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Essential Bessie Smith

The Essential Bessie Smith

by Bessie Smith
     
 
Although there are a multitude of box sets chronicling Bessie's entire recorded career, this two-disc, 36-song set sweats it down to the bare essentials in quite an effective manner. Bessie could sing it all, from the lowdown moan of "St. Louis Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" to her torch treatment of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" to the

Overview

Although there are a multitude of box sets chronicling Bessie's entire recorded career, this two-disc, 36-song set sweats it down to the bare essentials in quite an effective manner. Bessie could sing it all, from the lowdown moan of "St. Louis Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" to her torch treatment of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" to the downright salaciousness of "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl." Covering a time span from her first recordings in 1923 to her final session in 1933, this is the perfect entry-level set to go with. Utilizing the latest in remastering technology, these recordings have never sounded quite this clear and full, and the selection -- collecting her best-known sides and collaborations with jazz giants like Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Goodman -- is first-rate. If you've never experienced the genius of Bessie Smith, pick this one up and prepare yourself to be devastated.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646492222
catalogNumber:
64922
Rank:
41411

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Aggravatin' Papa
  2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  4. Jail-House Blues
  5. Graveyard Dream Blues
  6. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down
  7. Boweavil Blues
  8. Weeping Willow Blues
  9. Dying Gambler's Blues
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
  12. Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home)
  13. Careless Love Blues
  14. I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle
  15. At the Christmas Ball
  16. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town
  17. Backwater Blues
  18. After You've Gone

Disc 2

  1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  2. There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  3. Trombone Cholly
  4. Send Me to the 'lectric Chair
  5. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  6. Dyin' by the Hour
  7. Me and My Gin
  8. Kitchen Man
  9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  10. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
  11. Moan, You Moaners
  12. Black Mountain Blues
  13. Shipwreck Blues
  14. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
  15. Do Your Duty
  16. Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)
  17. Take Me for a Buggy Ride
  18. Down in the Dumps

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bessie Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Stevens   Piano,Accompaniment
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Accompaniment
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
James P. Johnson   Piano,Accompaniment
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Ladnier   Cornet,Accompaniment
Ed Allen   Cornet,Accompaniment
Louis Armstrong   Cornet,Accompaniment
Bessemer Singers   Vocals
Garvin Bushell   Alto Saxophone,Accompaniment
Buddy Christian   Banjo
June Cole   Tuba
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano,Accompaniment
Porter Grainger   Piano,Accompaniment
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
Jimmy Jones   Piano,Accompaniment
Fred Longshaw   Piano,Reed Organ,Accompaniment
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Cyrus St. Clair   Tuba,Accompaniment
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone,Accompaniment
Buck Washington   Piano,Leader
Clarence Williams   Piano,Accompaniment
Ernest Elliott   Clarinet
Charlie Green   Trombone,Accompaniment
Floyd Casey   Drums,Accompaniment
Bob Escudero   Tuba
Blue Boys   Accompaniment
Billy Taylor   String Bass
Irving Johns   Piano,Accompaniment
Bobby Johnson   Guitar
Robert Robbins   Violin,Accompaniment
Lincoln M. Conaway   Guitar
June Cole Orchestra   Tuba,Accompaniment
Joe Smith   Cornet,Accompaniment
Louisa Metcalfe   Cornet,Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
Percy Grainger   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Lovie Austin   Composer
George Brooks   Composer
Tim Brymn   Composer
James Cox   Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Fred Longshaw   Composer
Mezz Mezzrow   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Lawrence Cohn   Producer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
Lisa Hamilton   Art Direction
Joe Hayden   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Coot Grant   Composer
James L. Hunter   Graphic Design
Robert Prince   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
Jennifer Ebert   Packaging Manager
John Henry   Composer
Theodore Metz   Composer
H. Burke   Composer

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