Memphis Minnie held her own in a genre famous for its casualties, and as a blues guitarist, few players in the 1920s could cut her, and that, coupled with Minnie's natural showmanship and a penchant for marrying her guitar duet partners (Casey Bill Weldon, Kansas Joe McCoy, Ernest Lawlars), makes her one of the most colorful figures in blues history. This set brings together key tracks that she recorded for Columbia Records between 1933 and 1937, but it's just a small part of this musician's prolific recording catalog (she also recorded for the Bluebird, OKeh, Vocalion, Regal, Checker, and JOB imprints during her four-decade career). The sound is good, though, which makes this a nice place to start.
The BGP subsidiary of Ace paired two of Rotary Connection's albums onto one disc in 1998. The following year, Raven would combine Aladdin and Dinner Music on one disc. Not only do the original albums deserve to be released separately, but both the BGP and Raven reissue two-fers ruin the strange sleeve artwork that adorned the original LPs. Songs/Hey Love looks particularly horrid, with an orgy of rainbow colors that bleed into each other. Charly once issued Songs on its own, but as of 2003, this combination was the only way to obtain Hey Love on CD.
Until 1999's Free Soul (Capitol) and 2001's exhaustive but more excellent overall Petals (The Right Stuff) came along, Capitol Gold offered the best summation of this true original's horribly undervalued solo career. As with Free Soul, Capitol Gold leaves a significant gap by excluding the best moments from Minnie Riperton's debut (Come to My Garden), an album that was released on GTR. This issue would be rectified by The Right Stuff, a subsidiary of Capitol, for Petals.
You can't go wrong with Memphis Minnie at almost any point in her estimable career. During the 1930s and early '40s, she made the adjustment to changing styles, but in the early '30s she made the style. The sound quality is pretty good throughout the set, although it's better on the later tunes.– by Ron Wynn
This set has been announced as Maria Muldaur's 40th album, which it is, since she conceived of it and produced it, but it's actually a tribute to the guitar-playing blues great Memphis Minnie, and several of the tracks that Muldaur sings on here have been previously released, including previously released tracks of Memphis Minnie songs that Muldaur cut with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey, Roy Rogers, and Steve James. …
Be whoever you want to be! Share the fun and excitement of playing dress-up with Minnie, Daisy and the whole Clubhouse gang! You're invited to Minnie's Masquerade, a costume party where everyone wins a prize! Help Minnie and Mickey put the finishing touches on their royal crowns, search for ''Sir Goofsalot's'' missing shoe and much more. All it takes is a heaping helping of imagination and the right Mouseketools! So get up on your feet and join the costume parade at the ultimate ''mousekerade'' ball!