Ma Rainey [Milestone]

Ma Rainey [Milestone]

by Ma RaineyMa Rainey


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Nobody could belt it out like Ma Rainey, and here's a great collection that showcases it. All of the lady's biggest hits ("See See Rider," "Jealous Hearted Blues," "Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") are here, and the sound is as good as one can expect from the old Paramount 78s, probably the worst-pressed discs of the 1920s. Still, Ma's ebullient personality comes through the hisses and pops and scratches loud and clear. An essential blues buy for the collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Milestone
UPC: 0025218472128
catalogNumber: 47021
Rank: 104354


  1. Jealous Hearted Blues
  2. See See Rider Blues
  3. Jelly Bean Blues
  4. Countin' the Blues
  5. Slave to the Blues
  6. Chain Gang Blues
  7. Bessemer Bound Blues
  8. Wringin' and Twistin' Blues
  9. Mountain Jack Blues
  10. Trust No Man
  11. Morning Hour Blues
  12. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  13. New Bo-Weavil Blues
  14. Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues
  15. Hear Me Talking to You
  16. Prove It on Me Blues
  17. Victim of the Blues
  18. Sleep Talking Blues
  19. Blame It on the Blues
  20. Daddy Goodbye Blues
  21. Sweet Rough Man
  22. Black Eye Blues
  23. Leavin' This Morning
  24. Runaway Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ma Rainey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Georgia Tom   Piano
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
Tampa Red   Kazoo
Coleman Hawkins   Bass,Saxophone
Blind Blake   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Jimmy Bertrand   Xylophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Charlie Green   Trombone
Lil Henderson   Piano
Howard Scott   Cornet

Technical Credits

Georgia Tom   Contributor
Bessie Smith   Composer
Buster Bailey   Contributor
Tampa Red   Contributor
Coleman Hawkins   Contributor
Blind Blake   Contributor
Ma Rainey   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Fletcher Henderson   Contributor
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Tub Jug Washbord Band   Contributor

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