T-Bone Walker

1929-1946

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Texas guitarist T-Bone Walker's best work was done for Imperial Records in the early '50s, but as this disc of his earliest sides shows, the evolution of his elegant guitar style and urbane vocal skills is a fascinating one. Opening with his first recorded pieces, "Wichita Falls Blues" and "Trinity River Blues," released in 1929 on Columbia, and moving chronologically through his recordings for Capitol Records and his yearlong stay with Black & White Records in 1946, this collection show the jazzy, jump blues roots of a guitar legend. Novice listeners should check out his Imperial years first, but this anthology makes a nice second purchase.

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