Lester Williams

I Can't Lose with the Stuff I Use

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Singer/guitarist Lester Williams wasn't an innovative player or a top-flight vocalist; still, he made good, occasionally great music that was enjoyable and reflective of a prime blues/R&B period. Williams' one moment in the spotlight came via the hit "I Can't Lose With the Stuff I Use," a great single that had wit, stinging guitar licks, stomping rhythms, and his finest vocal. It was later covered by B.B. King, and the song helped Williams get a Carnegie Hall gig. That song leads off a new 25-track disc covering Lester Williams' tunes from 1952 and 1953. There's little here that's new, but plenty that's worth hearing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:09
2 2:36
3 2:50
4 2:49
5 3:11
6 2:57
7 2:22
8 2:06
9 2:38
10 2:59
11 2:03
12 3:10
13 2:19
14 2:17
15 2:52
16 2:51
17 1:06
18 3:14
19 1:01
20 2:39
21 1:56
22 3:24
23 2:27
24 1:08
25 2:08
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