Queen of Country Blues 1929-1937

Queen of Country Blues 1929-1937

by Memphis Minnie


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This five-disc set from JSP includes all the surviving sides Memphis Minnie cut for the Vocalion, Decca, and Bluebird labels between 1929 and 1937 in chronological order. Among the highlights on disc one are the four takes of one of her best songs, "Bumble Bee," including one with the Memphis Jug Band. Disc two gathers a number of duets with her then-husband, Kansas Joe McCoy, and their twin guitars coupled with her contralto singing and Kansas Joe's tenor made for a signature sound. Disc three contains another of her best songs, "My Butcher Man," and features increased use of piano backing. The fourth disc contains her last sessions for Decca, as well as her complete body of work on the Bluebird label. The final disc, which spotlights the occasional use of horns and other urban trappings, includes versions of "Ice Man," "Hoodoo Woman," and "Black Cat Blues." Minnie's best-known song, "When the Levee Breaks," is not included in this set, which also does not include her last sessions from 1940 and 1941. Truthfully, there is probably more Memphis Minnie here than the casual listener would ever need, and a single-disc collection that spans her career (and includes "Levee") would suffice. Liner notes are so-so, although the session annotation is decent.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065771621
catalogNumber: 7716
Rank: 68522


Disc 1

  1. Goin' Back to Texas
  2. 'Frisco Town
  3. Bumble Bee
  4. I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits
  5. Mister Tango Blues
  6. She Wouldn't Give Me None
  7. What Fault You Find of Me, Pt. 1
  8. What Fault You Find of Me, Pt. 2
  9. I'm Talking About You
  10. Bumble Bee
  11. Can I Do It for You, Pt. 1
  12. Can I Do It for You, Pt. 2
  13. I'm Going Back Home
  14. Bumble Bee Blues
  15. Meningitis Blues
  16. I Never Told a Lie
  17. Don't Want No Woman
  18. Georgia Skin
  19. I Don't Want No Woman I Have to Give My Money To
  20. Memphis Minnie-Jitis Blues
  21. Memphis Minnie-Jitis Blues
  22. Good Girl Blues
  23. Plymouth Rock Blues
  24. Bumble Bee, No. 2
  25. Georgia Skin Blues

Disc 2

  1. New Dirty Dozen
  2. New Bumble Bee
  3. Frankie Jean (That Trottin' Fool)
  4. I'm Talking 'Bout You, No. 2
  5. She Put Me Outdoors
  6. I Called You This Morning
  7. Grandpa and Grandma Blues
  8. Garage Fire Blues
  9. Dirt Dauber Blues
  10. You Dirty Mistreater
  11. What's the Matter With the Mill?
  12. North Memphis Blues
  13. I Don't Want That Junk Outa You
  14. Crazy Cryin' Blues
  15. Tricks Ain't Walking No More
  16. Don't Bother It
  17. Today Today Blues
  18. Lay My Money Down (If You Run Around)
  19. Hard Down Lie
  20. Somebody's Got to Help You
  21. Pickin' the Blues
  22. Let's Go to Town
  23. Soo Cow Soo
  24. After While Blues
  25. Fishin' Blues

Disc 3

  1. Jailhouse Trouble Blues
  2. Outdoor Blues
  3. Where Is My Good Man
  4. You Stole My Cake
  5. Kind Treatment Blues
  6. Socket Blues
  7. My Butcher Man
  8. Too Late
  9. Ain't No Use Trying to Tell on Me
  10. Stinging Snake Blues
  11. Drunken Barrel House Blues
  12. You Got to Move, Pt. 1
  13. Keep It to Yourself
  14. Keep It to Yourself
  15. Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down Dirty Thing)
  16. Banana Man Blues (I Don't Want That Thing)
  17. You Got to Move, Pt. 2
  18. Hole in the Wall
  19. Give It to Me in My Hand (Can I Go Home With You)
  20. Squat It
  21. Moanin' the Blues
  22. Dirty Mother for You
  23. Sylvester and His Mule Blues
  24. When You're Asleep
  25. You Can't Give It Away

Disc 4

  1. Let Me Ride
  2. When the Saints Go Marching Home
  3. Jockey Man Blues
  4. Weary Woman's Blues
  5. Reachin' Pete
  6. Reachin' Pete
  7. Down in New Orleans
  8. You Wrecked My Happy Home
  9. I'm Waiting on You
  10. Keep on Goin'
  11. Ball and Chain Blues
  12. He's in the Ring (Doing That Same Old Thing)
  13. He's in the Ring (Doing That Same Old Thing)
  14. Joe Louis Strut
  15. When the Sun Goes Down, Pt. 2
  16. Hustlin' Woman Blues
  17. Selling My Pork Chops
  18. Doctor, Doctor Blues
  19. Biting Bug Blues
  20. Minnie's Lonesome Song
  21. You Ain't Done Nothing to Me
  22. Ain't Nobody Home But Me
  23. Ain't Nobody Home But Me
  24. New Orleans Stop Time

Disc 5

  1. Ice Man (Come on Up)
  2. Hoodoo Lady
  3. My Strange Man
  4. I'm a Gamblin' Woman
  5. I'm a Bad Luck Woman
  6. Caught Me Wrong Again
  7. Black Cat Blues
  8. Black Cat Blues
  9. Good Morning
  10. Man, You Won't Give Me No Money
  11. If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home)
  12. I Don't Want You No More
  13. Out in the Cold
  14. Dragging My Heart Around
  15. Moonshine
  16. It's Hard to Be Mistreated
  17. Haunted Blues
  18. Haunted Blues
  19. Hot Stuff
  20. Hot Stuff
  21. Living the Best I Can
  22. You Can't Rule Me
  23. No Need You Doggin' Me
  24. Look What You Got
  25. Look What You Got

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Minnie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim   Vocals
Casey Bill Weldon   Steel Guitar
Black Bob Hudson   Piano
Charlie Burse   Guitar
Hambone Lewis   Jug
Joe McCoy   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Settles   Bass
Will Shade   Harmonica
Fred Williams   Drums
Alfred Bell   Trumpet
McCoy & Johnson   Track Performer
Texas Tessie   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Memphis Minnie   Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Composer
Joe McCoy   Composer
Johnny Parth   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Neil Slaven   Liner Notes
Aaron Walker   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Walter O'Keefe   Composer
Lizzie Douglas   Composer
Ernest Lawlars   Composer
Minnie McCoy   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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