Editors’ Notes Bessie Smith's wistful voice helped soundtrack the Roaring '20s, and her vital cuts serve as a master class in crafting a bluesy, lonesome mood. The sassy "Aggravatin' Papa" kicks things off as she takes aim at a two-timing beau, while the yearning "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" pairs her pained, at times guttural vocal with a sparse, lonely piano. By the time of the brilliantly doleful "Me and My Gin," she'll have you happy to wallow in a blues state of mind.

SONG
Aggravatin' Papa
1
3:18
 
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
2
2:57
 
'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
3
3:27
 
Jail-House Blues
4
3:15
 
Graveyard Dream Blues
5
2:45
 
Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down
6
3:19
 
Boweavil Blues
7
2:53
 
Weeping Willow Blues
8
3:11
 
Dying Gambler's Blues
9
2:59
 
St. Louis Blues
10
3:11
 
You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
11
3:28
 
Cake Walkin' Babies from Home
12
3:10
 
Careless Love Blues (Alternate Take)
13
3:26
 
I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle
14
3:22
 
At the Christmas Ball
15
3:25
 
Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town
16
3:20
 
Backwater Blues
17
3:19
 
After You've Gone
18
2:55
 
Alexander's Ragtime Band
1
3:00
 
There'll Be a Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight
2
3:20
 
Trombone Cholly
3
3:11
 
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
4
3:22
 
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
5
2:59
 
Dyin' By the Hour
6
2:59
 
Me and My Gin
7
2:50
 
Kitchen Man
8
2:56
 
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
9
2:58
 
On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
10
2:56
 
Moan, You Moaners
11
3:12
 
Black Mountain Blues
12
3:08
 
Shipwreck Blues
13
3:21
 
Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl
14
2:48
 
Do Your Duty
15
3:26
 
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
16
3:30
 
Take Me for a Buggy Ride
17
2:37
 
Down In the Dumps
18
3:09
 

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