Bessie Smith Complete Recordings

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1993) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 52838 rec 1928-1931}

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1993) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 52838 rec 1928-1931}
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© 1928-31, 1993 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | C2K 52838
Blues / Jazz / Classic Female Blues / Early Jazz / Vaudeville Blues

The fourth of five volumes (the first four are two-CD sets) that reissue all of Bessie Smith's recordings traces her career from a period when her popularity was at its height down to just six songs away from the halt of her recording career. But although her commercial fortunes might have slipped, Bessie Smith never declined and these later recordings are consistently powerful. The two-part "Empty Bed Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (hers is the original version) are true classics and none of the other 40 songs (including the double-entendre "Kitchen Man") are throwaways. With strong accompaniment during some performances by trombonist Charlie Green, guitarist Eddie Lang, Clarence Williams's band and on ten songs (eight of which are duets) the masterful pianist James P. Johnson, this volume (as with the others) is quite essential.
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 3 (1992) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 47474 rec 1925-1928}

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 3 (1992) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 47474 rec 1925-1928}
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© 1925-28, 1992 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | C2K 47474
Blues / Jazz / Classic Female Blues / Early Jazz / Vaudeville Blues

On the third of five volumes (the first four are double-CD box sets) that reissue all of her recordings, the great Bessie Smith is greatly assisted on some of the 38 selections by a few of her favorite sidemen: cornetist Joe Smith, trombonist Charlie Green, and clarinetist Buster Bailey. But the most important of her occasional musicians was pianist James P. Johnson, who makes his first appearance in 1927 and can be heard on four duets with Bessie, including the monumental "Backwater Blues." Other highlights of this highly recommended set (all five volumes are essential) include "After You've Gone," "Muddy Water," "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," "Trombone Cholly," "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair," and "Mean Old Bed Bug Blues." The power and intensity of Bessie Smith's recordings should be considered required listening; even 80 years later they still communicate.
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 1 (1991) {2CD Set Columbia 467895 2 rec 1923-1924}

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 1 (1991) {2CD Set Columbia 467895 2 rec 1923-1924}
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© 1923-24, 1991 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | 467895 2
Blues / Jazz / Classic Female Blues / Early Jazz / Vaudeville Blues

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.
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5: The Final Chapter (1996) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 57546 rec 1931-1933}

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5: The Final Chapter (1996) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 57546 rec 1931-1933}
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© 1931-33, 1996 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | C2K 57546
Blues / Jazz / Classic Female Blues / Early Jazz / Vaudeville Blues

Bessie Smith cut 160 sides for the Columbia and OKeh labels between 1923 and 1933, and the four previous two-CD/cassette box sets of her complete recordings released in the 1990s covered 154 of them, which introduces the question, what can a fifth two-CD/cassette box set contain in addition to the remaining six cuts? First, there are five previously unreleased alternate takes; second, there is the 15-minute low-fi soundtrack to the two-reel short St. Louis Blues, which constitutes the only film of Smith; and third, taking up all of the second CD/cassette, there are 72 minutes of interview tapes of Ruby Smith, Bessie Smith's niece, who traveled as part of her show. The box contains a "Parental Advisory – Explicit Lyrics" warning because of the nature of Ruby Smith's reminiscences. You won't learn much about Bessie Smith's music from her niece's remarks, but you will learn a lot about her sexual preferences.
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1991) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 47471 rec 1924-1925}

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1991) {2CD Set Columbia C2K 47471 rec 1924-1925}
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© 1924-25, 1991 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | C2K 47471
Blues / Jazz / Classic Female Blues / Early Jazz / Vaudeville Blues

Bessie Smith, even on the evidence of her earliest recordings, well deserved the title "Empress of the Blues" for in the 1920s there was no one in her league for emotional intensity, honest blues feeling, and power. The second of five volumes (the first four are two-CD sets) finds her accompaniment improving rapidly with such sympathetic sidemen as trombonist Charlie Green, cornetist Joe Smith, and clarinetist Buster Bailey often helping her out. However, they are overshadowed by Louis Armstrong, whose two sessions with Smith (nine songs in all) fall into the time period of this second set; particularly classic are their versions of "St. Louis Blues," "Careless Love Blues," and "I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle." Other gems on this essential set include "Cake Walkin' Babies From Home," "The Yellow Dog Blues," and "At the Christmas Ball."

Bessie Smith - Empress Of The Blues (1992)  Music

Posted by popsakov at June 15, 2016
Bessie Smith - Empress Of The Blues (1992)

Bessie Smith - Empress Of The Blues (1992)
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Classic Female Blues, Early Jazz | Charly Records #CDCD 1030

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)  Music

Posted by mark70 at April 20, 2016
Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)

Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 72:36 min | 169 MB
Genre: Blues, Jazz | Label: Cappo Digital

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period).
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final Chapter (1996)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final Chapter (1996)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 122 min | 307 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1996

The last two-CD set in this five-volume collection contains a lot of curiosities, and several pieces of required listening as well: "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl," "Do Your Duty," and "Gimme a Pigfoot" are all here. For curiosities, there's the St. Louis Blues soundtrack, from a film short that contains the only footage of Smith. The second CD consists entirely of interviews with Smith's niece, Ruby Smith, which, while of secondary interest to the music, make for fascinating listening. In a gradual, rambling way, Ruby constructs an image of her famous aunt that reveals additional facets of the Empress of the Blues.

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 14, 2016
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 125 min | 319 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1993

These recordings reaching from the height of Bessie Smith's fame into her decline in popularity are required listening, covering the years 1928 through 1931. Not only was her voice stronger than ever, but her control over the material was topnotch; she balanced on the fine line between seductive charm and overt sexuality with apparent ease. Some of her best material ever appears on volume 4 of this 5-volume set, including "Standin' in the Rain Blues," "Empty Bed Blues" (speaking of overtness…), "Devil's Gonna Git You," "I'm Wild About That Thing," "Blue Spirit Blues"… but it's useless to even try to list favorites. Smith's voice is so rich and expressive despite the primitive recording technology of the day, one can only imagine what it must have been like to hear her live. And trombonist Charlie Green and pianist James P. Johnson are featured prominently here as well.

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 11, 2016
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 121 min | 321 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1991

Bessie Smith, even on the evidence of her earliest recordings, well deserved the title "Empress of the Blues" for in the 1920s there was no one in her league for emotional intensity, honest blues feeling, and power. The second of five volumes (the first four are two-CD sets) finds her accompaniment improving rapidly with such sympathetic sidemen as trombonist Charlie Green, cornetist Joe Smith, and clarinetist Buster Bailey often helping her out. However, they are overshadowed by Louis Armstrong, whose two sessions with Smith (nine songs in all) fall into the time period of this second set; particularly classic are their versions of "St. Louis Blues," "Careless Love Blues," and "I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle." Other gems on this essential set include "Cake Walkin' Babies From Home," "The Yellow Dog Blues," and "At the Christmas Ball."