Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Vol. 1

Performers Sonny Boy Williamson

Jsp | October 9, 2007 | Compact Disc

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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 100-track intensive 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. (This is only volume one!) Rather than confining the scope of the retrospective exclusively to 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

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 9, 2007

Genre: Chicago Blues

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: Jsp

UPC: 788065779726

Found in: Chicago Blues

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Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Vol. 1

Original Sonny Boy Williamson, Vol. 1

Performers Sonny Boy Williamson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 9, 2007

Genre: Chicago Blues

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: Jsp

UPC: 788065779726


Title Track Time
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 - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
8.Prowling Night-Hawk - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
9.Sweet Pepper Mama - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
10.I Know You Gonna Miss Me - (with Big Joe Williams) --
11.Rootin' Ground Hog - (with Big Joe Williams) --
12.Brother James - (with Big Joe Williams) --
13.I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More - (with Big Joe Williams) --
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 - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
23.Mean Black Cat - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
24.Brickyard - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
25.Mamie Lee - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
26.Take It Easy Baby - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
0.DISC 2: --
1.I Have Spent My Bonus - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
2.CNA - (with Robert Lee McCoy) --
3.Lose Your Man - (with Henry Townsend) --
4.All I've Got's Gone - (with Henry Townsend) --
5.Ramblin' Mind, A - (with Henry Townsend) --
6.Now I Stay Away - (with Henry Townsend) --
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 - (with Elihah Jones) --
18.Big Boat - (with Elihah Jones) --
19.Only Boy Child - (with Elihah Jones) --
20.Lonesome Man - (with Elihah Jones) --
21.Mean Actin' Mama - (with Elihah Jones) --
22.Stuff Stomp - (with Elihah Jones) --
23.J.L. Dairy Blues - (with Yank Rachell) --
24.Rachel Blues - (with Yank Rachell) --
25.Lake Michigan Blues - (with Yank Rachell) --
0.DISC 3: --
1.I'm Wild And Crazy As Can Be - (with Yank Rachell) --
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 - (with Yank Rachell) --
11.Texas Tommy - (with Yank Rachell) --
12.It's All Over - (with Yank Rachell) --
13.My Mind Got Bad - (with Yank Rachell) --
14.Get Your Head Trimmed Down - (with 'Jackson' Joe Williams) --
15.Peach Orchard Mama - (with 'Jackson' Joe Williams) --
16.Haven't Seen No Whiskey - (with 'Jackson' Joe Williams) --
17.Goin' Up the Mountain - (with 'Jackson' Joe Williams) --
18.You Got To Fix It - (with Speckled Red) --
19.Number Five Blues --
20.Christmas Morning Blues --
21.Susie-Q --
22.Blue Bird Blues - Part 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 - (with Rambling Bob (McCoy)) --
6.Big Apple Blues - (with Rambling Bob (McCoy)) --
7.Freight Train Blues - (with Rambling Bob (McCoy)) --
8.Good Gamblin' - (with Rambling Bob (McCoy)) --
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 --

Editorial Notes

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 100-track intensive 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. (This is only volume one!) Rather than confining the scope of the retrospective exclusively to 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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