Ma Rainey Don't Fish in My Sea

Living Blues: "...Varied and entertaining....a good place to start a Ma Rainey collection."
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  • Released: March 9, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Snapper Music

Entertainment Reviews:

Living Blues - 11-12/00, p.93
"...Varied and entertaining....a good place to start a Ma Rainey collection."


  • 1.Bad Luck Blues
  • 2.Daddy Goodbye Blues
  • 3.See See Rider
  • 4.Sleep Talking Blues
  • 5.Yonder Come The Blues
  • 6.Ma And Pa Poorhouse Blues
  • 7.Jealous Hearted Blues
  • 8.Trust No Man
  • 9.Toad Frog Blues
  • 10.Farewell Daddy Blues
  • 11.Black Cat Hoot Owl
  • 12.Morning Hour Blues
  • 13.Don't Fish In My Sea
  • 14.Mountain Jack Blues #1
  • 15.Mountain Jack Blues #3
  • 16.Shave 'Em Dry
  • 17.Big Feeling Blues
  • 18.Little Low Mama
  • 19.Black Eye Blues
  • 20.Night Time Blues

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Ma Rainey, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom, Papa Charlie Jackson.
Recorded in 1923 & 1926. Includes liner notes by Pat Harrison.
Personnel: Ma Rainey (vocals); Ma Rainey; Papa Charlie Jackson (vocals, banjo); George W. Williams, Martell Pettiford, Charlie Dixon (banjo); Herman Brown (kazoo, washboard); Jimmy O'Bryant (clarinet); Charles Harris (alto saxophone); Tommy Ladiner, Howard H. Scott (cornet); Charlie Green (trombone); Carl Reid (horns); Lovie Austin & Her Blue Serenaders, Lil Henderson, Georgia Tom, Jimmy Blythe, Lovie Austin (piano); Happy Bolton (drums, chimes); Tampa Red, Blind Blake (guitar); Don Redman, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Coleman Hawkins (bass saxophone); Louis Armstrong (cornet); Fletcher Henderson (piano).
Recording information: Chicago, IL (12/1923-12/1928); New York, NY (12/1923-12/1928).
Arranger: Ma Rainey.
By no means a definitive compilation, Don't Fish in My Sea is nonetheless a fine one, offerings songs from all six of Ma Rainey's years as a recording artist -- 1923-1928 (she had been a performer for a decade before she ever recorded and continued performing six years after putting her last side on cylinder). All of these sides were recorded for Paramount and contain some of her finest moments -- an early, pre-Lucille Bogan version of "Shave 'Em Dry," "Bad Luck Blues," "Hoot Owl," and 14 more. The sound quality here is acceptable and the performances are among the most vital of the early recorded blues records by artists of either gender. This is a fine introduction to one of the 20th century's most fabled blues practitioners. ~ Thom Jurek

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