Bessie Smith Complete Columbia Recordings

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Format: CD  (10 Discs)
Item:  SNYL 540310

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Released: November 6, 2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Down Hearted Blues
  • 2.Gulf Coast Blues
  • 3.Aggravatin' Papa
  • 4.Beale Street Mama
  • 5.Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  • 6.Oh Daddy Blues
  • 7.'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  • 8.Keeps On A-Rainin' (Papa, He Can't Make No Time)
  • 9.Mama's Got the Blues
  • 10.Outside of That
  • 11.Bleeding Hearted Blues
  • 12.Lady Luck Blues
  • 13.Yodling Blues
  • 14.Midnight Blues
  • 15.If You Don't, I Know Who Will
  • 16.Nobody in Town Can Bake a Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine
  • 17.Jail-House Blues
  • 18.St. Louis Gal
  • 19.Sam Jones Blues

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Graveyard Dream Blues
  • 2.Cemetery Blues
  • 3.Far Away Blues
  • 4.I'm Going Back to My Used to Be
  • 5.Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time
  • 6.My Sweetie Went Away
  • 7.Any Woman's Blues
  • 8.Chicago Bound Blues
  • 9.Mistreating Daddy
  • 10.Frosty Morning Blues
  • 11.Haunted House Blues
  • 12.Eavesdropper's Blues
  • 13.Easy Come, Easy Go Blues
  • 14.Sorrowful Blues
  • 15.Pinchbacks - Take 'Em Away
  • 16.Rocking Chair Blues
  • 17.Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down
  • 18.Boweavil Blues
  • 19.Hateful Blues

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Frankie Blues
  • 2.Moonshine Blues
  • 3.Lou'siana Low-Down Blues
  • 4.Mountain Top Blues
  • 5.Work House Blues
  • 6.House Rent Blues
  • 7.Salt Water Blues
  • 8.Rainy Weather Blues
  • 9.Weeping Willow Blues
  • 10.The Bye Bye Blues
  • 11.Sing Sing Prison Blues
  • 12.Follow the Deal On Down
  • 13.Sinful Blues
  • 14.Woman's Trouble Blues
  • 15.Love Me Daddy Blues
  • 16.Dying Gambler's Blues
  • 17.The St. Louis Blues
  • 18.Reckless Blues
  • 19.Sobbin' Hearted Blues

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Cold in Hand Blues
  • 2.You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
  • 3.Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home)
  • 4.The Yellow Dog Blues
  • 5.Soft Pedal Blues
  • 6.Dixie Flyer Blues
  • 7.Nashville Women's Blues
  • 8.Careless Love Blues
  • 9.J.C. Holmes Blues
  • 10.I Ain't Goin' to Play No Second Fiddle
  • 11.He's Gone Blues
  • 12.Nobody's Blues But Mine
  • 13.I Ain't Got Nobody
  • 14.My Man Blues
  • 15.New Gulf Coast Blues
  • 16.Florida Bound Blues
  • 17.At the Christmas Ball
  • 18.I've Been Mistreated and I Don't Like It

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Red Mountain Blues
  • 2.Golden Rule Blues
  • 3.Lonesome Desert Blues
  • 4.Them "Has Been" Blues
  • 5.Squeeze Me
  • 6.What's the Matter Now?
  • 7.I Want Every Bit of It
  • 8.Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town
  • 9.The Gin House Blues
  • 10.Money Blues
  • 11.Baby Doll
  • 12.Hard Driving Papa
  • 13.Lost Your Head Blues
  • 14.Hard Time Blues
  • 15.Honey Man Blues
  • 16.One and Two Blues
  • 17.Young Woman's Blues
  • 18.Preachin' the Blues
  • 19.Back Water Blues
  • 20.After You've Gone
  • 21.Alexander's Ragtime Band

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Muddy Water (a Mississippi Moan)
  • 2.There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  • 3.Trombone Cholly
  • 4.Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
  • 5.Them's Graveyard Words
  • 6.Hot Spring Blues
  • 7.Sweet Mistreater
  • 8.Lock and Key
  • 9.Mean Old Bedbug Blues
  • 10.A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • 11.Homeless Blues
  • 12.Looking for My Man Blues
  • 13.Dyin' By the Hour
  • 14.Foolish Man Blues
  • 15.Thinking Blues
  • 16.Pickpocket Blues
  • 17.I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama
  • 18.I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried in My Grave

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Standin' in the Rain Blues
  • 2.It Won't Be You
  • 3.Spider Man Blues
  • 4.Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1
  • 5.Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2
  • 6.Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)
  • 7.Yes Indeed He Do!
  • 8.Devil's Gonna Git You
  • 9.You Ought to Be Ashamed
  • 10.Washwoman's Blues
  • 11.Slow and Easy Man
  • 12.Poor Man's Blues
  • 13.Please Help Me Get Him Out of My Mind
  • 14.Me and My Gin
  • 15.I'm Wild About That Thing
  • 16.You've Got to Give Me Some
  • 17.Kitchen Man
  • 18.I've Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart to Give It Away)
  • 19.Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • 20.Take It Right Back ('Cause I Don't Want It Here)

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • 1.He's Got Me Goin'
  • 2.It Makes My Love Come Down
  • 3.Wasted Life Blues
  • 4.Dirty No-Gooder's Blues
  • 5.Blue Spirit Blues
  • 6.Worn Out Papa Blues
  • 7.You Don't Understand
  • 8.Don't Cry Baby
  • 9.Keep It to Yourself
  • 10.New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
  • 11.See If I'll Care
  • 12.Baby Have Pity on Me
  • 13.On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
  • 14.Moan, You Moaners
  • 15.Hustlin' Dan
  • 16.Black Mountain Blues
  • 17.In the House Blues
  • 18.Long Old Road
  • 19.Blue Blues
  • 20.Shipwreck Blues

Tracks on Disc 9:

  • 1.Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
  • 2.Safety Mama
  • 3.Do Your Duty
  • 4.Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
  • 5.Take Me for a Buggy Ride
  • 6.I'm Down in the Dumps
  • 7.The Yellow Dog Blues
  • 8.Soft Pedal Blues
  • 9.Nashville Women's Blues
  • 10.Careless Love Blues
  • 11.Muddy Water (a Mississippi Moan)
  • 12.St. Louis Blues Soundtrack: Band Intro / Crap Game / St. Louis Blues

Tracks on Disc 10:

  • 1.Bessie Disappears
  • 2.Waldorf-Astoria Party
  • 3.Bessie & Jack, Pt. 1
  • 4.Bessie & Jack, Pt. 2/Bessie & the Ladies
  • 5.Life On the Road, Pt. 1
  • 6.Life On the Road, Pt. 2
  • 7.Life On The Road, Pt. 3/Bessie & Gertrude Saunders

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Ken Romanowski.
Recording information: Astoria, New York, NY (01/08/1924-01/10/1924); New York, NY (01/08/1924-01/10/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (01/14/1925); New York, NY (01/14/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (02/09/1928); New York, NY (02/09/1928); Astoria, New York, NY (02/16/1923); New York, NY (02/16/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (02/16/1928); New York, NY (02/16/1928); Astoria, New York, NY (02/17/1927); New York, NY (02/17/1927); Astoria, New York, NY (02/21/1928); New York, NY (02/21/1928); Astoria, New York, NY (03/02/1927); New York, NY (03/02/1927); Astoria, New York, NY (03/02/1927-03/03/1927); New York, NY (03/02/1927-03/03/1927); Astoria, New York, NY (03/04/1926-03/05/1926); New York, NY (03/04/1926-03/05/1926); Astoria, New York, NY (03/18/1926); New York, NY (03/18/1926); Astoria, New York, NY (03/19/1928-03/20/1928); New York, NY (03/19/1928-03/20/1928); Astoria, New York, NY (03/27/1930); New York, NY (03/27/1930); Astoria, New York, NY (04/01/1927); New York, NY (04/01/1927); Astoria, New York, NY (04/04/1924); New York, NY (04/04/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (04/05/1924); New York, NY (04/05/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (04/07/1924-04/09/1924); New York, NY (04/07/1924-04/09/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (04/11/1923); New York, NY (04/11/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (04/12/1930); New York, NY (04/12/1930); Astoria, New York, NY (04/26/1923); New York, NY (04/26/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (04/28/1923); New York, NY (04/28/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (05/04/1926); New York, NY (05/04/1926); Astoria, New York, NY (05/05/1925); New York, NY (05/05/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (05/06/1925); New York, NY (05/06/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (05/08/1929); New York, NY (05/08/1929); Astoria, New York, NY (05/14/1925); New York, NY (05/14/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (05/15/1925); New York, NY (05/15/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (05/15/1929); New York, NY (05/15/1929); Astoria, New York, NY (05/26/1925); New York, NY (05/26/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (05/26/1925-05/27/1925); New York, NY (05/26/1925-05/27/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (06/09/1930); New York, NY (06/09/1930); Astoria, New York, NY (06/11/1931); New York, NY (06/11/1931); Astoria, New York, NY (06/14/1923-06/15/1923); New York, NY (06/14/1923-06/15/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (06/1929); New York, NY (06/1929); Astoria, New York, NY (06/21/1923-06/22/1923); New York, NY (06/21/1923-06/22/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (06/23/1925); New York, NY (06/23/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (07/22/1924-07/23/1924); New York, NY (07/22/1924-07/23/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (07/22/1930); New York, NY (07/22/1930); Astoria, New York, NY (07/25/1929); New York, NY (07/25/1929); Astoria, New York, NY (08/08/1924); New York, NY (08/08/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (08/19/1925); New York, NY (08/19/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (08/20/1929); New York, NY (08/20/1929); Astoria, New York, NY (08/24/1928-08/25/1928); New York, NY (08/24/1928-08/25/1928); Astoria, New York, NY (09/01/1925); New York, NY (09/01/1925); Astoria, New York, NY (09/21/1923); New York, NY (09/21/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (09/24/1923); New York, NY (09/24/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (09/26/1923); New York, NY (09/26/1923); Astoria, New York, NY (09/26/1924); New York, NY (09/26/1924); Astoria, New York, NY (09/27/1927-09/28/1927); New York, NY (09/27/1927-09/28/1927); Astoria, New York, NY (10/01/1929).
When Columbia issued the first of the five volumes in Bessie Smith's complete recordings series in 1991 -- as a logical follow-up to 1990's wildly successful Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings box -- they were simply hoping for another hit. As the Smith series continued through to its conclusion in 1996, each volume was greeted with more enthusiasm than the last. These volumes eventually went out of print in the 21st century and left a void in her catalog. As part of its Complete Recordings series, Sony Legacy has repackaged those five volumes in a compact, handsome, justly priced ten-disc box. Each double-disc is given its own gatefold, LP-styled sleeve, and its tracks replicate the chronology of the original sets. This box contains a liner essay by musical historian, archivist, and writer Ken Romanowski and features full discographical annotation. These recordings cover a decade-long span from 1923-1933, when Smith was a million-plus-selling artist who was justly dubbed, "Empress of the Blues," and almost singlehandedly created a mass market for blues recordings in the United States. While the general populace will be familiar with her hits such as "Empty Bed Blues," "T'Ain Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do," "St. Louis Blues," "A Little Sugar in My Bowl," and many others recorded by other artists, most blues aficionados regard these original recorded performances as definitive versions. Just as importantly, Smith's accompaniment reads like a who's-who of some of the most legendary names in the early history of jazz. They include Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Fletcher Henderson, Chu Berry, Eddie Lang, Jack Teagarden, Clarence Williams, and many others. Disc nine contains the music from the 1929 biographical short film St. Louis Blues, and session outtakes and alternates. The final disc contains a fascinating, often hilarious interview by Chris Albertson with Ruby Smith (Smith's niece by marriage and a fine blues singer in her own right) about the life and adventures of Bessie. While it's true that there isn't anything here that hasn't been released before, this set is of great musical and historical value; it's essential for any blues enthusiast who didn't purchase the original sets. ~ Thom Jurek

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