Virginia Liston, Vol. 1: 1923-1924

Virginia Liston, Vol. 1: 1923-1924

by Virginia Liston
     
 

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 theSee more details below

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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:
09/07/2000
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298544626
catalogNumber:
5446
Rank:
197913

Tracks

  1. Bed Time Blues
  2. You Thought I Was Blind But Now I See
  3. You Don't Know My Mind Blues
  4. Sally Long Blues
  5. Don't Agitate Me Blues
  6. Happy Shout
  7. House Rent Stomp
  8. Shreveport Blues
  9. You Can Have It (I Don't Want It)  - Sam Gray
  10. Just Take One Long Last Lingering Look  - Sam Gray
  11. I Don't Love Nobody
  12. 'Tain't a Doggone Thing But the Blues
  13. Jail House Blues
  14. Mississippi Blues
  15. I Never Knew What the Blues Were (Until You Went Away)
  16. San Francisco Blues
  17. Pineland Blues
  18. Weeping Willow Blues
  19. Early in the Morning
  20. You've Got the Right Key, But the Wrong Keyhole
  21. Give It to Me Good
  22. Bill Draw
  23. Monkey Jungle Blues

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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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