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Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (CD)

By: Big Mama Thornton

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Big Mama Thornton Artist Snapshot:

A blues shouter in the tradition of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton is best remembered as the first artist to record "Hound Dog." A side-by-side comparison of her version and Elvis's shows just how different a song can be in two great artists' hands: where Presley's version is all frenzy, Thornton's is pure R&B, gritty, haughty, and funky. Although she never matched the success of 1953's "Hound Dog," Thornton remained a popular live performer for the rest of her long career.

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1   Hound Dog Buy Buy  
2   My Man Called Me Buy Buy  
3   I Smell A Rat Buy Buy  
4   They Call Me Big Mama Buy Buy  
5   You Don't Move Me No More Buy Buy  
6   Let Your Tears Fall Baby Buy Buy  
7   Rock-A-Bye Baby Buy Buy  
8   Yes, Baby Buy Buy  
9   How Come Buy Buy  
10   Nightmare Buy Buy  
11   Stop A-Hoppin' On Me Buy Buy  
12   Just Like A Dog, Barking Up The Wrong Tree Buy Buy  
13   Walking Blues Buy Buy  
14   The Big Change Buy Buy  
15   Hard Times Buy Buy  
16   Laugh, Laugh, Laugh Buy Buy  
17   The Fish Buy Buy  

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The classic "Hound Dog" is usually associated with Elvis Presley, but blues fans know: Presley''s recording wasn''t the first. That honor belongs to singer Big Mama Thornton, whose own recording of "Hound Dog" was eclipsed by Presley''s. Her version is on this collection in all its glory, opening a CD of 17 killer tracks. Thornton''s voice, by turns growling and richly melodic, was indeed unusual, and the spare accompaniment on Hound Dog makes it stand out all the more on songs such as "They Call Me Big Mama," "How Come," "The Big Change," "Hard Times," and "The Fish." Thornton had talent and attitude to spare, and both come through loud and clear on this essential collection. --Genevieve Williams

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