Virginia Liston

Virginia Liston, Vol. 1: 1923-1924

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An obscure but talented classic blues singer, Virginia Liston recorded 36 selections during 1923-1926. The first 23 are on this Document CD. Although Liston did not have any hits, many of her recordings are memorable. Vol. 1 is highlighted by "You Thought I Was Blind but Now I See," "You Can Have It (I Don't Want It)," "Early in the Morning," and "You've Got the Right Keyhole." The latter two songs have Liston joined by Clarence Williams' Blue Five, which at the time included cornetist Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet (on clarinet and soprano), and trombonist Charles Irvis. All of the other selections have Williams on piano (usually solo) except for "Jail House Blues," which has a guitarist who might possibly be Bechet (in his only recording on the instrument). As usual, Document does an excellent job of reissuing obscure recordings complete and in chronological order. Collectors of 1920s classic blues will want this set and its follow-up, Vol. 2.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:19 SpotifyAmazon
2
3:01 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
4
3:02 SpotifyAmazon
5
2:23 SpotifyAmazon
6
2:29 SpotifyAmazon
7
3:14 SpotifyAmazon
8
3:10 SpotifyAmazon
9
feat: Sam Gray
3:06 Spotify
10
feat: Sam Gray
2:35 Spotify
11 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
12
2:41 SpotifyAmazon
13
2:41 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
15
3:26 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
17
3:03 SpotifyAmazon
18
3:11 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
21 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
22
2:57 SpotifyAmazon
23
2:47 SpotifyAmazon
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