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The Original Hound Dog
Big Mama Thornton
The Original Hound Dog
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
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All Artists: Big Mama Thornton
Title: The Original Hound Dog
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ace Records UK
Release Date: 7/7/1986
Album Type: Import
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Traditional Blues, Regional Blues, Texas Blues, West Coast Blues, Electric Blues, Classic R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 029667194020

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One of our greatest singers at the height of her powers
Michael Russell | Philadelphia, PA, USA | 08/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Big Mama Thornton boasted one of the most electrifying voices in the history of recorded music, and this CD is the perfect introduction. Hound Dog - The Peacock Recordings is cheaper easier to find, but this collection has seventeen of Hound Dog's eighteen tracks plus five more essential ones.Tracks such as Hound Dog, I Ain't a Fool Either and I Smell a Rat show off Big Mama's marvelously fierce, attitudinal side. She was probably the one 50s singer as fiery as Howlin' Wolf, and her work predicts all of the "Angry Woman" singers of the past several decades. Nightmare and How Come reveal an aching vulnerability. I can't recommend this CD any higher. Big Mama deserves to be far better known than she is."
Big Mama Is In The House
Alfred Johnson | boston, ma | 07/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, Big Mama sang the original Hound Dog well before Elvis made it a classic rock and roll hit. Yes, he went on to make millions (although not off of that song as such but as a fresh sex symbol at a time when the youth of my generation were in desperate need of our own icons) while she made about five hundred dollars off of it. But that is not the whole story. Big Mama had a career of her own beyond that song that while not as financially rewarding (due in part to race but also her drinking problem) as Elvis's nevertheless placed her in the pantheon of female blue singers like Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie- no little accomplishment in itself. That is what is being celebrated here. Other classics in this CD include How Come, Nightmare, They Call Me Big Mama and I Smell a Rat. Is this her best compilation. No, I believe that Ball and Chain is but this has a nice selection. Big Mama belts out the tunes but, as a rule, does not try to overpower them with that big voice. But big or small Mama means the electric blues raw and unchained and that ain't no lie.