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Alberta Hunter Vol 5 1921 - 1924

Alberta Hunter was the consummate entertainer: a remarkable singer and song stylist, songwriter, fashion trendsetter, dramatic actress, populariser of contemporary dance steps, diplomat and world traveller, and above all a charismatic communicator through the medium of song.

Like many of her peers in vaudeville who recorded in the first wave of what has come to be known as the "classic" blues, she was not strictly a blues singer, but a cabaret performer whose repertory encompassed a variety of styles. Classic Blues & Vaudeville Singers: the Alternate Takes (DOCD-5573) is scheduled to contain more outtakes by Alberta Hunter, and altogether, these CDs will be able to give an accurate and virtually complete aural portrait of the early recordings of one of the great singers of the twentieth century. Continued...




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Alberta Hunter Vol 1 1921 - 1923



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Alberta Hunter Vol 2 1923 - 1924
Note: for more alternate takes see Document DOCD-1006.



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Alberta Hunter Vol 3 1924 - 1927



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Alberta Hunter Vol 4 1927 - 1946
Note: For a further two titles by Alberta Hunter see Document DOCD-5525. Alternate takes are on Document DOCD-1006.



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Too Late Too Late Vol 7 1927 - 1955



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Classic Blues, Jazz & Vaudeville Singers Vol 2 1920 - 1926



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Classic Blues & Vaudeville Singers Vol 5 1922 - 1930



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Female Blues The Remaining Titles 1922 - 1927
The early foundations of blues recording were built on what became known as the Classic Blues. The performers were usually professional female singers who toured the vaudeville theatre circuit. Their repertoire took in the popular songs of the early 1900s and continued through the 1920s. This included popular love songs, songs from musical shows and, the blues. Their accompaniments would be provided by a pianist or on rare occasions a guitarist but more often than not it would be a hot jazz band. Following the first successful recording of a blues record, taking place in 1920 by Mamie Smith, many such artists were lucky enough to record either by chance or by popular demand. Some were or became stars, others only shone for a moment before disappearing back into the darkness of obscurity. Includes informative booklet notes by Steve Tracy and detailed discography.



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