Complete Recordings, Vol. 7

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
British reissue label Frog Records has undertaken the task of reissuing the complete recordings of Bessie Smith in chronological order, and this installment is the seventh of eight single-disc packages. The series as a whole essentially duplicates Columbia's nine-disc coverage of the same material, so it really comes down to a matter of preference, since Smith's amazing and confident singing shines through in both cases, and the digital transfers are virtually identical. The rare highlight in this volume is a movie soundtrack version of "St. Louis Blues" that clocks in at close to nine minutes in length and features a massive assembled chorus and choir that threaten to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
British reissue label Frog Records has undertaken the task of reissuing the complete recordings of Bessie Smith in chronological order, and this installment is the seventh of eight single-disc packages. The series as a whole essentially duplicates Columbia's nine-disc coverage of the same material, so it really comes down to a matter of preference, since Smith's amazing and confident singing shines through in both cases, and the digital transfers are virtually identical. The rare highlight in this volume is a movie soundtrack version of "St. Louis Blues" that clocks in at close to nine minutes in length and features a massive assembled chorus and choir that threaten to completely overtake Smith's lead vocal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Frog Uk
  • UPC: 641654764629
  • Catalog Number: 46
  • Sales rank: 188,352

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bessie Smith Primary Artist, Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Sidney DeParis Trumpet
James P. Johnson Piano
Eddie Lang Guitar
Bernard Addison Guitar
Ed Allen Cornet
Garvin Bushell Alto Saxophone
Happy Caldwell Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Porter Grainger Piano
The Hall Johnson Choir Vocals
Arville Harris Clarinet
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
Greely Walton Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Williams Piano
Ernest Elliott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Morris Cornet
Charlie Green Trombone
Harry Hull String Bass
Joe Williams Trombone
J. Rosamond Johnson Vocals
Technical Credits
Bessie Smith Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Sonny Red Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
James Cox Composer
Cyrus St. Clair Brass Band
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Harold Jenkins Composer
John R.T. Davies Remastering
Saul Bernie Composer
Harry Burke Composer
Stella Unger Composer
John Capes Liner Notes
H Gray Composer
David French Producer
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