Flashbacks, Vol. 4, Heartbreakers 1927-1946, Blue & Lonely by Various Artists

Label: Trikont Records.
Release Date: September 5, 2005.
Recording Time: 73 minutes.
Releases: 2000, 2002, 2005.
Recording Date: December 3, 1927 - February 19, 1953.

Recording information: Chicago, IL (12/03/1927-02/19/1953); Dallas, TX (12/03/1927-02/19/1953); Nashville, TN (12/03/1927-02/19/1953); New York, NY (12/03/1927-02/19/1953).

Styles: Classic Female Blues, Early Jazz, Swing, Vocal.

This is the fourth volume in the German Trikont label's Flashbacks series, a nostalgia line that has ranged in content everywhere from popular war songs to gospel music and novelty tunes. This particular program is an especially varied one that revolves loosely around a blues theme. There's something here for almost every nostalgic taste: a sweetly kitschy and ultimately beautiful collaboration between the Ink Spots and a young Ella Fitzgerald ("I'm Making Believe"), a raunchy O'Neil Spencer tune called "Sweet Patootie," and a rather scratchy recording of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," for example. There's a surprise appearance from Charlie Christian (who would later go one to be one of the most influential guitarists in jazz) as a featured sideman with the Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet, and an absolutely stunning turn from Bessie Smith on "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." But perhaps the single most lovely moment on this album comes courtesy of Dinah Shore, who delivers "Blues in the Night" with a cool aplomb that makes everyone else on the album sound vaguely frantic (well, everyone except Bessie Smith, of course). Highly recommended. - Review by Rick Anderson

24 tracks recorded between 1927 and 1946 reveal the many faces of the blues. Songs of lost love, dire straits, unrequited longing and endless nights of loneliness are offset by songs of hope and promise and some up-tempo blues instrumentals. Black and white folk traditions sit comfortably alongside uptown numbers from Hollywood and the Broadway stage. Diverse blues as you can get, from Blind Willie Johnson via Mezz Mezzrow to the Ink Spots with Ella Fitzgerald. Trikont. 2005.

Credits: Harry Akst - composer; Texas Alexander - composer; Maxwell Anderson - composer; Harold Arlen - composer; Mildred Bailey - performer, primary artist; Barney Bigard - composer; Lucille Bogan - composer; The Boswell Sisters - performer, primary artist; Nacio Herb Brown - composer; Charlie Christian - primary artist; Grant Clarke - composer; James Cox - composer; Howard Dietz - composer; Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey - composer; Tom Dorsey - composer; Duke Ellington - composer; Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - performer, primary artist; Ella Fitzgerald - performer, primary artist; Arthur Freed - composer; Jazz Gillum - primary artist; Benny Goodman's Boys - primary artist; Mack Gordon - composer; Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet - primary artist; Hattie Hart - composer; Lorenz Hart - composer; Bertha "Chippie" Hill - primary artist; Libby Holman - performer, primary artist; Walter Huston - performer, primary artist; The Ink Spots - performer, primary artist; Blind Willie Johnson - composer,; performer, primary artist; Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom - performer, primary artist; Greta Keller - performer, primary artist; S. Lewis - composer; Memphis Jug Band - performer, primary artist; Johnny Mercer - composer; Mezz Mezzrow - composer, performer, primary artist; Irving Mills - composer; James V. Monaco - composer; Lee Morse - primary artist; Ma Rainey - performer, primary artist; Ralph Rainger - composer; Richard Rodgers - composer; Edgar Sampson - composer; Dinah Shore - performer, primary artist; Bessie Smith - performer, primary artist; O'Neill Spencer - primary artist; Tampa Red - performer, primary artist; Sister O.M. Terrell - primary artist; Kurt Weill - composer; Hudson Whittaker - composer; Clarence Williams - composer; Wilson - composer; Victor Young - composer.

Tracks: 1) Am I Blue? - Libby Holman; 2) Whoa Babe! - The Ink Spots; 3) Gambling Man - Sister O.M. Terrell; 4) I'm Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald / The Ink Spots; 5) Go Back To The Country - Jazz Gillum; 6) Blues In The Night - Dinah Shore; 7) Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long - The Boswell Sisters; 8) How Can You Have The Blues? - Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom; 9) Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out - Bessie Smith; 10) Blues In Disguise - Mezz Mezzrow; 11) Moanin' Low - Lee Morse; 12) Profoundly Blue - Charlie Christian / Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet; 13) Sweet Patootie - O'Neill Spencer; 14) Denver Blues - Tampa Red; 15) If I Had My Way - Blind Willie Johnson; 16) Some Cold Rainy Day - Bertha "Chippie" Hill; 17) Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra; 18) Be On Your Merry Way - (Wilson); 19) Daddy Goodbye Blues - Ma Rainey; 20) Smoke Dreams - Mildred Bailey; 21) Blue (& Broken Heart) - Benny Goodman's Boys; 22) Oh Ambulance Man - Memphis Jug Band; 23) Blue Moon - Greta Keller; 24) September Song - Walter Huston.