Ladies Sing The Blues (3CD SET)

Artist: Various Artists
Format: 3CD
Bar-code: 5060342021151
Cat No: NOT3CD115


For many, the blues is best presented by a single male performer, accompanying himself on a guitar, singing of his trials and tribulations or spinning a tale of past disasters experienced by his antecedents. The stories told revolve around lost love, infidelity, floods, famine and the sheer poverty experienced by that isolated individual. This classic image of the blues singer has long been revered by aficionados, but the music has come along way in something well over a hundred years in all its various manifestations. The standard twelve-bar format still lies at the heart of the music, but there has been a lot of tinkering along the way. Essentially we are talking about a simple genre which eventually developed into rhythm and blues, the forerunner of rock’n’roll and so much that followed thereafter.

Despite the early history of the music residing in the hands of men, the real stars of the music in the 1920s were actually women in the shape of major artists like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, both of whom still sit at the forefront of female blues singers. It’s safe to say that any compilation of blues-based songs and close relations, delivered by a first-rate mix of vocalists, is always a pleasurable experience for devotees of such sounds and the curious newcomer alike.

CD 1

1. Lady Sings The Blues – Billie Holiday
2. New Blow Top Blues – Dinah Washington
3. Today I Sing The Blues – Aretha Franklin
4. Walking Blues – Big Mama Thornton
5. I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle – LaVern Baker
6. Hesitating Blues – Lena Horne
7. Uneasy Blues – Marylin Scott
8. Nobody Knows When You’re Down And Out – Bessie Smith
9. Waiter, Make Mine Blues – Anita O’Day
10. Empty Bed Blues – Della Reese
11. Down In The Alley – Memphis Minnie
12. Confessin’ The Blues – Dakota Staton
13. Aged And Mellow Blues – Little Esther
14. Black Coffee – Sarah Vaughan
15. R.B. Blues – Ruth Brown
16. New York City Blues – Peggy Lee
17. I Cried And Cried – Varetta Dillard
18. How Long Blues – Odetta
19. Freight Train Blues – Trixie Smith
20. Lover Man – June Christy
21. St. Louis Blues – Eartha Kitt
22. Maybelle’s Blues – Big Maybelle
23. Baby, I Don’t Cry Over You – Billie Holiday
24. Since I Fell For You – Dinah Washington
25. Long, Long Journey – Etta Jones

CD 2

1. Fever – Peggy Lee
2. No Headstone On My Grave – Esther Phillips
3. Drinking Again – Dinah Washington
4. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues – Billie Holiday
5. No More Cryin’ Blues – Mabel Scott
6. A Blues Serenade – Anita O’Day
7. Salty Papa Blues – Etta Jones
8. Hard Times – Big Mama Thornton
9. Yellow Dog Blues – Eartha Kitt
10. It’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) – Ruth Brown
11. I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl – Bessie Smith
12. Good Morning Heartache – Carmen McRae
13. Ain’t To Be Played With – Big Maybelle
14. (Blue) By Myself – Aretha Franklin
15. Weak For The Man – Dakota Staton
16. Take Me Back – Linda Hayes
17. I’m A Fool To Want You – Billie Holiday
18. Beale Street Blues – Lena Horne
19. Pleasing Man Blues – Helen Humes
20. Gimme A Pigfoot – LaVern Baker
21. Plow Hand Blues – Rosetta Howard
22. Blues For A Day – Dinah Washington
23. Double Crossing Blues – Little Esther
24. New Bumble Bee – Memphis Minnie
25. Cry Me A River – Julie London

CD 3

1. Anita’s Blues – Anita O’Day
2. Mad About The Boy – Dinah Washington
3. Friendless Blues – Eartha Kitt
4. Every Day I Have The Blues – Donna Hightower
5. I Smell A Rat – Big Mama Thornton
6. Cryin’ And Singin’ The Blues – Little Esther
7. Preaching The Blues – LaVern Baker
8. I Cry By Night – Kay Starr
9. Overwork Blues – Etta Jones
10. No More Trouble Out Of Me – Big Maybelle
11. I’m Left With Blues In My Heart – Dakota Staton
12. I Fell For You – Miss Rhapsody
13. Blues In The Night – Peggy Lee
14. My Funny Valentine – Dinah Shore
15. Blues For Bojangles – Anita O’Day
16. Please Tell Me Baby – Varetta Dillard
17. Gabbin’ Blues (Don’t Run My Business) – Big Maybelle
18. Just Out Of Reach – Esther Phillips
19. Careless Love – Lena Horne
20. Wise Woman Blues – Dinah Washington
21. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
22. Back Water Blues – LaVern Baker
23. Don’t Leave Me Now – Dakota Staton
24. ‘Round Midnight – Sarah Vaughan
25. Bye Bye Blues – Eydie Gorme