Various Artists

Singin' the Blues [MCA]

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This double LP has 27 jazz-oriented blues vocals taken from the vaults of Decca. The tracks range from the famous (Count Basie's "Boogie Woogie," Jack Teagarden's "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," Ella Johnson's original version of "Since I Fell for You" and Dinah Washington's "Evil Gal Blues") to the more obscure (Ruby Smith's "Fruit Cakin' Mama," Joan Shaw's "Evil Gal's Daughter Blues" and Josh White's "Jelly Jelly"). All in all, this is an excellent sampler with plenty of highlights including Louis Armstrong's "Back O'Town Blues," Lee Wiley's "Carless Love," Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Trouble in Mind" and Kay Starr's "Share Croppin' Blues" among others.