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!
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.
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.