The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: 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, 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633126426
  • Catalog Number: 1264
  • Sales rank: 84,299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down Hearted Blues (3:27)
  2. 2 A Good Man is Hard To Find (3:01)
  3. 3 I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (3:21)
  4. 4 Careless Love (3:24)
  5. 5 Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) (3:09)
  6. 6 T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (3:30)
  7. 7 I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl (2:52)
  8. 8 Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair (3:24)
  9. 9 Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer (3:31)
  10. 10 Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1 (3:03)
  11. 11 Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2 (3:21)
  12. 12 Back Water Blues (3:19)
  13. 13 The Yellow Dog Blues (3:03)
  14. 14 Me and My Gin (2:51)
  15. 15 St. Louis Blues (3:11)
  16. 16 Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town (3:20)
  17. 17 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (2:59)
  18. 18 After You've Gone (2:57)
  19. 19 Jailhouse Blues (3:15)
  20. 20 Dirty No-Gooder's Blues (2:46)
  21. 21 I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried In My Grave (2:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Coffee Gringin' Blues (3:27)
  2. 2 My Stove's In Good Condition - Lil Johnson (2:54)
  3. 3 Knockin' Myself Out - Lil Green (3:00)
  4. 4 Dirty Mother For You - Memphis Minnie (2:48)
  5. 5 Short John - Dinah Washington (2:53)
  6. 6 Dope Head Blues - Victoria Spivey (3:20)
  7. 7 Love Shows Weakness - Merline Johnson (2:41)
  8. 8 When I Get Low I Get High - Ella Fitzgerald (2:25)
  9. 9 Jack I'm Mellow - Trixie Smith (2:46)
  10. 10 I'm a Mighty Tight Woman - Sippie Wallace (2:54)
  11. 11 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Big Maybelle (2:52)
  12. 12 Oh What a Dream - Ruth Brown (2:53)
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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
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
Peter de Rose Composer
James Weldon Composer
Laurence Cedar Mastering
Lilly Green Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
Irène Rognier translation
Isaac Gómez Martel translation
Edward Clifton Green Composer
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