Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Bessie Smith

The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Bessie Smith

by Bessie Smith
     
 

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The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Bessie Smith condenses the career of one of the 20th century's most singular singers. Jumping around her discography, the anthology moves from Smith's debut recording (1923's sweetly aching "Down Hearted Blues") to hits (the lamenting "A Good Man Is Hard to Find") and covers (her essential "St. Louis Blues" with Louis Armstrong

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The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Bessie Smith condenses the career of one of the 20th century's most singular singers. Jumping around her discography, the anthology moves from Smith's debut recording (1923's sweetly aching "Down Hearted Blues") to hits (the lamenting "A Good Man Is Hard to Find") and covers (her essential "St. Louis Blues" with Louis Armstrong, the aloof "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"), as well as her forays into Tin Pan Alley ("Muddy Water [A Mississippi Moan]") and soulful ballads ("Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer"). Accompanying Smith's offerings is a bonus disc featuring her contemporaries (Lucille Bogan, Memphis Minnie) and artists who continued her legacy (Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633126426
catalogNumber:
1264

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Down Hearted Blues
  2. A Good Man is Hard To Find
  3. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
  4. Careless Love
  5. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
  6. T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  7. I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl
  8. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
  9. Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
  10. Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1
  11. Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2
  12. Back Water Blues
  13. The Yellow Dog Blues
  14. Me and My Gin
  15. St. Louis Blues
  16. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town
  17. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  18. After You've Gone
  19. Jailhouse Blues
  20. Dirty No-Gooder's Blues
  21. I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried In My Grave

Disc 2

  1. Coffee Gringin' Blues
  2. My Stove's In Good Condition
  3. Knockin' Myself Out
  4. Dirty Mother For You
  5. Short John
  6. Dope Head Blues
  7. Love Shows Weakness
  8. When I Get Low I Get High
  9. Jack I'm Mellow
  10. I'm a Mighty Tight Woman
  11. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
  12. Oh What a Dream

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bessie Smith   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Lucille Bogan   Composer
Alberta Hunter   Composer
Bessie Smith   Composer
Victoria Spivey   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Sippie Wallace   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Ahmad Jamal   Composer
Perry Bradford   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Lovie Austin   Composer
George Brooks   Composer
Tim Brymn   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Danny Small   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Amos Easton   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Nigel Williamson   Sleeve Notes
Everett Robbins   Composer
Marion Sunshine   Composer
Harry Burke   Composer
Elroy Crane   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
James Weldon   Composer
Lilly Green   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Irène Rognier   translation
Isaac Gómez Martel   translation
Edward Clifton Green   Composer

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