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Blues Masters, Vol. 4: Harmonica Classics

  • 1. Juke - Little Walter & His Night Cats
    2. Ends & Odds - Jimmy Reed
    3. Rocket 88 - Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
    4. Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson
    5. Messin' With the Kid - Junior Wells
    6. Blues With a Feeling - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    7. Sugar Coated Love - Lazy Lester
    8. Steady - Jerry "Boogie" McCain
    9. I'll Be Around - Howlin' Wolf
    10. I Was Fooled - Billy Boy Arnold
    11. Take a Little Walk With Me - Big John Wrencher/Joe Carter
    12. Easy - Jimmy & Walter (bonus track)
    13. Boogie Twist - Snooky Pryor (bonus track)
    14. Wolf Call Boogie - Coy "Hot Shot" Love
    15. Last Night - George "Harmonica" Smith & The Chicago Blues Band
    16. I Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo
    17. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    18. Christo Redemptor - Charlie Musselwhite
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 71124

  • Credits
    ProducerJames Austin (Compilation)

    Also see the other volumes of Rhino's BLUES MASTERS collection.
    Includes liner notes by Cub Koda.
    Vol. 4: Harmonica Classics is a typically ace installment of the Blues Masters series has examples par excellence from most of the major electric blues harmonica geniuses, including Little Walter, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, and Jimmy Reed. And while there are a few expected classics here (Little Walter's "Juke," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid," Slim Harpo's "I Got Love if You Want It"), there are numerous delightful obscurities, like Jerry "Boogie" McCain's "Steady," Walter Horton's "Easy" (credited to Jimmy & Walter), and Snooky Pryor's "Boogie Twist." Charlie Musselwhite's 11-minute adaptation of the jazz tune "Christo Redemptor" is superb and challenges conventional ideas of what should and shouldn't be done with blues harmonica. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (2/93, p.85) - " aptly named set of killer blues classics...If you're not already into the blues, you couldn't find a better introduction than these 5 volumes: 90 tracks of some of the best music this country has produced..."
    Musician (5/93, p.86) - "...musical depictions of some ideal universe.... all feature some of the best segues since man first walked erect..."
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