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The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1


Download links and information about The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 by Bessie Smith. This album was released in 1991 and it belongs to Blues, Jazz genres. It contains 38 tracks with total duration of 02:01:39 minutes.

Artist: Bessie Smith
Release date: 1991
Genre: Blues, Jazz
Tracks: 38
Duration: 02:01:39
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No. Title Length
1. Down Hearted Blues (78rpm Version) (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 3:25
2. Gulf Coast Blues (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 3:04
3. Aggravatin' Papa (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra, Buddy Christian) 3:16
4. Beale Street Mama (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra, Buddy Christian) 3:34
5. Baby Won't You Please Come Home (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 2:55
6. Oh Daddy Blues (You Won't Have No Mama At All) (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 3:04
7. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 3:26
8. Keeps On Rainin' (Papa He Can't Make No Time) (featuring Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 3:06
9. Mama's Got the Blues 2:55
10. Outside of That (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:27
11. Bleeding Hearted Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:05
12. Lady Luck Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:06
13. Yodling Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:11
14. Midnight Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:17
15. If You Don't Know Who Will (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:35
16. Nobody In Town Can Bake a Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:31
17. Jail-House Blues 3:13
18. St. Louis Gal (featuring Jimmy Jones) 3:27
19. Sam Jones' Blues 2:47
20. Graveyard Dream Blues (78rpm Version) (featuring Jimmy Jones) 2:43
21. Cemetery Blues (featuring Jimmy Jones) 3:28
22. Far Away Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson, Clara Smith) 2:59
23. I'm Going Back to My Used to Be (featuring Clara Smith, Clarence Williams & His Orchestra) 2:53
24. Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time (featuring Jimmy Jones, George Baquet) 3:09
25. My Sweetie Went Away (featuring Jimmy Jones, George Baquet) 3:10
26. Any Woman's Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson) 3:25
27. Chicago Bound Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman) 3:15
28. Mistreating Daddy (featuring Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman) 3:16
29. Frosty Morning Blues (featuring Jimmy Jones, Harry Reser) 3:13
30. Haunted House Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman) 3:28
31. Eavesdropper's Blues (featuring Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman) 3:10
32. Easy Come, Easy Go Blues (featuring Jimmy Jones, Harry Reser) 3:08
33. Sorrowful Blues (featuring Johnny Griffin) 3:16
34. Pinchbacks-Take 'Em Away 3:14
35. Rocking Chair Blues 3:13
36. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down 3:17
37. Boweavil Blues 2:51
38. Hateful Blues 3:07



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.