I have collected jazz records for nearly 40 years. Witherspoon is where it started for me. I purchased a double record set in the 70's on Fantasy Records called "The Spoon Concerts". This double record set contained the two records on this set. I used to listen mostly to blues. I get to blues from rock (Eric Clapton, Allman Bros. Band etc.). I listened to blues intently until I got to this blues shouter, Jimmy Witherspoon. On this 'Spoon album, I listed to two live concerts that featured some tremendous jazz musicians: Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Earl Hines, Jimmy Rowles, Roy Eldridge, Leroy Vinnegar, Mel Lewis. I was hooked. I have been crazy about jazz ever since. Sure, I listen to classical music (lots), opera, and Indian music. As much as I love blues, jazz has always been my first love.
Despite my sentimental attachment to this record which is obvious, I have to say that 'Spoon was my favorite blues shouter. Other blues shouters like Joe Williams and Jimmy Rushing are also wonderful, but 'Spoon is my favorite.
The sound quality of the recording other than the occasional hum in one of the recordings is fun and it draws you right in. The jazz performers on this record are all first rate. Snap this record right up. I don't think you could ever go wrong. If you never buy another 'Spoon record, you can rely on the fact that you got his best. 'Spoon seems invested with the feeling of the moment and he does not have to limit the length of the songs to fit on a 45rpm record. He can really stretch out and tell his stories the best way he can. Hell, I sometimes even try to sing them myself.
You will never regret getting this record