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Johnny Shines with Big Walter Horton [Extra tracks]

Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Testament
  • ASIN: B000003OQZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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outstanding '60 Chicago blues album. Chicago, 1966: JOHNNY SHINES - gtr/voc, WALTER HORTON - hca, OTIS SPANN - pno, LEE JACKSON - bass, FRED BELOW - drums. Los Angeles, 1969: JOHNNY SHINES - gtr/voc, WALTER HORTON - hca, LUTHER ALLISON - gtr, PRINCE CANDY - bass, BILL BROWN - drums. (2 prev.unreleased alternate takes)Medium 1
  1. Hello Central
  2. You Don't Have To Gon
  3. Sneakin' and Hidin'
  4. Till I Made My Tonsils Sore
  5. Fat Mama
  6. G.B=Blues
  7. Worried Life Blues
  8. I Cry, I Cry
  9. If It Ain't Me
  10. I Want To Warn You
  11. I Cry, I Cry (Alternate Take)
  12. Sneakin' and Hidin' Part 2

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4.0 out of 5 stars "chugging blues" from the old masters 29 May 2012
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It was,nt until a year or so ago that id heard of johnny shines ,not until a friend of mine who is seriously into his blues music said to check him out.johnny been busy i found out,a former sidekick of robert johnson has quite a lot of stuff out there for you.Ive selected this c/d as it seemed to have a great mix of honky tonk piano,harmonica by "big"walt horton ,in all a fine selection of 12 tracks recorded over 2 sessions in the 1960s, with a 2 year gap between recordings.Johnny had fallen out with the music buisness and didnt play for some years,but came back with some fine music ,a decent slice of which is on offer here. Its people like johnny shines just one of the old masters who originally brought this music to our ears from the states,the sound is a bit dated ,but hey with the likes of"you dont have to go" and "till i make my tosils sore"A great reminder of a time now passed,but we still have the chance thankfully to listen and apreciate this fine album.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine, stylish blues record 10 Jan 2004
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If Big Walter Horton got mentioned in the title every time he played on an album, half of all major 50s, 60s and 70s blues records should be called "This-and-than-artist and Big Walter Horton".

Here he is again, blowing his harp behind Robert Johnson's one-time travelling companion Johnny Shines on a reissue of Testament 2217 with two bonus tracks added.
This is Shines' second band-backed, electric album for Testament, and it brings together material from two different sessions (Chicago 1966 and Los Angeles 1969). Otis Spann plays superb piano on the Chicago tracks, which features the same band that played with Shines on his "Masters Of Modern Blues" album, and Luther Allison plays second and occational lead guitar on the L.A. tracks.
And the music is excellent. There may not be very much here as instantly memorable as the best songs by men like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, or Elmore James, but the songs are of generally high quality, and this is an enjoyable slice of classic 60s blues, played by some of the finest musicians of the genre.

The tracks recorded in Chicago are the best, featuring both Spann and blues drummer par excellence Fred Below (Horton is on all of them), and they include a fine rendition of Big Maceo Merriweather's "Worried Life Blues" and the almost jazz-like "I Want To Warn You".
But the L.A. tracks are not far behind, with some great guitar playing from Luther Allison, a funky "Fat Mama", and a great "If It Ain't Me", which sees Johnny Shines doing a good impression of Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II).

A critic once called this the greatest Chicago blues record ever. It's not, but it is a pretty good one all the same.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true blues classic 24 Sep 2009
By William W. Peck - Published on Amazon.com
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A blues masterpiece, with great contributions from Luther Allison and the incomparable Big Walter Horton. Its just one of those albums that came together with the right people at the right time. The more I listened (really listened) the more I admired this album and an album you could listen to from start to finish without one dud track, The standout track in my humble opinion is 'Till I Made My Tonsils Sore' with a title like that you would think that someone is kidding but its such a groove. Yep, a classic blues album fo' sho'.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 1960s Blues Album From A Contemporary Of Robert Johnson 4 July 2014
By Mark Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good 1960s electric blues album from Johnny Shines, a Mississippi bluesman who was a contemporary of Robert Johnson and who travelled occasionally with Robert Johnson in the 1930s. Johnny Shines had a fairly successful musical career as both a recording and performing artist.

This album features 12 recordings taken from two sessions recorded for Testament Records in 1966 and 1969. There are 7 tracks from a session in Los Angeles in January 1969 featuring: Johnny Shines, guitar and vocal; Big Walter Horton, harmonica; Luther Allison, guitar; Prince Candy, bass; Bill Brown, drums. The other five tracks are from a June 1966 session in Chicago featuring Johnny Shines, guitar and vocal; Big Walter Horton, harmonica; Otis Spann, piano; Lee Jackson, bass; Fred Below, drums.

There are some well known musicians among the session players on these recordings. Otis Spann and Fred Below were with Muddy Waters' band. Luther Allison, Otis Spann and Big Walter Horton had their own recording careers as blues players.

Overall, a very good recording. It's 12 tracks with a total playing time of just over 39 minutes.

If you like Chicago blues, you'll like this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 31 Dec 2013
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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A must have for the blues harp player and any blues music lover, even if he/she is a resident of a fourth-world country (fulfilling twenty-one word minimum)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! Big Walter sounds bada$$. 24 Oct 2012
By Nick "Chowda" - Published on Amazon.com
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Good collecction of Big Walter tunes. Johnny Shines might not have the name or voice of Muddy or Wolf but can play the crap out of Chicago Blues. Good obscure album to have for the blues lover.
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