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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000V6OM2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By PeterDarby on 18 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
get this c d its one of the best early recordings by the wizard of the harp, he's influenced me over 40 years. a must for the hard blues fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Like Miller 13 Oct. 2003
By Docendo Discimus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of all the blues greats of the 40s, 50s and 60s, Aleck "Rice" Miller's output was of the most consistently high quality, and if you're not completely satisfied by the double-disc MCA/Chess anthology, "The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson", his four LPs "Down And Out Blues", "Help Me", "One Way Out" and "Bummer Road" are all must-own purchases.

On "One Way Out", Rice Miller is backed by an incredible number of superstar sidemen, including Otis Spann, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Fred Below, Odie Payne, Lafayette Leake, Robert "Jr." Lockwood, and Willie Dixon.
It may not be as consistently sublime as "Bummer Road" or "Down And Out Blues", but there are certainly no clunkers either, and several of these songs rank among Miller's very best.
The album opens with "Born Blind", a great re-take on his classic 1951 Trumpet single "Eyesight To The Blind" with some wonderful piano playing by Otis Spann. And other highlights include the shuffling "Too Close Together", the slow "Don't Lose Your Eye" with its lean arrangement, the fantastic title track (which boasts one of Miller's best lyrics), and the classic "Keep It To Yourself".

Rice Miller's harp playing is superb all the way through, employing his usual barrage of powerful, riffing bursts and nuanced, even subtle, blowing. And his vocals on the song which bears the tounge-in-cheek title "Like Wolf" are indeed uncannily like Howlin' Wolf's.

4 1/2 stars - highly recommended.
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Like a St Louis trumpet sound - Miles Davis or Clark Terry 1 May 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sonny Boy was more than "Kind of Blue" and just as influential.

"the material on One Way Out is mostly pretty obscure, that's no reason to avoid this collection" Indeed!

"Born Blind" is the Checker (Sonny Boy and Little Walter's records were always on Checker, not Chess records) was probably the most widely-heard version of "Eyesight To The Blind" which was the only track on Tommy the rock opera that was not written by The Who members. Actually The Who got the song from a Mose Allison 45.

"Good Evening Everybody" was a version of the King Bicuit Time theme, a song which rang in the ears of every bluesman who moved North from the Mississippi delta as it may have been one of the few radio shows which featured the blues.

"One Way Out" was co-written with Elmore James, is the name of the Allman Brothers publishing company and has been in their stage show for decades.

"Keep It To Yourself" was part of Sonny Boy's stage show on the American Folk Blues Festival (the one where he played his harmonica "no hands" sticking out of his mouth like a cigar for a whole chorus. Check out the performance in the essential AFBF DVDs (this I think is on the Memphis Slim/Sonny Boy Williamson tour DVD.)

Every Sonny Boy song is worth hearing. While the original Sonny Boy Williamson I and Little Walter were aptly described as playing their blues harps (harmonicas) like Mississippi saxophones Sonny Boy II was closer to a St Louis Trumpet like Miles Davis and Clark Terry where every note carried color and emotion and only the necessary notes were played. Sonny Boy could make me cry with a single note. In fact if you notice some of his songs, he holds a note for several bars, it sounds a lot like where Jimmy Smith got the idea of holding down one key on his organ with a matchbook wedged in between the keys.

Sonny Boy II was one of a kind and if you think this kind of harp playing is easy, ask around and see if you can find anyone who can copy Sonny Boy II. Only Rick Estrin of the Nightcaps can come close today. He can do the "no hands" trick as well.

Buy it, play it, love it and then do it all again.
Eyesight to the blind... 4 Nov. 2012
By Derek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sonny Boy Williamson #2 was a legend in the Mississippi Delta and the surround area, a consumate entertainer, musician and storyteller. He made a name for himself as the featured performer on radio staion KFFA's 15-minute program "King Biscuit Time." He began recording as a solo performer in 1951 for the Jackson, Mississippi, label Trumpet Records. He was one of the label's top selling artists. When Trumpet foundered in 1955 his contract was sold to a creditor who in turn sold it to Chess Records in Chicago.

The records he cut for Trumpet were some of the best downhome electric blues you're likely to hear. Chess was the better operation. The lablel's records were noted for strong tempos, a good beat, good intonation and an attention to fidelity that was often overlooked by small independent labels. This is a collection of singles released on the Checker subsidiary. There are a few remakes of his Trumpet sides ("Nine Below Zero," "Eyesight to the Blind") and all feature the cream of Chess's session players (including Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers on guitars). This is first-rate mid '50s Chicago blues, a perfect marriage of Sonny Boy's downhome harmonica stylings and rye storytelling with the big city sophistication of Chicago's bluesmen.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great harmonica, great blues history 3 Dec. 2001
By Bob Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection by Sonny Boy Williamson is no longer a fashionable music style. However, his harmonica and vocals highlight a blues legacy that is worth remembering. Some of the backing features Muddy Walters and Otis Spann. My favourite Sonny Boy track, 'Help Me' is missing from the album but there are still enough highlights to keep you interested. All blues fans should have at least one album from Sonny Boy.
How could this NOT be a five star? 15 Sept. 2008
By Standard Poodle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rather than blather: this is classic Chicago blues at its best. The reason I am reviewing is that the sound is amazing. Please don't tell me you're a fan if you don't grab this one! The Japanese have really got all of these Chess issues sounding so good that the price really is worth it. Why can't we do it as well . . .
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