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21 Jun. 2005 | Format: MP3

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2:59
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3:20
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3:31
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3:29
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3:12
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3:22
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3:08
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3:22
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3:22
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3:03
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3:12
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2:47
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2:59
30
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2:57
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21
3:14
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2:55
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2:57
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3:18
Disc 2
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2:51
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2:59
30
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3:01
30
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3:14
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3:22
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3:01
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2:50
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2:55
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3:12
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3:14
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2:51
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2:40
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2:36
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2:49
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2:53
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2:59
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3:10
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3:20
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2:59
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2:51
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3:03
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2:38
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3:14
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3:14
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3:18
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Jun. 2005
  • Release Date: 21 Jun. 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Fabulous
  • Copyright: (c) 2005 Acrobat Music Limited
  • Total Length: 2:32:31
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  • ASIN: B001V836VA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,874 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 27 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Side One:

1. Down Hearted Blues
2. Gulf Coast Blues
3. Jailhouse Blues
4. St. Louis Gal
5. Aggravatin' Papa
6. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
7. Chicago Bound Blues
8. T'Ain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do
9. Any Woman's Blues
10. Easy Come Easy Go Blues
11. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down
12. Hateful Blues
13. Careless Love Blues
14. New Gulf Coast Blues
15. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
16. The Yello Dog Blues
17. I Ain't Got Nobody
18. What's the Matter Now
19. Baby Doll
20. Hard Driving Papa
21. The Gin House Blues
22. Lost Your Head Blues
23. After You've Gone
24. Backwater Blues

Side Two:

1. Preachin' the Blues
2. Alexadner's Ragtime Band
3. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
4. Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
5. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
6. Thinking Blues
7. I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried in My Grave
8. Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1
9. Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2
10. Spider Man Blues
11. Slow and Easy Man
12. I'm Wild About That Thing
13. You've Got to Give Me Some
14. Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out
15. Wasted Life Blues
16. Don't Cry Baby
17. Baby Have Pity on Me
18. Hustlin' Dan
19. Black Mountain Blues
20. In the House Blues
21. Blue Blue
22. I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
23. Safety Mama
24. Do Your Duty
25. Gimme a Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Surfer8 on 3 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
The best blues singer there ever was.
Great value album.
You'd be a fool not to buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Queen 4 Jun. 2008
By Alfred Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Elsewhere in this space I have mentioned that in the early days of the blues, at least the recorded blues, women vocalists dominated the market. One thinks of Mabel Smith and Ma Rainey in that regard. But the queen of the hill, and the one still best remembered, for roaring out those barrel house blues is Bessie Smith. This little two-disc compilation gives a very nice beginner cross section of the kind of subjects that she sang about-mainly broken-hearted love, no good men and the trials and tribulations of being a black women on her own.

Bessie music also represents the place, as with Blind Willie McTell on the male side, where the blues go from the Saturday night juke joints of the farm, make that cotton, country to the more sophisticated Southern city locales. Furthermore, she along with Memphis Minnie were the queens of the now lost art of sexual double entendre- you know, 'put a little sugar in my bowl', 'take me for a buggy ride' and other classic lines of that type.

Be aware in listening to this compilation that the quality of the early recordings can be a liitle grating on the ear but bear with it because this thing just grows on you. It is rather an acquired taste but one you have the Bessie in your head you will not want to turn the damn thing off. Top selections here are a moanful , weary Empty Bed Blues, St Louis Gal, Preachin Man Blues that later singers have covered. All these recordings all the essentials to bring you up to speed on Bessie. No way, but go back the first sentence- you will be saving your pennies to get the next album to get others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Classic blues vocal album 28 Nov. 2012
By Mark McIlroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a classic blues vocal album. Recorded in the 1920's the quality of the sound it good if a little hollow. There are 49 tracks on two disks so there is a lot to get through
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best blues vocals of the 20s 26 Jun. 2012
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bessie Smith represents the blues heard in urban clubs (quite possibly speakeasies during prohibition), as opposed to the blues found out in country juke joints, sometimes referred to as blind pigs, which was usually a traveling bluesman with a guitar (traveling light). It was the era of bootleg gin in the city, and possibly white lightning out in the country. Bessie Smith sang with a piano accompanyist, and sometimes some violin or other instruments such as a sax or coronet. Some other singers used mainly bands. The quality of these recordings is exceptionally good considering that the originals were produced on the old vinyl 78s, using 1920s era technology. With 49 tracks, this is an exceptionally good buy.

With a collection this large, some are always better than others. It is a slower blues as opposed to the jazzy blues some singers did later. The Piano playing can get a bit tedious. The songs rang from "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to "I Ain't Got Nobody" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." My main complaints are with the packaging. The jewel case could have been a better design, and the enclosed booklet is black lettering on a gray background (lots of luck with that). I would not use this for a gift, and perhaps (if you want quality packaging) you should look at some of the other options for her recordings - I suppose you get lower quality packaging with the lower price. There is over an hour of playing time on each CD. It might be a bit much to listen to at one shot (especially with that tedious piano). I still give it five stars for the value of the music (ignoring the packaging quality in the rating). I won't list all 49 tracks, as they are in the Amazon listing and I have no information to add on the musicians or playing venues.
Bessie Smith Greatest Hits 18 Feb. 2014
By Anthony Kalbac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Ms. Bessie Smith and this album is a great addition to my collection of music of the ladies of jazz of the 1930's & 1940"s.
Highly recommend 20 Dec. 2014
By Tawnya J. Luke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love hearing this music again!
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