RELEASE
November 21, 1995
LABEL
Document
GENRES
Gospel, Classic Female Blues, Traditional Gospel, Pre-War Blues, Gospel

Album Review

During a five-year stretch beginning in 1923, blues woman Martha Copeland recorded about three dozen titles for the OKeh, Victor, and Columbia labels. Virtually all of these were reissued by Document during the 1990s. Vol. 1 of her complete works contains 23 tunes dating from September 1923 to August 1927. Because the second volume was filled out with recordings by Irene Scruggs, the first installment stands as the definitive Copeland collection. Her accompanists during this period included pianists Eddie Heywood, Sr., Cliff Jackson, Phil Worde, Louis Hooper, and Porter Grainger, in addition to cornetists Bubber Miley and Louis Metcalf, violinist Bert Howell, and banjoist Buddy Christian. On "Hard Headed Mama" and "When the Wind Make Connection with Your Dry Goods" she is joined by comedic vocalist Sidney Easton. When Copeland switched from OKeh to Columbia in September 1926, she was persuaded to cover Victoria Spivey's very first recorded song, "Black Snake Blues," which Spivey had waxed four months earlier for OKeh. Copeland recorded it again in February 1927 as "The Black Snake Moan," whereupon Blind Lemon Jefferson cut his own cover using Copeland's title almost exactly one month later. For those who really love blues from this time period, the link between these three amazing musicians may serve as an inspiration to obtain the complete works of all three artists as reissued by Document.
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Track Listing

  1. The Down So Long Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-down-so-long-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640294%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. The Pawn Shop Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-pawn-shop-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640353%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Daddy, You've Done Put That Thing on Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdaddy-youve-done-put-that%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640436%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. The Penetrating Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-penetrating-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640491%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Black Snake Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fblack-snake-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640501%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Papa If You Can't Do Better [Take 2]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fpapa-if-you-cant-do-better%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640504%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Papa If You Can't Do Better [Take 3]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fpapa-if-you-cant-do-better%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640509%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. On Decoration Day (They'll Know Where to Bring Your Flowers To)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmartha-copeland-vol-1-1923%252Fid76640818%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Fortune Teller Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ffortune-teller-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640517%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. When the Wind Make Connection with Your Dry Goodshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fwhen-wind-make-connection%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640523%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Hard Headed Mamahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmartha-copeland-vol-1-1923%252Fid76640818%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. I Don't Care Who Ain't Got Nobodyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-dont-care-who-aint-got-nobody%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640535%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. Stole My Man Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fstole-my-man-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640560%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. The Black Snake Moanhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-black-snake-moan%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640583%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. Mine's Just as Good as Yourshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmines-just-as-good-as-yours%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640612%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Soul and Body (He Belongs to Me)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fsoul-and-body-he-belongs-to-me%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640652%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. Sorrow Valley Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fsorrow-valley-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640685%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. Dying Crapshooter's Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmartha-copeland-vol-1-1923%252Fid76640818%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Mr. Brakes-Man (Let Me Ride Your Train)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmartha-copeland-vol-1-1923%252Fid76640818%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. Police Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fpolice-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640802%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  21. Skeleton Key Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fskeleton-key-blues%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640804%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  22. Hobo Billhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fhobo-bill%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640810%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  23. Nobody Rocks Me Like My Baby Dohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004670010074878&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fnobody-rocks-me-like-my-baby-do%252Fid76640818%253Fi%253D76640814%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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