Bessie Smith - Rough Guide to Bessie Smith - Limited LP w/ download
Artist: Bessie Smith | Label: World Music Network | Format: LP+ download | Genre: Blues | Album Condition: New | Cover Condition: Sealed
The Rough Guide to
World Music Network RGNET 1264 LP
Bessie Smith was the first superstar of the blues with one of the greatest voices of the twentieth century - dubbed 'The Empress Of The Blues', her majestic delivery and indomitable spirit were unsurpassed. Re-mastered for exceptional audio clarity, the emotional intensity and expressiveness of Bessie Smith still takes the breath away. Bessie Smith sang with a kind of heartfelt emotion and raw unfiltered passion that could only come from someone with first-hand experience of the deep dark shades of the blues. In her short but kaleidoscopic life Bessie knew poverty, fame, wealth, love, lust, and the dangerous lure of liquor all too well. Enjoy an excellent compendium of Bessie's finest work on this Rough Guide.
The opening track on this album is Bessie's debut recording from 1923, 'Down Hearted Blues'. An upbeat tinkling piano line underpins Bessie's honeyed vocals that wind around the blues scale with ease. 'Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out' is a lackadaisical slow-paced cover of the well known song. Bessie's version is soaked in a thick and treacly half-hearted attitude that conveys the hopeless sentiment of the song perfectly. One of her most successful hits, 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find' is a growly lament, a bitter ode to good honest men, who Bessie tells us are increasingly 'hard to find'. Continuing on the vein of unsatisfactory men, Bessie tackles cheeky double-entendres with an unmistakably mischievous tone on 'I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl'. Later in her career Bessie began to favour a soulful swing to a slow blues tempo. Husky and rasped vocal slides characterize the gently swinging ballad, 'Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer'. This Rough Guide also features a bonus disc of those artists who were contemporaries with, and were influenced by, the legendary Bessie Smith.
Down Hearted Blues
A Good Man is Hard to Find
I Ain't Gonna Play no Second Fiddle
Muddy Water (A Mississippi Man)
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
Empty Bed Blues (Part One)
Empty Bed Blues (Part Two)
Back Water Blues (Part Two)
The Yellow Dog Blues
Me and My Gin
St Louis Blues
Jazzbo From Memphis Town
Bonus music on download includes 12 tracks of Bessie Smith's contemporaries, including tracks by Lucille Bogan, Lil Johnson, Lil Green, Memphis Minnie, Dinah Washington and others.
Brand New SEALED NEW LP from World Music Network
Contains a download card that includes the entire album
PLUS bonus tracks!