Female Blues: The Remaining Titles, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 1997, Document released a 24-track grab bag of rare female blues recordings from the 1920s, presented as a coda to the label's expansive series of Female Blues Singers compilations containing material dating exclusively from the years 1920-1930. In 1998, Document followed suit with a second volume of Female Blues: The Remaining Titles, this time focusing on the years 1938-1949 to top off some of the company's blues, barrelhouse, swing, and early R&B collections. Document 1528 is a decidedly pungent sampler that combines the works of seven powerfully expressive women. Bea Foote, best known for her ostentatiously marijuana induced "Weed" (the song is mistitled ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 1997, Document released a 24-track grab bag of rare female blues recordings from the 1920s, presented as a coda to the label's expansive series of Female Blues Singers compilations containing material dating exclusively from the years 1920-1930. In 1998, Document followed suit with a second volume of Female Blues: The Remaining Titles, this time focusing on the years 1938-1949 to top off some of the company's blues, barrelhouse, swing, and early R&B collections. Document 1528 is a decidedly pungent sampler that combines the works of seven powerfully expressive women. Bea Foote, best known for her ostentatiously marijuana induced "Weed" (the song is mistitled "Weeds" in most discographies and on most reissues), sang in a warm vibrato that makes her sound a lot like Alberta Hunter in her early maturity (see Hunter's "The Love I Have for You"). Lil Green is still one of the world's great overlooked heroines of the blues; her most famous recording was "Why Don't You Do Right?" That song launched Peggy Lee's career while Lil Green headed for an early death and posthumous obscurity. Ruby Walker Smith was Bessie Smith's niece and traveling companion; she made a few records of her own with people like Sammy Price, Blind John Davis, and Fats Waller's reedman Eugene Sedric. Perline Ellison sings Nat King Cole's "That Ain't Right" (famously performed in 1943 by Waller and deep-voiced Ada Brown in the motion picture Stormy Weather) and spends much of the flipside threatening her man with a straight-edged razor. Lillie Mae Kirkman made records with the little known Curtis Jones and the famous Memphis Slim, who plays piano behind her on this collection. Big-voiced Muriel Nichols made records under the name of Wee Bea Booze; her treatment of "See See Rider," a traditional blues first popularized on records by Ma Rainey, is quite tasty. The name Monette Moore immediately suggests a link with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orchestra in the mid-'20s. If the Monette Moore heard on this collection is the same woman, she did an amazing job of adapting to the rowdy conventions of postwar jump blues and R&B. The man who verbally jousts with her on "You Don't Live Here No More" is identified as Smokey Whitfield. In addition to those already mentioned, the instrumentalists heard on this excellent album include seasoned jazzmen like trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, pianist James P. Johnson, guitarists Big Bill Broonzy and Teddy Bunn, and drummer Big Sid Catlett.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/1998
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298152821
  • Catalog Number: 1528
  • Sales rank: 215,667

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Weed (3:01)
  2. 2 Could Be You (2:49)
  3. 3 Baby, Ain't You Satisfied (2:55)
  4. 4 Satisfied (2:54)
  5. 5 Backwater Blues - Ruby Smith (2:55)
  6. 6 I'm Going To Copyright Your Kisses (3:09)
  7. 7 Let's Be Friends (3:16)
  8. 8 You're Just Full Of Jive (3:05)
  9. 9 Keep Your Hand On Your Heart (2:56)
  10. 10 I Have A Place To Go (2:46)
  11. 11 No Baby, No One But You (2:49)
  12. 12 Boy Friend (2:29)
  13. 13 Now What Do You Think (2:29)
  14. 14 Mr. Jackson From Jacksonville (2:29)
  15. 15 Razor Totin' Mama - Perline Ellison (3:14)
  16. 16 New That Ain't Right - Perline Ellison (2:55)
  17. 17 These Young Men Blues (3:13)
  18. 18 So Good (3:13)
  19. 19 See See Rider (2:32)
  20. 20 You Don't Live Here No More (2:57)
  21. 21 Peace, Sister, Peace (2:37)
  22. 22 Keep 'Em Guessing (2:43)
  23. 23 Lovin' Man Blues - Lillie Mae Kirkman (2:56)
  24. 24 Lonesome - Lillie Mae Kirkman (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar
Memphis Slim Piano
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
James P. Johnson Piano
Teddy Bunn Guitar, Group
Alex Atkins Alto Saxophone
Abe Bolar String Bass
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Ernest Cotton Tenor Saxophone
Ernest "Big" Crawford String Bass
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Ransom Knowling String Bass
Monette Moore Vocals, Track Performer
Gene Sedric Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
Ruby Smith Vocals, Track Performer
John Williams [double bass] String Bass
Sam Casimir Guitar
Johnny Williams String Bass
Lillian "Lil" Green Vocals, Track Performer
Sam Price Piano
Wee Bea Booze Vocals, Track Performer
Bea Foote Vocals, Track Performer
Hal West Drums
Simeon Henry Piano
Teddy Bunn's Group Group
Perline Ellison Vocals
Robert Montgomery String Bass
Smoki Whitfield Vocals
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Lillian "Lil" Green Composer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
K.H. Rosenzopf Cover Art
Lillie Mae Kirkman Composer
Steven C. Tracy Liner Notes
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