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Queen of the Blues Vol 2: the Later Years 1926-1933 Box set

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By 1926, Bessie Smith was the biggest female African American star. Others, like Ethel Waters and Ma Rainey had big followings, but their appeal was less wide - Waters went down better in the north, while Ma Rainey's power base was in the south. For the moment, Bessie's appeal was national. For most black artists at the time, Bessie included, records were a way of promoting their live shows. Income was secondary - they were routinely cheated out of royalty payments. As well as being a blues singer, Bessie starred in revue. Porter Grainger wrote 'Mississippi Days' as a vehicle for Bessie. Empty Bed Blues featured in the show and its two parts were issued as flipsides of the same disc. A hit on stage, it was a hit on record. Bessie took 'Mississippi Days' on a barnstorming tour, reportedly reviving the fortunes of the black theatre circuit. Two further Bessie Smith shows were commissioned. 'Steamboat Days' opened in Detroit in October 1928. A short but successful New York run followed. The second show closed after five months. Bessie then opened in a show called 'Pansy'. It flopped. Undaunted, she made a movie, 'St Louis Blues' whose thin story was a pretext for music-making. The sound track's choral segment is particularly uplifting and unlike anything else Bessie recorded. On her last recording session for OKeh. Bessie shows little sign of a two year absence - her drive is undiminished. All the sidemen seem to be straining to make the occasion special. Early 1934, she was on an all-star bill at New York's Apollo. 1935 wasn't too bad. In February, she substituted for Louis Armstrong at the Apollo. She can't have done badly, because she was back at least twice more. In February 1937, a three week booking in Philly was extended several times and there was talk of recordings. She responded to an invitation to play some southern dates. The first venue was in Memphis. As expected, she wowed the city. Her next date was in Clarksdale. She never made it.

Track Listings

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

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

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

Disc: 4

  1. Lady Luck Blues [Test]
  2. Yodelin' Blues [Test]
  3. Midnight Blues [Test]
  4. St. Louis Gal [Test]
  5. Frosty Mornin [Test]
  6. Yellow Dog Blues [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 [Test]


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: B0016GLZEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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