Various Artists

Sissy Man Blues: Straight & Gay Blues

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Sexuality remains arguably America's most controversial subject, even more than race, religion, or politics. That will explain why many of the songs spotlighted on this 25-cut anthology haven't gotten widespread exposure. Not even an idiom like jazz, reputed for its loose, liberal nature, is free from homophobic strains, so it stands to reason that not everyone would want to hear such works as the title cut or "Freakish Man Blues" by George Hannah and Meade Lux Lewis. There are some numbers that are simply double-entendre pieces rather than gay treatises, but their inclusion doesn't detract from the eye-opening nature of such songs as "Two Old Maids In A Folding Bed" or "Fairy Blues."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:00
2 2:28
3 2:46
4 2:35
5 2:35
6 2:50
7
2:53
8 2:58
9
2:59
10
3:28
11
3:22
12
3:19
13 2:49
14
2:37
15
3:08
16 2:46
17 2:59
18 3:16
19 3:25
20
2:45
21 2:09
22
3:01
23 2:59
24
2:58
25
2:49
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