Urban Blues Singing Legend [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Spanning what is largely considered blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon's most fertile and important period between 1945 and 1951, Urban Blues Singing Legend is a superb four-disc box set that features most of the iconic post-war blues artist's best cuts. Witherspoon was a versatile performer who could move deftly from robust jump blues "shouters" to more laid-back and urbanely soulful ballads. Here you get both sides of Witherspoon as he is backed by such equally legendary musicians as tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, pianist Bill Doggett, and others. Included here are such tracks as his 1949 R&B hit with Jay McShann's band "Ain't Nobody's Business, Pts. 1 & 2" as well ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Spanning what is largely considered blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon's most fertile and important period between 1945 and 1951, Urban Blues Singing Legend is a superb four-disc box set that features most of the iconic post-war blues artist's best cuts. Witherspoon was a versatile performer who could move deftly from robust jump blues "shouters" to more laid-back and urbanely soulful ballads. Here you get both sides of Witherspoon as he is backed by such equally legendary musicians as tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, pianist Bill Doggett, and others. Included here are such tracks as his 1949 R&B hit with Jay McShann's band "Ain't Nobody's Business, Pts. 1 & 2" as well as such live hits as "Big Fine Girl" and "No Rollin' Blues" from the '50s. Featuring an annotated discography and stellar liner notes, Urban Blues Singing Legend is easily the definitive collection of one of the definitive artists of postwar rockin' blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065777821
  • Catalog Number: 7778
  • Sales rank: 239,226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Confessing the Blues - Jay McShann (3:11)
  2. 2 Hard-Working Man's Blues - Jay McShann (3:22)
  3. 3 Shipyard Woman Blues - Jay McShann & His Sextette (3:03)
  4. 4 Ernestine - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:50)
  5. 5 Roll on, Katy - Jay McShann & His Sextette (3:06)
  6. 6 Voodoo Woman Blues - Jay McShann & His Sextette (2:38)
  7. 7 I Want a Little Girl - Jay McShann & His Sextette (2:37)
  8. 8 Have You Ever Loved a Woman - Jay McShann & His Sextette (2:48)
  9. 9 Gone with the Blues - Jay McShann & His Sextette (2:42)
  10. 10 Wandering Gal Blues (2:52)
  11. 11 Hey Mr. Landlord (2:46)
  12. 12 Hey Mr. Landlord (2:47)
  13. 13 Cain River Blues (2:47)
  14. 14 How I Hate to See Xmas Come Around (3:01)
  15. 15 Third Floor Blues (2:56)
  16. 16 Money's Getting Cheaper (2:57)
  17. 17 Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough (2:46)
  18. 18 Skid Row Blues (2:50)
  19. 19 How Long (3:06)
  20. 20 Ain't Noboby's Business, Pt. I (2:57)
  21. 21 Ain't Nobody's Business, Pt. II (3:09)
  22. 22 Back Water Blues (3:09)
  23. 23 Frogimore Blues (2:50)
  24. 24 Frogimore Blues (2:55)
  25. 25 In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down (3:01)
  26. 26 In the Evening (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wee Baby Blues - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (3:07)
  2. 2 Six-Foot-Two Blues - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:41)
  3. 3 How You Gonna Act (2:48)
  4. 4 Money Eyes Woman (2:38)
  5. 5 Spoon Calls Hootie (2:45)
  6. 6 Destruction Blues (2:36)
  7. 7 Call My Baby (2:24)
  8. 8 The New Look (2:28)
  9. 9 Big Heart (2:42)
  10. 10 Drunk Broke and Hungry (2:33)
  11. 11 Big Eyes Blues (2:35)
  12. 12 Funny Style Baby (2:26)
  13. 13 Cold Blooded Boogie (2:45)
  14. 14 Lush Head Woman (2:37)
  15. 15 Long About Dawn (2:50)
  16. 16 Miss Clawdy B (2:29)
  17. 17 Thelma Lee Blues - Al Wichard (2:42)
  18. 18 Pinocchio Blues - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:42)
  19. 19 Your Red Wagon - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:46)
  20. 20 Sweet Lovin' Baby - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:34)
  21. 21 Geneva Blues - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:26)
  22. 22 Feelin' So Sad - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:39)
  23. 23 Same Old Blues - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:41)
  24. 24 I Love You Just the Same - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:49)
  25. 25 Jump Children - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:49)
  26. 26 Take Me Back Baby - Buddy Tate & His Orchestra (2:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Who's Been Jivin' You (2:40)
  2. 2 Rain, Rain, Rain (2:48)
  3. 3 When I Had My Money (3:01)
  4. 4 Doctor Blues (2:14)
  5. 5 Big Fine Girl (2:31)
  6. 6 No Rollin' Blues (3:28)
  7. 7 Drinkin' Beer (Have a Ball) (2:13)
  8. 8 Better Love Next Time, Pt. I (2:18)
  9. 9 Better Love Next Time, Pt. II (2:29)
  10. 10 Don't Ever Move a Woman into Your House (2:53)
  11. 11 Hard Workin' Blues (3:10)
  12. 12 Failing by Degrees - Roy Milton (3:12)
  13. 13 New Orleans Woman - Roy Milton (2:28)
  14. 14 I'm Goin' Around in Circles (3:09)
  15. 15 Just a Country Boy (3:03)
  16. 16 There Ain't Nothin' Better (2:58)
  17. 17 Love and Friendship (3:10)
  18. 18 Once There Lived a Fool (2:42)
  19. 19 I'm Just Wonderin', Pt. I (2:38)
  20. 20 I'm Just Wonderin', Pt. II (2:27)
  21. 21 I'm Just a Ladies Man (2:27)
  22. 22 You Can't Kiss a Dream Goodnight (2:24)
  23. 23 Practice What You Preach (2:48)
  24. 24 I Gotta Gal Lives Up on the Hill - Roy Milton (2:19)
  25. 25 Ain't Nobody's Business - Roy Milton (3:55)
  26. 26 Real Ugly Woman (2:49)
  27. 27 Give My Heart Another Break (3:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Would My Baby Make a Change (2:37)
  2. 2 The Wind Is Blowin' (2:53)
  3. 3 Love My Baby (2:42)
  4. 4 Baby Baby (2:18)
  5. 5 Slow Your Speed (3:00)
  6. 6 Foolish Prayer (2:00)
  7. 7 Lucille (2:35)
  8. 8 Blues in Trouble (2:50)
  9. 9 Two Little Girls (2:34)
  10. 10 One Fine Gal (2:25)
  11. 11 Don't Tell Me Now (3:03)
  12. 12 Corn Whiskey (2:14)
  13. 13 The Day Is Dawning (3:01)
  14. 14 Jay's Blues, Pt. I (2:35)
  15. 15 Jay's Blues, Pt. II (2:44)
  16. 16 Miss, Miss Mistreater (2:13)
  17. 17 Back Home (2:42)
  18. 18 The Last Mile (2:57)
  19. 19 It (2:25)
  20. 20 Back Door Blues (3:11)
  21. 21 Fast Woman, Slow Gin (2:33)
  22. 22 24 Sad Hours (2:40)
  23. 23 Just for You (2:25)
  24. 24 Sad Life (2:52)
  25. 25 Move Me Baby (2:33)
  26. 26 I'm Not Too Young (2:15)
  27. 27 Highway to Happiness (2:37)
  28. 28 I Done Told You (2:38)
  29. 29 Oh Boy (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Witherspoon Primary Artist
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