Robert Lockwood, Jr.

Sweet Home Chicago: The JOB Sessions 1950's

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Robert Jr. Lockwood and Johnny Shines get paired together on this release from P-Vine (essentially an expanded version of an earlier disc from Paula Records) because of their association with blues great Robert Johnson (Shines as his running buddy and Lockwood as his stepson) and because both happened to record for JOB Records in Chicago in the early '50s. Shines turns in a striking ten-song set here, perhaps his best session ever, with taut electric guitar work on tracks like "Gonna Call the Angel" and "Fish Tail," while Lockwood mostly serves as a sideman on the other portion of the disc, although his vocals and guitar work on "Aw Awbaby" (a version of "Sweet Home Chicago") are quite striking. Shines fans should definitely pick this up, while Lockwood admirers may want to look elsewhere for a better representation of his skills.

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