Bessie Smith - The World's Greatest Blues Singer - 70s Canada Issue - Jazz Blues 2LP

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Bessie Smith - The World's Greatest Blues Singer

Label: Columbia
Cat#: GP 33
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation,
This contains the first 16 and last 16 of her recordings.

Record is VG++
Gatefold Cover is VG+ VG++ minor ringwear, edgewear )

Country: 70s Canada Issue
Released: 1970 (2nd Issue)
Genre: Jazz, Blues


This is the first of five two-record sets.

This contains the first 16 and last 16 of her recordings.

Gatefold sleeve


A1 Down Hearted Blues 3:23
A2 Gulf Coast Blues 3:03
A3 Aggravatin' Papa 3:15
A4 Beale Street Papa 3:33
A5 Baby Won't You Please Come Home 2:54
A6 Oh Daddy (You Won't Have No Mama At All) 3:02
A7 T'aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do 3:23
A8 Keeps On A-Rainin' (Papa, He Can't Make No Time) 3:03

B1 Mama's Got The Blues 2:55
B2 Outside Of That 3:27
B3 Bleeding Hearted Blues 3:05
B4 Lady Luck Blues 3:06
B5 Yodeling Blues 3:10
B6 Midnight Blues 3:15
B7 If You Don't, I Know Who Will 3:33
B8 Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine 3:28

C1 See If I'll Care 3:22
C2 Baby Have Pity On Me 3:17
C3 On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual) 2:55
C4 Moan, You Mourners 3:10
C5 Hustlin' Dan 3:30
C6 Black Mountain Blues 3:07
C7 In The House Blues 3:00
C8 Long Old Road 3:26

D1 Blue Blue 3:10
D2 Shipwreck Blues 3:19
D3 Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl 2:46
D4 Safety Mama 3:22
D5 Do Your Duty 3:24
D6 Gimme A Pigfoot 3:37
D7 Take Me For A Buggy Ride 2:35
D8 Down In The Dumps 3:09

An extravagant claim that only a few could make legitimately. This fantastic 2Lp set was compiled by legendary A&R dude John Hammond for CBS in the early 70s as a part of 3 or 4 double albums.

If she wasn’t the greatest, she wasn’t far off.

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period). At a time when the blues were in and most vocalists (particularly vaudevillians) were being dubbed "blues singers," Bessie Smith simply had no competition.

Back in 1912, Bessie Smith sang in the same show as Ma Rainey, who took her under her wing and coached her. Although Rainey would achieve a measure of fame throughout her career, she was soon surpassed by her protégée. In 1920, Smith had her own show in Atlantic City and, in 1923, she moved to New York. She was soon signed by Columbia and her first recording (Alberta Hunter's "Downhearted Blues") made her famous. Bessie Smith worked and recorded steadily throughout the decade, using many top musicians as sidemen on sessions including Louis Armstrong, Joe Smith (her favorite cornetist), James P. Johnson, and Charlie Green. Her summer tent show Harlem Frolics was a big success during 1925-1927, and Mississippi Days in 1928 kept the momentum going.

However, by 1929 the blues were out of fashion and Bessie Smith's career was declining despite being at the peak of her powers (and still only 35). She appeared in St. Louis Blues that year (a low-budget movie short that contains the only footage of her), but her hit recording of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" predicted her leaner Depression years. Although she was dropped by Columbia in 1931 and made her final recordings on a four-song session in 1933.

Bessie Smith - Gimmie A Pigfoot

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Bessie Smith - Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl (1931)

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Bessie Smith - Tain't Nobody Business If I Do (1923)

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Format 2LP
Label Columbia