Personnel: Sonny Terry (guitar, vocals) and Brownie McGhee (harmonica, vocals).
Recorded in San Francisco in December, 1961. Originally released on Fantasy (8091). Includes original release liner notes by Chuck Ellsworth.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
As anyone who knows their work is aware, there is no shortage of live recordings of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (indeed, it sometimes seems as though tapes exist of every show they ever played). The 11 songs here, recorded at the famous San Francisco nightclub, catch the duo very near--if not quite at--their peak and on a very good night. Both musicians get chances to sing some of their standards, including "Sweet Woman Blues," "Born to Live the Blues," "Baby, I Knocked on Your Door," and "I Got a Little Girl." The lineup of material is extremely strong and the sound has held up remarkably well over the years, with near-perfect fidelity on the music and just enough room ambience so that you never lose sight of the fact that this is a concert performance.