Blow'n the Blues: Best of the Great Harp Players

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Subtitled "best of the great harp players," this pulls tracks from various Vanguard releases from the 1960s. Kicking off with five tracks from Junior Wells and five more from James Cotton, the set moves to pick up performances of Big Walter Horton behind Johnny Shines and a duet with a very young Charlie Musselwhite. Musselwhite has four tracks as solo artist, followed by two from the Siegel-Schwall Band. But the true highlight is a live at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival recording of the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band. With Mike Bloomfield on slide guitar, Butterfield tears into a version of Little Walter's "Blues With a Feeling" that would challenge his studio recording...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Subtitled "best of the great harp players," this pulls tracks from various Vanguard releases from the 1960s. Kicking off with five tracks from Junior Wells and five more from James Cotton, the set moves to pick up performances of Big Walter Horton behind Johnny Shines and a duet with a very young Charlie Musselwhite. Musselwhite has four tracks as solo artist, followed by two from the Siegel-Schwall Band. But the true highlight is a live at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival recording of the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band. With Mike Bloomfield on slide guitar, Butterfield tears into a version of Little Walter's "Blues With a Feeling" that would challenge his studio recording of the tune until Sam Lay inadvertently short circuits the tune a chorus too early, leaving Butterfield and the band scrambling for the ending -- a great moment. A classic compilation, especially if you don't already have these tracks on other sets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707954921
  • Catalog Number: 79549
  • Sales rank: 204,520

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Help Me - Junior Wells (4:07)
  2. 2 Messin' with the Kid - Junior Wells (2:23)
  3. 3 Stormy Monday Blues - Junior Wells (4:23)
  4. 4 Checking on My Baby - Junior Wells (3:09)
  5. 5 Early in the Morning - Junior Wells (4:24)
  6. 6 Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton (2:21)
  7. 7 The Blues Keep Falling - James Cotton (4:02)
  8. 8 Rocket 88 - James Cotton (2:05)
  9. 9 Honest I Do - James Cotton (2:51)
  10. 10 Coast Blues - James Cotton (7:22)
  11. 11 Hey, Hey - Johnny Shines (2:24)
  12. 12 Rockin' My Boogie - Big Walter Horton's Blues Band (3:29)
  13. 13 Chicken Shack - Charlie Musselwhite (4:17)
  14. 14 Juke - Charlie Musselwhite (2:18)
  15. 15 Christo Redemptor - Charlie Musselwhite (3:19)
  16. 16 My Baby's Sweeter - Charlie Musselwhite (4:18)
  17. 17 Angel Food Cake - Siegel-Schwall Band (4:23)
  18. 18 Tell Me - Siegel-Schwall Band (3:50)
  19. 19 Blues with a Feeling - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Cotton Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Guy Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Floyd Jones Bass
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Harvey Mandel Guitar
Corky Siegel Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Wayne Talbert Organ, Piano
Eddie Adams Bass
Bob Anderson Bass
Fred Below Drums
James Cook Guitar
Martin Fierro Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Frank Kirkland Drums
S.P. Leary Drums
Little Al Drums
Jack Myers Bass
Rollo Radford Bass
Jim Schwall Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Johnny Shines Guitar, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano
Leroy Stewart Bass
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Track Performer
Memphis Charlie Track Performer
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Big Walter Horton Composer
Little Walter Composer
Junior Wells Composer
Wayne Talbert Horn Arrangements
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Ralph Bass Composer
Samuel Charters Producer, Executive Producer
Michael Chechik Producer
Mel London Composer
Bill Traut Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Coordinator
Traditional Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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