I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers, Vol. 2: Town

I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers, Vol. 2: Town


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Although this second volume of I Can't Be Satisfied features a more uptown approach to the blues than the first volume, which centered on the rural aspects, this selection of American women blues singers from the 1920s is only a small degree removed from those roots, and the presence of small jazz combos and striking horn leads on these sides augments that Deep South country blues pedigree way more than it transforms it into the halls of urbane sophistication. These tracks are still undeniably the blues, and the jazz trappings can't disguise that fact. After all, having the blues in town isn't any different than having them in the country, and if there is a difference between the rural and the urban approaches, it may be that the sensuality on display here is even more pronounced and boldly delivered. Some of these sides literally purr (and some downright roar) as such fine singers as Sippie Wallace ("Section Hand Blues"), Clara Smith ("Strugglin' Woman's Blues"), Madlyn Davis ("Winter Blues"), and the unstoppable Ma Rainey (a chugging jug band version of "Traveling Blues") instill sometimes clichéd floating blues lyrics with passion and verve, bringing them to life with an often amazing vibrancy, reminding listeners that the blues aren't really about being down and out, but instead are about surviving on one's own terms.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/1997
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351202727
catalogNumber: 2027
Rank: 64077

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucille Bogan   Track Performer
Sara Martin   Track Performer
Victoria Spivey   Track Performer
Sippie Wallace   Track Performer
Ma Rainey   Track Performer
Madlyn Davis   Track Performer
Bertha "Chippie" Hill   Track Performer
Edith North Johnson   Track Performer
Clara Smith   Track Performer
Martha Copeland   Track Performer
Margaret Johnson   Track Performer
Ivy Smith   Track Performer
Hattie Burleson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Don Kent   Producer,Liner Notes
Richard Nevins   Producer
Joan Pelosi   Art Direction
Beresford Romeo   Composer
Hay Browne   Composer
George W. Thomas   Composer
Hattie Burleson   Composer

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