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Queen of Country Blues 1929-1937 [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Memphis MinnieAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B0000CER8H
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Goin' Back To Texas
2. 'Frisco Town
3. Bumble Bee
4. I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits
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Disc: 2
1. New Dirty Dozen
2. New Bumble Bee
3. Frankie Jean (That Trottin' Fool)
4. I'm Talking 'Bout You - No. 2
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Disc: 3
1. Jailhouse Trouble Blues
2. Outdoor Blues
3. Where Is My Good Man
4. You Stole My Cake
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Disc: 4
1. Let Me Ride
2. When The Saints Go Marching Home
3. Jockey Man Blues
4. Weary Woman's Blues
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Ice Man (Come On Up)
2. Hoodoo Lady
3. My Strange Man
4. I'm A Gamblin' Woman
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Remastered recordings from 1929 - 1937.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been visiting this box-set often since picking it up a few months ago. Previous to this, I only had one Memphis Minnie disc, so the vast majority of this box was new to me. Memphis Minnie is truly one of the giants of pre-war blues, yet she seems to be somewhat forgotten. Her name doesn't often seem to roll off the tongues of even many of the people who have gotten beyond just Robert Johnson. Hopefully this low priced yet high quality collection will help fix that situation.
I think I have ten of these great JSP boxes so far, and this is one of the very best.
In the majority of current blues, lyrics are little more than an after thought. Just something to play a supporting role to the trite guitar wankery. The pre-war era was when blues lyrics actually had something to say, and Minnie's lyrics are an excellent window into not only herself, but also into the flipside of life (of that era) and blues... life and blues from the female perspective. Minnie would seem to be as rough and tumble as any of her male counterparts.
Guitaristically, the first major glimpse we get into her playing comes on Mister Tango Blues. Throughout this box it strikes me that Minnie may well have been a more influential guitarist than many of the more famous males of her time. She does things you can still hear people doing today. A compliment to Minnie, but yet another comment on the stale state of most blues today.
One of the things that makes this entire box such a joy is that Minnie's music is comprised of many different styles.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Memphis Minnie's tempestous life is reflected in ther songs. This five CD collection contains songs that tell of troublews with lovers, a bout with Meningitis, and electrical deficiencies. "KYou gotta have a socket" tells of the need of a place to plug in an iron. Menyof her songs are rife with double entrendre. Its avazing how they discribed sexual activity. Her voice is as strong as Bessie Smith's, and much easier to understand. The two guitar accompaniment, Most with Kansas Joe McCoy, is supurb. Nobody does it like her. Well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have collection June 27, 2012
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Memphis Minnie (nee Lizzie Douglas, 1897-1973) had a singing career that started professionally with a Ringling Brothers show in Clarksdale, Mississippi, while she was a teenager. She eventually moved back up to the Memphis area where her parents and siblings had settled when she was a child, and started recording in Memphis in the late 1920s (the era when playing in a club probably meant a speakeasy). She moved on to Chicago in early 1930 during the depression era. This set is an exceptionally good buy having 124 tracks on 5 CDs, and including her recordings from 1929 to 1937 (the first three were in New York City). The recordings have been remastered and are good quality considering the originals.

The set illustrates her development as a blues singer. Unlike most other female vocalists of that era, she played the guitar, and her early recordings were guitar and vocal. On the last of the 5 CDs in the set (Chicago in 1936-1937), she gradually added in instruments and expanded to a fuller band, the last 14 tracks having a trumpet and piano, and the last 7 having drums added.

It is not possible to comment on all the individual songs, but to provide some general comments on the individual discs -

Disc A (1929-1930) - she was accompanied on most tracs by Kansas Joe McCoy (vocal and sometimes guitar) on most tracks. On tracks 14 and 15, she was accompanied by the Memphis Jug Band - harmonica, guitar and jug (one of the few recordings you will find that includes someone playing the jug)

Disc B (mid 1930 - early 1932) - she was still with Kansas Joe McCoy, and tracks 7 and 8 also had an unknown jug band (possibly the Jed Davenport Jug Band).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was familiar with a few of Memphis Minnie's songs, but the low price of this five-CD collection of her seminal music in the early 1930s was enough to get me to order the CDs, so I'd have 'em as backup if an mp3 messed up.

The sound quality is good. Unlike some early blues singers whose music has been sanitized too much by digital removal of pops and hisses, the remastering here is good enough so the pops and hisses don't overpower your ears, and Minnie's music comes through loud and clear.

Given the relatively low price of this collection, I'd recommend it for anyone interested in the history of the blues. Sure, a one-CD "best of" for Memphis Minnie might be enough for some people, but for a few dollars more its fun to listen to her for five-plus hours and hear her slowly evolve and mature.

Great stuff! Highly recommended!
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