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Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie Smith (1980/Intermusic SA-CD/Super Audio Compact Disc Hybrid/Hits Set/Top Music International)


Sound/DSD 2.0 Stereo: B     PCM 2.0 Stereo: B-     Music: B



PLEASE NOTE: This Super Audio Compact Disc is only available from our friends at Top Music International, has a Compact Disc layer that will play on virtually all CD players and can be ordered at the link below.



Bessie Smith is one of the most important singers and performers of the 20th Century, rightly known as The Empress Of The Blues, led a too-short life like so many music greats.  One big fan is singer/pianist Amina Claudine Myers and has recorded several albums to date.  One of her earliest is the 1980 album simply entitled Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie Smith and this fitting tribute work is now available as a hybrid Super Audio Compact Disc from Intermusic and Top Music.


They have used the following to transfer the original analog masters to the Direct Stream Digital format for this release:


The Project re-mastered by Povee Chan

32Bits/192kHz High Resolution Mastering

SADiE DSD Digital Precision

Mastering Monitor: Almarro M1A

Monitor Amplifier: Octave Jubliee Preamp

Power System: Isoclean Power Conditioning System

Mastered with Black Rhodium Cable

Hybrid Stereo, Plays on all SACD and CD Players

Made in Germany by Sonopress



The songs, most written by Smith herself (Miss Myers wrote the latter two) and often here in extended form, include:


1)     Wasted Life Blues

2)     Dirty No-Gooder's Blues

3)     Jailhouse Blues

4)     It Makes My Love Come Down

5)     The Blues (Straight To You)

6)     African Blues



It is sad how Smith’s work has been too forgotten, even with some limited film of her around, but her contribution to American Music and its development is inarguable and Myers’ performances are very impressive, rich and heartfelt.  You can especially hear this on the high resolution DSD 2.0 Stereo tracks.  This is a rich, warm recording that holds up 30 years later and was well made to begin with, though the parties involved decided not to go for any multi-channel mixes.  The CD layer’s PCM 2.0 Stereo sounds good, but is no match for the DSD.  Fans of Blues or either of these performers will enjoy this disc.



To find out more about ordering, start with this link, then go to the ORDER icon at the top of the page on the right-hand side under the logo:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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