Complete Recordings, Vol. 7

Complete Recordings, Vol. 7

by Bessie Smith


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British reissue label Frog Records has undertaken the task of reissuing the complete recordings of Bessie Smith in chronological order, and this installment is the seventh of eight single-disc packages. The series as a whole essentially duplicates Columbia's nine-disc coverage of the same material, so it really comes down to a matter of preference, since Smith's amazing and confident singing shines through in both cases, and the digital transfers are virtually identical. The rare highlight in this volume is a movie soundtrack version of "St. Louis Blues" that clocks in at close to nine minutes in length and features a massive assembled chorus and choir that threaten to completely overtake Smith's lead vocal.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Frog Uk
UPC: 0641654764629
catalogNumber: 46
Rank: 94421

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bessie Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Ed Allen   Cornet
Garvin Bushell   Alto Saxophone
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Porter Grainger   Piano
Hall Johnson Choir   Vocals
Arville Harris   Clarinet
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Williams   Piano
Ernest Elliott   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Morris   Cornet
Charlie Green   Trombone
Harry Hull   String Bass
Joe Williams   Trombone
J. Rosamond Johnson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Sonny Red   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
James Cox   Composer
Cyrus St. Clair   Brass Band
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Harold Jenkins   Composer
Saul Bernie   Composer
Harry Burke   Composer
Stella Unger   Composer
John Capes   Liner Notes
H Gray   Composer
David French   Producer

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