Sammy Price and the Blues Singers: 1938-1941

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 1998, the Wolf label released a four-CD set packed with 94 examples of pianist and Decca session man Sammy Price's wide-ranging recorded interactions with blues singers during the years 1929-1950. That compilation was useful but randomly sifted, like a shuffling iPod. When Document revisited a modest number of these recordings in 2001, the tunes were arranged a bit more carefully so as to spotlight half a dozen vocal acts and bring Price's collaborative works into clearer focus. Sammy Price and the Blues Singers: 1938-1941 zooms the lens down to 24 titles, opening with two spirituals and two blues sung by the Ebony Three and featuring clarinetist Buster Bailey. Other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 1998, the Wolf label released a four-CD set packed with 94 examples of pianist and Decca session man Sammy Price's wide-ranging recorded interactions with blues singers during the years 1929-1950. That compilation was useful but randomly sifted, like a shuffling iPod. When Document revisited a modest number of these recordings in 2001, the tunes were arranged a bit more carefully so as to spotlight half a dozen vocal acts and bring Price's collaborative works into clearer focus. Sammy Price and the Blues Singers: 1938-1941 zooms the lens down to 24 titles, opening with two spirituals and two blues sung by the Ebony Three and featuring clarinetist Buster Bailey. Other seasoned instrumentalists who pop up on this collection are trumpeter Charlie Shavers, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, guitarists Lonnie Johnson and Leonard Ware, bassist Richard "Dick" Fullbright, and drummer O'Neill Spencer. The singers who make this collection resound with bracingly honest reflections on human behavior are Bea Foote; Hester Lancaster (backed by the Harlem Stompers); a woman who billed herself as Sweet Georgia Brown; Yack Taylor; and Bessie Smith's niece, Ruby Smith.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298566727
  • Catalog Number: 5667
  • Sales rank: 281,610

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - The Blues Singers (2:24)
  2. 2 Go Down Moses - The Blues Singers (2:44)
  3. 3 Heartbroken Blues - The Blues Singers (3:14)
  4. 4 Mississippi Moan - The Blues Singers (3:03)
  5. 5 Try and Get It (2:46)
  6. 6 Jive Lover (3:04)
  7. 7 I Want a Long Time Daddy (2:43)
  8. 8 The Monkey Swing - The Blues Singers (2:32)
  9. 9 Jammin' in Georgia - The Blues Singers (2:42)
  10. 10 My Understanding Man - The Blues Singers (2:37)
  11. 11 Serenade to a Jitterbug - The Blues Singers (2:43)
  12. 12 My Mellow Man (3:00)
  13. 13 Knockin' Myself Out (3:12)
  14. 14 You're Gonna Go Your Way and I'm Gonna Go Mine (3:04)
  15. 15 Don't Stop Now (2:51)
  16. 16 My Nightmare Jockey (3:04)
  17. 17 The Low Down Lonely Blues - The Blues Singers (3:13)
  18. 18 Rock Me in the Groove - The Blues Singers (2:59)
  19. 19 Black Cat Bone - The Blues Singers (3:21)
  20. 20 These Low Down Men Blues - The Blues Singers (3:12)
  21. 21 Make Me Love You - The Blues Singers (2:57)
  22. 22 Fruit Cakin' Mama - The Blues Singers (3:19)
  23. 23 Black Gal - The Blues Singers (2:36)
  24. 24 Thinking Blues - The Blues Singers (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Price & the Blues Singers Primary Artist
Sammy Price Indexed Contributor, Piano
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Richard "Dick" Fullbright Bass
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Ruby Smith Vocals
O'Neill Spencer Drums
Leonard Ware Guitar
Bea Foote Vocals
Hester Lancaster Vocals
Yack Taylor Vocals
Technical Credits
Bessie Smith Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
Gary Atkinson Executive Producer, Cover Design
Chris Frazer Smith Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
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