Ma Rainey [Milestone]

Ma Rainey [Milestone]

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by Ma Rainey
     
 
Nobody could belt it out like Ma Rainey, and here's a great collection that showcases it. All of the lady's biggest hits ("See See Rider," "Jealous Hearted Blues," "Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") are here, and the sound is as good as one can expect from the old Paramount 78s, probably the worst-pressed discs of the

Overview

Nobody could belt it out like Ma Rainey, and here's a great collection that showcases it. All of the lady's biggest hits ("See See Rider," "Jealous Hearted Blues," "Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") are here, and the sound is as good as one can expect from the old Paramount 78s, probably the worst-pressed discs of the 1920s. Still, Ma's ebullient personality comes through the hisses and pops and scratches loud and clear. An essential blues buy for the collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218472128
catalogNumber:
47021
Rank:
190659

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ma Rainey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Georgia Tom   Piano
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Tampa Red   Kazoo
Coleman Hawkins   Bass,Saxophone
Blind Blake   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Jimmy Bertrand   Xylophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Charlie Green   Trombone
Lil Henderson   Piano
Howard Scott   Cornet

Technical Credits

Georgia Tom   Contributor
Bessie Smith   Composer
Buster Bailey   Contributor
Tampa Red   Contributor
Coleman Hawkins   Contributor
Blind Blake   Contributor
Ma Rainey   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Fletcher Henderson   Contributor
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Tub Jug Washbord Band   Contributor

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Ma Rainey [Milestone] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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In the mid-1970's, Milestone Records released a two-LP set, containing 32 tracks by "Ma" Rainey. It was considered to be the definitive re-issue of its day. When CD'S came along, and the LP went the way of the dinosaur, it was feared that this re-issue would be lost. Thankfully, this has not happened, with the release of this CD. This is a great disc! The sound is great, and the song selection couldn't be better. The list of accompanists reads like a Who's Who of jazz and blues. If there's one thing to regret, it is that there are only 24 tracks on the disc, instead of the 32 tracks, which were on the original LPS. While this disc does not contain her very first recordings, it covers her career quite well. I highly recommend it!