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Sugar in My Bowl: Hard Drivin' Mamas: Vintage Sex Songs, 1923-1952 [Original recording remastered]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Chrome Dreams
  • ASIN: B00019FWEY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Need A Little Sugar In My BowlBessie Smith 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Want A Tall Skinny PapaSister Rosetta Tharpe 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. King Size PapaJulia Lee 2:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. He's Just My SizeLillie Mae Kirkman 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Just Give Me A ManMabel Scott 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Man For Every Day In The WeekSippie Wallace 3:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sam The Hot Dog ManLil Johnson 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like MineBessie Smith 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hot Nuts (Get 'Em From The Peanut Man)Lil Johnson 3:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Lovin' PapaDinah Washington 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rock MeSister Rosetta Tharpe 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I'm A Mighty Tight WomanSippie Wallace 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Garter Snake BluesVictoria Spivey 3:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)Barrel House Annie 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. What's The Matter With Me?Albinia Jones 2:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rocket 69Connie Allen 2:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gotta Gimme Whatcha GotJulia Lee 2:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Shame 'Em Dry (Version 2)Lucille Bogan 3:060.69  Buy MP3 

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the filthiest music ever recorded 1 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This superb album brings together some of the rudest and downright dirtiest tracks produced by american blues women in the 1930s and 1940s, including such greats as Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington. Every track is a gem, filled with a variety of mind boggling double and single entendres. Essential listening. By the way, Amazon. Track 9 should be 'Hot Nuts' not 'Hot Nuns'. There's a thought.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully crude blues! 26 Feb 2008
By D. Eves
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The girls singing these tunes certainly knew what they wanted from a man and this included quantity and quality. With song titles 'He's Just My Size', 'I'm a Mighty Tight Woman' and 'If it Don't Fit, Don't Force it' you know what you're getting but these are also great blues songs. Please note that the crudest song 'Shave 'em Dry' by Lucille Bogan (check out the rest of her stuff) appears to be missing if played on a CD player. However it does appear if played on a computer.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ever wondered what prim and proper Great Granny got up to in her youth?

This record is a pointer and you are the direct evidence.

One of the bloosiest bossom heavers ever spun out with sheer hip shaking raunch. This can suck most other musical forms dry and then put it to shame with its sheer pizzaz. Recorded at a time when censorship of the white communities entailed heavy hands dictating when hands can ruffle skirts, in the black segregated worlds a ball was in full swing, or make that two balls and one huge swinging member.

This contains female vocals swooning, heaving and sweating to the early blues sounds of the rhythm beating out the meat.

Put it on, try it for size as it says more than Foucault about the basis of life in those prurient times
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable lascivious songs... 19 July 2007
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sugar In My Bowl gives us a great collection of eighteen songs from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. These songs all explore the theme of romance sung by some of the greatest female artists of the day. It's great to see how these songbirds used simple everyday words to convey romantic ideas to their public without being caught by the censors. Wow!

The legendary Bessie Smith begins the track set with "I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl." Awesome! Bessie sings this bluesy number to a tee and she never misses a note! The piano accompaniment works well but it still lets Bessie's vocals remain squarely in the spotlight. "I Want A Tall Skinny Papa" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe sports a big band flavor with a great male backup chorus to make this number take flight! Sister Rosetta sings this with all her heart and it shows as you listen to "I Want A Tall Skinny Papa."

"Just Give Me A Man" from Mabel Scott does indeed offer romantic hope to all men as she sings of how she wants to spend time with just about any--or all--of the men she can get her hands on! What a hoot! Mabel sings very well and the musical accompaniment enhances "Just Give Me A Man." Awesome!

Some of the songs on this CD use certain words to be rather suggestive. Take a listen to "Sam The Hot Dog Man" by Lil Johnson with its great arrangement and "Hot Nuts (Get 'Em From The Peanut Man)." I think you can put two and two together for yourself. SMILE

There's also an interesting early recording by Dinah Washington entitled "My Lovin' Papa;" we see Dinah showcasing her talents as a first rate jazz singer as early as 1945. Great! Sister Rosetta Tharpe returns to perform again; this time she performs "Rock Me," an excellent tune indeed. Love that guitar intro!

One of the more recent numbers on this CD would be the superb "Rocket 69" performed so ably by Connie Allen with a backup chorus harmonizing to perfection! "Rocket 69" sports that early rock and roll flavor which works wonders for this awesome number. Give this one a listen and you'll love it--I am sure of it!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. This one's gonna be tough because the last number on this CD uses explicit lyrics to explore the subject of love. Lucille Bogan sings "Shave 'Em Dry (Version 2)" with great energy and you can tell she's enjoying every minute of this lascivious song! The sound quality is poor but you'll be able to hear every last word Lucille sings.

The liner notes feature an informative essay by Neil Kellas; and the artwork reflects good judgment. There are beautiful photos of Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Lucille Bogan and more!

Hey, people are people and romance enters into all of our lives. I highly recommend this CD for fans of this type of music; and if you ever care to talk a walk on the wilder side of the street, this CD is just the ticket!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moms birthday 5 Aug 2012
By Heather M. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My mom said she loves them and has listened to Moms Mabley repeatedly. Made her laugh, can't ask for more.
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