Bessie Smith - The Absolutely Essential (CD)

The Absolutely Essential
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This is a three CD, 60 track survey of the career of the queen and empress of the blues Bessie Smith, who was the most popular female US singer of the 1920s and 1930s, influencing countless blues and jazz singers to the present day.

1. Down Hearted Blues
2. Gulf Coast Blues
3. Beale Street Mama
4. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
5. ‘Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
6. Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time
7. Any Woman's Blues
8. Chicago Bound Blues
9. Moonshine Blues
10. Weeping Willow Blues
11. The Bye Bye Blues
12. Sinful Blues
13. Dying Gambler's Blues
14. Reckless Blues
15. You've Been A Good Ole Wagon
16. Cake Walkin’ Babies (From Home)
17. The Yellow Dog Blues
18. Soft Pedal Blues
19. What's The Matter Now ?
20. I Want Every Bit Of It

1. The St. Louis Blues
2. Careless Love Blues
3. I Ain't Goin To Play Second Fiddle
4. I Ain't Got Nobody
5. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town
6. The Gin House Blues
7. After You've Gone
8. Alexander's Ragtime Band
9. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
10. Lost Your Head Blues
11. Young Woman's Blues
12. Baby Doll
13. Preachin’ The Blues
14. Hard Driving Papa
15. Backwater Blues
16. There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
17. Trombone Cholly
18. Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair
19. Dyin’ By The Hour
20. Thinking Blues

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
3. Empty Bed Blues, Pt 1
4. Empty Bed Blues, Pt 2
5. Gimme A Pigfoot
6. Spider Man Blues
7. Devil's Gonna Git You
8. Poor Man's Blues
9. Me And My Gin
10. I'm Wild About That Thing
11. Kitchen Man
12. Blue Spirit Blues
13. Baby Have Pity On Me
14. On Revival Day
15. Hustlin’ Dan
16. Black Mountain Blues
17. Safety Mama
18. Do Your Duty
19. Take Me For A Buggy Ride
20. I'm Down In The Dumps