Big Maybelle

The Best of Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle

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Two vinyl albums of Maybelle's Savoy recordings on one compact disc makes for a nice 28-track retrospective of her prime work. First up is the album originally issued as Blues, Candy and Big Maybelle, a chunk of session work from 1956-1957, with a three-song date from 1959 to round things up. Her takes on "Rockhouse," "Ramblin' Blues," and the title track are the big tickets here. The second anthology, titled simply Big Maybelle, features her recordings from 1956-1959, with the balance of it leaning toward her later output for the label. A 1957 session with Kenny Burrell on guitar yields interesting stabs at "White Christmas" and "Silent Night," while a 1959 session finds her big voice framed with a string section on a great read of "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." A very underrated singer, Big Maybelle is a total delight and deserves a much wider hearing.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
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5 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:14 Spotify
8 2:55 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
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11 3:00 Spotify
12 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:05 Spotify
14 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:29 Spotify
17 2:28 Spotify
18 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:18 Spotify
21 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:06 Spotify
23 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:43 Spotify
26 2:55 SpotifyAmazon
27 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
28 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
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