Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues, Volume 2: 1926-1933 (4-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: April 28, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: JSP Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.One and Two Blues
  • 2.Young Woman's Blues
  • 3.Preachin' the Blues
  • 4.Back Water Blues
  • 5.After You've Gone
  • 6.Alexander's Rag Time Band
  • 7.Muddy Waters (Mississippi Moan) - (Take 1)
  • 8.There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  • 9.Trombone Cholly
  • 10.Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
  • 11.Them Graveyard Words
  • 12.Hot Springs Blues
  • 13.Sweet Mistreater
  • 14.Lock and Key
  • 15.Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
  • 16.A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  • 17.Homeless Blues
  • 18.Looking for My Man Blues
  • 19.Dyin' by the Hour
  • 20.Foolish Man Blues
  • 21.Thinking Blues
  • 22.Pickpocket Blues
  • 23.I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama
  • 24.I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Standin' in the Rain
  • 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 in 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 off 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
  • 19.Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • 20.Film Soundtrack "ST. Louis Blues"
  • 21.Take It Right Back
  • 22.He's Got Me Goin'
  • 23.It Makes My Love Come Down

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Wasted Life Blues
  • 2.Dirty No Gooder Blues
  • 3.Blue Spirit Blues
  • 4.Worn out Papa Blues
  • 5.You Don't Understand
  • 6.Don't Cry Baby
  • 7.Keep It to Yourself
  • 8.New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
  • 9.See If I Care - (Take 3)
  • 10.Baby Have Pity on Me
  • 11.On Revival Day
  • 12.Moan Mourners
  • 13.Hustlin' Dan
  • 14.Black Mountain Blues
  • 15.In the House Blues
  • 16.Long Old Road
  • 17.Blue Blue
  • 18.Shipwreck Blues
  • 19.Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
  • 20.Safety Mama
  • 21.Do Your Duty
  • 22.Gimme a Pigfoot
  • 23.Take Me for a Buggy Ride
  • 24.I'm Down in the Dumps

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Lady Luck Blues - (take Test)
  • 2.Yodelin' Blues - (take Test)
  • 3.Midnight Blues - (take Test)
  • 4.St. Louis Gal - (take Test)
  • 5.Frosty Mornin - (take Test)
  • 6.Yellow Dog Blues - (take Test)
  • 7.Soft Pedal - (Take 2)
  • 8.Nashville Women's Blues - (Take 3)
  • 9.Careless Love - (Take 2)
  • 10.Muddy Water (Mississippi Moan) - (Take 2)
  • 11.See If I Care - (take Test)

Product Description:

Personnel: Bessie Smith (vocals); Eddie Lang, Harry Reser, Bobby Johnson (guitar); Charlie Dixon (banjo); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Abraham Wheat (clarinet, soprano saxophone); Ernest Elliott, Bob Fuller (clarinet, alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Benny Goodman, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Chu Berry, Greely Watson (tenor saxophone); The Russell Smith Orchestra, Frankie Newton, Louis Bacon (trumpet); Louisa Metcalfe, Ed Allen, Demas Dean, Joe Smith , Louis Armstrong, Tommy Ladnier (cornet); Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Harrison, Joe Williams , Charlie Green (trombone); Clarence Williams, Fletcher Henderson, Fred Longshaw, Irving Johns, James P. Johnson, Jimmy Jones , Steve Stevens , Porter Grainger, Buck Washington (piano); Kaiser Marshall, Floyd Casey (drums).
Recording information: Astoria, NY (06/14/1923-11/24/1933); New York, NY (06/14/1923-11/24/1933).
JSP's Empress of the Blues, Vol.2 might well be the best Bessie Smith collection ever released in any format, for a number of reasons. In addition to the excellent audio remastering which characterizes most of this label's reissuing efforts, the stated time frame of volume two encompasses the last seven years of this amazing woman's recording career. It includes some of the finest sides she ever cut with anybody. Here are her priceless collaborations with pianist James P. Johnson. Their interaction on "Back Water Blues," "Lock and Key," and "Wasted Life Blues" virtually defines the magic of classic blues and jazz. Here are many of Smith's strongest recorded encounters with members of the Fletcher Henderson and Clarence Williams bands. Her famous "St. Louis Blues" film soundtrack is part of this set, as are her last four recordings, cut in November 1933 with a hot jazz band led by pianist Buck Washington. She is roundly supported by trumpeter Frankie Newton, trombonist Jack Teagarden, saxophonist Chu Berry, and (on the rowdy "Gimme a Pigfoot") clarinetist Benny Goodman. All of this would suffice to place this set well among the top Bessie Smith collections. What distinguishes it from most of the rest (including about ten other similarly titled compilations) is the inclusion of 11 bonus tracks that half-fill the fourth disc. Most of them are test pressings; the rest are alternate takes, and these rarities are drawn from various points in her career, all the way back to 1923. They are the rarest Bessie Smith recordings in existence. Each and every one is exceptionally well performed, and the sound quality is as good as it gets. There is no topping this combination of her complete mature works and those previously unreleased tracks which are the "Dead Sea Scrolls" of Bessie Smith appreciation, miraculously rescued from oblivion and appended onto what has got to be the strongest possible choice for anyone interested in this artist and how she articulated the timeless realities of what it can mean to be a woman on this earth. ~ arwulf arwulf
JSP Records

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