Hound Dog-Peacock Recordings CD, Import
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
This compilation cover her most glorious years - it's all a fine line between blues and early r&b - it might be one-dimensional as Thornton growls one song after another without any break in let's-have-a-ball mood,clearly she was not the one for introspection.
Legendary Johnny Ace turned out as a guest on "Yes,baby" and there is some very fine guitar playing all through.