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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DRCV
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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(1950-54) (2:19:06/52)

Medium 1
Strollin' With Bone
The Sun Went Down
You Don't Love Me
Travelin' Blues
The Hustle Is On
Baby Broke My Heart
Evil Hearted Woman
I Walked Away
No Reason
Look Me In The Eye
Too Lazy
Alimony Blues
Life Is Too Short
You Don't Understand
Welcome Blues
I Get So Weary
You Just Wanted To Use Me
Tell Me What's The Reason
20 I'm About To Lose My Mind
Cold,Cold Feeling
News For My Baby
Get These Blues Off Me
I Got The Blues Again
Through With Women
Street Walking Woman
Blues Is A Woman
I Got The Blues
Here In The Dark
Blue Mood
Every Time
I Miss You Baby
Lollie Lou
Party Girl
Love Is Just A Gamble
High Society
Long Distance Blues
Got No Use For You
I'm Still In Love With You
Railroad Station Blues
Vida Lee

Medium 2
Blues Is A Woman
I Got The Blues
Here In The Dark
Blue Mood
Every Time
I Miss You Baby
Lollie Lou
Party Girl
Love Is Just A Gamble
High Society
Long Distance Blues
Got No Use For You
I'm Still In Love With You
Railroad Station Blues
Vida Lee
My Baby Is Now On My Mind
Doin' Time
Bye Bye Baby
When The Sun Goes Down
Pony Tail
Wanderin' Heart
I'll Always Be In Love With You
I'll Understand
Hard Way
Teen Age Baby
Strugglin' Blues

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A founding father of electric blues in general and Texas blues in particular, guitarist T-Bone Walker influenced countless blues players and, by extension, countless rock & rollers as well. The Complete Imperial Recordings date from the early to mid-1950s, when the idea of electric blues was really taking hold, and the two-disc set is a wealth of classic songs exquisitely performed. While definitely blues, there's more difference between this and the acoustic blues that predated Walker than amplification can account for; there's jazz and swing mixed in as well, as on tracks like "I Walked Away" and "Strollin' with Bone," and something of that feel has remained in electric blues ever since. From B.B. King to Buddy Guy to Stevie Ray Vaughan and beyond, Walker's influence is felt in the blues up through the present day. --Genevieve Williams

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T Bone recorded the 52 tracks on this two C.D. compilation on the West Coast when he was at the height of his career between 1950 and 1954 and, together with the earlier Black and White recordings of the late forties they are probably the best things he ever did. By 1950, when these start, he was 40 years old, mature and at the top of his game, both as a singer and as a guitarist. He had a full, fairly smooth voice, and as a guitarist he was sublime. He was enormously influential in creating what became known as the West Coast blues style and was pretty much the creator of the electric guitar blues style later made famous world wide by B.B.King. On these tracks he worked with a small backing band frequently led by Maxwell Davis and with some carefully crafted but muscular arrangements which itself became the template for later blues and jazz blues styles. Even when the band was led by Dave Bartholomew the sound remained the same. Plenty of space was always left for solos and here, in addition to the guitar, there is good solo work by such as Edward Hale, Jim Wynn, Willard McDaniel and Davis himself, in addition to Wendell Duconge and Lee Allen from the New Orleans contingent. Many of these players became mainstays of the West Coast blues scene for many years.
T Bone, as a guitarist, was influenced by Charlie Christian. He was a fluent, bluesy player on the amplified instrument and became the founding father of a whole style of blues guitar, with swinging single note lines interspersed with jazzy chords. All the selections here feature extensive solo work of the highest quality.
These recordings differ from the earlier Black and White discs largely due to the presence of the band and the important part it played in the music.
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Wow! How I have I managed to "miss" this guy for so long?
I think it is partly because previous articles or reviews of his work tended to talk about his work in terms of "Texas blues", "smoky blues", "jump blues", "late night blues" or "jazz blues", as if it were some sort of lesser variety. In fact, if you have a feeling for "The Blues" of any sort, you will love this. Great blues songs sung by a great singer, and exquisite guitar playing that showcases his talent but which doesn't get in the way of the music or the other musicians.

All in all, this is an essential purchase.
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most guitarists we know stole from T'bone Walker, Clapton,Hendrix etc. all of them, you can hear it too !!!! anything by this guy is great and welcome in my house.
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HASH(0x8d3a966c) out of 5 stars Fine collection of Walker's Imperial sides 21 Jan. 2004
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Not quite as seminal as "The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings", this is nervetheless an excellent collection of T-Bone Walker's 52 sides recorded for Lew Chudd's Imperial Records.

Unlike the Capitol and Black & White-waxings, this double-disc set features almost no alternate takes, just the masters and a couple of 78 versions (the only exceptions being a few alternates that have been chosen over the original masters).
And there is plenty of great stuff here...no "Mean Old World" or "Stormy Monday", sure, but a lot of excellent songs like "Glamour Girl", "The Hustle Is On", "Tell Me What's The Reason", "I'm About To Lose My Mind", "Cold, Cold Feeling," and the classic instrumental "Strollin' With Bones".

This music is not meant to be listened to in one long sitting, obviously...even lead guitar innovator Walker's smoky, jazz-flavoured blues isn't quite varied enough for that, and if you're just looking for a place to start, you should go for Rhino's "Blues Masters: The Very Best Of T-Bone Walker", or the excellent "T-Bone Blues" album from Atlantic.
But these 136 minutes of music is a very fine collection for the fan who wants more, and a great tribute to the most influential electric guitar player of all time, the idiom's first true lead guitarist, and still one of its best.
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HASH(0x8d3a96c0) out of 5 stars you will be jumpin' and swinging in no time 10 Dec. 2005
By Stalwart Kreinblaster - Published on Amazon.com
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T-Bone sweet T-Bone - he is the founder of modern blues - and I think he does not get enough credit for his influence on jazz guitar. Kenny Burrell, in fact, has mentioned that T-Bone was one of his early influences. He certainly has a sweet tone, and he has a nice voice too. Pair this with a hot horn section, and this cd is a steal at 10 bucks. T-Bone is a classic.
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HASH(0x8d97c7c8) out of 5 stars T-Bone, Well Done 20 Aug. 2003
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This collection is a great, and economical way to experience one of the giants, not only of blues gutar, but guitar period. T-Bone was one of the pioneers of electric guitar along with Charlie Christian. His Imperial works are smooth and urbane, but still pack a solid wallop. The price is right!
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HASH(0x8d97c8d0) out of 5 stars Wow! Too good to be true! 6 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't hesitate. A full 2 CD's worth of the man who invented modern electric blues, and for [a great price]! An incredible bargain. Must be a cut-out. If so, get this right away, before it's gone. This guy wrote the book on the electric guitar in the forties; these recordings are from the early to mid-50s, and are CLASSIC! His lines are as fluid and musical as ever.
Get it before it's gone.
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HASH(0x8d3a9a50) out of 5 stars The Incredible T-Bone 1 Jun. 1999
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This double disc compilation is by far the best value in music. You get two discs full of some of the most incredible blues ever recorded by a master all for a good price. This set is madatory listening for any music lover --especially blues lovers.
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