The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 [Columbia/Legacy]

The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 [Columbia/Legacy]

by Bessie Smith


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In the 1970s, Bessie Smith's recordings were reissued on five double LPs. Her CD reissue series also has five volumes (the first four are double-CD sets) with the main difference being that the final volume includes all of her rare alternate takes (which were bypassed on LP). The first set (which, as with all of the CD volumes, is housed in an oversize box that includes an informative booklet) contains her first 38 recordings. During this early era, Bessie Smith had no competitors on record and she was one of the few vocalists who could overcome the primitive recording techniques; her power really comes through. Her very first recording (Alberta Hunter's "Down Hearted Blues") was a big hit and is one of the highlights of this set along with "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do" (two decades before Billie Holiday), "Jail-House Blues," and "Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down." Smith's accompaniment is nothing that special (usually just a pianist and maybe a weak horn or two), but she dominates the music anyway, even on two vocal duets with her rival Clara Smith. All of these volumes reward close listenings and are full of timeless recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644709124
catalogNumber: 47091

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bessie Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Reser   Guitar
Don Redman   Clarinet
George Baquet   Clarinet
Buddy Christian   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Clarence Williams   Piano
Ernest Elliott   Clarinet
Clara Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
John Griffin   Guitar
Irving Jones   Piano
Robert Robbins   Violin

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
Mahalia Jackson   Liner Notes
Ida Cox   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Lovie Austin   Composer
E. Ollie Brown   Composer
James Cox   Composer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Porter Grainger   Composer
E. Johnson   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
John Berg   Art Direction
Lawrence Cohn   Producer
Irving Johns   Composer
Max Kortlander   Composer
Robert Prince   Composer
Bob Ricketts   Composer
A. Hill   Composer
W. Jackson   Composer

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