Bessie Smith, The Empress of Blues, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her influence stretches far beyond the reaches of middle America, or the 1920s-30s, or even Blues music. This record is 22 recordings of the highest quality, a rarity among the many that exist today. Guest artists and collaborators here include Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Joe Smith, Charlie Green, Benny Goodman and Buck Washington. Bessie proudly joins Milan's Itinerary of a Genius collection alongside Ennio Morricone and Astor Piazzolla. Includes high-quality matte-finish o-card.
1. Down Hearted Blues 2. Saint Louis Blues 3. I Ain't Goin' To Play No Second Fiddle 4. Reckless Blues 5. Sobbin' Hearted Blues 6. Careless Love Blues 1925 7. Soft Pedal Blues 8. Cake Walkin' Babies From Home 9. The Yellow Dog Blues 10. Baby Doll 11. Backwater Blues 12. After You've Gone 13. Alexander's Ragtime Band 14. Trombone Cholly 15. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair 16. A Good Man Is Hard To Find 17. Empty Bed Blues 18. Me And My Gin 19. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 20. On Revival Day 21. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl 22. Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer
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