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Lucille Bogan Vol 1 1923 - 1930

14 track compilation split (21 tracks in total) evenly down the middle between Bogan and her main piano accompanist, Roland, who also doubles on guitar on some tracks. The Bogan sides are a particular delight, featuring a version of Barbecue Bess that is nothing short of sublime. As all of these tracks are rescued off highly battered 78s, the fidelity is about what you would expect. But that's no reason to deter you from enjoying this timeless music.

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Lucille Bogan Vol 2 1930 - 1933

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Lucille Bogan Vol 3 1934 - 1935

The third and final volume of Lucille Bogan’s complete works as presented by Document allows the listener to savor 23 recordings made between July 1934 and March 1935, with pianist Walter Roland, and guitarists Bob Campbell and Josh White. It was during this period that Bogan chose to record under the name of Bessie Jackson.
You Got to Die Some Day has a familiar ring to it, and might well be the source for a line in Eddie Durham and Jimmy Rushing’s “Sent for You Yesterday,” a major hit for Count Basie and other big-band leaders during the late 1930s. I Hate That Train Called the M. and O. is one of several Bogan songs inspired by locomotives. Because this particular train separated her from the man that she loved, the emotions expressed here are undiluted and powerfully direct. Pig Iron Sally, like the train songs rooted in the industrialized territory where she lived and worked, is the testimony of a woman who protects herself by claiming to be filled with Evil. The underlying message is as clear and concise as a crossbow: “Do Not Mess with Me.” Continued...


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Lucille Bogan & Walter Roland, the essential DOUBLE CD
Classic Blues is devoted to re-issuing the classic recordings of America's greatist blues artists.

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