Virginia Liston Volume 2: 1924-1926
- Released: May 1, 1996
- Label: Document
- 1.Night Latch Key Blues
- 2.Any Day The Sun Don't Shine
- 3.Papa De Da Da
- 4.I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
- 5.Make Me A Pallet
- 6.You Can Dip Your Bread In My Gravy, But You Can't Have None Of My Chops
- 7.I Ain't Got Nobody (Ain't Nobody Cares For Me)
- 8.Black Sheep Blues
- 9.I'm Sick Of Fattening Frogs For Snakes
- 10.Rolls Royce Papa
- 11.Titanic Blues
- 12.Evil Minded Blues
- 13.I'm Gonna Get Me A Man That's All
- 14.How Many Times
- 15.Can't Get Lovin' Blues
- 16.A-Wearin' Away The Blues
- 17.Sweet Man O' Mine
- 18.He Took It Away From Me
- 19.If I Were Your Daddy (And You Were A Mamma To Me)
- 20.Watch Me Go
- 21.You Never Miss A Good Thing Till It's Gone
- 22.How Can I Be Your "Sweet Mamma" When You Are "Daddy" To Somebody Else
- 23.Don't Cut Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face
Personnel: Virginia Liston (vocals); Lavinia Turner (vocals, accordion); Buddy Christian (banjo); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, alto saxophone); Ernest Elliott (clarinet); Gus Aiken (cornet); Jake Frazier (trombone); Clarence Williams (piano, reed organ); James P. Johnson & His Orchestra, Willie Gant, James P. Johnson, Sam Gray (piano); Joe Banks (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
Liner Note Author: Steven C. Tracy .
Recording information: Chicago, IL (03/??/1921-05/29/1926); New York, NY (03/??/1921-05/29/1926).
Virginia Liston recorded 36 selections during 1923-1926, and the final 13 begin this interesting CD from Document's "complete" series of classic blues recordings. The backup groups are just adequate (mostly with Clarence Williams on piano), but such memorable tunes as "Papa De Da Da," "Make Me a Pallet," "Titanic Blues," and "You Can Dip Your Bread in My Gravy, But You Can't Have None of My Chops" are given excellent treatments, finishing off Virginia Liston's career. Also on the CD are the only ten recoridngs of Lavinia Turner, a vaudevillian singer who only recorded during 1921-1922. Although backed by bands on the majority of the tunes, this talented (if very obscure) singer is heard at her best accompanied by pianist James P. Johnson on two selections from November 1921. A fine acquisition for classic blues vocal fans. ~ Scott Yanow
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