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The Original Hound Dog CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000009L8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)
  21. The Fish
  22. Mischievous Boogie

Product description

(1951-57 'Peacock') (57:43/22)

Medium 1
Hound Dog
Walking Blues
My Man Called Me
Cotton Picking Blues
Willie Mae's Trouble
The Big Change
I Smell A Rat
I Just Can't Help Myself
They Call Me Big Mama
Hard Times
I Ain't No Fool Either
You Don't Move Me No More
Let Your Tears Fall Baby
I've Searched The World Over
Rock A Bye Baby
How Come
Nightmare
Stop A Hoppin On Me
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh
Just Like A Dog
The Fish
Mischievous Boogie

Customer Reviews

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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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I think Mama Mae is one of the most underrated singers since......... well ever! Stunning power and her version of Hound Dog (who the song was written for), is far superior to the Elvis version (my personal opinion). Let's face it, if Elvis wasn't white and Mama Mae was, he wouldn't have got on TV in those early days and she would have..... the result would have been so different for Rock 'n' Roll. If you like solid, powerful blues vocals, the this album by Mama Mae is for you.
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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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