- 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)
The Original Hound Dog CD
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(1951-57 'Peacock') (57:43/22)
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
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
Stop A Hoppin On Me
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh
Just Like A Dog
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good music for driving to. She has always been one of my favourites and would recommend listening to her.Published on 18 Mar. 2014 by Kathy 123