The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 [Columbia/Legacy]

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the 1970s, Bessie Smith's recordings were reissued on five double LPs. Her CD reissue series also has five volumes the first four are double-CD sets with the main difference being that the final volume includes all of her rare alternate takes which were bypassed on LP. The first set which, as with all of the CD volumes, is housed in an oversize box that includes an informative booklet contains her first 38 recordings. During this early era, Bessie Smith had no competitors on record and she was one of the few vocalists who could overcome the primitive recording techniques; her power really comes through. Her very first recording Alberta Hunter's "Down Hearted Blues" was a...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the 1970s, Bessie Smith's recordings were reissued on five double LPs. Her CD reissue series also has five volumes the first four are double-CD sets with the main difference being that the final volume includes all of her rare alternate takes which were bypassed on LP. The first set which, as with all of the CD volumes, is housed in an oversize box that includes an informative booklet contains her first 38 recordings. During this early era, Bessie Smith had no competitors on record and she was one of the few vocalists who could overcome the primitive recording techniques; her power really comes through. Her very first recording Alberta Hunter's "Down Hearted Blues" was a big hit and is one of the highlights of this set along with "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do" two decades before Billie Holiday, "Jail-House Blues," and "Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down." Smith's accompaniment is nothing that special usually just a pianist and maybe a weak horn or two, but she dominates the music anyway, even on two vocal duets with her rival Clara Smith. All of these volumes reward close listenings and are full of timeless recordings.
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  • Release Date: 4/9/1991
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644709124
  • Catalog Number: 47091

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bessie Smith Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Harry Reser Guitar
Don Redman Clarinet
George Baquet Clarinet
Buddy Christian Banjo
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Jimmy Jones Piano
Clarence Williams Piano
Ernest Elliott Clarinet
Clara Smith Vocals, Track Performer
John Griffin Guitar
Irving Jones Piano
Robert Robbins Violin
Technical Credits
Bessie Smith Composer
Percy Grainger Composer
Mahalia Jackson Liner Notes
Ida Cox Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Lovie Austin Composer
E. Ollie Brown Composer
James Cox Composer
Tim Geelan Engineer
Porter Grainger Composer
E. Johnson Composer
Jo Trent Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
John Berg Art Direction
Lawrence Cohn Producer
Irving Johns Composer
Max Kortlander Composer
Robert Prince Composer
Bob Ricketts Composer
A. Hill Composer
W. Jackson Composer
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