Little Walter was the harmonica player with Muddy Water's band up until he decided to go solo, so you know he must be pretty good. In 1952 he decided to strike out on his own, with his first single the instrumental `Juke' The success of this led to what should have been a fruitful solo career. All his big hits have been collected onto this single disc best of celebrating 50 years of the Chess label.
This is a record packed full of driving, uptempo blues of the highest order. Walter was primarily a harp player, but could lay down a mean vocal if required. Apart from the aforementioned `Juke', there is a classic rendition of Willie Dixon's `My Babe', and the definitive `Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights', in which his snarling tones and ferocious harmonica really make you fear for the life of his adversary! As well as Walter on vocals and harp, many of the tracks feature Willie Dixon on Bass, and Juke features Muddy Waters on guitar.
This is a decent collection, bringing together 20 original recordings from the great man, and covering all the important hits. One worth getting for any fan of foot stomping blues played with passion.