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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
As MCA reconfigures their Chess catalog, this 20-track single-disc compilation now takes the place of their original 12-track Best of Little Walter collection, a landmark blues album which had remained in print for over three decades. His Best Chess 50th Anniversary Collection reprises ten of those seminal tracks leaving off the echoey "Blue Light" and "You Better Watch Yourself," the latter being available on the two-disc anthology The Essential Little Walter and brings ten others cherry-picked from the catalog to the mix. If you've never experienced the innovative instrumental genius of Little Walter, classics like "Juke," "Off the Wall," "Mean Old World," "Sad Hours," ...
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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
As MCA reconfigures their Chess catalog, this 20-track single-disc compilation now takes the place of their original 12-track Best of Little Walter collection, a landmark blues album which had remained in print for over three decades. His Best Chess 50th Anniversary Collection reprises ten of those seminal tracks leaving off the echoey "Blue Light" and "You Better Watch Yourself," the latter being available on the two-disc anthology The Essential Little Walter and brings ten others cherry-picked from the catalog to the mix. If you've never experienced the innovative instrumental genius of Little Walter, classics like "Juke," "Off the Wall," "Mean Old World," "Sad Hours," "Blues with a Feeling," "My Babe," "Boom Out Goes the Light," "Last Night," "Mellow Down Easy" and "Roller Coaster" written by Bo Diddley, who also guests on guitar will come as a major revelation. These are the recordings that changed the sound and style of blues harmonica forever, and everyone who came after him was as influenced by him as jazz saxophonists were by Charlie Parker. Everyone who fancies themselves a blues harmonica player should have this one in their collection as a textbook instructional tool, while the rest of us can just bask in the glow of his genius. "Essential first purchase" doesn't even begin to describe it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/1997
  • Label: Fontana Mca
  • UPC: 076732938423
  • Catalog Number: 9384
  • Sales rank: 7,186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Juke (2:47)
  2. 2 Can't Hold Out Much Longer (3:03)
  3. 3 Mean Old World (2:57)
  4. 4 Sad Hours (3:15)
  5. 5 Tell Me Mama (2:47)
  6. 6 Off the Wall (2:52)
  7. 7 Blues With a Feeling (3:10)
  8. 8 You're So Fine (3:07)
  9. 9 Too Late (2:44)
  10. 10 Last Night (2:46)
  11. 11 Mellow Down Easy (2:45)
  12. 12 My Babe (2:44)
  13. 13 Roller Coaster (2:56)
  14. 14 Hate to See You Go (2:20)
  15. 15 It Ain't Right (2:56)
  16. 16 Boom, Boom out Goes the Lights (2:53)
  17. 17 Confessin' the Blues (3:06)
  18. 18 Key to the Highway (2:48)
  19. 19 Everything's Gonna Be Alright (2:52)
  20. 20 Just Your Fool (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Walter Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass
Louis Myers Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Fred Below Drums
Leonard Caston Guitar
George Hunter Drums
Muddy Waters Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jimmie Lee Robinson Bass, Guitar
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Billy Stepney Drums
Luther Tucker Guitar
Fred Robinson Guitar
Dave Myers Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Willie Dixon Composer, Producer
Little Walter Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Steve Wariner Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Bill LaBounty Composer
John Phillips Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Lance Finnie Composer
Ike Turner Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Willie Schofield Composer
Ron Holden Composer
Walter Jacobs Composer
A. Walker Composer
Jacobs Composer
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