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Bessie Smith - The Very Best Of

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Not Now - CATLP170

Bessie Smith dominated what has become known as 'classic blues'. Living every day as though it were her last was hardly conducive to a long life, but it gave the singer experience of suffering which she brought out in her singing. Not that Bessie was lacking in humour; the recordings of more comic material are every bit as red blooded as her articulation of disillusionment and hurt.

Side A:
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Downhearted Blues
Gulf Coast Blues
Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)
Aggravatin' Papa
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
T'ain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do
Gin House Blues

Side B:
St. Louis Blues
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
Empty Bed Blues (Parts 1 & 2)
After You've Gone
Careless Love Blues
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Hard Driving Papa