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Track Listing
  1. Aggravatin' Papa
  2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  4. Jail-House Blues
  5. Graveyard Dream Blues
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  1. Aggravatin' Papa
  2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  4. Jail-House Blues
  5. Graveyard Dream Blues
  6. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down
  7. Boweavil Blues
  8. Weeping Willow Blues
  9. Dying Gambler's Blues
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
  12. Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home)
  13. Careless Love Blues
  14. I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle
  15. At the Christmas Ball
  16. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town
  17. Backwater Blues
  18. After You've Gone
  19. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  20. There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  21. Trombone Cholly
  22. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
  23. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  24. Dyin' by the Hour
  25. Me and My Gin
  26. Kitchen Man
  27. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  28. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
  29. Moan, You Moaners
  30. Black Mountain Blues
  31. Shipwreck Blues
  32. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
  33. Do Your Duty
  34. Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)
  35. Take Me for a Buggy Ride
  36. Down in the Dumps
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Although there are a multitude of box sets chronicling Bessie's entire recorded career, this two-disc, 36-song set sweats it down to the bare essentials in quite an effective manner. Bessie could sing it all, from the lowdown moan of "St. Louis Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" to her torch treatment of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" to the downright salaciousness of "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl." Covering a time span from her first recordings in 1923 to her final session in 1933, this is the ...

The Essential Bessie Smith 1997, Columbia/Legacy

UPC: 074646492222

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