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Female Blues: Remaining Titles 1922-1927

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During the 1990s, the Document label put out more than a dozen anthologies of early female blues singers, reissuing for the first time a large number of rare records by women who are mainly remembered today by archivists, historians, and inquisitive listeners who appreciate opportunities to hear music recorded so very long ago. In 1997, to cap the series, 24 "Remaining Titles" were compiled on one disc, knitting together performances dating from the years 1921-1928. Several of these women performed in the theatrical style of Mamie Smith or Lucille Hegamin. Lena Wilson, who was married to violinist Shrimp Jones, had a bluesier, more intimate approach, as did Laura Smith, a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
During the 1990s, the Document label put out more than a dozen anthologies of early female blues singers, reissuing for the first time a large number of rare records by women who are mainly remembered today by archivists, historians, and inquisitive listeners who appreciate opportunities to hear music recorded so very long ago. In 1997, to cap the series, 24 "Remaining Titles" were compiled on one disc, knitting together performances dating from the years 1921-1928. Several of these women performed in the theatrical style of Mamie Smith or Lucille Hegamin. Lena Wilson, who was married to violinist Shrimp Jones, had a bluesier, more intimate approach, as did Laura Smith, a thoroughly grounded individual who is heard with a New Orleans contingent led by Clarence Williams. Sister Harris, it is believed, was Estelle Harris, a popular entertainer in Memphis during the years 1910-1913 now regarded as one of the very first African-American vaudeville vocalists to cultivate a following by singing the blues. Ethel Finnie (whose punchy delivery recalls that of Leola B. "Coot" Grant) is accompanied by her husband Porter Grainger, and Lavinia Turner is backed by James P. Johnson's Harmony Seven. Other instrumentalists in this collection are identified as pianists Fletcher Henderson, Louis Hooper, Eddie Heywood, Sr., and Cliff Jackson; banjoist Elmer Snowden, clarinetist Bob Fuller, trombonist Jake Frazier, and cornetist Louis Metcalf. Like many Document compilations, this little stash of historic entertainments is packed with fascinating moments. The lineup includes Hazel Meyers and Josie Miles, old-time singers whose "complete" recordings have been carefully compiled under their own names by Document; Monette Moore, best remembered today for her work with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orchestra; Sara Martin and Rosa Henderson, fine singers who made records with Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, and Rosetta Crawford who recorded during the 1920s and '30s with Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2000
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298152623
  • Catalog Number: 1526
  • Sales rank: 252,505

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Man Blues @@Viola Baker (2:59)
  2. 2 Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night - Viola Bartlette (3:32)
  3. 3 Tennessee Blues - Viola Bartlette (2:43)
  4. 4 You Never Can Tell What Your Perfectly Good Man Will Do - Viola Bartlette (2:50)
  5. 5 She Walked Right up and Took My Man Away - Helen Baxter (3:49)
  6. 6 If You Can't Hold the Man You Love (Don't Cry When He's Gone) - Alberta Hunter (2:59)
  7. 7 31st Street Blues - Josie Miles (2:53)
  8. 8 Cootie for Your Tootie @@Etta Mooney (2:29)
  9. 9 Harmony Blues @@Etta Mooney (2:48)
  10. 10 Alabama Bound Blues @@Ethel Ridley (3:20)
  11. 11 I Don't Let No Man Worry Me @@Ethel Ridley (2:53)
  12. 12 Get It Fixed - Choo Choo Jazzers (2:58)
  13. 13 Low Down Daddy Blues - Choo Choo Jazzers (3:12)
  14. 14 I'll Get Even With You (Revengeful Blues) @@Mae Scott (2:58)
  15. 15 No Sooner - Elizabeth Smith (2:47)
  16. 16 Gwine to Have Bad Luck for Seven Years - Elizabeth Smith (3:29)
  17. 17 Police Done Tore My Playhouse Down - Elizabeth Smith (3:10)
  18. 18 Show Me the Way to Go Home - Louise Vant (2:52)
  19. 19 Save Your Sorrow (For Tomorrow) - Louise Vant (2:54)
  20. 20 The Man I Love Is Oh So Good - Louise Vant (3:13)
  21. 21 Daddy, Don't You Try to Pull That Two-Time Thing on Me - Louise Vant (3:13)
  22. 22 Sunset Blues - Louise Vant (2:29)
  23. 23 Texas Mule Stomp - Louise Vant (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alberta Hunter Vocals, Track Performer
Rex Stewart Cornet
Albert Wynn Trombone
Gus Aiken Cornet
Lovie Austin Piano
Buddy Christian Banjo
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Mike Jackson Piano
Punch Miller Cornet
Jimmy O'Bryant Clarinet
Bob Shoffner Cornet
Elizabeth Smith Ukulele, Vocals, Track Performer
Clarence Williams Piano
Ernest Elliott Clarinet
Thomas Morris Cornet
Buddy Burton Percussion, Drums
Josie Miles Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Fuller Clarinet
Leroy Tibbs Piano
Louis Hooper Piano
Roy Banks Piano
Jake Frazier Trombone
Edgar Dowell Piano
Louise Vant Vocals, Track Performer
Bud Aiken Trombone
Helen Baxter Vocals
Viola Bartlette Vocals
Dan Wilson Piano
Technical Credits
Sammy Fain Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
K.H. Rosenzopf Cover Art
Steven C. Tracy Liner Notes
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