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The Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Vol. 1

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Good Morning, Little School Girl
    2. Blue Bird Blues
    3. Jackson Blues
    4. Got the Bottle Up and Gone
    5. Sugar Mama Blues
    6. Skinny Woman
    7. Tough Luck
    8. Prowling Night-Hawk
    9. Sweet Pepper Mama
    10. I Know You Gonna Miss Me
    11. Rootin' Ground Hog
    12. Brother James
    13. I Won't Be in Hard Luck No More
    14. Up the Country Blues
    15. Worried Me Blues
    16. Black Gal Blues
    17. Collector Man Blues
    18. Frigidaire Blues
    19. Suzanna Blues
    20. Early in the Morning
    21. Project Highway
    22. My Friend Has Forsaken Me
    23. Mean Black Cat
    24. Brickyard
    25. Mamie Lee
    26. Take It Easy Baby
    0. DISC 2:
    1. I Have Spent My Bonus
    2. CNA
    3. Lose Your Man
    4. All I've Got's Gone
    5. Ramblin' Mind, A
    6. Now I Stay Away
    7. My Little Cornelius
    8. Decoration Blues
    9. You Can Lead Me
    10. Moonshine
    11. Miss Louisa Blues
    12. Sunny Land
    13. I'm Tired Trucking My Blues Away
    14. Down South
    15. Beauty Parlor
    16. Until My Love Come Down
    17. Katy Fly
    18. Big Boat
    19. Only Boy Child
    20. Lonesome Man
    21. Mean Actin' Mama
    22. Stuff Stomp
    23. J.L. Dairy Blues
    24. Rachel Blues
    25. Lake Michigan Blues
    0. DISC 3:
    1. I'm Wild and Crazy as Can Be
    2. Honey Bee Blues
    3. My Baby I've Been Your Slave
    4. Whiskey Headed Blues
    5. Lord, Oh Lord Blues
    6. You Give an Account
    7. Shannon Street Blues
    8. You've Been Foolin' Round Town
    9. Deep Down in the Ground
    10. When You Feel Down and Out
    11. Texas Tommy
    12. It's All Over
    13. My Mind Got Bad
    14. Get Your Head Trimmed Down
    15. Peach Orchard Mama
    16. Haven't Seen No Whiskey
    17. Goin' Up the Mountain
    18. You Got to Fix It
    19. Number Five Blues
    20. Christmas Morning Blues
    21. Susie-Q
    22. Blue Bird Blues, Pt. 2
    23. Little Girl Blues
    24. Low Down Ways
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Goodbye Red
    2. Right Kind of Life, The
    3. Insurance Man Blues
    4. Rainy Day Blues
    5. Next Door Neighbor
    6. Big Apple Blues
    7. Freight Train Blues
    8. Good Gamblin'
    9. Bad Luck Blues
    10. My Little Baby
    11. Doggin' My Love Around
    12. Little Low Woman Blues
    13. Good for Nothing Blues
    14. Sugar Mama Blues No. 2
    15. Good Gravy
    16. T.B. Blues
    17. Something Goin' on Wrong
    18. Good Gal Blues
    19. Joe Louis and John Henry Blues
    20. Thinking My Blues Away
    21. I'm Not Pleasing You
    22. New Jail House Blues
    23. Life Time Blues
    24. Miss Ida Lee
    25. Tell Me, Baby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7797

  • Credits

    Personnel: Joe "Jackson Joe" Williams , Elijah Jones , Henry Townsend, Robert Lee McCoy , Big Joe Williams (vocals, guitar); Speckled Red (vocals, piano); Big Bill Broonzy (guitar); Will Hatcher, Yank Rachell (mandolin).
    Liner Note Author: Neil Slaven.
    Recording information: Aurora, IL (05/05/1937-07/31/1939); Chicago, IL (05/05/1937-07/31/1939).
    JSP is a reissue label sent by angels to alleviate suffering and dispel ignorance in the world. We know this because JSP has done a fantastic job of compiling remastered blues, jazz, gospel, country, Cajun, and western swing recordings in reasonably priced four-CD sets packed with loads of discographical information and insightful liner notes. Released in 2007, JSP's intensive, 100-track tribute to Chicago blues harmonica legend John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914-1948) zeroes in on his earliest recorded works, dating from the years 1937-1939. Rather than confining the scope of the retrospective exclusively to records issue under his name, JSP has included 41 titles by musicians with whom he hung out, gigged, and recorded. These are guitarists Big Joe Williams, "Jackson" Joe Williams, Robert Lee "Rambling Bob" McCoy, Henry Townsend, and Elijah Jones, as well as blues mandolin man Yank Rachell and boogie-woogie pianist Speckled Red. Additional support was provided by second chair mandolinist Will Hatcher and the great Big Bill Broonzy. This is where Chicago's modern blues harmonica tradition really began. All of the genre's essential components are firmly in place; the songs tell us everything that needed to be said about living, loving, working, scuffling, and trying to survive in a city whose working class population was largely committed to the meat packing industry during the years immediately preceding the Second World War. This was Sonny Boy Williamson I, not to be confused with Sonny Boy Williamson II, an entirely different individual who lived long enough to make records with British rockers during the '60s. Williamson I was beaten to death on the way home from a gig on the first of June 1948. Posthumously honored and widely imitated, his potent musical legacy is finally getting the sort of careful attention that it has always deserved. ~ arwulf arwulf

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