Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Bessie Smith: "World's Greatest Blues Singer"
If for some inexplicable reason you are unaware of Bessie Smith, I urge you, for your own pleasure, education, and general principles, to get yourself to the nearest purveyor of recorded music and find whatever recording of Bessie Smith you can find. You will wonder how you lived as long as you have without experiencing Bessie Smith. Then go tell all of your friends, family, neighbors, and strangers at the grocery store.
This double LP is an amazing collection of Bessie Smith's earliest recordings (1920s) and last recordings (mid-1930s). Tragically, Bessie Smith was taken from this world as the result of an automobile accident in 1937.
This fabulous album went to a happy fan in Maryland.