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The Folkways Years, 1944-1963

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
While he's best known as guitarist Brownie McGhee's longtime partner, harmonica ace and vocalist Sonny Terry made many excellent recordings as a solo act, and also recorded with Blind Boy Fuller and others. The 17 songs on this anthology include Terry playing with McGhee's brother Sticks, Pete Seeger, and others, as well as several featuring Terry's biting harmonica and wry leads relating stories of failure, triumph, and resiliency, backed by McGhee's flickering but always audible guitar. The title is a bit misleading, since the earliest date for any session is 1946 one number, and most are done between 1955 and 1959.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
While he's best known as guitarist Brownie McGhee's longtime partner, harmonica ace and vocalist Sonny Terry made many excellent recordings as a solo act, and also recorded with Blind Boy Fuller and others. The 17 songs on this anthology include Terry playing with McGhee's brother Sticks, Pete Seeger, and others, as well as several featuring Terry's biting harmonica and wry leads relating stories of failure, triumph, and resiliency, backed by McGhee's flickering but always audible guitar. The title is a bit misleading, since the earliest date for any session is 1946 one number, and most are done between 1955 and 1959.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1992
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074003329
  • Catalog Number: 40033
  • Sales rank: 343,839

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Terry Primary Artist, Harmonica, Jew's Harp, Vocals
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Harmonica, Vocals
Pete Seeger Banjo, Vocals
J.C. Burris Vocals
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
William Edward Cook Washboard
Sticks McGhee Guitar
Coyall McMahan Maracas, Marimbas
Gene Moore Drums
Frank Robertson Bass
Technical Credits
J.C. Burris Sound Effects
William Edward Cook Sound Effects
Matt Walters Reissue Producer
Alan Yoshida Remixing
Anthony Seeger Reissue Producer
Kip Lornell Liner Notes
Carol Hardy Cover Design
Traditional Composer
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