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Bessie Smith

Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl / Safety Mama

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Minimum Bid $200.00
Time Left 21 Days 3 hrs (Jul 15, 2022)
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Item Location Redondo Beach, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, 90278
Label Columbia
Item Number 14634-D
Recording Date 1931
Physical Grade A :: B E- :: VG++
Genre Blues, Pre-War
Format 10" 78
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Description of Product

Recorded in November 1931 at Bessie's last session for Columbia, and one of her most sought-after and rarest discs. Columbia files state that only 800 sets of labels were printed for this one and it was was pressed "to shipping orders only." "Sugar" plays well with a 3.3-mil stylus, very light peak distortion on loud vocal notes and moderate distortion just on the "OO" of "foolin'" near the end. "Safety Mama" has a little more wear and plays with minor peak distortion, and 3 or 4 instances of moderate distortion on loud piano chords and vocal notes near the beginning of the side. Several small scratches cause occasional clicks. Overall still a very nice copy of this disc. MP3 available on request. This record is from the personal collection of radio personality and music historian Barret “Dr. Demento” Hansen, who is starting to downsize portions of his collection.

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