Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (2013) [Pre-War Blues]; FLAC (tracks)

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Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (2013) [Pre-War Blues]; FLAC (tracks)

Unread postby CountryBlues » 12 Mar 2020, 07:54

Artist: Bessie Smith
Album: The Essential Bessie Smith
Genre: Pre-War Blues
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Released: 2013
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
    CD 1:
  1. Aggravatin' Papa
  2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  4. Jail-House Blues
  5. Graveyard Dream Blues
  6. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down
  7. Boweavil Blues
  8. Weeping Willow Blues
  9. Dying Gambler's Blues
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. You've Been a Good Old Wagon
  12. Cake Walkin' Babies from Home
  13. Careless Love Blues (take 1)
  14. I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle
  15. At the Christmas Ball (78rpm Version)
  16. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town (78rpm Version)
  17. Backwater Blues
  18. After You've Gone

    CD 2:
  19. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  20. There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  21. Trombone Cholly
  22. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
  23. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  24. Dyin' by the Hour
  25. Me and My Gin
  26. Kitchen Man (78 rpm Version)
  27. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (78rpm Version)
  28. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
  29. Moan, You Moaners
  30. Black Mountain Blues
  31. Shipwreck Blues
  32. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
  33. Do Your Duty
  34. Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
  35. Take Me for a Buggy Ride
  36. Down in the Dumps


Although there are a multitude of box sets chronicling Bessie's entire recorded career, this two-disc, 36-song set sweats it down to the bare essentials in quite an effective manner. Bessie could sing it all, from the lowdown moan of "St. Louis Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" to her torch treatment of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" to the downright salaciousness of "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl." Covering a time span from her first recordings in 1923 to her final session in 1933, this is the perfect entry-level set to go with. Utilizing the latest in remastering technology, these recordings have never sounded quite this clear and full, and the selection collecting her best-known sides and collaborations with jazz giants like Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Goodman is first-rate. If you've never experienced the genius of Bessie Smith, pick this one up and prepare yourself to be devastated.

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