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Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues
     

The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

by Sonny Boy Williamson [II]
 
Sonny Boy Williamson may have had the misfortune of dying in 1965, just as the world of rock 'n' roll was coming to appreciate his many gifts, but the great singer, harmonica player, and composer had already produced a slew of blues masterpieces that musicians are still drawing inspiration from. Many of the best can be found on this excellent set which brings together

Overview

Sonny Boy Williamson may have had the misfortune of dying in 1965, just as the world of rock 'n' roll was coming to appreciate his many gifts, but the great singer, harmonica player, and composer had already produced a slew of blues masterpieces that musicians are still drawing inspiration from. Many of the best can be found on this excellent set which brings together two iconic releases from the 1960s. As with other Chicago blues giants, such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Wiliamson’s roots were in the Deep South, and he never lost that rural sound, even after he went electric in the big city. You can hear that Mississippi drawl and rural harp tone on such gritty performances as “One Way Out,” “Help Me,” "Bye Bye Bird,” “Nine Below Zero,” and “Down Child.” Williamson gets support from the cream of Chicago blues players, including bassist Willie Dixon, guitarists Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy, and pianist Lafayette Leake.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like other entries in the Chess Real Folk Blues series, Sonny Boy Williamson's The Real Folk Blues and More Real Folk Blues (here combined onto one CD) were not really folk, and not really regular albums. Rather, they were somewhat arbitrarily chosen compilations, titled to appeal to the crowd that had gotten turned onto the blues during the 1960s folk revival. In Williamson's case, all 24 tracks were done between 1960 and 1964, save "Dissatisfied," which dates from 1957. Because the standard of the electric blues on this disc is very good, whether on the smaller-combo workouts or ones that add organ or saxes, one hates to discuss it dispassionately in terms of whether it's really necessary or advisable to fit into your collection. But the presence of other comprehensive Williamson anthologies on the market, and the lack of any real coherent theme to this particular grouping of songs, makes that necessary. If you have the one-disc His Best CD, this doesn't make a bad supplement; it does repeat eight songs from His Best, it's true, but it has 16 songs that are not on that collection. Conversely, if you have the more extensive two-CD Essential anthology, you'll find only eight songs here that aren't on Essential, which means rather short value. At any rate, this does have several of his best and most familiar songs: "One Way Out," "Bye Bye Bird," "Help Me," "Nine Below Zero," and "Down Child." The eight songs that don't show up on either His Best or Essential are worth having, whether you get them here or on another disc, the highlights of those being "Got to Move" (with cool gospel organ), the bouncy "Peach Tree," and the novelty rap "The Hunt," which sounds like an attempt to match the success of Bo Diddley's similarly constructed "Say Man."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0008811282325
catalogNumber:
112823
Rank:
14973

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Performance Credits

Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass,Vocals
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Duncan   Drums
Jarrett Gibson   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone
Clifton James   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Organ,Piano
Jack Meyers   Bass
Odie Payne   Drums
Milton Rector   Bass,Electric Bass
Otis Spann   Piano
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Sonny Boy Williamson   Track Performer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson   Organ

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Leonard Chess   Producer
Marshall Chess   Original Album Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Mike Fink   Reissue Design
Elmore James   Composer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Paul Williams   Liner Notes
Don Bronstein   Original Cover Artwork
Beth Stempel   Reissue Production Coordination
Mark Humphrey   Liner Notes

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