Virginia Liston

Virginia Liston, Vol. 2: 1924-1926

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Virginia Liston recorded 36 selections during 1923-1926, and the final 13 begin this interesting CD from Document's "complete" series of classic blues recordings. The backup groups are just adequate (mostly with Clarence Williams on piano), but such memorable tunes as "Papa De Da Da," "Make Me a Pallet," "Titanic Blues," and "You Can Dip Your Bread in My Gravy, But You Can't Have None of My Chops" are given excellent treatments, finishing off Virginia Liston's career. Also on the CD are the only ten recoridngs of Lavinia Turner, a vaudevillian singer who only recorded during 1921-1922. Although backed by bands on the majority of the tunes, this talented (if very obscure) singer is heard at her best accompanied by pianist James P. Johnson on two selections from November 1921. A fine acquisition for classic blues vocal fans.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:05
2
2:49
3
2:37
4
2:46
5
2:50
6
2:39
7
3:10
8
3:12
9
3:09
10
2:54
11
3:09
12
2:48
13
3:04
14
2:43
15
2:47
16
2:52
17
2:49
18
2:54
19
2:56
20
3:12
21
3:03
22
2:55
23
2:49
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