Big Maybelle

The Complete OKeh Sessions 1952-1955

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This collection features Big Maybelle's entire OKeh output -- 26 tracks -- including her three R&B chart items, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and the risqué slow blues "I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright." "Gabbin' Blues," her 1952 OKeh debut smash, is a humorous dialogue between Maybelle and gossiping rival Rose Marie McCoy, the tune's co-writer. Maybelle was no mere copyist; her sandpapery vocals stood in sharp contrast to the many interchangeable thrushes then populating the R&B world. New York session wizards such as tenor saxophonist Sam "The Man" Taylor and guitarist Mickey Baker provide great support throughout.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
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10 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:34 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
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3:24 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:06 SpotifyAmazon
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2:06 SpotifyAmazon
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