorder from set to set, the friends let the 1⁄4” tape roll. Though field recordings in the literal sense of the term, they capture the brilliance of the musicians, the excitement of the crowd and the loose, convivial nature of the entire festival. Those tapes, long thought to be lost, have now been lovingly restored to capture the electric energy of the landmark concert. Both volumes include never-before-seen photographs, artist biographies, an exclusive reminiscence from Jim Fishel, and extensive liner notes by Parker Fishel, Sophie Abramowitz and David Beal.

1. Roosevelt Sykes – Dirty Mother For You
2. Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup - So Glad You’re Mine 3. J.B. Hutto & His Hawks – Too Much Alcohol
4. Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins - I Wonder Why
5. Junior Wells – Help Me (A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson)
6. B.B. King w/Sonny Freeman And The Unusuals – I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up Living
7. Mississippi Fred McDowell – John Henry
8. Pinetop Perkins – Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
9. Big Bill Hill – Introduction
10. Luther Allison And The Blue Nebulae – Everybody Must Suffer/Stone Crazy
11. Clifton Chenier – Tu M’as Promise L’amour (You Promised Me Love)
12. The Original Howlin’ Wolf And His Orchestra – Hard Luck
13. Otis Rush - So Many Roads, So Many Trains

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