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Album Review

Collectables' The Very Best of Big Maybelle: That's All features 12 songs that she recorded for Sceptor Records in the '60s. This wasn't the most particularly distinguished period of Big Maybelle's career, and this collection doesn't put it in perspective, leaving out some of the best records she made for the label, including the minor hit "Yesterday's Kisses." That said, this does have its moments, and enough of them to make it worthwhile for dedicated soul collectors willing to sort the wheat from the chaff.


Born: 01 May 1924 in Jackson, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads. In 1967, she even covered ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears" (it was her final chart appearance). Alleged...
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