The Very Best Of [180g Vinyl LP]

Format: LP
Bar-code: 5060397601704
Cat No: 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.

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Side One

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
2. Downhearted Blues
3. Gulf Coast Blues
4. Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)
5. Aggravatin’ Papa
6. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
7. T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do
8. Gin House Blues

Side Two

1. St. Louis Blues
2. Alexander’s Ragtime Band
3. I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
4. Empty Bed Blues (Parts 1 & 2)
5. After You’ve Gone
6. Careless Love Blues
7. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
8. Hard Driving Papa