Female Blues Singers, Vol. 8: H1 (1923-1928)

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Included on this CD are all of the recordings by Josie Harley (a couple forgettable numbers), Lillian Harris (six songs plus three alternate takes), Sister Harris (eight numbers), and Clara Herring (just two songs), plus a couple of previously unreleased test pressings by Alma Henderson (with backing from guitarist Lonnie Johnson and pianist DeLoise Searcy). Both Lillian Harris and Sister Harris (who is backed on "Sugar Blues" by the Original Memphis Five) are excellent, but it is Clara Herring (whose two songs hint at Bessie Smith) who is the biggest surprise; whatever happened to her? Recommended, as are all 14 CDs in this series of true...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Included on this CD are all of the recordings by Josie Harley (a couple forgettable numbers), Lillian Harris (six songs plus three alternate takes), Sister Harris (eight numbers), and Clara Herring (just two songs), plus a couple of previously unreleased test pressings by Alma Henderson (with backing from guitarist Lonnie Johnson and pianist DeLoise Searcy). Both Lillian Harris and Sister Harris (who is backed on "Sugar Blues" by the Original Memphis Five) are excellent, but it is Clara Herring (whose two songs hint at Bessie Smith) who is the biggest surprise; whatever happened to her? Recommended, as are all 14 CDs in this series of true rarities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298551228
  • Catalog Number: 5512
  • Sales rank: 351,488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Through with You as I Can Be - Josie Harley (2:51)
  2. 2 2 A.M. Blues - Josie Harley (3:13)
  3. 3 Four O'Clock Blues - Lillian Harris (2:29)
  4. 4 Sugar Blues - Lillian Harris (2:35)
  5. 5 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Lillian Harris (3:08)
  6. 6 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Lillian Harris (2:50)
  7. 7 Mama's Got the Blues - Lillian Harris (3:12)
  8. 8 Mama's Got the Blues - Lillian Harris (3:07)
  9. 9 Downhearted Blues - Lillian Harris (2:49)
  10. 10 Gulf Coast Blues - Lillian Harris (2:47)
  11. 11 Gulf Coast Blues - Lillian Harris (2:45)
  12. 12 Sugar Blues - Sister Harris (2:43)
  13. 13 Don't Mess with Me - Sister Harris (2:39)
  14. 14 The Cootie Crawl - Sister Harris (2:48)
  15. 15 You Can Have My Man If He Comes to See You, Too - Sister Harris (3:04)
  16. 16 Laughin' Cryin' Blues - Sister Harris (3:15)
  17. 17 Voo-Doo - Sister Harris (3:00)
  18. 18 Beale Street Mama - Sister Harris (2:52)
  19. 19 Don't Make a Dog out of Me - Sister Harris (3:02)
  20. 20 Red Lips, Kiss My Blues Away - Alma Henderson (2:26)
  21. 21 Where the Wild, Wild Flowers Grow - Alma Henderson (2:35)
  22. 22 Park No More Mama Blues - Clara Herring (2:50)
  23. 23 Beating Blues - Clara Herring (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Phil Napoleon Trumpet
Sidney Arodin Clarinet
Porter Grainger Piano
Jimmy Lytell Clarinet
Jack Roth Drums
Andy Russo Trombone
Deloise Searcy Piano
Frank Signorelli Piano
Frank Banta Piano
Allie Hammed Piano
Alma Henderson Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Panelli Trombone
Original New Orleans Jazz Band Ensemble
Dick Landon Cornet
Josie Harley Vocals
Lillian Harris Vocals
Clara Herring Vocals
Technical Credits
Alberta Hunter Composer
Lovie Austin Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Dr. David Evans Liner Notes
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
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