I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers, Vol. 2: Town

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although this second volume of I Can't Be Satisfied features a more uptown approach to the blues than the first volume, which centered on the rural aspects, this selection of American women blues singers from the 1920s is only a small degree removed from those roots, and the presence of small jazz combos and striking horn leads on these sides augments that Deep South country blues pedigree way more than it transforms it into the halls of urbane sophistication. These tracks are still undeniably the blues, and the jazz trappings can't disguise that fact. After all, having the blues in town isn't any different than having them in the country, and if there is a difference ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although this second volume of I Can't Be Satisfied features a more uptown approach to the blues than the first volume, which centered on the rural aspects, this selection of American women blues singers from the 1920s is only a small degree removed from those roots, and the presence of small jazz combos and striking horn leads on these sides augments that Deep South country blues pedigree way more than it transforms it into the halls of urbane sophistication. These tracks are still undeniably the blues, and the jazz trappings can't disguise that fact. After all, having the blues in town isn't any different than having them in the country, and if there is a difference between the rural and the urban approaches, it may be that the sensuality on display here is even more pronounced and boldly delivered. Some of these sides literally purr and some downright roar as such fine singers as Sippie Wallace "Section Hand Blues", Clara Smith "Strugglin' Woman's Blues", Madlyn Davis "Winter Blues", and the unstoppable Ma Rainey a chugging jug band version of "Traveling Blues" instill sometimes clich├ęd floating blues lyrics with passion and verve, bringing them to life with an often amazing vibrancy, reminding listeners that the blues aren't really about being down and out, but instead are about surviving on one's own terms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351202727
  • Catalog Number: 2027
  • Sales rank: 160,092

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dirty T.B. Blues (3:10)
  2. 2 Strugglin' Woman's Blues - Clara Smith (3:00)
  3. 3 Everybody Does It Now (3:07)
  4. 4 Pay Roll Blues (2:58)
  5. 5 Forget Me Not Blues (2:36)
  6. 6 Section Hand Blues (2:54)
  7. 7 Good Chib Blues - Edith North Johnson (3:03)
  8. 8 Traveling Blues (2:44)
  9. 9 Do Dirty Blues (2:46)
  10. 10 I Helped You, Sick Man, When You Were Down and Out - Katherine Baker (2:49)
  11. 11 He's Never Gonna Throw Me Down (3:09)
  12. 12 Blood Hound Blues (2:39)
  13. 13 Dead Drunk Blues - Margaret Johnson (3:13)
  14. 14 Parlor Social de Luxe (3:12)
  15. 15 Bye Bye Baby - Hattie Burleson (2:51)
  16. 16 Winter Blues (3:19)
  17. 17 My Own Man Blues (3:14)
  18. 18 Jim Nappy - Hattie Burleson (2:35)
  19. 19 How Long - James Brown (3:27)
  20. 20 Trouble in Mind (2:51)
  21. 21 Walking Blues (3:15)
  22. 22 Mistreatin' Man Blues (2:51)
  23. 23 Trouble Everywhere I Roam (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucille Bogan Track Performer
Sara Martin Track Performer
Victoria Spivey Track Performer
Sippie Wallace Track Performer
Ma Rainey Track Performer
Madlyn Davis Track Performer
Bertha "Chippie" Hill Track Performer
Edith North Johnson Track Performer
Clara Smith Track Performer
Martha Copeland Track Performer
Margaret Johnson Track Performer
Ivy Smith Track Performer
Hattie Burleson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Don Kent Producer, Liner Notes
Richard Nevins Producer, Remastering
Joan Pelosi Art Direction
Beresford Romeo Composer
Hay Browne Composer
George W. Thomas Composer
Hattie Burleson Composer
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