Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1923-27)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The last recordings of three classic blues singers from the 1920s whose total output exceeded one CD are included on this interesting disc. Except for two lost numbers from 1924, Edna Hicks only recorded in 1923. Her six selections feature backing from either Porter Grainger's Sawin' Three or a Fletcher Henderson Trio with cornetist Joe Smith and clarinetist Don Redman. Hicks sounds strong for the period, but sadly her life would be cut short in 1925 by an accident. Hazel Meyers is represented by 11 selections. She is joined by a variety of groups including the Choo Choo Jazzers, selections with pianist Louis Hooper and either cornetists Bubber Miley or Louis Metcalf, or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The last recordings of three classic blues singers from the 1920s whose total output exceeded one CD are included on this interesting disc. Except for two lost numbers from 1924, Edna Hicks only recorded in 1923. Her six selections feature backing from either Porter Grainger's Sawin' Three or a Fletcher Henderson Trio with cornetist Joe Smith and clarinetist Don Redman. Hicks sounds strong for the period, but sadly her life would be cut short in 1925 by an accident. Hazel Meyers is represented by 11 selections. She is joined by a variety of groups including the Choo Choo Jazzers, selections with pianist Louis Hooper and either cornetists Bubber Miley or Louis Metcalf, or clarinetist Bob Fuller and two wonderful duets in 1924 with pianist Fats Waller "Maybe Someday" and "When Your Troubles Are Just Like Mine". The disc concludes with Laura Smith's final session, a four-song duet set with pianist Clarence M. Jones that includes two songs having to do with the Mississippi floods of the period. Overall, this gap-filling release is a must for completists and classic blues collectors, but beginners to the idiom are definitely advised to check out Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters first.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298543124
  • Catalog Number: 5431
  • Sales rank: 346,814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Luck Blues (2:45)
  2. 2 I Don't Love Nobody So I Don't No Blues (3:01)
  3. 3 Cemetary Blues (2:56)
  4. 4 Poor Me Blues (3:14)
  5. 5 Where (Can That Somebody Be) (2:49)
  6. 6 If You Don't Give Me What I Want (2:49)
  7. 7 War Horse Mama - Hazel Meyers (2:37)
  8. 8 Cold Weather Papa - Hazel Meyers (2:54)
  9. 9 Hateful Blues - Hazel Meyers (3:02)
  10. 10 Frankie Blues - Hazel Meyers (3:14)
  11. 11 Lost My Sweetie Blues - Hazel Meyers (3:05)
  12. 12 Maybe Somebody - Hazel Meyers (3:12)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna See You (When Your Troubles Are Just Like Mine) - Hazel Meyers (2:54)
  14. 14 You'll Never Have No Luck by Quittin' Me - Hazel Meyers (3:04)
  15. 15 Lonesome for That Man of Mine - Hazel Meyers (3:06)
  16. 16 Blackville After Dar - Hazel Meyers (3:05)
  17. 17 Heartbreaking Blues - Hazel Meyers (3:29)
  18. 18 Lonesome Refugee (3:12)
  19. 19 The Mississippi Blues (3:00)
  20. 20 Fightin' Blues (3:10)
  21. 21 Red River Blues (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Edna Hicks Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Accordion
Fats Waller Piano
Louis Metcalf Cornet
Don Redman Clarinet
Bubber Miley Cornet
Shirley Clay Cornet
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Preston Jackson Tuba
Clifford "Snags" Jones Drums
Joe "Fox" Smith Cornet
Hazel Meyers Track Performer
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Artie Starks Alto Saxophone
Louis Hooper Piano
M. Clarence Jones Piano
Technical Credits
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
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