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The Original Hound Dog [CD]

Big Mama Thornton Audio CD
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Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton only notched one national hit in her lifetime, but it was a true monster. "Hound Dog" held down the top slot on Billboard's R&B charts for seven long weeks in 1953. Alas, Elvis Presley's rocking 1956 cover was even bigger, effectively obscuring Thornton's chief claim to immortality.
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000009L8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hound Dog
2. Walking Blues
3. My Man Called Me
4. Cotton Picking Blues
5. Willie Mae's Trouble
6. The Big Change
7. I Smell a Rat
8. I Just Can't Help Myself
9. They Call Me Big Mama
10. Hard Times
11. I AIn't No Fool Either
12. You Don't Move Me No More
13. Let Your Tears Fall Baby
14. I've Searched The World Over
15. Rock a Bye Baby
16. How Come
17. Nightmare
18. Stop A-Hoppin On Me
19. Laugh, Laugh, Laugh
20. Just Like A Dog (Barking Up The Wrong Tree)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's he on about? 17 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Like other readers, I was somewhat bemused to read the review by Mr O Buxton (Olly Buxton). Amazon is a commercial site that sells music and video products, rather than a platform for airing wide-ranging musical/cultural opinions. That is to say, the object of posting a review is to try to get the flavour of a particular product (in this case a Big Mama Thronton CD) that will help the reader to make a decision about whether or not to buy it.

Olly Buxton is perfectly entitled to his views of how Thornton and her version of Hound Dog is perceived, and that may or not coincide with those of myself or others. But this is not a CD review by any stretch of the imagination. Hound Dog is actually the only song on the album to which he refers - if his post was really a CD review, he might have mentioned one or two of the other 21 tracks here, and possibly give an evaluation of what Big Mama Thornton's talents or otherwise really were. As it is, the comments are out of place here and would more appropriately appear in some roots/blues magazine or other.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Mae Thornton: A Great Blues Singer. 19 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Willlie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was a superb blues shouter in the tradition of Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie. When she sang blues she didn't need to pose, like Elvis and Janis Joplin. She was the real thing.

No one denies that Elvis could sing, and his version of 'Hound Dog' is exciting--but Willie Mae's version has bite, thrust, and a hard-won emotional truth. And the song only makes sense when sung by a woman; the hound dog is clearly a no-account male (dig Willie Mae's take on the line 'You can wag your tail'). The previous reviwer calls the original version 'comfy R and B.' Talk about (mental) Anarchy in the U.K.!

For the record: Willie Mae Thornton died penniless in a Los Angeles rooming house in 1984, so it's hard to see how she 'is doing quite well' from Elvis.

Forget the Elvis-idolatry and buy the genuine article.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice 18 Mar 2014
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Really good music for driving to. She has always been one of my favourites and would recommend listening to her.
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3 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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There is much mythology and fable in rock 'n' roll; that's partly what makes it so alluring - it's the only romantic tradition left. But, as in all other romantic traditions, there's a point where myth and fable disappear over the abyss into plain old fashioned codswallop, and it's pretty difficult to say where that point is.
What you can say, I'm afraid, is that Big Mama Thornton's place in pop history is assured only courtesy of such a piece of codswallop.
Big Mama's version of "Hound Dog", so the legend goes, puts the subsequent version by Elvis Presley into the shade (oddly, though, the legend doesn't say how, exactly). Had only Big Mama been white, and a man, and it would have been her on the Ed Sullivan show and not E. Big Mama, you see, is a victim of her own poor circumstance. Elvis was simply a lucky chancer.
Thus are our political and mythical needs sated. No matter that it's utter nonsense.
There's a simple experiment you can perform, in the comfort of your own home, which will demonstrate how patent this nonsense is. All you have to do is play the two artists' versions of "Hound Dog", one after another, on your stereo. Play Big Mama first, then Elvis. Then Big Mama again, to give her the benefit of any doubt.
Big Mama's version is nice enough, in a comfy R+B sort of a way - no denying that.
On the other hand, Elvis' version, from the very first snarled syllable, peels paint off your walls. To this very day, there has been barely a record released which captures the same sort of energy and potent exuberance of youth. In fact I can think of only one which compares: the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK.
So forget the notion that Big Mama outdid the king.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Mama Is In The House 1 July 2008
By Alfred Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes, Big Mama sang the original Hound Dog well before Elvis made it a classic rock and roll hit. Yes, he went on to make millions (although not off of that song as such but as a fresh sex symbol at a time when the youth of my generation were in desperate need of our own icons) while she made about five hundred dollars off of it. But that is not the whole story. Big Mama had a career of her own beyond that song that while not as financially rewarding (due in part to race but also her drinking problem) as Elvis's nevertheless placed her in the pantheon of female blue singers like Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie- no little accomplishment in itself. That is what is being celebrated here. Other classics in this CD include How Come, Nightmare, They Call Me Big Mama and I Smell a Rat. Is this her best compilation. No, I believe that Ball and Chain is but this has a nice selection. Big Mama belts out the tunes but, as a rule, does not try to overpower them with that big voice. But big or small Mama means the electric blues raw and unchained and that ain't no lie.
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