Sonny Boy Williamson I

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1945-1947)

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A comprehensive collection of the great blues pioneer's final work, recorded between 1945 and 1947. (This is the Sonny Boy Williamson who was murdered in 1948, not the one who toured with the Yardbirds in England in 1963).

Most of the tracks here include electric guitar (check out Willie Lacey's Charlie Christian licks on "Sugar Gal" and "Alcohol Blues") and drums. The overall sound is eerily prescient of Chicago blues (the great Willie Dixon is present on bass on several of the songs), the jump blues style of Louis Jordan ("Apple Tree Swing"), and rock & roll.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:02
2 2:59
3 2:57
4 3:12
5 3:06
6 3:25
7 2:55
8 2:47
9 2:36
10 2:30
11 2:52
12 2:26
13 3:04
14 3:01
15 3:13
16 2:50
17 2:54
18 2:59
19 2:52
20 3:02
21 3:05
22 2:47
23 2:41
24 2:59
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