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Track Listing
CD11. BO WEAVIL BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12080) 1923
2. LAST MINUTE BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12080) 1923
3. THOSE ALL NIGHT LONG BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12081) 1923
4. BAD LUCK BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12081) 1923
5. BARRELHOUSE BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12082) 1923
6. WALKING BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12082) 1923
7. SOUTHERN BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12083) 1923
8. MOONSHINE BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12083) 1923
9. LOST WANDERING BLUES With The Pruitt Twins (Paramount 12098) 1924
10. DREAM BLUES With The Pruitt Twins (Paramount 12098) 1924
11. HONEY, WHERE YOU BEEN SO LONG ? With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12200) 1924
12. MA RAINEY MYSTERY RECORD With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12200) 1924
13. THOSE DOGS OF MINE With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12215) 1924
14. LUCKY ROCK BLUES With Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders (Paramount 12215) 1924
15. SHAVE EM DRY Ma Rainey (Paramount 12222) 1924
16. FAREWELL DADDY BLUES Ma Rainey (Paramount 12222) 1924
17. SOUTH BOUND BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12227) 1924
18. LAWD SEND ME A MAN BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12227) 1924
19. COUNTING THE BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12238) 1924
20. JELLY BEAN BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12238) 1924 23. JEALOUS HEARTED BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12252) 1924
21. BOOZE AND BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12242) 1924
22. TOAD FROG BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12242) 1924

CD2
1. SEE SEE RIDER BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12252) 1924
2. CELL BOUND BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12257) 1924
3. YA DA DO With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12257) 1924
4. EXPLAINING THE BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12284) 1925
5. ARMY CAMP HARMONY BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12284) 1925
6. GOODBYE DADDY BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12290) 1925
7. LOUISIANA HOODOO BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12290) 1925
8. STORMY SEA BLUES With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12295) 1925
9. LEVEE CAMP MOAN With Her Georgia Jazz Band (Paramount 12295) 1925
10. FOUR DAY HONORY SCAT With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12303) 1925
11. NIGHTIME BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12303) 1925
12. ROUGH AND TUMBLE BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12311) 1925
13. MEMPHIS BOUND BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12311) 1925
14. OH MY BABE BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12332) 1926
15. SLAVE TO THE BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12332) 1926
16. WRINGING AND TWISTING With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12338) 1925
17. CHAIN GANG BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12338) 1925
18. SEEKING BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12352) 1926
19. MOUNTAIN JACK BLUES With James Blythe, Piano (Paramount 12352) 1926
20. STACK O LEE BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12357) 1926
21. YONDER COME THE BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12357) 1926
22. JEALOUSY BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12364) 1926
23. BROKEN HEARTED BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12364) 1926

CD3
1. TITANIC MAN BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12374) 1926
2. BESSEMER BOUND BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12374) 1926
3. BROKEN SOUL BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12384) 1926
4. SISSY BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12384) 1926
5. DOWN IN THE BASEMENT With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12395) 1926
6. TRUST NO MAN With Lillian Henderson, Piano (Paramount 12395) 1926
7. GRIEVING HEARTED BLUES Ma Rainey (Paramount 12419) 1926
8. LITTLE LOW DOWN MAMA BLUES Ma Rainey (Paramount 12419) 1926
9. SOON THIS MORNING With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12438) 1926
10. DON'T FISH IN MY SEA With James Blythe, Piano (Paramount 12438) 1926
11. MORNING HOUR BLUES With Her Georgia Boys (Paramount 12455) 1927
12. WEEPING WOMAN BLUES Ma Rainey (Paramount 12455) 1927
13. DEAD DRUNK BLUES With Hop Hopkins, Piano (Paramount 12508) 1927
14. MISERY BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12508) 1927
15. SLOW DRIVIN' MOAN With Hop Hopkins, Piano (Paramount 12526) 1927
16. GONE DADDY BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12526) 1927
17. DAMPER DOWN BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12548) 1927
18. BIG BOY BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12548) 1927
19. BLUES OH BLUES With Her Georgia Band (Paramount 12566) 1927
and more....
Artist:
Ma Rainey
Title:
The Definitive Collection 1924-28 (4CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ACQCD7131
Format:
CD
Price £14.99
• Along with Bessie Smith, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey has come to be recognised as one of the towering figures of early blues, pioneering the recording of blues by female artists during the earliest years of electric recording.

• Born in 1896, she became popular as a travelling minstrel, and during her touring across the southern states in the early years of the 20th century absorbed blues songs which she incorporated into her act.

• Turning to the vaudeville stage, she was heard in Chicago theatres and signed in 1924 by J. Mayo Williams at Paramount, for whom she recorded for the next five years, working solo, or with piano or guitar accompaniment, or more often with jazz ensembles, which were billed on record as her Georgia Jazz Band.

• Her accompanists during that time featured some of the luminaries of the early jazz scene, including Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Buster Bailey and Don Redman as well as blues musicians like Tampa Red, Blind Blake and Thomas Dorsey.

• This great-value 94-track 4-CD collection comprises all of the titles she recorded for Paramount during her career (she recorded more than one take of some titles, but we only include one of those versions), until the Wall Street Crash and the Depression put an end to her recording.

• It naturally features classics like “See See Rider”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, “Stack O’Lee Blues” and “Jelly Bean Blues”.

• It’s a comprehensive showcase for one of the most important personalities of early blues.