Bessie Smith

The Empress of the Blues: 1923-1933

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Empress of the Blues: 1923-1933 is a respectable, budget-priced collection of Bessie Smith's best material from her most potent period. It contains 21 tracks of piano-based blues from an era when the music was just coming out of brothels and saloons and on to the American (and European) stages. Notable tracks on this set include "Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Empty Bed Blues, Pts. 1 & 2," "I'm Wild About That Thing," and "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Time Tonight."

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