Sing Out! - 11-12/94-1/95, p.132
"...His late '50s Folkways debut album astounded blues fans with its combination of rolling Caribbean rhythms and fiery, flamenco-flavored runs. None of his later acoustic albums matched the power of that record's best moments, but this 1961 session comes awfully close and is more consistent overall..."
Recorded in 1961.
Personnel: Snooks Eaglin (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar); Percy Randolph (vocals, harmonica).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Harry Oster.
Recording information: New Orleans, LA (1961).
Photographer: Harry Oster.
Recorded during the time in which Eaglin was doubling as a blues/folk singer and a commercial R&B artist (for Imperial). He addresses the acoustic folk and blues side of his repertoire, performing everything solo on six and 12-string guitars. Time will probably judge these not to be as interesting as his full-band New Orleans R&B recordings. But this is warm, good-natured acoustic blues, with interpretations of traditional tunes, early blues by Robert Johnson, and then-recent R&B hits by Ray Charles, Arthur Crudup, and Amos Milburn. ~ Richie Unterberger