Verified Purchase. As early as the delta duo were playing electric blues entertaing the huge crowds they attracted to country jukes by hooking up guitar and harmonica mikes through juke boxes and car radios. These recordings are from the late s when 15 years later Sonny Boy signed with Checker Records not Chess and took Chicago by storm.
These are his early Checker hits on which he built his reputation "Keep It To Yourself" was also a hit but Checker put the wrong song in its place on the original LP. This record was one of the first successful blues LPs and the first blues album I ever bought. For the record, 1 the bum on the cover this album is decidedly NOT Sonny Boy who most often wore double breasted suits and a bowler hat, a style he adopted in the s and 2 contrary to the lies he toid so often, he was only in his early 40s when these songs were recorded and 52 when he died and he was Alex Miller not his brother Willie.
He had good reason for the deceptive age and names he used watch for my book in Even his best friends didn't know much about his personal life. His mostly autobiograhical songs tell the story if you can break the code.
You will find yourself listening to the lyrics, enchanted by his uniquely soulful harmonica like Miles Davis, he could get more meaning out of one note than a host of "Mississippi saxophones" like Little Walter , and wondering what other secrets he was hiding behind his folk blues. Epic blues goodness. I wanted to hear what all the fuss was from my friends who have a lot of interest in music.
I get it. It took two songs for me to understand what all the fuss was about. This is a wonderful addition to my library of dirty, raw, epic blues. It's all there, just put it on, and enjoy. If you don't want to dig deeper into your pockets for Chess Records' double-disc "The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson", this could be what you're looking for.
First issued in , it is 34 minutes worth of some of the best electric blues ever recorded Aleck "Rice" Miller Sonny Boy Williamson II was the best songwriter of all the legendary Chess artists, an elegant and expressive singer in spite of his hoarse, slightly nasal voice , and a tremendous harmonica player.
Claims that he sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for not having to breathe while he performed were once recounted with utter seriousness in the liner notes to one of his 60s LPs. On this wonderful slice of gritty blues, Miller is backed by men like Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Fred Below, and Otis Spann in a virtual blues summit, but Miller is always front and centre, his rhythmic harp blasts alternating with quivering solos and fills.
I have to mention that the song which is listed - here and on the cover and in the liner notes - as "Keep It To Yourself" is not the song which is usually known under that, but rather one which is called "Please Forgive". It has somehow made it on to this album under the wrong title, being listed in the Chess files as "Please Forgive Keep It To Yourself ".
Great song, though This CD is currently only in print in Asia, I believe; an expanded version which features several bonus tracks. But you can get it as part of a twofer-package with the album "In Memorium". It is one of the best blues LP ever issued. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. Report abuse. Translate review to English. One person found this helpful. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Pages with related products.
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