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VOL № C071— April 2023

Odetta and the Blues

Odetta
Why you'll love it...

The songs that populate Odetta and the Blues are 1920s blues and jazz standards sung by the likes of Bessie Smith, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Mississippi John Hurt, Leroy Carr and other titans of the time and genre. Most are traditional, unattributable to any one songwriter — but all are linked to Black musicians. In this way, the album feels like an important (and understandable) aspect of Odetta’s quest to show America the myriad ways this country’s music wouldn’t be what it is without Black Americans.

Odetta makes each track sound timeless and true, but also utterly, entirely her own. I think that’s the hallmark of a true and truly unique talent — and a sign that the artist in question understands the assignment, as it were: to find the throughlines between their perspec...

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Label
Riverside
Original Release Year
1962
Release Type
Reissue
Format
1 LP
Speed
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
Weight
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Yes
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut From the Original Master Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Extras
Listening Notes Booklet by Susannah Young
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