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Ida Cox Vol. 2 1924-1925

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Mean Lovin' Man Blues (Take 3)
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Down The Road Bound Blues (Take 2)
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Last Time Blues (Take 2)
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Worried Any How Blues
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Chicago Monkey Man Blues (Take 1)
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Chicago Monkey Man Blues (Take 2)
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Mean Papa Turn Your Key
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Blues Ain't Nothin' Else But! (Take 2)
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Worried In Mind Blues (Take 1)
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My Mean Man Blues (Take 1)
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Kentucky Man Blues
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Cherry Picking Blues
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Wild Women Don't Have The Blues
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Worried In Mind Blues (Take 3)
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Death Letter Blues
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My Mean Man Blues (Take 4)
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Those Married Man Blues
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Misery Blues
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Graveyard Bound Blues
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Mississippi River Blues
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Georgia Hound Blues
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Blue Kentucky Blues
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Black Crepe Blues
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Fare Thee Well Poor Gal
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04.22.11
Ida Cox, Ida Cox Vol. 2 1924-1925
2005 | Label: Document Records / The Orchard

Billed in her day as the Uncrowned Queen of the Blues, Cox is even more overlooked today than Carr. But among classic blues singers she was second only to Bessie Smith. (Carr actually adapted his breakthrough single from her "How Long Daddy, How Long.") She could belt and swing, but more often she delivered intimate, straightforward vocals that she colored effectively with moaning, groaning effects; combined with her risqué material, this earned her a second… read more »

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Unlike most of her contemporaries, who spent at least part of their time singing vaudeville-type material and pop songs, Ida Cox stuck throughout her career to the blues. On the second of four Document CDs that reissue all of her 1920s material (although some of the many alternate takes are bypassed), Cox is mostly accompanied by either Lovie Austin’s Blues Serenaders (which usually includes cornetist Tommy Ladnier and clarinetist Jimmy O’Bryant, although the great Johnny Dodds is on six selections) or, on one date, members of Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra. The recording quality of these Paramount 78s (which cover a 13-month period) is erratic, but there are a few classics here, including “Chicago Monkey Man Blues” (which has some lyrics that would later be used for “Going to Chicago”), “Blues Ain’t Nothin’ Else But,” “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” and “Death Letter Blues.” Throughout, Ida Cox (who was second to Bessie Smith at the time) is quite consistent, making the most of her limitations. Recommended. – Scott Yanow

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