Sonny Terry & His Mouth Harp

Sonny Terry & His Mouth Harp

by Sonny Terry
     
 

This rare December 1953 session (reissued on CD in 1999) was unusual for Terry in that his guitar accompanist was not Brownie McGhee, but Alec Seward, who had previously recorded as Guitar Slim in a duo with "Fat Boy Hayes" (aka Jelly Belly). It's unusual only in the personnel, however. It sounds like typicalSee more details below

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This rare December 1953 session (reissued on CD in 1999) was unusual for Terry in that his guitar accompanist was not Brownie McGhee, but Alec Seward, who had previously recorded as Guitar Slim in a duo with "Fat Boy Hayes" (aka Jelly Belly). It's unusual only in the personnel, however. It sounds like typical Sonny Terry, as he works his way through original material, including standards like "John Henry" and other blues tunes like "In the Evening" (the song that would provide much of the basis for Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain"). You'd have to say that it's usually more interesting to hear Terry with his longtime partner McGhee than it is to hear him with Seward, but it's not terribly different. The trademark vocal and harmonica whoops, and hollers are in gear and running throughout the album, sometimes to exhilarating effect, as on the rapid "The Fox Chase (aka Hound Dog Holler)." His lyrics get uncommonly specific on "Goodbye Leadbelly," a tribute to the then-recently deceased folk-blues legend, composed by "writer unknown." The recording engineer on the session, incidentally, was a young Jac Holzman, who had just started Elektra Records.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1999
Label:
Obc
UPC:
0025218058926
catalogNumber:
589
Rank:
273255

Tracks

  1. In the Evening  - Sonny Terry
  2. Move to Kansas City  - Sonny Terry
  3. John Henry  - Sonny Terry
  4. The Fox Chase (A.K.A. Hound Dog Holler)  - Sonny Terry
  5. Louise  - Sonny Terry
  6. Red River  - Sonny Terry
  7. Goodbye Leadbelly  - Sonny Terry
  8. Custard Pie  - Sonny Terry
  9. I Woke Up This Morning and Could Hardly See  - Sonny Terry
  10. Old Woman Blues  - Sonny Terry
  11. Talkin' About the Blues  - Sonny Terry
  12. Changed the Lock on My Door  - Sonny Terry
  13. Moanin' and Mournin'  - Sonny Terry
  14. Baby, Baby  - Sonny Terry

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