Various Artists

On the Road Again [Muskadine]

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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

This 15-track anthology was one of the first to take a detailed look at the early history of postwar Chicago blues, collecting several of the truly important sides. Floyd Jones' title cut (who also handles the vocalizing chores on Snooky and Moody's "Keep What You Got") and Delta Joe's -- most say Sunnyland Slim -- "Roll, Tumble and Slip" sets up the stage for five sides featuring the earliest recordings of Little Walter. In addition to his 1947 debut recording for Ora-Nelle, "I Just Keep Lovin' Her," we're treated to a brace of 1950 Parkway sides, including "Bad Acting Woman" and "Moonshine Blues," along with two sides of Walter in support of Othum Brown ("Ora Nelle Blues") and Baby Face Leroy Foster on "Red Headed Woman." Equally as potent are two selections each from Johnny Shines ("Evening Sun" and "Brutal Hearted Woman," both featuring shattering harp work from Walter Horton) and John Brim ("Humming Blues" and "Trouble In the Morning") and finishing up with three tracks from J.B. Hutto & His Hawks' 1954 session for Chance Records ("Pet Cream Man," "Lovin' You" and "Now She's Gone"), featuring strong support from Porkchop Hines on washboard, George Mayweather on harmonica and the ubiquitous Joe Custom on second guitar.