In 1953, way before that skinny kid from Memphis turned it into one of the rock'n'roll anthems, the somewhat intimidating sound of Big Mama Thornton could be heard singing those classic lines - "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog" - and you better believe it. "Hound Dog" opens this collection of 22 sides cut by Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton during the 1950s for Peacock records. The Johnny Otis band can be heard cooking on most of these sides, as Big Mama Thornton's awesome voice works through some of the heaviest female blues committed to wax and now ladled on to one big value CD. Right up to her untimely death in 1984 she was cutting records and performing live at clubs and blues festivals all over the world maintaining her reputation as one of the most colourful blues performers of all time. Classic stuff.
- 01 Preview Hound Dog
- 02 Preview Walking Blues
- 03 Preview My Man Called Me
- 04 Preview Cotton Picking Blues
- 05 Preview Willie Mae's Trouble
- 06 Preview The Big Change
- 07 Preview I Smell A Rat
- 08 Preview I Just Can't Help Myself
- 09 Preview They Call Me Big Mama
- 10 Preview Hard Times
- 11 Preview I Ain't No Fool Either
- 12 Preview You Don't Move Me No More
- 13 Preview Let Your Tears Fall Baby
- 14 Preview I've Searched The World Over
- 15 Preview Rock A Bye Baby
- 16 Preview How Come
- 17 Preview Nightmare
- 18 Preview Stop A Hoppin' On Me
- 19 Preview Laugh Laugh Laugh
- 20 Preview Just Like A Dog Barking Up The Wrong Tree
- 21 Preview The Fish
- 22 Preview Mischievous Boogie
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