Ball n' Chain

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Arhoolie's Ball n' Chain is a terrific collection of late-'60s recordings from Big Mama Thornton. Supported on various tracks by Lightnin' Hopkins and Larry Williams, Big Mama runs through such familiar items as "Hound Dog," "Sometimes I Have a Heartache," "Sweet Little Angel," "Little Red Rooster," "Wade in the Water," and "Ball and Chain," turning in generally powerful performances. By and large, these don't necessarily rival her classic '50s recordings, but they are worth investigating if you're looking for something more.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Arhoolie's Ball n' Chain is a terrific collection of late-'60s recordings from Big Mama Thornton. Supported on various tracks by Lightnin' Hopkins and Larry Williams, Big Mama runs through such familiar items as "Hound Dog," "Sometimes I Have a Heartache," "Sweet Little Angel," "Little Red Rooster," "Wade in the Water," and "Ball and Chain," turning in generally powerful performances. By and large, these don't necessarily rival her classic '50s recordings, but they are worth investigating if you're looking for something more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1993
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297030547
  • Catalog Number: 305

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Little Angel (5:30)
  2. 2 Unlucky Girl (3:20)
  3. 3 Swing It on Home (1:55)
  4. 4 Little Red Rooster (4:28)
  5. 5 Hound Dog (3:01)
  6. 6 Your Love Is Where It Ought to Be (3:49)
  7. 7 School Boy (4:30)
  8. 8 My Heavy Load (5:48)
  9. 9 I'm Feeling Alright (3:00)
  10. 10 Sometimes I Have a Heartache (3:48)
  11. 11 Black Rat (2:51)
  12. 12 Life Goes on (3:28)
  13. 13 Bumble Bee (4:12)
  14. 14 Gimme a Penny (4:37)
  15. 15 Wade in the Water (2:56)
  16. 16 Ball n' Chain (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Mama Thornton Primary Artist, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Boyd Organ, Piano
James Cotton Harmonica
Buddy Guy Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Freddie Green Guitar
Sam Jones Bass
Wynton Kelly Piano
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate Drums
Bee Houston Guitar
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Bass
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Eddie Below Organ, Piano
Fred Below Drums
Clark Terry Trumpet
Francis Clay Drums
Nathaniel Dove Piano
Sam Herman Guitar
Lightnin' Hopkins Track Performer
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Everett Minor Tenor Saxophone
Muddy Waters Guitar
Jimmie Lee Robinson Bass
Lee Robinson Bass
Otis Spann Piano
Curtis Tillman Bass
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Gus Wright Drums
Muddy Waters Blues Band Band
Larry Williams Track Performer
Technical Credits
Big Mama Thornton Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Mike Lawler Composer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Liner Notes
Chester Burnett Composer
Ted Rhone Composer
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