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Various Artists Collections - Pre War Miscellaneous

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 1020 Vocal Blues & Jazz, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
A collection of 21 tracks by women singers including the complete recordings (16 tracks) of Albinia Jones recorded between 1944 and 1949 plus two tracks by Helen Humes (one from 1938 private session, one from 1945 AFRS-Jubilee transcription), two by Ethel Waters (from 1942 AFRS-Jubilee Transcription), one by Rosetta Tharpe (from 1943 AFRS-Jubilee Transcription) and one by Betty Roche from 1943 or '44.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5666 Jazzin' The Blues, Vol. 5 ● CD $15.98
A Document "mopping up" compilation featuring the remaining titles and supplements fro a bunch of female vocalists recorded between 1930 and 1953 including Lizzie Miles, Baby Hines, Babe Wallace, Yack taylor, Monette Moore and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5667 Sammy Price & The Blues Singers, Vol. 1 : 1938-1941 ● CD $15.98
The first of two CDs to feature recordings of blues singers who are accompanied by the prolific Sammy Price. These will overlap with the previously issued four CD set on Wolf of Sammy & the Blues Singers, so.. Includes The Ebony Three, Bea Foote, The Harlem Stompers, Yack Taylor, Sweet Georgia Brown and Ruby Smith.

    
VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 5668 Sammy Price & The Blues Singers, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 69 mins, recommended
Second collection on Document featuring the talented and ubiquitous piano player Sam Price with various bands accompanying several different blues singers. This one features Lether McGraw, james Carter, Nora Lee King, Wee Bee Booze and Herman "Peetie Wheatstraw" Ray. James Carter is probably the most interesting singer here with his two powerful songs about death and Wee Bee Booze is a good singer who has some fine topical songs about the war. Harman Ray is pretty much a Peetie Wheatstraw imitator but he does a nice version of Charles Brown's Trouble Blues and does an interesting topical blues about President Truman. Good sound and informative notes by Chris Smith. (FS)

 

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