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  • Audio CD (February 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Obc
  • ASIN: B000000XX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Powerful contralto voice laden w/emotion and backed by impeccable ensemble and solo work by such notables as Vic Dickenson and Herb Hall. Some passages bring tears to the eyes. Fidelity could be better--often hard to make out the words
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philip Rosenthal on March 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I heard a cut of the record on FM radio I was puzzled....was this Bessie Smith?...it had the snap and crackle of the great Bessie Smith....but it almost sounded like the unmistakable voice of Odetta. I called the radio station host who told me it was an old Odetta album. He was good enough to send me the whole album and it is one of my favorites. What a combination! The distinctive voice and soulfulness of Odetta in a spare blues setting with the great Vic Dickensen on trombone and Herb Hall I believe on piano. I'm glad the album is now available on CD. Many wonderful cuts. Some of my favorites: Yonder Come the Blues and Make Me a Pallett on Your Floor. People who like this album will also like the re-issue When Your Lover Has Gone by the less well-known singer Claire Austin. This album features trombone by Kid Ory. It is a classic as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on January 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Its very hard to found personalities who can continue tradition of blues queens of 1920's without failing:Dinah Washington,Koko Taylor and Etta James perhaps did honorable work,their passion matches famous pioneer women who sang at the beggining of century.Billie Holiday occasionaly surprised with clever incorporation of traditional blues in her material ("Long gone Blues").Even early rock star LaVern Baker recorded Bessie Smith tribute that was actually good.But who would expect folk singer Odetta to be another link between famous past and 1960's? Yes,Odetta obviously had a presence,strong voice and passion but she used them mostly for singing folk and spirituals,so this blues album was fabulous surprise - she sound very relaxed and authoritative,as she knows this songs inside out.And yes,she can match with legends like Bessie Smith,Ma Rainey and Ida Cox - her version of "Oh Papa" is simply stunning.Song listed as "Hogan Alley" is actually old Ma Rainey hit "Black Eyed Blues" ("you low-down alligator,I'll catch you soon or later...") and I didnt really like arrangements by D.Wellstood who in attempt to be contemporary somehow fastened up the tempo of legendary songs,so unfortunately Odetta sounds as she was running behind a band occasionaly.The only reason that I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that "modern" arrangments ruined majestic 1920's "Nobody Knows You When You Are Down And Out",sad and poignant song that should be delievered as deep-feelt truth about life - in hands of this backing musicians it almost ended up as boogie woogie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Farrell on December 3, 2008
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I first heard this marvelous album at a "Students for a Democratic Society" fundraising party, in a cool old house in Venice, California, in late 1968. It has haunted me ever since. I've owned it on record, tape and cd, and have played it more times, I think, than nearly any other single album and I still feel just as moved and just as thrilled. Odetta's magnificent voice and spirit will live forever, even tho' this great lady passed today. Thank you, Odetta, for sharing your heart with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Browning on December 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
...when you need to hear greatness, when you need inspiration, when you want to listen to The Best...hell, when you are plain "in need...!"

This album on vinyl competed with Dinah Washington to get me through many a nightmarish Dartmouth exam - in the mid-60's. I already miss Odetta. She will always enrich my life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on March 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There are almost as many kinds of "blues" in the music world as their are troubles to inspire the writing of them. There are black blues from the Delta to Chicago with detours to Harlem, Atlanta and Los Angeles; funeral blues; folk, rock, jazz, classical and opera blues. On this CD, originally issued as an LP in 1962, the great folksinger Odetta, who in that day hung out with Harry Belafonte and performed the songs of Dylan, Guthrie and other folk/protest composers, got with jazz producer Orrin Keepnews to make a blues record for the Riverside label, which was famous for jazz and lesser-known for folk releases. Keepnews put together a backing group featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano, bass and drums, and Odetta chose a dozen blues numbers that mostly could be performed in an assertively defiant style, at moderate and faster tempos. This album could be subtitled "Fightin' Back at the Blues" because there's no surrender, no defeat. I like it a bunch. I've only had two criticisms of Odetta over her long career in folk music: on many of her albums, she stretched out great three-minute songs to four, and powerful four-minute songs to five, and tended to slow down many songs I felt were better rendered at a quicker pace. No problem like that on this disc. One reviewer here hated the jazz band arrangments, but I felt they contributed a great deal to the enjoyability. I withheld one star only because a couple of the songs are a bit weaker than the rest. Odetta's vocal gift was immense. She is the closest thing to a female Paul Robeson I have ever found. And this CD, while not showcasing Odetta doing the material that made her a folk star, belongs in the collection of every real fan of hers.
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