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Lucille Bogan: Shave 'Em Dry: The Best of Lucille Bogan [Apr. 28th, 2004|09:23 pm]
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"Shave 'Em Dry" was the only song I knew by her going in--one of the most, uh, forthright songs recorded in 1935, I'd guess. (Great first line: "I got nipples on my titties big as the end of my thumb/I got something between my legs make a dead man come." Kind of goes downhill after that.) But not too much on the rest of this convinced me that she had much else going for her--fairly generic blues from 1933-1935, decent but unsure of itself (shouldn't everybody figure out where the chords are going to change before they start recording?) and not often rising above genre. And then I noticed in the liner notes that her actual big hits had been from 1930, and that she'd made the first blues record recorded in the South in 1923, and had recorded "Woman Won't Need No Man" in 1927. None of that stuff is on here. Can it really be THAT hard to do the licensing for a pre-WWII artist?