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Lucille Bogan ‎– Shave 'Em Dry. The Best Of Lucille Bogan (2004)

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Lucille Bogan ‎– Shave 'Em Dry. The Best Of Lucille Bogan (2004)

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1 	–Bessie Jackson 	Drinking Blues 	2:54
2 	–Bessie Jackson 	Barbecue Bess 	2:38
3 	–Bessie Jackson 	B.D. Woman's Blues 	2:57
4 	–Bessie Jackson 	Baking Powder Blues 	2:57
5 	–Bessie Jackson 	Tired As I Can Be 	2:34
6 	–Bessie Jackson 	Groceries On The Shelf 	2:55
7 	–Bessie Jackson 	Walkin' Blues 	2:53
8 	–Bessie Jackson 	Skin Game Blues 	2:56
9 	–Bessie Jackson 	Stew Meat Blues 	2:55
10 	–Jolly Jivers 	Hungry Man's Scuffle	2:45
11 	–Jolly Jivers 	Watcha Gonna Do?	2:56
12 	–Bessie Jackson 	Jump Steady Daddy 	2:47
13 	–Bessie Jackson 	Boogan Ways Blues 	2:54
14 	–Bessie Jackson 	Reckless Woman 	2:54
15 	–Bessie Jackson 	Pig Iron Sally 	2:57
16 	–Bessie Jackson 	Man Stealer Blues 	3:02
17 	–Bessie Jackson 	Shave 'Em Dry 	2:46
18 	–Bessie Jackson 	Shave 'Em Dry	3:22
19 	–Walter Roland 	I'm Gonna Shave You Dry		3:26
20 	–Bessie Jackson 	Till The Cows Come Home		2:53

Guitar – Bob Campbell (tracks: 5), Josh White (tracks: 2, 16)
Piano – Walter Roland
Speech - Lucille Bogan (tracks: 10, 19)
Vocals – Lucille Bogan (tracks: 1 to 9, 12 to 18, 20) 

 

Though actual biographical details are sketchy in the historical record, culturally it can be assumed that there was no tougher woman on record than Lucille Bogan (or, in later years, Bessie Jackson -- both are represented here). This Legacy issue compiles her recordings from between 1933 and 1935, after her initial success with OKeh and Brunswick. Indeed, the lion's share of the material issued comes from sides cut for Banner, ARC (Brunswick's chain-store budget line), and Vocalion. Featuring accompaniment by pianist Walter Roland (and bluesman Josh White on one side), there are 20 tracks here that showcase the mythology around Bogan/Jackson. Whether it is the completely raunchy blues in songs like "Barbecue Bess," "Skin Game Blues," and the infamous "Shave 'Em Dry," or the lean-time Depression-era working-class blues signified by "Tired as I Can Be," "Hungry Man's Scuffle," or "Watcha Gonna Do," the effect is the same: unflinching, brutal, powerful, and evocative music that stands tall outside of time and space. This set includes three previously unreleased cuts, two other versions of "Shave 'Em Dry" and the amazing "Till the Cows Come Home." There are more complete collections, but no introduction to Lucille Bogan is more representative than this one. ---Thom Jurek, AllMusic Review

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