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Various Artists Collections - Pre War Blues Women

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5378 Barrelhouse Women, Vol. 1 : 1925-1930 ● CD $15.98
Complete recorded works of Evelyn Brickey, Katherine Adkins, Bertha Ross, Frances Wallace & Clara Burston.
KATHERINE ADKINS: Did She Fall Or Was She Pushed?/ Individual Blues/ EVELYN BRICKLEY: Down In The Valley Blues/ My Man Is Somebody Elses Too/ BERTHA ROSS: Blues Rode Me All Night Long/ Lost Man Blues/ My Jelly Blues/ Tea-rollin' Blues/ FRANCES WALLACE & CLARA BURSTON: 1930 Mama (take 1)/ 1930 Mama (take 2)/ Beggin' Man Blues/ Can't Get Enough/ Cp Blues/ Frankie And Clara - Part 1/ Frankie And Clara - Part 2/ Georgia Man Blues/ Good And Hot/ I Had To Smack That Thing/ Low Down Man Blues/ Pay With Money/ Smother Me Blues/ Too Late Too Late Blues (the Flu Blues)/ Try That Man O'mine/ Weak And Nervous Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5497 Barrelhouse Women, Vol. 2, 1924-28 ● CD $15.98
15 tracks from Sodarisa Miller (1924-26), 5 by Alice Pearson (1927), 4 by Mattie Dorsey (1927) and 2 by Star Page (1928)
MATTIE DORSEY: Love Me Daddy Blues/ Mattie Blues/ Oh, Wasn't It Nice/ Stingaree Blues/ SODARISA MILLER: Be Yourself/ Broadway Daddy Blues/ Confession Blues/ Don't Dog Me 'round/ Down By The River Blues (take 2)/ Fightin' Blues/ Hot Springs Water Blues (take 1)/ Hot Springs Water Blues (take 2)/ I Keeps My Kitchen Clean/ Lonesome Room Blues/ Midnight Special/ Nobody Knows/ Reckless Don't Care Mama Blues/ Sunshine Special (take 2)/ Who'll Drive My Blues Away (take 1)/ STAR PAGE: Georgia Blues/ I Ain't Puttn' Out/ ALICE PEARSON: Black Sow Blues/ Greenville Levee Blues/ Greyhound Blues/ Memphis Earthquake/ Third St. Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Memphis Archives 7017 Blue Ladies - Classic Blues Performances, 1922-25 ● CD $12.98
18 tracks, 56 min., recommended
A solid compilation of classic female blues performances recorded between 1921 and 1925. Program highlights include Rules and Regulations by Edith Wilson, I'm Gonna Get You by Mamie Smith accompanied by a very young Coleman Hawkins, Thirty-First Street Blues by Clara Smith with Fletcher Henderson on piano, Sing Sing Blues by Bessie Smith, Nobody Knows What a Red Head Mama Can Do by Clementine Smith, Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning by Margaret Johnson, Cow Cow Blues by Dora Carr, I'm Gonna Jazz My Way Straight Thru' Paradise by Mary Stafford, I Ain't Gonna Marry, Ain't Gonna Settle Down by Viola McCoy, and No Man's Mama by Ethel Waters. Good music for ladies who are fed up with their men. Sound quality is generally good given the era, and the notes aim to be informative. (DH)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5503 Blues Girls, Vol. 1 : 1924-30 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks including 2 by Edna Johnson (1924), 2 by Sadie James (1927), 2 by Helen Beasley (1929), 4 by Coletha Simpson (1929), 2 by Julia Johnson (1929) and 12 by Alura Mack (1929/30)
HELEN BEASLEY: Rambling Mind Blues/ Tia Juana Blues/ SADIE JAMES: Mamma, Fold Your Hands/ What Makes A Bow-Legged Woman Crazy/ EDNA JOHNSON: A Woman Gets Tired Of One Man All The Time/ I'm Drifting From You Blues/ JULIA JOHNSON: Hard Headed Daddy/ Tickling Blues/ ALURA MACK: 82 Years Blues/ Beef Blood Blues/ Cotton Belt Blues/ Everybody's Man Is Mine/ I Ain't Puttin' Out Nothin' Blues/ It Worries Me/ Loose Like That/ Monkey Blues/ My Kitchen Man/ The Long Lost Blues/ West End Blues/ Wicked Daddy Blues/ COLETHA SIMPSON: Black Man Blues/ Down South Blues/ Lonesome Lonesome Blues/ Riverside Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5504 Blues Girls, Vol. 2 : 1928-30 ● CD $15.98
2 tracks by Katherine McDacid (1925), 2 by Margaret Thornton (1927), 8 by Mozelle Alderson (1927-30), 10 by Mary Dixon (1928/29) and 2 by Issie Ringold (1930).
MOZELLE ALDERSON: Mobile Central Blues/ Mozelle Blues/ Room Rent Blues/ Sobbin' The Blues/ State Street Special/ Tall Man Blues/ Tight In Chicago/ Tight Whoopee/ MARY DIXON: All Around Mama/ Black Dog Blues/ Daddy You Got Ev'rything/ Daddy, You're A Low Down Man/ Dusky Stevedore/ Fire And Thunder Blues/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ Old Forsaken Blues/ Unhappy Blues/ You Can't Sleep In My Bed/ KATHERINE C. McDAVID: Sweet Woman Blues/ Underground Blues/ ISSIE RINGGOLD: Be On Your Merry Way/ He's A Good Meat Cutter/ MARGARET THORNTON: Jockey Blues/ Texas Bound Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document 5646 Blues Girls, Vol. 3 : 1924-33 ● CD $15.98
A 24 track collection featuring the complete recordings of Anna Lee Chisolm (a fine singer accompanied by piano on one track and the idiosyncratic guitar of Louis Lasky on the other), Cora Lee Perkins (another excellent singer with fine Lonnie Johnson/violin and an unknown mandolin player on one of her two), Virginia Childs (an interesting performer accompanied by white string band musicians Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen), Eva Parker (four tracks from two very different sessions), Lulu Jackson (a parlor singer doing 8 cuts accompanied by her own very amateurish guitar - charming in small doses) and 6 cuts by Bessie Smith's niece Ruby Smith - a fairly undistinguished singer accompanied by an unknown pianist.
VIRGINIA CHILDS: Down Hearted Blues/ The St. Louis Blues/ ANNA LEE CHISOLM: Cool Kind Daddy Blues/ Georgia Sam Blues/ LULU JACKSON: After You've Had Your Way/ Blue Ridge Blues/ Careless Love Blues/ Little By Little You're Breaking My Heart/ Little Rosewood Casket/ Lost Lover Blues/ You're Going To Leave The Old Home, Jim/ You're Going To Leave The Old Home, Jim - Part 2/ EVA PARKER: Careless Love/ I Seen My Pretty Papa/ You Got Yourself Another Woman/ You're Going To Leave The Old Home Jim/ CORA PERKINS: Today Blues/ When I Rise Blues/ RUBY SMITH: 'Lectric Chair Blues/ Draggin' My Heart Around/ Dream Man Blues/ Flyin' Mosquito Blues/ Hard Up Blues/ Selfish Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5327 Blues Ladies, 1934-41 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 70 min., good. The half dozen singers here owe their record dates to the constant search for new talent that guys like Lester Melrose engaged in. So while Big Bill Broonzy and Black Bob may be sitting in here and there, these are the waxings of also-rans and would-be stars who never got the call to fame. In general, these songs go a long way towards demonstrating how one can be perfectly competent without being especially talented. The tracks are good but not compelling or even memorable. Stella Johnson is the only singer about whom much of anything is known, having performed at the Cabin Inn from 1936-37. Her 3 sides are, expectedly, blatant and sexual, as a quick listen to Hot Nuts Swing will confirm. Other artists include Irene Sanders, Lorraine Walton, Hattie Bolten, Minnie Mathes, and Kansas Katie. (JC)
HATTIE BOLTEN: Down Home Shake/ Jumpin' Julia/ Move That Thing/ Prize Fighter Blues/ Tired Of Your Evil Ways/ STELLA JOHNSON: Don't Come Over/ Hot Nuts Swing/ Mama Don't Want You No More/ KANSAS KATIE: Deep Sea Diver/ Don't You Know Me/ He's My Man/ I Can't Let You Go/ MINNIE MATHES: Ball Game Blues/ Chicago Men Blues/ Please Come Home Daddy Blues/ IRENE SANDERS: A Woman's Blues/ Grieving And Leaving Blues/ Troublesome Mind/ LORRAINE WALTON: Down In My Heart/ Freight Train Blues/ If You're A Viper/ Waiting Blues/ Whiskey Blues/ You Can't Take It With You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5654 Classic Blues & Vaudeville Singers, Vol. 5 : 1922-1930 ● CD $15.98
24 "remaining titles and alternate takes" - Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, Helen Baxter, Viola McCoy, Josie Miles, Rosa Henderson, Butterbeans and Susie and others.
ELEN BAXTER: Cruel Back Bitin' Blues (A Heart Aching Chant)(take B or C)/ You Got Ev'ry Thing A Sweet Mama Needs (But Me) (take C)/ BUTTERBEANS AND SUSIE: Times Is Hard (So I'm Savin' For A Rainy Day) (take C)/ ROSA HENDERSON: Black Snake Moan (alt. take)/ Do It, Mr. So-So/ Fulton Street Blues/ Get It Fixed (E-7212)/ Papa, If You Can't Do Better (Let A Better Papa Move In (take 5)/ EDNA HICKS: Bleeding Hearted Blues (take - -)/ Sad 'N' Lonely (take B)/ ALBERTA HUNTER: Why Did You Pick Me Up When I Was Down, Why Didn't You Let Me Lay (take 3)/ You Can't Do What My Last Man Did (take 1)/ EMMA JOHNSON: Cold Weather Papa/ MAGGIE JONES: I'm A Real Kind Mama (take 2)/ LOUELLA JONES & JAZZ CASPAR: Sweet Mandy (take 1)/ VIOLA MCCOY: Clearing House Blues (take 1)/ Fortune Teller Blues (take B)/ Slow Up Papa (take C)/ You Don't Know My Mind (take 1)/ JOSIE MILES: Mad Mama's Blues (take B)/ Temper'mental Papa (take C)/ BESSIE SMITH: Yodling Blues (take 2-test)/ EDNA TAYLOR: Jelly's Blues (take 2)/ EVA TAYLOR: My Man From Caroline (take 1)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 1005 Female Blues - The Remaining Titles, 1921-1928 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks by Lavinia Turner, Sister Harris, Hazel Meyers, Ethel Finnie, Josie Miles, Sara Martin, Rosetta Crawford, Rosa Henderson, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5505 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 1 - A/B ● CD $15.98
First of 14 volumes (!) on Document featuring women blues singers of the 20s and 30s who didn't record enough to a whole CD of their recordings. Very little is known about most of them. This first volume features 8 tracks by Ora Alexander (1931/32), 1 by Louise Anderson (1928), 4 by Mildred Austin (1928), 6 by Baby Bonnie (1924/25) and 4 by Eloise Bennett.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5506 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 2 - B ● CD $15.98
The second volume features 2 tracks by Baby Benbow (1923), 4 by Glory Bernard (1928), 8 by Flo Bert (1920), 5 by Mary H. Bradford (1923-28), 1 by Florence Bristol (1924) and 4 by Lil & Will Brown (1927).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5507 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 3 - B/C ● CD $15.98
6 by Marie Bradley (1927), 10 by Kitty Brown (1923/24), 2 by Jospehine Byrd (1928) and 4 by Alice Carter (1923).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5508 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 4 - C ● CD $15.98
11 by Alice Leslie Carter (1921), 4 by Josephine Carter (1921), 2 by Margaret Carter (1926), 1 by Alta Cates (1924), 1 by Juanita Stinette Chappelle (1921), 2 by Alice Clinton (1928) and 2 by Anna Belle Coleman (1930).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5509 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 5 - C/D/E ● CD $15.98
2 by Ruth Coleman (1923), 4 by Henryette Davis (1926), 7 by Madlyn Davis (1927), 2 by Louise De Vant (1928), 3 by Jessie Derrick, 5 by Dorothy Dodd (1921) and 1 by Maureen Englin (1924)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5510 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 6 - E/F/G ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5511 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 7 - G/H ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5512 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 7 - H ● CD $15.98
2 tracks by Josie Harley (1923), 9 by Lillian Harris (1923), 8 by Sister Harris (1923), 2 by Alma Henderson (1927) and 2 by Clara herring (1928)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5513 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 9 - H 2 ● CD $15.98
9 by Edmonia Henderson, 6 by Lena Henry, 1 by Lethia Hill and 8 by Mattie Hit.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5514 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 10 - H/I/J ● CD $15.98
2 by Nellie Hite (1923), 3 by Jane Howard (1927), 4 by Bertha Idaho (1928/29), 6 by Mary Jackson (1923), 2 by Saidie Jackson (1926), 2 by Zaidee Jackson (1926), 2 by Caroline Johnson (1926) and 4 by Elnora Johnson (1927).
NELLIE HITE: Midnight Blues/ Oh Daddy Blues/ JANE HOWARD: Hard-hearted Papa/ Kissin' Mule Blues/ Peepin' Jim Blues/ BERTHA IDAHO: Down On Pennsylvania Avenue/ Graveyard Love/ Move It On Out Of Here/ You've Got The Right Eye, But You're Peeping At The Wrong Keyhole/ MARY JACKSON: All The Time/ Deceitful Blues/ I Don't Let No One Man Worry Me/ If Anybody Here Wants A Real Kind Mama (here's Your Opportunity)/ Liza Jackson's Got Better Bread Than Old Sally Lee/ Who'll Get It When I'm Gone?/ SADIE JACKSON: Nobody Worries 'bout Me/ Original Black Bottom Dance/ ZAIDEE JACKSON: I'm Mad Because I Turned My Baby Down/ Something's Gonna Happen To You/ CAROLINE JOHNSON: Georgia Grind/ Mamma Stayed Out The Whole Night Long (but Mama Didn't Do No Wrong)/ ELNORA JOHNSON: Blue Black Bottom Blues/ Freakish Papa/ I Like That Thing (called The Black Bottom)/ Red Cap Porter Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5515 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 11 - J/L ● CD $15.98
2 tracks by Flo Johnson (1923), 2 by Ruth Johnson (1931), 2 by Josephine Jones (1925), 1 by Genevieve Jordan (1923), 2 by Eliza Christmas Lee (1921), 11 by Mandy Lee (1923-27) and 4 by Florence Lowery (1927)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5516 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 12 - M/O/P/Q/R ● CD $15.98
2 by Hattie McDaniels (1926), 2 by Helena Manley (1923), 4 by Anna Meyers (1922), 1 by Anna Oliver (1923), 2 by Dolly Perkins (1924), 1 by Kathryn Perry (1935), 2 by Teddy Peters (1926), 3 by Nettie Potter (1924), 2 by Evelyn Preer (1926/27), 4 by Sis Quander (1927) and 2 by Nina Reeves (1923)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5517 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 13 - R/S ● CD $15.98
2 by Nettie Robinson (1927), 2 by Laura Rucker (1931), 6 by Gertrude Saunders (1921-27) and 14 by Mary Stafford (1921-26).

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5518 Female Blues Singers, Vol. 14 - S/Y ● CD $15.98
The final volume in this series feature 2 tracks by Helen Savage (1929), 5 by Clementine Smith (1924), 2 by Edna Taylor (1923), 1 by Georgia Taylor (1926), 1 by an unknown artist (1923), 4 by Kitty Waters (1927), 2 by Florence White (1927), 2 by Gussie Williams (1932), 1 by Margaret Williams (1928), 2 by Billie Wilson (1928) and 2 by Billie Young (1930).

VARIOUS ARTISTS RST Records JPCD 1528 Female Blues, The Remaining Titles Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
Terrific collection of sides including 9 tracks by the wonderful Lil Green, 4 by the generally undistinguished Bea Foote but including the intriguing Weeds an unissued song about a very popular plant complete with sound effects, two by the obscure but very fine Pearl Ellison including the take-no-prisoners Razor Totin' Mama plus Ruby Smith, Wea Bea Booze, Monette Moore & Lillie Mae Kirkman.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5295 Female Chicago Blues ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 1019 Jazzin' The Blues ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
This collection rounds up a bunch of tracks made by singers who, for the most part, first recorded in the '20s: Ada Brown, Ruby Smith, Alberta Price, "Chippie" Hill and Lizzie Miles. The accompaniments tend to the Nicksieland, with Wild Bill Davison or Sharkey Bonano blowing lead on 15 of the tracks (and the other five have Fats Waller's guys, including Himself on one of them). The result is a surprisingly satisfying hour of good old fashioned hot music: nothing fancy, but all solid in the pocket. Hill is in particularly fine voice. (DW)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux & Associates 018 Women In Blues ● CD $25.98
2 discs, 36 tracks, 112 min., recommended
Another solid sampler from this fine French label, this time focusing on the "classic" blues stylings of 36 different women who recorded between 1920 and 1943. The first disc opens with Mamie Smith and her famous Crazy Blues, moves through Alberta Hunter's Nobody Knows the Way I Feel Dis Mornin', Ma Rainey's See See Rider Blues, Bessie Smith's Empty Bed Blues, Lottie Beaman's Rolling Log Blues, and Lillian Glinn's Cravin' a Man Blues, ending with Edith Wilson's plaintive lament, My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More. Disc two begins with Memphis Minnie's often anthologized Me and My Chauffeur Blues, and then offers Lucille Bogan's Reckless Woman, actress Hattie McDaniel's I Thought I'd Do It, Victoria Spivey's Dirty Tee Bee Blues, Billie Holiday's Long Gone Blues, Lil Green's Why Don't You Do Right, Wee Bea Booze's hymn of praise in honor of the Selective Service System, Uncle Sam Come and Get Him, and closes with Salty Papa Blues by a young Dinah Washington. Notes are again offered in French and English. The 24 page booklet includes several fine vintage photographs, and the sound quality is generally very good. (DH)
MILDRED BAILEY: Down Hearted Blues/ LOTTIE BEAMAN: Rolling Stone/ LUCILLE BOGAN: Reckless Woman/ WEE BEE BOOZE: Uncle Sam Come And Get Him/ MARTHA COPELAND: Nobody Rocks Me Like My Baby Do/ IDA COX: Death Letter Blues/ MATTIE DELANEY: Tallahatchie River Blues/ PEARL DICKSON: Little Rock Blues/ LILLIAN GLINN: Cravin' A Man Blues/ LIL GREEN: Why Don't You Do Right/ LUCILLE HEGAMIN: Land Of Cotton Blues/ ROSA HENDERSON: Can't Be Bothered With No Sheik/ BERTHA "CHIPPIE" HILL: Till Some Cold Rainy Day/ BILLIE HOLIDAY: Long Gone Blues/ ROSETTA HOWARD: How Long Daddy/ HELEN HUMES: Gonna Buy Me A Telephone/ ALBERTA HUNTER: Nobody Knows The Way I Feel Dis Mornin'/ LIL JOHNSON: That Bonus Done Gone Thru/ MERLINE JOHNSON: Pallet On The Floor/ IDA MAY MACK: Mr. Moore Blues/ SARA MARTIN: Late Last Night/ TINY MAYBERRY: Mailman Blues/ HATTIE MCDANIEL: I Thought I'd Do It/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Me And My Chauffeur Blues/ LIZZIE MILES: My Man O' War/ ALICE MOORE: My Man Blues/ MA RAINEY: See See Rider Blues/ CLARA SMITH: Shipwrecked Blues/ MAMIE SMITH: Crazy Blues/ VICTORIA SPIVEY: Dirty Tee Bee Blues/ ROSETTA THARPE: Trouble In Mind/ DINAH WASHINGTON: Salty Papa Blues/ ETHEL WATERS: My Handy Man/ GEORGIA WHITE: The Blues Ain't Nothin' But/ EDITH WILSON: My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More


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