Lonnie Johnson

Complete Recorded Works (1925-1932), Vol. 4: 1928-1929

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The period of time covered in the fourth of seven Lonnie Johnson Document CDs found the guitarist/singer being well-featured as a leader in many settings. He is heard on three two-part double-entendre performances with singer Victoria Spivey ("New Black Snake Blues," "Toothache Blues," and "Furniture Man Blues"); on five guitar duets with the great Eddie Lang (during which Lang was billed as Blind Willie Dunn); in a vocal duet with Spencer Williams; on the two-part "It Feels So Good" with Lang, King Oliver, and Hoagy Carmichael; as part of Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four; and as a solo blues performer. Everything works. Considering that this is a strictly chronological release, the music is consistently rewarding, making this one of the key Lonnie Johnson CDs to pick up.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:04
2
2:40
3 2:38
4
3:23
5
2:52
6 2:53
7 2:47
8 2:46
9 3:05
10 3:06
11 3:20
12
3:17
13 2:54
14 2:59
15 3:00
16
3:15
17
2:57
18
3:25
19
3:04
20 2:59
21 2:58
22 3:13
23 3:05
24 3:10
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