..... but if you're looking for a rip-snorting set of blues with harmonica's strongly featured then you've come to the right place. See list of tracks below, several of which have considerable rarity value:
1. Courtin' In A Cadillac - McCain, Jerry 2. That's What They Want - McCain, Jerry 3. Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers 4. Johnny Mae - Blues Rockers 5. Not Welcome Anymore (Sanafee) - Warren, Baby Boy & Sonny Boy Williamson 6. Chuc A Luck Chicken - Warren, Baby Boy & Sonny Boy Williamson 7. Love Shock - Little Sonny 8. I'll Love You Baby (Until The Day I Die) - Little Sonny 9. Bring Me My Machine Gun - Warren, Baby Boy & Sonny Boy Williamson 10. Hello Stranger - Warren, Baby Boy & Sonny Boy Williamson 11. You Better Change - Ole Sonny Boy 12. Blues And Misery - Ole Sonny Boy 13. You Don't Love Me No More - McCain, Jerry 14. Things Ain't Right - McCain, Jerry 15. Going Home - Lightnin' Slim 16. I'm Grown - Lightnin' Slim 17. Wonderin' And Worryin' - Harpo, Slim 18. They Call Me Lazy - Lazy Lester 19. Harmonica Twist - Smith, Moses 'Whispering' 20. Please Give Me One More Twist - Smith, Moses 'Whispering' 21. Shut Your Mouth - Anderson, Jimmy 22. Rats And Roaches On Your Mind - Anderson, Jimmy 23. When I Met You Baby - Jolly George 24. She's Got Me - Jolly George
Not only do we get the swamp blues men from Louisiana this time but also there's a more than healthy dose of blues from Excello HQ in Nashville - and this is anything but typical fare from Music City, USA - and also some bought in from Detroit. And it has to be said that the content from both of these latter areas makes the Louisiana recordings sound positively refined. Regardless of the "deep" in this album title there's not a deep, contemplative blues to be found. All are medium to fast in tempo and full blooded in manner.
Star billing must go to the legendary Sonny Boy Williamson, moonlighting from his then record label, Trumpet, sitting in with Baby Boy Warren's band in Detroit. If, like me, you've heard of Little Walter's harp being compared to a sax then you'd have to say that Sonny Boy sounds like an entire horn section here. He kicks in on the first of these numbers, "Not welcome anymore" and doesn't let up. The sleeve notes make reference to him being "... seemingly equipped with leather lungs". Warren himself does a good job on vocals but the eyes and ears are all on his great sideman.
Jerry McCain, recorded in Nasville, is also strong stuff. His "Courting in a Cadillac" benefits from the simplest chorus line you can imagine. The Blues Rockers, also recorded in Nashville are something of a mixed blessing. I guess their "Calling all Cows" is something you could grow to love but I haven't got that far yet! It's a kind of mambo (!?!?) with rather dubious lyrics.
Of the swamp blues guys, Lightnin'Slim contributes two predictably strong tracks - "I'm grown" is an answer/variant on "I'm a Man" and "Mannish Boy" from Chess (Diddley & Waters respectively) - the harp player is unknown, they're too early to be Lazy Lester - the notes hazard a guess it could be Slim Harpo - the man himself features on "Wonderin' and Worryin" blowing a mean harp - his ability on the instrument is underrated in my eyes. Lester gets one track echoing his name and he's fine as you would expect. The lesser lights, Whispering Smith and Jimmy Anderson get a pair of tracks each. Whispering shows invention on the instrumental "Harmonica Twist" and Jimmy is his usual ultra laid back self complete with Jimmy Reed type blowing. "Rats and Roaches on your mind" also features fascinating lyrics. The unknown "Jolly George", back in Nashville closes the set very capably.