Various Artists

Excello Harmonica Blues Variety

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This is a 39 track, double CD package collecting up various stray cuts in the Excello vaults by artists who didn't leave enough tracks behind to justify having compilations under their own names. The highlights include nine tracks by Jimmy Reed sound-alike Jimmy Anderson, Lightnin' Slim sideman Lazy Lester and 10 tracks by Jerry McCain And His Upstarts. Add to this stray singles by Baby Boy Warren (with Sonny Boy Williamson), Little Sonny, Whispering Smith, and the obscure Ole Sonny Boy and you have a package that fills up the holes in your Excello collection quite nicely. Over half of the tracks are dubbed from disc, but the music's fine just the same.