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T-Bone Walker Audio CD
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Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today.
Few major postwar blues guitarists come to mind that don't owe T-Bone Walker an unpayable debt of gratitude. B.B. King has long cited him ... Read more in Amazon's T-Bone Walker Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Delko Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B0000630XA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Trinity River Blues
2. Wichita Falls Blues
3. T-Bone Blues
4. I Got a Break, Baby
5. Mean Old World
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Know Your Wig Is Gone
2. T-Bone Jumps Again
3. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)
4. She Had To Let Me Down
5. She's My Old Time Used to Be
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. T-bone Shuffle
2. That Old Feeling Is Gone
3. Time Seems So Long, The
4. Prison Blues
5. Home Town Blues
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Baby, You Broke My Heart
2. Evil Hearted Woman
3. I Walked Away
4. No Reason
5. Look Me in the Eye
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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T-Bone Walker was the founder of electric blues guitar playing. That's not an opinion, it's a fact, attested by later musicians from BB King and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown on down. What he did, he did within the space of a few years, back at the end of the 1940s, and it is all here, on the four CDs of The Original Source: the original recordings of "Call It Stormy Monday", "T-Bone Shuffle", "Cold, Cold Feeling", "T-Bone Jumps Again" and dozens more. (Ninety tracks, to be precise: his entire issued output up to the end of 1951.) The primer, the first steps, John and Janet Play Electric Blues. Relaxed yet sharp, chordally sophisticated yet blues-rich, Walker's guitar-playing is matched by his singing: his voice drifts over the surface of the music like cigarette smoke, the delivery lazy, the lyrics pungent. "If a woman says she loves you, that don't mean a thing", he advises Confused of Santa Monica. "Tell her you want a Cadillac car and a great big diamond ring". In the background two or three horns respond with mocking riffs: "Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Been there, done that". This is some of the coolest music in the whole blues catalogue, blues so laconic and world-weary that they could have been scripted by Raymond Chandler. --Tony Russell

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(1929-51) (259:37/90) Vor allem für diesen Preis eine lohnenswerte Investition; vier CDs mit den wegweisenden Aufnahmen und dazu ein 42-seitiges Büchlein mit ausführlichen biografischen Informationen und diskographischen Einzelheiten. Dies ist die Gelegenheit, die kompletten frühen Titel in einer ansprechenden Edition und zu einem fairen Preis zu erwerben / highly recommended collection of his early, influential sides. This is his complete recorded output. Four CDs plus a 42-page booklet with extensive liner notes, in-detail biography and discography. Great value at a reasonable price.Medium 1
  1. Trinity River Blues
  2. Wichita Falls Blues
  3. T-Bone Blues
  4. I Got A Break, Baby
  5. Mean Old World
  6. Sail On Boogie
  7. I'm Still In Love With You
  8. You Don't Love Me Blues
  9. T-Bone Boogie
  10. Mean Old World Blues
  11. Evening
  12. My Baby Left Me
  13. Come Back To Me Baby Blues
  14. She Is Going To Ruin Me
  15. No Worry Blues
  16. Don't Leave Me Baby
  17. Bobby Sox Blues
  18. I'm Gonna Find My Baby
  19. I'm In A Awful Mood
  20. It's A Low Down Dirty Deal
  21. Don't Give Me The Runaround
  22. Hard Pain Blues
Medium 2
  1. I Know Your Wig Is Gone
  2. T-Bone Jumps Again
  3. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just..)
  4. She Had To Let Me Down
  5. She's My Old Time Used To Be
  6. Dream Girl Blues
  7. Midnight Blues
  8. Long Lost Lover Blues
  9. Triflin' Woman Blues
  10. Long Skirt Baby Blues
  11. Goodbye Blues
  12. Too Much Trouble Blues
  13. I'm Waiting For Your Call
  14. Hypin' Woman Blues
  15. So Blue Blues
  16. On Your Way Blues
  17. The Natural Blues
  18. That's Better For Me
  19. F...

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB COLLECTION!! 1 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
T Bone walker was the originator of the Electric Blues Guitar and inspired such greats as B.B King. This in my opinion is the most comprehensive collection of the Texas Blues Maestro. Buy this set and you will have no regrets I promise you. The sound quality is superb too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A grand box set from Proper, celebrating one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Never heard of T-Bone Walker? He is generally recognised as the first man to play electric guitar, and his original style inspired all those who picked up an electric guitar in the `50s and `60s, especially Chuck Berry who pretty much built his career on imitating Walker's style.

Recorded between 1930 and 1951, these 90 recordings are an important body of work. But not just of academic interest, they are damn fine tracks well worth a listen by anyone who enjoys guitar driven blues. Fans of Clapton, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, B.B King, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters etc, etc will find much to enjoy here. These are classy an inventive blues, guitar driven and with catchy, well sung lyrics. The most recognisable track is `Stormy Monday' covered by almost everyone, but the rest of the work here is of the same standard. Walker was a real showman, pioneering such tricks as playing the guitar behind his head. The exuberance and showmanship come shining through in all of the tracks.

This excellent set collects most of T-Bone's important recordings, and presents them chronologically in a very nicely remastered sound. There are 4 discs in 4 jewel cases, collected into a sturdy card outer, along with a very good booklet with an informative essay and complete personnel and recording date details.

An excellent overview of the great man's career. Go on, treat yourself and familiarise yourself with the Original Source!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Cool 5 Aug 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
T-Bone Walker invented electric blues guitar. It's as simple as that. Before T-Bone other guitarists had plugged in, mainly in the jazz domain, but no one had sounded anything like this. Proper's lovingly produced box set takes T-Bone from the beginning, way, way back in 1929 up to 1951 when he was part way through his Imperial period. On the way it picks up everything he did at Black & White. To many critics, the music he produced at both Black & White and Imperial represents much of his very best output.

OK, the rest of us aren't "some critics" so what's it really like? Well the man himself is a consummate guitarist. He may have all the stage tricks, playing his axe behind his head etc. but he didn't really need any of that, his guitar work stood up so well. The accompaniment varies from small group, typically, piano, bass, drums and tenor sax to bigger bands with fuller horn section. Most of the tracks are slow blues (totally unlike modern blues albums where the default track is the up-tempo jumper and there's only the occasional slow blues) but this does make the faster numbers stand out more in contrast. There's the occasional ballad which will sound quite old-fashioned to today's ears. To be honest there is an old-fashioned air about much of the material but given the recording dates it would be surprising if this weren't the case. In terms of vocals T-Bone is definitely Mr Cool. Even Hendrix may have taken something from him.

Early versions of several of his classics - "Call it Stormy Monday", "T-Bone Shuffle", "Mean old World", "Strolling with Bones", "Cold Cold Feeling" are contained here. He was to record some of these tracks again and again but there's nothing wrong with the first cuts.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything from 1951 back!!! 21 April 2006
By Bangsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Amazon's review calls this a budget release, which may be a bit misleading. This is the exact equivalent of any of the JSP blues boxes. The packaging is very cheap, but the music is major-label quality and remastered(just like JSP). This has everything T-Bone recorded from 1951 back. The major downside(if there is one) is that it ends abruptly in 1951 in the middle of his tenure with Imperial. He was with that label from 1950 through 1954, and this collection has the first half(or so) of that output. There is no real reason to end it here when this could have been a 5-CD set including all the Imperial material. His entire Imperial output is available on an excellent 2-CD set, but the first disk, and the first couple of songs on the second disk of that set overlap with the last disk and the end of the third disk of this set. If you don't buy both sets, you will have the blues when you hear what you're missing!!!!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU LIKE BEANO...CHECK OUT THE REAL DEAL! 6 Feb 2009
By David E. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who thinks the 'modern blues sound' was created on Mayall & Clapton's Beano album (1966) or Butterfield & Bloomfield's (1965) for that matter...go check out the real deal...T-Bone Walker 'the inventor of the new blues'...that is the modern electric blues we are accustomed to today. I can't say enough good about this Properbox as it's just stunning (and also cheap). Sound is incredible...remember this stuff predates the above albums by a decade or two! The Penguin Guide to the Blues gives this collection their highest (4 star) rating. I would just recommend you listen to discs backwards as the collection is in chronological order and the fifties stuff will be easier for most to digest and appreciate first...then work your way back. T-Bones guitar tone will make most think this sounds just like modern blues albums...in actuality the reverse is true. P.S. Hendrix didn't invent guitar theatrics either...check out this showman. Do yourself a favor get this boxset.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Electric Blues Source, Indeed 26 Aug 2009
By J. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the other 2 reviewers as to the importance and quality of all of T-Bone's recordings, especially those he made for Imperial The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954 and Capitol/B&W Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings. Walker was the first "blues" musician to use the electric guitar in the mid-thirties (although, I believe Charlie Christian, the great jazz guitarist, started using one first). I do disagree with another reviewer who stated that the sound on the Proper boxes is the same as that on JSP (both made in the UK). Proper tends to use more noise reduction (sometimes too much, in my opinion), whereas JSP takes the more minimalist approach, leaving the upper range mostly intact, while removing only the most annoying noise. Hence, JSP tends to have a more natural sound, but with more tape hiss. Proper, however, does include nice, thick and informative booklets, while JSP gives you about 2 1/2 pages per CD (which I find quite adequate). I own several box sets from both companies, and am happy with all of them so far (knock on wood). Well, back to this T-Bone Box. If you look at some of the pictures, you will see where Elvis, Chuck Berry and others got some of their moves from. Walker was a complete performer, equally adept at playing his guitar as at singing and dancing. Often imitated but never duplicated, T-Bone Walker truly was "The Original Source". For those that want to try a single disc before buying the boxes I would recommend Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good box set of music from one of the most imitated bluesmen ever 14 Nov 2010
By M. A. Casey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aaron "T-Bone" Walker could be called one of the forefathers of rock-and-roll, and was a pioneer bluesman. He has had his guitar licks and stage moves stolen by many. Chuck Berry (the biggest offender---listen to "Strollin' With Bones"---Chuck lifted the middle guitar solo for his own "Johnny B. Goode" and never gave him credit). Jimi Hendrix. Jeff Beck. Jimmy Page. Eric Clapton. B.B. King. The list is endless. Unfortunately, T-Bone is not nearly the legend as the afore guitar heroes are. That is, he is not a household word. What a shame. He should be.

The first two songs sound completely different from the rest, and were recorded in 1929. These have an extremely traditional blues sound, with just a guitar and piano. Because of circumstances during the Depression, he wasn't able to record again until 1940. But during this time his voice mellowed and he ceased to sound like Robert Johnson (not that there's anything wrong with that, but T-Bone didn't sound like T-Bone on the first two songs). The songs on the first disc are what I consider the best. Many were written or co-written by Walker. This is probably why I like them over the songs on the other three CD's, because he didn't have much of a hand in writing most of the other songs. The songs on the second CD are in my opinion the weakest. Most of them were written by John "Shifty" Henry and are just okay, but one track does not particuarly stand out from another for the majority of them, complete with the same drum beat ("ca-clunk!") ending most of them. After awhile I begin to get tired of hearing songs that sound similar to "Vacation Blues", and that same old drum beat ending. And I don't want to sound like some feminist, but on a superficial level, did Mr. Henry need to find some decent women, or what? As a woman myself, it got a tad bit annoying to hear a few songs dissing ALL women (not just a few, but the whole female race) as no good, every woman in the world is untrustworthy and will take you for your money and sue you for alimony. Men are hardly saints themselves. Okay, rant over. These songs are nowhere near awful, but somewhat of a letdown after the first CD. But luckily, the third CD is quite good. The songs are more varied musically (thank God) and are far more memorable than the ones on the second CD. I especially love "Plain Old Down Home Blues" and that ending where T-Bone and an unidentified Hispanic man have a discussion, one-sided because the man is speaking Spanish and T-Bone just keeps replying "yeah", obviously not understanding a word. It still cracks me up. The fourth and final CD sounds a bit more like the type of blues we all know and love, a bit more modern. I just wish the second CD had less pedestrian and a little more imagination. If I had to rate each CD by themselves, it would be:

CD1 (titled T-Bone Blues): 5 stars (If I could give it ten I would!)

CD2 (titled T-Bone Jumps Again): 3 stars

CD3 (titled T-Bone Shuffle): 5 stars

CD4 (titled Evil-Hearted Woman): 4 1/2 stars

This is a great remastered set for traditional blues fans, especially guitar enthusiasts. It's cheap and includes a 43-page booklet. If you want to know where early rock-and-roll came from, it's here.

It's just too bad that the song samples have been eliminated on Amazon as I write this (they were there when I bought this). What's with THAT, Amazon?!?!?!?
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