Virginia Liston, Vol. 1: 1923-1924

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
An obscure but talented classic blues singer, Virginia Liston recorded 36 selections during 1923-1926. The first 23 are on this Document CD. Although Liston did not have any hits, many of her recordings are memorable. Vol. 1 is highlighted by "You Thought I Was Blind but Now I See," "You Can Have It I Don't Want It," "Early in the Morning," and "You've Got the Right Keyhole." The latter two songs have Liston joined by Clarence Williams' Blue Five, which at the time included cornetist Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet on clarinet and soprano, and trombonist Charles Irvis. All of the other selections have Williams on piano usually solo except for "Jail House Blues," which has a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
An obscure but talented classic blues singer, Virginia Liston recorded 36 selections during 1923-1926. The first 23 are on this Document CD. Although Liston did not have any hits, many of her recordings are memorable. Vol. 1 is highlighted by "You Thought I Was Blind but Now I See," "You Can Have It I Don't Want It," "Early in the Morning," and "You've Got the Right Keyhole." The latter two songs have Liston joined by Clarence Williams' Blue Five, which at the time included cornetist Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet on clarinet and soprano, and trombonist Charles Irvis. All of the other selections have Williams on piano usually solo except for "Jail House Blues," which has a guitarist who might possibly be Bechet in his only recording on the instrument. As usual, Document does an excellent job of reissuing obscure recordings complete and in chronological order. Collectors of 1920s classic blues will want this set and its follow-up, Vol. 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2000
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298544626
  • Catalog Number: 5446
  • Sales rank: 362,444

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Virginia Liston Primary Artist, Vocals
Sylvester Weaver Guitar
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Guitar, Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Christian Banjo
Porter Grainger Piano
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Clarence Williams Piano
Ernest Elliott Clarinet
Sam Gray Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Butler Composer
Willie Brown Composer
Booker T. Laury Composer
Johnny Parth Producer
Clarence Williams Composer
Virginia Liston Duet
Bob Higgins Composer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
Steve Brown Composer
Sam Gray Duet
Traditional Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Steven C. Tracy Liner Notes
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