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

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Remastered recordings from 1929 - 1937.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Goin' Back To Texas
  2. 'Frisco Town
  3. Bumble Bee
  4. I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits
  5. Mister Tango Blues
  6. She Wouldn't Give Me None
  7. What Fault You Find Of Me: Pt. 1
  8. What Fault You Find Of Me: Pt. 2
  9. I'm Talking About You
  10. Bumble Bee
  11. Can I Do It For You: Pt. 1
  12. Can I Do It For You: Pt. 2
  13. I'm Going Back Home
  14. Bumble Bee Blues
  15. Meningitis Blues
  16. I Never Told A Lie
  17. Don't Want No Woman
  18. Georgia Skin
  19. I Don't Want No Woman I Have To Give My Money To
  20. Memphis Minnie - Jitis Blues: Take A
  21. Memphis Minnie - Jitis Blues: Take B
  22. Good Girl Blues
  23. Plymouth Rock Blues
  24. Bumble Bee - No. 2
  25. Georgia Skin Blues

Disc: 2

  1. New Dirty Dozen
  2. New Bumble Bee
  3. Frankie Jean (That Trottin' Fool)
  4. I'm Talking 'Bout You - No. 2
  5. She Put Me Outdoors
  6. I Called You This Morning
  7. Grandpa And Grandma Blues
  8. Garage Fire Blues
  9. Dirt Dauber Blues
  10. You Dirty Mistreater
  11. What's The Matter With The Mill
  12. North Memphis Blues
  13. I Don't Want That Junk Outa You
  14. Crazy Cryin' Blues
  15. Tricks Ain't Walking No More
  16. Don't Bother It
  17. Today Today Blues
  18. Lay My Money Down (If You Run Around)
  19. Hard Down Lie
  20. Somebody's Got To Help You
  21. Pickin' The Blues
  22. Let's Go To Town
  23. Soo Cow Soo
  24. After While Blues
  25. Fishin' Blues

Disc: 3

  1. Jailhouse Trouble Blues
  2. Outdoor Blues
  3. Where Is My Good Man
  4. You Stole My Cake
  5. Kind Treatment Blues
  6. Socket Blues
  7. My Butcher Man
  8. Too Late
  9. Ain't No Use Trying To Tell On Me
  10. Stinging Snake Blues
  11. Drunken Barrel House Blues
  12. You Got To Move: Pt. 1
  13. Keep It To Yourself
  14. Keep It To Yourself - Alt. Track
  15. Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down Dirty Thing)
  16. Banana Man Blues (I Don't Want That Thing)
  17. You Got To Move: Pt. 2
  18. Hole In The Wall
  19. Give It To Me In My Hand (Can I Go Home With You)
  20. Squat It
  21. Moaning The Blues
  22. Dirty Mother For You
  23. Sylvester And His Mule Blues
  24. When You're Asleep
  25. You Can Give It Away

Disc: 4

  1. Let Me Ride
  2. When The Saints Go Marching Home
  3. Jockey Man Blues
  4. Weary Woman's Blues
  5. Reachin' Pete: Take A
  6. Reachin' Pete: Take B
  7. Down In New Orleans
  8. You Wrecked My Happy Home
  9. I'm Waiting On You
  10. Keep On Goin'
  11. Ball And Chain Blues
  12. He's In The Ring (Doing That Same Old Thing) - Take A
  13. He's In The Ring (Doing That Same Old Thing) - Take B
  14. Joes Louis Strut
  15. When The Sun Goes Down: Part 2
  16. Hustlin' Woman Blues
  17. Selling My Pork Chops
  18. Doctor, Doctor Blues
  19. Biting Bug Blues
  20. Minnie's Lonesome Song
  21. You Ain't Done Nothing To Me
  22. Ain't Nobody Home But Me: Take 1
  23. Ain't Nobody Home But Me: Take 2
  24. New Orleans Stop Time

Disc: 5

  1. Ice Man (Come On Up)
  2. Hoodoo Lady
  3. My Strange Man
  4. I'm A Gamblin' Woman
  5. I'm A Bad Luck Woman
  6. Caught Me Wrong Again
  7. Black Cat Blues: Take 1
  8. Black Cat Blues: Take 2
  9. Good Morning
  10. Man You Won't Give Me No Money
  11. If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home)
  12. I Don't Want You No More
  13. Out In The Cold
  14. Dragging My Heart Around
  15. Moonshine
  16. It's Hard To Be Mistreated
  17. Haunted Blues: Take 1
  18. Haunted Blues: Take 2
  19. Hot Stuff: Take 1
  20. Hot Stuff: Take 2
  21. Living The Best I Can
  22. You Can't Rule Me
  23. No Need You Doggin' Me
  24. Look What You Got: Take 1
  25. Look What You Got: Take 2


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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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Memphis Minnie is one of the leading names in blues history. She recorded prolifically from 1929 into the early 1950s. Memphis Minnie and Big Bill Broonzy were the two leading figures in Chicago blues in the 1930s and 1940s.

Led Zeppelin covered one of her songs, When The Levee Breaks, on the Led Zeppelin IV album.

This 5 CD set from JSP Records is Volume 1 of a 2 volume set (10 CDs total) of Memphis Minnie recordings. It features a complete collection (124 tracks) of Memphis Minnie's recordings from 1929-1937.

The re-mastering is good and the sound is good for recordings of this era. Liner notes are decent.

If you're interested in blues history, Memphis Minnie is an artist you should know about. This set and the second volume of these two JSP Records box sets of Memphis Minnie are both worth having.
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