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Father Of Blues Harmonica [Box set, Import]

Sonny Boy 'John Lee' Williamson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Golden Stars
  • ASIN: B000F1HFMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Better Cut That Out
2. Good Morning, Little School Girl
3. Blue Bird Blues
4. Jackson Blues
5. Got the Bottle Up and Gone
6. Sugar Mama Blues
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Honey Bee Blues
2. Whiskey Headed Blues
3. Lord, Oh Lord Blues
4. Goodbye Red
5. Good Gravy
6. T.B. Blues
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Million Years Blues
2. Sloppy Drunk Blues
3. Ground Hog Blues
4. She Don't Love Me That Way
5. My Black Name Blues
6. G.M. And O. Blues
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Neglected Original Sonny Boy Williamson 18 Jun 2010
By Elacia
Format:Audio CD
Sadly, John Lee Williamson's fame as one of the seminal figures in recorded blues has been largely eclipsed by the success of Alex `Rice' Miller, who appropriated his stage name, and enjoyed well-earned acclaim for his harmonica playing during the fifties and sixties, benefitting hugely from the discovery of the blues by white performers and audiences at this time. Thankfully, a small but devoted following has ensured that the original Sonny Boy's music is still fairly readily available on CD.
Completists will want to track down the five-volume set (available as individual discs) released by Document in 2002. But for those who consider the blues an essential but not exclusive part of a well-balanced musical diet, the forty-five cuts on this three-disc set might just be all the Sonny Boy you need.
The packaging, though well-designed, is rather minimalist, with the discs contained in conventional plastic jewel-cases, each featuring the same cover image, and packed into a flimsy card slipcase. There are no liner notes, but the track lists are annotated with dates, locations and personnel. Each disc contains fifteen tracks, and clocks in at around forty-five minutes.
Kicking off with `Better Cut that Out' from 1947, we then jump back ten years to `Good Morning, School Girl', his first recording as a frontman, and from here things run chronologically. The tracks are well-chosen, offering an excellent overview of his ten-year recording career fronting a variety of line-ups from trios with Yank Rachell and Big Joe Williams to full bands featuring drums, bass and piano. The sound quality is generally exceptional for recordings of this vintage, with only the occasion hissy track.
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