CD His Best [MCA] (CD 535986),
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His Best [MCA]

  • 1. Good Evening Everybody
    2. Don't Start Me to Talkin'
    3. All My Love in Vain
    4. Keep It to Yourself
    5. Fattening Frogs for Snakes
    6. I Don't Know
    7. Cross My Heart
    8. Born Blind
    9. Ninety Nine
    10. Your Funeral and My Trial
    11. Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets
    12. Sad to Be Alone
    13. Checkin' up on My Baby
    14. Down Child
    15. Nine Below Zero
    16. Bye Bye Bird
    17. Help Me
    18. Bring It on Home
    19. My Younger Days
    20. One Way Out
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9377

  • Credits
    ProducerLeonard Chess; Andy McKaie; Phil Chess; Willie Dixon
    EngineerLeonard Chess; Phil Chess; Willie Dixon

    This is part of Chess Records 50th Anniversary series.
    Personnel: Sonny Boy Williamson (vocals, harmonica); Eugene Pierson, Jimmy Rogers , Luther Tucker, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Muddy Waters, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Buddy Guy (guitar); Jarrett Gibson, Donald Hankins (saxophone); Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann (piano); Clifton James, Fred Below, Al Duncan (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.
    Audio Remixers: John Strother; Bill Inglot.
    Liner Note Author: Dick Shurman.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (08/12/1955-04/30/1964).
    Photographers: Valerie Wilmer; Galen Gart.
    The definitive HIS BEST collects some of Sonny Boy Williamson's finest work from his tenure at Chess Records, a period widely conceded to be his most artistically fruitful. He's backed by a who's who of Chicago blues musicians, in particular the astonishingly metallic sounding two guitar team of Robert Lockwood and Luther Tucker, bassist/songwriter Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters' great pianist Otis Spann, and future Blues Brother Matt "Guitar" Murphy.
    Highlights are almost too numerous to mention, but don't miss "Fattening Frogs for Snakes," which features one of Williamson's most metaphorically interesting lyrics. The great harp workout "Bye Bye Bird" has here been thoughtfully remixed for stereo.

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