Okay, ask around. Here is the question. Who was (and maybe still is) the most influencial electric blues guitarist of the post- World War II period? From casual listeners you may get a variety of answers, all of them somewhat worthy of consideration like Muddy Waters and B.B. King, or from a later period , perhaps Eric Clapton. But down at the soul of the electric blues you will find one name that all the other choices will gladly agree (if they are honest) is the max daddy of the electric blues guitar, T-Bone Walker. He owns the thing. It is part of his physical person and combined with that plaintive sweet but catlike menacing voice presents a strong case for his place in the blues pantheon. In short, if you hear someone today playing electric blues guitar that sound like they are gently running the piano keyboard and with a sense that the player has been through some kind of hell that person was influenced by Walker. No doubt.
That said, this is not his strongest work but is a better than average primer considering that it represents the latter part of T-Bone's career. Still just listening to the way he introduces a sing and then goes through his paces will set the mood for you. Try the ironic "Good Boy" for starters. And the title track "Back On The Scene". Close out with " Afraid To Close My Eyes" and you will start looking for earlier T-Bone CDs right away.