Sonny Boy Williamson II

The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson [MCA/Chess]

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Two-disc compilation offering 45 of the wizened harmonica genius' best efforts for the Chess brothers, this is the best domestic Williamson package you'll find. Not everything you might want, but pretty close to it: "Don't Start Me to Talkin'," "Let Me Explain," "The Key (To Your Door)" (an alternate take), "Bring It on Home," "Help Me," "One Way Out," "Your Funeral and My Trial," and plenty more. With Robert Jr. Lockwood and Luther Tucker peeling off sizzling guitar riffs behind him, Williamson always had a trick or two up his sleeve until the end.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:33
2 2:32
3 2:47
4 3:27
5 2:52
6 2:57
7 3:02
8 2:47
9 2:31
10 2:52
11 2:19
12 2:24
13 2:50
14 3:21
15 2:37
16 2:31
17 4:04
18 2:58
19 2:29
20 2:48
21 3:05
22 2:17
23 2:44

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 2:42
3 1:55
4 2:15
5 3:02
6 2:16
7 2:34
8 2:42
9 2:12
10 2:59
11 2:09
12 2:24
13 2:50
14 1:59
15 3:42
16 3:08
17 2:36
18 2:35
19 3:23
20 2:05
21 3:05
22 3:15
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