Blues Masters, Vol. 4: Harmonica Classics

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Vol. 4: Harmonica Classics is a typically ace installment of the Blues Masters series has examples par excellence from most of the major electric blues harmonica geniuses, including Little Walter, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, and Jimmy Reed. And while there are a few expected classics here Little Walter's "Juke," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid," Slim Harpo's "I Got Love if You Want It", there are numerous delightful obscurities, like Jerry "Boogie" McCain's "Steady," Walter Horton's "Easy" credited to Jimmy & Walter, and Snooky Pryor's "Boogie Twist." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Vol. 4: Harmonica Classics is a typically ace installment of the Blues Masters series has examples par excellence from most of the major electric blues harmonica geniuses, including Little Walter, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, and Jimmy Reed. And while there are a few expected classics here Little Walter's "Juke," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid," Slim Harpo's "I Got Love if You Want It", there are numerous delightful obscurities, like Jerry "Boogie" McCain's "Steady," Walter Horton's "Easy" credited to Jimmy & Walter, and Snooky Pryor's "Boogie Twist." Charlie Musselwhite's 11-minute adaptation of the jazz tune "Christo Redemptor" is superb and challenges conventional ideas of what should and shouldn't be done with blues harmonica.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1992
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227112424
  • Catalog Number: 71124
  • Sales rank: 24,280

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Juke - Little Walter (2:43)
  2. 2 Ends and Odds - Jimmy Reed (2:24)
  3. 3 Rocket 88 - James Cotton Blues Band (2:05)
  4. 4 Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:09)
  5. 5 Messin' with the Kid - Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band (2:23)
  6. 6 Blues With a Feeling - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (4:24)
  7. 7 Sugar Coated Love - Lazy Lester (2:44)
  8. 8 Steady - Jerry "Boogie" McCain (2:08)
  9. 9 I'll Be Around - Howlin' Wolf (3:13)
  10. 10 I Was Fooled - Billy Boy Arnold (2:50)
  11. 11 Take a Little Walk with Me - Big John Wrencher (2:35)
  12. 12 Easy - Little Walter (2:58)
  13. 13 Boogie Twist - Snooky Pryor (2:47)
  14. 14 Wolf Call Boogie - Coy "Hot Shot" Love (2:37)
  15. 15 Last Night - Chicago Blues Band (4:22)
  16. 16 I Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo (2:48)
  17. 17 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - The Fabulous Thunderbirds (1:59)
  18. 18 Christo Redemptor - Charlie Musselwhite (11:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Paul Butterfield Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
James Cotton Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Dixon Bass
Henry Gray Piano
Buddy Guy Guitar
Slim Harpo Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Lazy Lester Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Little Walter Harmonica, Track Performer
Jerry "Boogie" McCain Harmonica, Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Track Performer
Jimmy Reed Harmonica, Track Performer
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Eddie Taylor Guitar
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Elvin Bishop Guitar
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Track Performer
Harvey Mandel Guitar
Joe Carter Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Barry Goldberg Drums
Sam Lay Drums
Warren Storm Drums
Jody Williams Guitar
Big John Wrencher Harmonica, Track Performer
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar
Bill Emerson Organ
Snooky Pryor Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Mose Vinson Piano
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Bob Anderson Bass
Jerome Arnold Bass
Kenneth Banks Bass
Fred Below Drums
Bo Diddley Guitar
Howlin' Wolf Vocals, Track Performer
Fran Christina Drums
Leonard Davis Drums
Jimmy DeBerry Guitar
Al Duncan Drums
Elgin Edmonds Drums
Keith Ferguson Bass
Al Foreman Guitar
Guitar Gable Guitar
Pat Hare Guitar
Johnny Junious Drums
Lafayette Leake Organ
S.P. Leary Drums
Levinsky Violin
Bobby McBride Guitar
Muddy Waters Guitar
Jack Myers Bass
Mark Naftalin Piano
Willie Nix Drums
Fats Perrodin Bass
Earl Phillips Drums
Milton Rector Bass
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
George "Harmonica" Smith Harmonica, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano
Houston Stokes Drums
James Vaughn Guitar
Ivory Williams Bass
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Track Performer
Lawrence Little Sonny Wimberly Bass
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Robert McCoy Piano
James Cotton Blues Band Track Performer
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Track Performer
Chicago Blues Band Track Performer
Coy "Hot Shot" Love Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy & Walter Track Performer
Clarence "Jockey" Etinne Drums
Little Walter & His Night Cats Track Performer
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band Track Performer
Walter "Kid" Smith Guitar
Technical Credits
Slim Harpo Composer
Cub Koda Liner Notes
Denny Bruce Producer
Cam Charters Producer
Chester Burnett Composer
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