Shake My Hand

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Veteran harp man Pryor who claims to be the first to amplify his harmonica was still capable of some potent blues when he released this album in early 1999. Kicking off with a solo version of Faye Adams' "Shake a Hand" its lyrics reworked heavily into the title track that owes a huge debt to idol Sonny Boy Williamson II, Pryor settles into a comfortable groove with a tight little trio behind him consisting of Bob Stroger on bass, Billy Flynn on guitar and Jimmy Tilman on drums. His version of Hank Ballard's "Annie Had a Baby" is so radically different that it almost qualifies as an original, while his covers of Al Dexter's "Pistol Packin' Mama" and Sleepy John Estes' "Someday ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Veteran harp man Pryor who claims to be the first to amplify his harmonica was still capable of some potent blues when he released this album in early 1999. Kicking off with a solo version of Faye Adams' "Shake a Hand" its lyrics reworked heavily into the title track that owes a huge debt to idol Sonny Boy Williamson II, Pryor settles into a comfortable groove with a tight little trio behind him consisting of Bob Stroger on bass, Billy Flynn on guitar and Jimmy Tilman on drums. His version of Hank Ballard's "Annie Had a Baby" is so radically different that it almost qualifies as an original, while his covers of Al Dexter's "Pistol Packin' Mama" and Sleepy John Estes' "Someday Baby" stay closer to the originals. The rest of the set features Snooky's great originals, with the minor-keyed "Headed South," "In This Mess," "Jump for Joy" and a nice remake of his "Telephone Blues" being particular standouts. Simple, no-frills production makes this a modern-day blues album that delivers the wallop of the old singles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/1999
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148505025
  • Catalog Number: 5050
  • Sales rank: 109,234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake My Hand (2:26)
  2. 2 Work With Me Annie (4:16)
  3. 3 Someday Baby (3:04)
  4. 4 Tomorrow Night (2:47)
  5. 5 Telephone Blues (4:30)
  6. 6 In This Mess (3:33)
  7. 7 Pistol Packin' Mama (3:13)
  8. 8 My Baby (4:26)
  9. 9 Headed South (5:40)
  10. 10 Jump For Joy (3:31)
  11. 11 Don't Like To Brag (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Snooky Pryor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
George Shearing Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Snooky Pryor Composer
Edward Chmelewski Executive Producer
Jerry del Giudice Producer
Michael Freeman Engineer
Sonny Terry Composer
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