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.
"Down And Out Blues", along with Howlin' Wolf's two first LPs and Muddy Waters Newport-album, are probably the best LPs the classic Chicago blues label Chess had to offer. This album, which was first issued in 1959, is filled to the point of overflowing with some of the best blues songs ever recorded, courtesy of Aleck 'Rice' Miller's nasal, world-weary vocals and tremendous songwriting skills.
Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II) is backed by Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Fred Below, Luther Tucker and Otis Spann in a virtual blues summit, and his rhythmic harp blasts alternate with quivering solos and fills.
Three of Rice Miller's greatest songs are on this album, all penned by himself: "All My Love In Vain", "Fattening Frogs For Snakes" and "Don't Start Me To Talkin'". This is an essential addition to any blues collection.