Blues Women Albums
The 'Blues Divas' from the 20s were the best selling African-American artists of their day. These Blues Women are artists who reflect the female take on the Blues form in the decades since then. From Memphis Minnie to the modern 'rock chicks', these women will tell it like it is and put you straight!
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Smithsonian have expanded Libba Cotten's 1965 album to 26 tracks, including some little known instrumentals. It does not have the iconic 'Freight Train' (title track of another great collection), but this compilation shows the breadth of her repertoire.
Pearl is Janis Joplin's most mature and accomplished album, from the passion of 'Cry Baby' to the whimsy of 'Mercedes Benz' and the tragic silence of 'Buried Alive in the Blues'. Bonus tracks and liner notes make this package fantastic value.
Superb collection of Billie Holiday's most famous tracks from 'Strange Fruit' to 'God Bless the Child'. Amazing value.
This 36 track overview of Lil Green's work covers some of her own songs, her best known hits, some covers of classic Blues and some big band swing material. It shows her fantastic range and it is amazing value.
This complete catalogue of Big Maybelle's 26 Okeh recordings includes 'Gabbin' the Blues', 'Whole Lotta Shakin' and the emotional 'Ocean of Tears'. Fantastic value.
This was Ana Popovic's breakthrough album and it's easy to see why. Some excellent songwriting and interesting jazz and reggae influences in her superb guitar playing.
This disc covers Memphis Minnie's whole career, including her Band period, 'Hokum' songs and big hits like 'When the Levee Breaks'.
From the lost woman's Blues of her sessions with Lonnie Johnson and Sylvester Weaver to Helen Humes's own jump-Blues, this is a comprehensive picture of a Blues Woman in her prime.
Recorded on analogue equipment 'in a converted cowshed', Imelda May and her band have created a tight, up-front sound that matches the deceptive simplicity of her songs.
Jessie Mae Hemphill had a great voice, full of soul and conviction, and if you play this loud I defy you not to dance!
This is some early 50s classic Jump-Blues and R&B that show Big Mama Thornton was more than a one-hit-wonder. That is some voice!
All the good stuff Lucille Bogan recorded under the Bessie Jackson disguise is here, including both versions of 'Shave'Em Dry'.
Koko Taylor's long association with the label is documented in 15 excellent songs from a Lady with one of the greatest Blues voices ever heard.
There are pure Gospel songs from Sister Rosetta Tharpe like 'Precious Lord', Rockers like 'Shout Sister, Shout' and Blues like 'Trouble in Mind' in this fantastic 26 track compilation.
This 25 track compilation selects the best from the Hadda Brooks Modern and Okeh sessions, most with guitar accompaniment from Teddy Bunn, and an appearance by Count Basie.
The newer album is great and the compilation disc gathers up some highlights of Bonnie Raitt's long career.
The debut album from Angela Strehli, the stalwart of the Austin music scene, has a 'live' feel, giving the impresson of sitting in at a great night at Antone's.