Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Various Artists (2003) -Blues Harp Heroes

Artist: various
Album: Blues Harp Heroes
Released: 20103
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 97 MB

Blues Harp Heroes is an excellent electric blues collection that dives deeply into the vaults of Cobra, Paula, Jewel, and Chief and comes up with 16 tracks from the '50s and '60s, including four unissued performances from Snooky Pryor ("Real Fine Boogie"), Sonny Boy Williamson ("Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket" and "Steady Rollin' Man"), and George "Wild Child" Butler ("Runnin' Drunk"). Even though a track like Junior Wells' "When the Cat's Gone the Mice Play" is an exact retread of his "Messin With the Kid," it's still unbeatable electric Chicago blues. One minor complaint: while Bill Dahl's liner notes are informative and well written, Fuel 2000 should include recording dates and years when possible on future releases. ~ Al Campbell, Rovi

1. Bluesy - Louis Myers (2:44)
2. Have a Good Time - Big Walter Horton (2:17)
3. Real Fine Boogie - Snooky Pryor (2:32)
4. Little Girl - Little Willie Foster (2:33)
5. Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket - Sonny Boy Williamson (4:51)
6. If the Four Winds Don't Change - Jimmy Reed (2:54)
7. When the Cat's Gone the Mice Play - Junior Wells (1:47)
8. Honky Tonk - Jerry "Boogie" McCain (3:49)
9. Runnin' Drunk - George "Wild Child" Butler (3:12)
10. Harp and Soul - Frank Frost (2:51)
11. Need My Baby - Big Walter Horton (2:15)
12. I'm Getting Tired - Snooky Pryor (2:33)
13. Just Whaling - Louis Myers (2:43)
14. Steady Rollin' Man - Sonny Boy Williamson (3:03)
15. Put It All in There - George "Wild Child" Butler (2:50)
16. Calling All Blues - Junior Wells (2:34)

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