Wynonie Harris

Battle of the Blues

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The twin towers of jump blues shouting are heard in one potent collection. Culled from both Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown's late-'40s and early-'50s tenure at the King label, Battle of the Blues splits 22 sides between both singers. On the more rough-hewn end, Harris belts it out in his inimitable, whiskey-soaked fashion on such after-hours gems as "Bloodshot Eyes" and "Luscious Women." Brown, on the other hand, maintains the vocal fire but with a smoother touch and a bellowing set of lungs; this is especially well essayed on his "Hard Luck Blues" and "Big Town." Some essential cuts from the vintage R&B years.

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