Harp Blues

Harp Blues


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This 25-track collection brings together some of the most inspiring blues harp performances on record. With the exception of John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson's "Bring Me Another Half a Pint" (what's better known as Jimmy Rogers' "Sloppy Drunk" and originally penned even earlier by Lucille Bogan) from 1948, everything on here was recorded in the '50s to the late '60s at the height of the electric blues boom. Representative and sometimes definitive performances from Big Walter Horton ("Easy," "Need My Baby" and the solo on Jimmy Rogers' "Walkin' By Myself"), Little Walter ("Roller Coaster"), Jimmy Reed ("Found Love"), Snooky Pryor ("Boogie Twist"), Sonny Boy Williamson ("99"), Jerry McCain (the rare, alternate take of "Steady") and Little Junior Parker ("Sweet Home Chicago") pepper this set. But the rarities from Eddie Hope (the raucous "A Fool No More"), Little Willie Foster ("Little Girl"), Papa Lightfoot (an explosive transfer of "Wine, Women, Whiskey"), Howlin' Wolf ("Howlin' Wolf Boogie"), Sammy Myers ("Sleeping in the Ground") and Joe Hill Louis ("Western Union Man") are every bit as potent as the bigger names aboard. Great selections from Doctor Ross, Billy Boy Arnold, Frank Frost, James Cotton, Junior Wells, George Smith, Shy Guy Douglas and the mysterious Cousin Leroy complete the collection.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/1999
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667871020
catalogNumber: 710
Rank: 107403


  1. Wine, Women, Whiskey
  2. Walking by Myself
  3. Chicago Breakdown
  4. Ninety Nine
  5. Steady
  6. Up the River
  7. Sweet Home Chicago
  8. Sleeping in the Ground
  9. Monkey Doin' Woman
  10. Found Love
  11. Roller Coaster
  12. Ride with Your Daddy Tonight
  13. All Night Long (Rock Me Baby)
  14. A Fool No More
  15. Howlin' Wolf Boogie
  16. Need My Baby
  17. Little Girl
  18. Bring Another Half Pint
  19. I Ain't Got You
  20. Easy (I Almost Lost My Mind)
  21. Western Union Man
  22. What's This I Hear?
  23. Rocket 88
  24. West Helena Blues
  25. Boogie Twist

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Cotton   Track Performer
Frank Frost   Track Performer
Big Walter Horton   Track Performer
Little Walter   Track Performer
Jerry "Boogie" McCain   Track Performer
Sam Myers   Track Performer
Jimmy Reed   Track Performer
Junior Wells   Track Performer
Doctor Ross   Track Performer
Papa George Lightfoot   Track Performer
Snooky Pryor   Track Performer
Billy Boy   Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf   Track Performer
Shy Guy Douglas   Track Performer
Junior Parker   Track Performer
Jimmy Rogers   Track Performer
George "Harmonica" Smith   Track Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Track Performer
Little Willie Foster   Track Performer
Jimmy & Walter   Track Performer
Manish Boys   Track Performer

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