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Mother of the Blues - Gertrude Ma Rainey

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Genre: Country - Traditional Country / Artist: Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey / Box set / Audio CD released 2007-06-18 at JSP

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      05.04.2010 17:14
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      A big woman with a big voice!

      This is one of my prized blue albums - 'Mother of the Blues' is a compilation album of tracks by Ma Rainey, one of the earliest female blues artists around and a huge influence on top artists like Memphis Minnie. Ma Rainey is more than an influence though, her career started at around the turn of the last century and she pre-dated a lot of the well known Delta blues artists.

      Georgian born Ma Rainey has played in songs with a jazzy disposition as well as a blues one but her vocals are best suited to blues, few women could or can belt out lyrics with such a gravelly deep and poweful voice as this woman - to the untrained ear she may even sound like a man at times. When it comes to the more jazzy tracks, she tends to change her voice to a more high pitch one which suits the music more but is no where near as impressive as her deep tones.

      This album comes in the form of 5 discs, unsurprisingly there's lots of her work on it in fact it could well be a full discography, there's plenty of gems hidden in there amongst classic hits such as Cee Cee Rider Blues, her backing band is usually top notch (some songs even have Louis Armstrong) playing alongside her.

      5 discs is certainly too much of any artist at once but any disc you choose out of this collection to play will likely impress you, some of the recordings are ancient so don't expect superb quality on every track. As to be expected with blues tracks - the majority of lyrics are about either having a hard life or the opposite sex, it makes a change during for early blues lyrics to be about men rather than women though and therefore brings a lot of new material up.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Bad Luck Blues
    2 Bo-Weavil Blues (1 with Tommy Ladnier/Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders)
    3 Bo-Weavil Blues (2 with Tommy Ladnier/Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders)
    4 Barrel House Blues
    5 Those All Night Long Blues (1 with Tommy Ladnier/Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders)
    6 Those All Night Long Blues (2 with Tommy Ladnier/Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders)
    7 Moonshine Blues
    8 Last Minute Blues
    9 Southern Blues
    10 Walking Blues
    11 Lost Wondering Blues
    12 Dream Blues
    13 Honey Where You Been So Long
    14 Ya Da Do (2 with Tommy Ladnier/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia JazzBand)
    15 Ya Da Do (3 with Tommy Ladnier/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia JazzBand)
    16 Those Dogs Of Mine
    17 Lucky Rock Blues
    18 South Bound Blues
    19 Lawd Send Me a Man Blues
    20 Ma Rainey's Mystery Record

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Shave 'Em Dry Blues
    2 Farewell Daddy Blues
    3 Booze And Blues
    4 Toad Frog Blues
    5 Jealous Hearted Blues
    6 See See Rider Blues (1 with Louis Armstrong/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    7 See See Rider Blues (2 with Louis Armstrong/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    8 Jelly Bean Blues
    9 Countin' the Blues (1 with Louis Armstrong/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    10 Countin' the Blues (2 with Louis Armstrong/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    11 Cell Bound Blues
    12 Army Camp Harmony Blues (1 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    13 Army Camp Harmony Blues (2 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    14 Explaining the Blues (1 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    15 Explaining the Blues (2 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    16 Louisiana Hoo-Doo Blues
    17 Goodbye Daddy Blues
    18 Stormy Sea Blues
    19 Rough And Tumble Blues
    20 Night Time Blues (1 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    21 Night Time Blues (2 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    22 Levee Camp Moan
    23 Four Day Honorary Scat (1 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia JazzBand)
    24 Four Day Honorary Scat (2 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia JazzBand)
    25 Memphis Bound Blues

    Disc #3 Tracklisting
    1 Slave To the Blues
    2 Yonder Comes the Blues
    3 Titanic Man Blues (1 with Buster Bailey/Coleman Hawkins/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her Geo...
    4 Titanic Man Blues (2 with Buster Bailey/Coleman Hawkins/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her Geo...
    5 Chain Gang Blues
    6 Bessemer Bound Blues (1 with Buster Bailey/Coleman Hawkins/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her ...
    7 Bessemer Bound Blues (2 with Buster Bailey/Coleman Hawkins/Fletcher Henderson/Ma Rainey & Her ...
    8 Oh My Babe Blues
    9 Wring And Twisting Blues
    10 Stack O'Lee Blues
    11 Broken Hearted Blues
    12 Jealousy Blues
    13 Seeking Blues (1 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    14 Seeking Blues (2 with Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    15 Mountain Jack Blues (1)
    16 Mountain Jack Blues (2)
    17 Down In the Basement
    18 Sissy Blues
    19 Broken Soul Blues
    20 Trust No Man

    Disc #4 Tracklisting
    1 Morning Hour Blues
    2 Weeping Woman Blues
    3 Soon This Morning
    4 Little Low Mama Blues
    5 Grievin' Hearted Blues
    6 Don't Fish In My Sea
    7 Big Boy Blues
    8 Blues Oh Blues
    9 Damper Down Blues
    10 Gone Daddy Blues (1 with Kid Ory/Claude 'Hop' Hopkins/Ma Rainey & Her Georgia Jazz Band)
    11 Oh Papa Blues
    12 Misery Blues
    13 Dead Drunk Blues
    14 Slow Driving Moan
    15 Blues the World Forgot
    16 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    17 Blues the World Forgot
    18 Hellish Rag
    19 Georgia Cake Walk
    20 New Bo Weavil Blues
    21 Moonshine Blues
    22 Ice Bag Papa

    Disc #5 Tracklisting
    1 Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues
    2 Log Camp Blues
    3 Hear Me Talking To You
    4 Hustlin' Blues
    5 Prove It To Me Blues
    6 Victim Of the Blues
    7 Traveling Blues (1 with Georgia Tom Dorsey/Ma Rainey & Her Tub Washboard Band)
    8 Traveling Blues (2 with Georgia Tom Dorsey/Ma Rainey & Her Tub Washboard Band)
    9 Deep Moaning Blues (1 with Georgia Tom Dorsey/Ma Rainey & Her Tub Washboard Band)
    10 Deep Moaning Blues (2 with Georgia Tom Dorsey/Ma Rainey & Her Tub Washboard Band)
    11 Daddy Goodbye Blues
    12 Sleep Talking Blues (1 with Tampa Red/Georgia Tom Dorsey)
    13 Sleep Talking Blues (2 with Tampa Red/Georgia Tom Dorsey)
    14 Tough Luck Blues
    15 Blame It On the Blues
    16 Sweet Rough Man
    17 Runaway Blues
    18 Screech Owl Blues
    19 Black Dust Blues
    20 Leaving This Morning
    21 Black Eye Blues (1)
    22 Black Eye Blues (2)
    23 Ma And Pa Poorhouse Blues
    24 Big Feeling Blues