Big Joe Williams

Baby Please Don't Go [Snapper]

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Big Joe Williams was an eccentric, compelling guitarist who, like Charley Patton, Bukka White, and others who came before him, understood that the acoustic guitar had tremendous percussion capabilities. With his patented homemade nine-string guitar, an old Sovereign held together with duct tape, he stomped his way through a kind of African/Delta blues like a driving one-man band. This 21-track collection makes a fine introduction to Williams, and includes such compelling and ramshackle sides as "North Wind Blows," one of his many versions of his signature song "Baby Please Don't Go," "My Grey Pony," and the striking Depression-era song "Providence Help the Poor People."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:43 Amazon
2
02:48 Amazon
3 02:54 Amazon
4 02:47 Amazon
5 03:11 Amazon
6 03:16 Amazon
7 02:47 Amazon
8 02:42 Amazon
9 02:48 Amazon
10 02:42 Amazon
11 03:07 Amazon
12 02:57 Amazon
13 02:50 Amazon
14 02:42 Amazon
15 03:12 Amazon
16 03:12 Amazon
17 03:06 Amazon
18 03:10 Amazon
19 03:05 Amazon
20 02:39 Amazon
21 02:44 Amazon
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