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Virginia Liston, Vol. 1: 1923-1924


  • 1. Bed Time Blues
    2. You Thought I Was Blind But Now I See
    3. You Don't Know My Mind Blues
    4. Sally Long Blues
    5. Don't Agitate Me Blues
    6. Happy Shout
    7. House Rent Stomp
    8. Shreveport Blues
    9. You Can Have It (I Don't Want It)
    10. Just Take One Long Last Lingering Look
    11. I Don't Love Nobody
    12. 'Tain't a Doggone Thing But the Blues
    13. Jail House Blues
    14. Mississippi Blues
    15. I Never Knew What the Blues Were (Until You Went Away)
    16. San Francisco Blues
    17. Pineland Blues
    18. Weeping Willow Blues
    19. Early in the Morning
    20. You've Got the Right Key, But the Wrong Keyhole
    21. Give It to Me Good
    22. Bill Draw
    23. Monkey Jungle Blues
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5446

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth
    Engineer

    Personnel: Virginia Liston (vocals); Sam Gray (vocals); Sidney Bechet (guitar, clarinet, soprano saxophone); Sylvester Weaver (guitar); Buddy Christian (banjo); Ernest Elliott (clarinet); Louis Armstrong (cornet); Charlie Irvis (trombone); Clarence Williams, Porter Grainger (piano).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Liner Note Author: Steven C. Tracy .
    Recording information: 09/18/1923-10/25/1924.
    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. ~ Scott Yanow

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