Milestones of Legends: Female Blues Singers (10CD)

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Mamie Smith is hailed as the first female singer ever to record a Blues-song in 1920, nearly a century ago. Singers like her and her successful colleagues Bessie and Clara Smith (no relation) of the 1920s and Beyoncé today are seemingly worlds apart, but the latter would be almost unthinkable without the great singers, who are gathered on these 10 CDs. Anyone doubting that should watch the movie "Cadillac Records", in which Beyoncé plays (and sings!) the young Etta James so convincingly, that one can't but wish for the superstar to eventually record a blues tribute album of her own.

Bessie Smith remains the "Empress of the Blues", as her work continues to be honored in new editions ever since the 1960s. One gets to hear her in direct comparison with her and Clara with some of the duets that can be found here, alongside those with Louis Armstrong. Memphis Minnie played the guitar herself, as her male colleagues regularly did, and also wrote her own music, making her a pioneer in that respect. Since the beginning jazz musicians often accompanied the early blues divas, so that the musical boundaries to jazz were rather permeable. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Ethel Waters stand out in that area.

Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and Etta James marked the next big step, giving birth to Rhythm'n'Blues, Rock & Roll and Soul. With artists like Odetta, a role model for Bob Dylan or Joan Baez on the US folk scene, and the rediscovery of Bessie Smith, beloved and revered by Janis Joplin, the influence of the great blues stylists has remained evident to this day.

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Tracklisting:

CD 1

Mamie Smith

  • 1. That Thing Called Love
  • 2. You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
  • 3. Crazy Blue
  • 4. It's Right Here For You (If You Don't Get It - 'Taint No Fault O' Mine)
  • 5. Fare Thee Honey Blues
  • 6. The Road Is Rocky (But I Am Gonna Find My Way)
  • 7. Mem'ries Of You Mammy
  • 8. If You Don't Want Me Blues
  • 9. Mamie Smith - Don't Care Blue
  • 10. Mamie Smith - Frankie Blues

Bessie Smith

  • 11. Down Hearted Blues
  • 12. Graveyard Dream Blues
  • 13. Far Away Blues
  • 14. I´m Going Back To My Used To Be
  • 15. Any Woman´s Blues
  • 16. Chicago Bound Blues
  • 17. St. Louis Blues
  • 18. Wreckless Blues
  • 19. Sobbin´ Hearted Blues
  • 20. Cold In Hand Blues
  • 21. Cake Walkin´ Babies From Home
  • 22. Dixie Flyer Blues

CD 2

Clara Smith

  • 1. Down In The Mouf' Blues
  • 2. Low Land Moan
  • 3. Woman To Woman
  • 4. You're Getting Old On Your Job
  • 5. What Makes You Act Like That?
  • 6. You Had Too Much
  • 7. Don't Wear It Show

Ma Rainey

  • 8. Chain Gang Blues
  • 9. Wringing And Twisting Blues
  • 10. Dead Drunk Blues
  • 11. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • 12. New Boweavil Blues
  • 13. Moonshine Blues
  • 14. Deep Moanin' Blues

Memphis Minnie

  • 15. Has Anyone Seen My Man?
  • 16. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down
  • 17. Ice Man (Come On Up)
  • 18. Hoodoo Lady
  • 19. I'm A Bad Luck Woman
  • 20. Black Cat Blues
  • 21. Good Morning

CD 3

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

  • 1. I Looked Down The Line (And I Wondered)
  • 2. Sit Down
  • 3. Stand By Me
  • 4. Rock Me
  • 5. That's All
  • 6. I Want To Live So God Can Use Me
  • 7. I Claim Jesus First
  • 8. Strange Things Happening Every Day
  • 9. Two Little Fishes And Five Loaves Of Bread
  • 10. Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend
  • 11. How Far From God
  • 12. When I Move To The Sky
  • 13. Jesus Is Here To Stay
  • 14. Oh When I Come To The End Of My Journey
  • 15. Beams Of Heaven
  • 16. Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air
  • 17. My Journey To The Sky

Ethel Waters

  • 18. You Had It Coming To You
  • 19. What Goes Up Must Come Down
  • 20. Jeepers Creepers
  • 21. Bread And Gravey
  • 22. They Say
  • 23. Baby What Else Can I Do?
  • 24. If You Ever Change Your Mind
  • 25. I Just Got A Letter
  • 26. Push Out
  • 27. Old Man Harlem

CD 4

Alberta Hunter with Lovie Austin´s Blues Serenaders

  • 1. St. Louis Blues
  • 2. Moanin' Low
  • 3. Downhearted Blues
  • 4. Now I'm Satisfied
  • 5. Sweet Georgia Brown
  • 6. You Better Change
  • 7. C-Jam Blues
  • 8. Streets Paved With Gold
  • 9. Gallion Stomp
  • 10. I Will Always Be In Love With You

Various (as credited)

  • 11. Alberta Hunter, Lucille Hegamin, Victoria Spivey - I Got Myself A Workin' Man
  • 12. Lucille Hegamin - St. Louis Blues
  • 13. Victoria Spivey - Black Snake Blues
  • 14. Alberta Hunter, Lucille Hegamin, Victoria Spivey - I Got A Mind To Ramble
  • 15. Lucille Hegamin - You'll Want My Love
  • 16. Victoria Spivey - Going Blues
  • 17. Alberta Hunter, Lucille Hegamin, Victoria Spivey - You Gotta Reap What You Sow
  • 18. Lucille Hegamin - Arkansas Blues
  • 19. Victoria Spivey - Got The Blues So Bad
  • 20. Alberta Hunter, Lucille Hegamin, Victoria Spivey - Chirpin' The Blues
  • 21. Lucille Hegamin - Has Anybody Seen My Corine
  • 22. Victoria Spivey - Let Him Beat Me

CD 5

Ida Cox, the Coleman Hawkins Quintet

  • 1. Blues For Rampart Street
  • 2. St. Louis Blues
  • 3. Fogyism
  • 4. Wild Women Don't Have The Blues
  • 5. Hard Time Blues
  • 6. Cherry Pickin' Blues
  • 7. Hard, Oh Lord
  • 8. Lawdy, Lawdy Blues
  • 9. Death Letter Blues
  • 10. Mama Goes Where Papa Goes

Helen Humes

  • 11. You Can Depend On Me
  • 12. Trouble In Mind
  • 13. Among My Souvenirs
  • 14. Ain't Misbehavin'
  • 15. Star Dust
  • 16. Bill Bailey
  • 17. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  • 18. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
  • 19. Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Did
  • 20. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
  • 21. When The Saints Go Marching In

CD 6

Big Maybelle

  • 1. Just Want Your Love
  • 2. Gabbin' Blues
  • 3. My Country Man
  • 4. Rain Down Rain
  • 5. Way Back Home
  • 6. Stay Away From My Sam
  • 7. Jinny Mule
  • 8. Maybelle's Blues
  • 9. I've Got A Feeling
  • 10. You'll Never Know

Big Mama Thornton

  • 11. Hound Dog
  • 12. Rock-a-bye Baby
  • 13. Mischievous Boogie
  • 14. Don't Talk Back
  • 15. You Don't Move Me No More
  • 16. Just Can't Help Myself
  • 17. Stop A-hoppin' On Me
  • 18. They Call Me Big Mama
  • 19. Walking Blues
  • 20. I Smell A Rat
  • 21. I Ain't No Fool Either
  • 22. Willie Mae's Blues
  • 23. Hard Times
  • 24. Big Mama's Coming Home
  • 25. The Fish

CD 7

Etta James

  • 1. Anything To Say You're Mine
  • 2. My Dearest Darling
  • 3. Trust In Me
  • 4. A Sunday Kind Of Love
  • 5. Tough Mary
  • 6. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  • 7. At Last
  • 8. All I Could Do Was Cry
  • 9. Stormy Weather
  • 10. Girl Of My Dreams (Rendered As Boy Of My Dreams)
  • 11. Don't Cry Baby
  • 12. Fool That I Am
  • 13. One For My Baby
  • 14. In My Diary
  • 15. Seven Day Fool
  • 16. It's Too Soon To Know
  • 17. Dream
  • 18. I'll Dry My Tear
  • 19. Plum Nuts
  • 20. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

CD 8

Ruth Brown

  • 1. Lucky Lips
  • 2. As Long As I'm Moving
  • 3. Wild Wild Young Men
  • 4. Daddy Daddy
  • 5. Mambo Baby
  • 6. Teardrops From My Eyes
  • 7. Hello Little Boy
  • 8. Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
  • 9. 5 -10 -15 Hours
  • 10. It's Love Baby
  • 11. Sentimental Journey
  • 12. Old Man River
  • 13. So Long
  • 14. Oh What A Dream
  • 15. This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'
  • 16. Just Too Much
  • 17. I Hope We Meet (On The Road Some Day)
  • 18. Why Me
  • 19. Somebody Touched Me
  • 20. When I Get You Baby
  • 21. Jack O' Diamonds
  • 22. I Can't Hear A Word You Say
  • 23. One More Time
  • 24. Book Of Lies
  • 25. I Can See Everybody's Baby
  • 26. Show Me

CD 9

LaVern Baker

  • 1. Gimme A Pigfoot
  • 2. Baby Doll
  • 3. On Revival Day
  • 4. Money Blues
  • 5. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
  • 6. Back Water Blues
  • 7. Empty Bed Blues
  • 8. There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
  • 9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
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  • 11. Young Woman's Blues
  • 12. Preaching The Blues
  • 13. I Cried A Tear
  • 14. If You Love Me
  • 15. You're Teasing Me
  • 16. Love Me Right
  • 17. Dix-A-Billy
  • 18. So High So Low
  • 19. I Waited Too Long
  • 20. Why Baby Why
  • 21. Humpty Dumpty Heart
  • 22. It's So Fin
  • 23. Whipper Snapper
  • 24. St. Louis Blues

CD 10

Odetta

  • 1. Gonna Take My Time
  • 2. Stranger Here
  • 3. I've Been Living With The Blues
  • 4. Be My Woman
  • 5. Poor Man
  • 6. Empty Pocket Blues
  • 7. I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'
  • 8. Special Delivery
  • 9. If I Had Wings
  • 10. Darlin' Baby
  • 11. Misery Blues
  • 12. House Of The Rising Sun
  • 13. Hard, Oh Lord
  • 14. Believe I'll Go
  • 15. Oh, Papa
  • 16. How Long Blues
  • 17. Hogan's Alley
  • 18. Leavin' This Mornin'
  • 19. Oh, My Babe
  • 20. Yonder Comes The Blues
  • 21. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
  • 22. Weeping Willow Blues
  • 23. Go Down Sunshine
  • 24. Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out