Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Summer Savings Up to 25% Off Cloud Drive Photos Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Learn more Shop now Learn more

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars4
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£32.53+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 11 December 2012
Absolutely essential recordings by The Empress of The Blues. I have all these tracks on Vinyl issued in the early 1970s as five double albums. The quality on those was good for recordings made more than 70 years ago, but this box set has much better sound.
Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong et al. What more could you ask for. Highlights are Cold in Hand Blues and Empty Bed Blues, but there are many many more.
Probably best reissue of 2012
0Comment|13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 24 July 2013
The music is magnificent even if some of the accompaniments are a little wooden, but not when Joe Smith or Satchmo are there. Not perhaps the best remastering but Bessie's majestic voice still shines through. Great value and a nice booklet make this an essential purchase for lovers of classic blues
0Comment|2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 December 2015
I find myself in agreement with others here.The material itself is of course beyond superlatives,but Sony were know in the past for a lack of regard for the purchaser(terrible early versions of Armstrong's Hot Fives and |sevens,for example),giving inferior pressings the CD treatment.So it is here,boxed up,inferior sounding issues.So much could have been done,left undone,presumably in the name of quick profit.So,a lost opportunity by Sony,and as noted by previous reviewers,Frog do a far superior job.They make a fist of it,Sony a hash.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 18 January 2013
I agree with 2 of the reviews re the Frog release of Bessie Smith.The sound is superlative and Bessie almost sounds to be in your living room!

Remastered by the late John R.T.Davies and a tribute to the late David French from whose collection of 78s some of these songs were drawn. Notes by John Capes-THE vaudeville blues specialist! This is the creme-de- la-creme and you will never hear Bessie in better quality. Check out Red Lick Records catalogue (for all 8 volumes on Frog) who supply a No.1 service.

'Mississippi' Max Haymes
0Comment|5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items


Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)