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Linda Hopkins - Me And Bessie (1976)

21-09-2014, 18:17
Music | Blues

Linda Hopkins - Me And Bessie (1976)

Artist: Linda Hopkins
Title Of Album: Me And Bessie
Year Of Release: 1976
Genre: East Coast Blues, Blues Vocals
Label: Columbia/Linda Hopkins
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 39:20
Total Size: 105 Mb
Covers: Front

01. I'm Not Bessie (Intro)/Give Me A Pigfoot (2:16)
02. Romance In The Dark (3:17)
03. Preachin' The Blues (2:43)
04. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (2:23)
05. T'aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do (3:11)
06. Put It Right Here (1:43)
07. You've Been A Good Old Woman (3:14)
08. After You've Gone (2:28)
09. Empty Red Blues (4:39)
10. Kitchen Man (1:44)
11. Fare Thee Well (3:54)
12. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (2:49)
13. Trouble (4:55)

Although Linda Hopkins had recorded fairly extensively during 1951-65, this LP (her first recording in a decade) was a breakthrough for her. At the time she was appearing in the successful Broadway musical Me and Bessie, and despite her versatility, she would from then on be associated with the music of Bessie Smith. The strange part about this record is that Hopkins (who is backed by an unidentified small group plus some vocalists) does not sound much like Bessie Smith and in fact her interpretations of the mostly vintage material are quite rubish, sometimes sounding close to Aretha Franklin. A few of the songs ("Romance in the Dark," "Fare Thee Well" and "Trouble") have nothing to do with Bessie Smith although the other tunes (which include "Gimme a Pigfoot," "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do," "You've Been a Good Old Wagon" and "Empty Bed Blues") certainly do. To fully enjoy this well-performed album one has to put away their expectations of Hopkins doing a close impression of Bessie Smith and enjoy her singing on its own terms. ~Review by Scott Yanow

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