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The Essential Bessie Smith


Download links and information about The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong Orchestra. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Blues, Jazz genres. It contains 36 tracks with total duration of 01:52:15 minutes.

Artist: Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong Orchestra
Release date: 1997
Genre: Blues, Jazz
Tracks: 36
Duration: 01:52:15
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No. Title Length
1. Aggravatin' Papa 3:16
2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home 2:55
3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 3:25
4. Jail-House Blues 3:13
5. Graveyard Dream Blues (78rpm Version) 2:43
6. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down 3:18
7. Boweavil Blues 2:51
8. Weeping Willow Blues 3:09
9. Dying Gambler's Blues 2:56
10. St. Louis Blues (78rpm Version) 3:09
11. You've Been a Good Ole Wagon 3:27
12. Cake Walkin' Babies from Home 3:08
13. Careless Love Blues (Alternate Take) 3:24
14. I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle 3:20
15. At the Christmas Ball 3:23
16. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town 3:18
17. Back Water Blues (78rpm Version) 3:17
18. After You've Gone 2:55
19. Alexander's Ragtime Band 2:58
20. There'll Be a Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight 3:17
21. Trombone Cholly 3:09
22. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair 3:20
23. A Good Man Is Hard to Find 2:58
24. Dyin' By the Hour 2:57
25. Me and My Gin 2:49
26. Kitchen Man (78 rpm Version) 2:55
27. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out 2:56
28. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual) 2:54
29. Moan, You Moaners 3:11
30. Black Mountain Blues 3:06
31. Shipwreck Blues 3:19
32. Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl 2:46
33. Do Your Duty 3:23
34. Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer 3:27
35. Take Me for a Buggy Ride 2:34
36. Down In the Dumps 3:09



Although there are a multitude of box sets chronicling Bessie's entire recorded career, this two-disc, 36-song set sweats it down to the bare essentials in quite an effective manner. Bessie could sing it all, from the lowdown moan of "St. Louis Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" to her torch treatment of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" to the downright salaciousness of "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl." Covering a time span from her first recordings in 1923 to her final session in 1933, this is the perfect entry-level set to go with. Utilizing the latest in remastering technology, these recordings have never sounded quite this clear and full, and the selection — collecting her best-known sides and collaborations with jazz giants like Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Goodman — is first-rate. If you've never experienced the genius of Bessie Smith, pick this one up and prepare yourself to be devastated.