V.A. - Bed Spring Poker: Meat In Motion 1926-1951 (2002)
Four dozen rare, highly-collectable risque' blues sides, appearing here for the first time on CD. Features such major blues luminaries as Lightnin' Hopkins, Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker, Champion Jack Dupree, Lonnie Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy & Tampa Red. Lyrically-laden with innuendo, double-entendre & down right vulgarity! Two cd's each over seventy minutes long. The recordings are for the most part clean and clear-much better than you would think. The artists range from well known ( Lightin' Hopkins, Bessie Smith) to somewhat obscure(Dan Pickett, Ralph Willis) but the songs are always entertaining. This area of blues music is somewhat small but is important in an overall view of the genre. The styles of music range from traditional blues to hokum to r&b. It is surprising that so many women recorded music of this kind. This is a good companion to Bill Wyman's collection Rude Dudes that was released a few years ago.