Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds

Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

An exploitative album, released in 1966 shortly after the Yardbirds had their first American hits. This is a live show from late 1963, on which Chicago blues great Sonny Boy Williamson is backed by an extremely green Yardbirds. Yes, Eric Clapton is on here; no, he doesn't play well, managing some thin, extremely tentative solos that find him stumbling occasionally. It's really not that bad, though, as Sonny Boy himself sings well. But it should really be treated as a Sonny Boy Williamson release that happens to have a soon-to-be-famous-but-still-embryonic band in the background, in the manner of the sides the Beatles cut in Hamburg supporting Tony Sheridan. All of the material, and even some unreleased/alternate takes from the same dates, has since shown up on anthologies that are much easier to find than this instant collector's item.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 02:47 Amazon
2 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 04:15 Amazon
3 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 05:19 Amazon
4 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 03:15 Amazon
5 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 04:39 Amazon
6 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 04:01 Amazon
7 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 04:19 Amazon
8 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 03:17 Amazon
9 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 04:13 Amazon
10 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 05:18 Amazon
11 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 02:08 Amazon
12 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 03:02 Amazon
13 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 05:40 Amazon
14 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 01:06 Amazon
15 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 03:13 Amazon
16 Sonny Boy Williamson II / The Yardbirds feat: Sonny Boy Williamson I 03:46 Amazon
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