Big Joe Williams

Big Joe Williams & Sonny Boy Williamson

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This is one of the great team-ups of artists from the country blues fields. Not only do these two performers work well together, they both play blues with such great intensity that fans of the genre will be drawn to their efforts like the proverbial flies on manure. These recordings are fantastic examples of country blues becoming urbanized with use of drums and bass backup, although it must be said that primitive recording sometimes relegates these instruments to a distant background thumping. The reality is that Sonny Boy and Big Joe hardly need a rhythm section at all, so mightily do they put forth their grooves. It is a sign of a great blues album when a done-to-death standard comes across as if one had never heard it before, and such is the case with the delightful, slightly laid-back version of "Baby, Please Don't Go." Harmonica fans should note this is the first of the Sonny Boys, i.e. John Lee Williamson. There is some confusion over when the initial vinyl release of this came out, but it is later than some of the Arhoolie Big Joe albums, because by now the cost of sending for a catalog had climbed from a nickel to a quarter.

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