- Audio CD (5 Feb 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Indigo
- ASIN: B000002XSX
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
He shouldn't be confused with the older Aleck 'Rice' Miller, who also took (or was given) the name Sonny Boy Williamson...John Lee Williamson was already dead, the victim of a street mugging in 1948, when Miller started his recording career with Trumpet Records in 1951.
John Lee Williamson's first single was 1937's seminal "Good Morning, School Girl", and that song opens this excellent collection which gathers 24 of Williamson's best sides, including "Blue Bird Blues", "Sugar Mama Blues", "Sloppy Drunk Blues", "Decoration Blues", "Got The Bottle Up And Go" and several more.
"Sugar Mama" is a thorough, well-researched compilation, and a great place to start. If you only want one Sonny Boy Williamson-CD in your collection, the double-disc "Bring Another Half Pint" is more thorough, but as an appetizer this one can't be beat.
Included are: Good Morning School Girl, Blue Bird Blues, I've Been Dealing With The Devil, Sloppy Drunk Blues, and Black Gal. These songs are absolute classics.
Most of the songs Sonny Boy Williamson sings himself but on some he accompanies Joshua Altheimer and on one --What's Gettin Wrong With You -- he accompanies Big Bill Broonzy.
Sonny Boy was essentially a country blues musician before he came to Chicago. His style gradually become more sophisticated as he was influenced by the urban sound of Chicago. His acoustic sound became the foundation for modern Chicago blues. He was a major influence on Little Walter and Junior Wells. Junior Wells did a cover of the first song on the CD -- Good Morning School Girl.
This is a must recording for any collector of country blues -- it is an important historical marker in the history of blues.
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