Ma Rainey ‎– Rarities 4010

Not On Label ‎– MRR 4010
Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 Bo-Weavil Blues-1
A2 Those All Night Long Blues-1
A3 Ya-Da-Do-2
A4 Countin' The Blues-3
A5 Explaining The Blues-1
A6 Night Time Blues-1
A7 Titanic Man Blues-1
A8 Seeking Blues-1
B1 Mountain Jack Blues-1
B2 Traveling Blues-2
B3 Deep Moaning Blues-2
B4 Leaving This Morning-1
B5 Black Eye Blues-1
B6 Black Eye Blues-2
B7 Ma And Pa Poorhouse Blues-4
B8 Big Feeling Blues-1


Some years ago Rarities produces eight 10" records, RAL 2 up to RAL 9, which - together with the Riverside RM 8807 - would make a complete, chronological series of all the recordings by Ma Rainey. But the ninth volume, containing the last two sessions and the alternates was never produced.

This album fills out that gap and, as in the meantime some more alternates were found, it makes the album still more valuable as the originally planned last record.

Those collectors who did not buy those Rarities will have bought all or most of the Biograph - Milestone series, for the deleted Riverside RM 8807 either Biograph 12032, Cardin 93516 or Music Parade 213, and sometimes MRB 4020.

Thus for those collectors this album might give many duplications. The breakdown of this record is as follows:

Bo-weavil blues: new-found alternate, first time on lp
Those all night long blues: new-found alternate, first time on lp
Ya-da-da: new-found alternate, first time on lp
Countin' the blues: Biograph 12011 (and Byg It 21)
Explaining the blues: Milestone 2001/7801/94302
Night time blues: Milestone 2001, etc.
Titanic man blues: Biograph 12001
Seeking blues: was on Riverside/London
Mountain Jack blues: Milestone 2017 and 47021 doublefer
Traveling blues: was on Riverside/London
Deep moaning blues: Milestone 2008 and 47021 doublefer, but on those records the intro is left out
Leaving this morning: Milestone 2017 and 47021-set, MRB 4020
Black eye blues-1: (on Yazoo 1039)
Black eye blues-2: Milestone 2008 and 47021-set, MRB 4020
Ma and Pa poorhouse blues: Biograph 12011 and MRB 4020
Big feeling blues: Biograph 12011 and MRB 4020

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MRR 4010 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MRR 4010 B