Big Walter Horton / Walter "Shakey" Horton

Blues Harmonica Giant: Classic Sides 1951-1956

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Big Walter Horton was a giant on the amplified harmonica, bringing the electricity of the instrument into the modern blues era with his works as a sideman and as a bandleader. This three-disc box does a great job of looking at the length, breadth, and scope of his career with a disc of Horton solo and as a bandleader in the 1950s; a second disc of him working with the likes of Joe Hill Louis, Willie Nix, Mose Vinson, Johnny Shines, Tampa Red, Sunnyland Slim, and others during the same decade; and a third disc featuring Horton's 1970s work with Carey Bell. It’s a nice and rounded overview of a remarkable musician.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:36
2
2:30
3
3:01
4
2:51
5
3:07
6
3:10
7
2:58
8
2:42
9
2:17
10
3:03
11
2:16
12
2:58
13
2:39
14
2:59
15
3:04
16
2:45
17
2:59
18
2:38
19
2:58
20
2:33
21
3:08
22
2:35
23
3:06
24
2:56
25
2:16
26
2:36
27
3:03
28
3:09

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:08
2
2:50
3
2:17
4
2:19
5
2:34
6
1:14
7
feat: Willie Nix
3:02
8
feat: Willie Nix
2:43
9
feat: Willie Nix
3:15
10
feat: Willie Nix
2:31
11
2:59
12
2:32
13
3:12
14
feat: Willie Nix
2:49
15
feat: Willie Nix
2:49
16
feat: Mose Vinson
3:12
17
2:27
18
2:28
19
2:16
20
2:31
21
2:49
22
2:54
23
3:06
24
2:53
25
feat: Tampa Red
3:10
26
feat: Tampa Red
2:44
27
feat: Tampa Red
2:30
28
3:03
29
2:21
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