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Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings
Big Mama Thornton
Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
 
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 b...  more »

      
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All Artists: Big Mama Thornton
Title: Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 12/22/1992
Release Date: 12/22/1992
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Regional Blues, Texas Blues, West Coast Blues, Classic R&B
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 008811066826, 008811066840, 008811066826

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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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COMPUTERJAZZMAN | Cliffside Park, New Jersey United States | 02/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"IT'S FUNNY, 'CAUSE IF YOU LISTEN TO THE 1960'S RECORDINGS OF BOTH ARETHA FRANKLIN AND JANIS JOPLIN, YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT THEY BOTH COVERED A LOT OF MATERIAL ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY BOTH BIG MAMA THORNTON AND BIG MAYBELLE (BALL AND CHAIN, RAMBLIN', SO LONG, ETC....). THE TWO BEST BLUES SINGERS FROM THE 60'S DOING COVERS OF SONGS BY THE TWO BEST BLUES SINGERS OF THE 1950'S. THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL PEACOCK RECORDS (DON ROBEY) RECORDINGS OF BIG MAMA THORNTON MADE BETWEEN 1952-57. GREAT R&B AND BLUES STUFF."
A great blues singer and a great CD.
Bop Cat | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like many other reviews have stated, this is the real deal when it comes to versions of Hound Dog. However, the Elvis version obviously has a totally different sound-a rock'n'roll or rockabilly sound, while this is basically a (fantastic) blues song, belted out by one of the great blueswomen of all time. And most of the songs here are worth having,too, so buy this CD. I'd call her a female blues shouter almost in the mold of a Roy Brown.
As much as I like Elvis Presley,blah,blah,blah, I'm tired of hearing about how he's the "King" and all that stuff. Someone like Big Mama Thornton, and for that matter all of the blues and r'n'b artists that had songs out prior to being covered by Elvis Presley, were FAR more musically talented and many were "unsung heroes of 'rock and roll'"."
Sassy blues mama
Sasha | at sea...sailing somewhere | 04/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Big Mama Thornton was the artist who basically continued Bessie Smith tradition of sassy black blues queens in new r&b idiom and her growling vocals suggested woman who won't take any nonsense from anybody.She was the one who recorded "Hound dog" and "Ball and chain" long before Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin,and was bitter that others had big hits with what were her originals but in my opinion that connection didn't hurt her a bit as kids all over the world eventually came to hear originals anyway - on cover of "Cheap Thrills" LP artist Robert Crumb had carefuly noted her name so it's not like people didn't know who she was.
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."