All-around entertainer Della Reese is still going strong today. On the two late '50s albums collected here, she tackles the blues and offers masterful performances on nearly seventy-five minutes of exceptional music. Some of the melancholy favorites here are "Empty Bed Blues," "Mood Indigo," and "My Melancholy Baby."
1.The Story Of The Blues
2.Good Morning Blues
3.Empty Bed Blues
5.You've Been A Good Old Wagon
6.Sent For You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)
7.St. James Infirmary
8.Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)
9.Things Ain't What They Used To Be
11.There's Always The Blues
12.My Melancholy Baby
13.Who Can I Turn To
15.I Get Along Without You Very Well
16.Cottage For Sale
17.They Can't Take That Away From Me
18.One For My Baby
19.I Could Have Told You So
20.When Your Lover Has Gone
21.Say It Isn't So
23.It's Monday Every Day
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE STORY OF THE BLUES (1958)/MELANCHOLY BABY (1957).
Includes original release liner notes by Mort Goode.
Liner Note Author: Mort Goode.
Arranger: Sid Bass.
In 2000, Collectables released The Story of the Blues/Melancholy Baby, which contained two complete albums -- The Story of the Blues (1959, originally released on Jubilee) and Melancholy Baby (1957, also released on Jubilee) -- by Della Reese on one compact disc. ~ Rob Theakston