- Released: June 24, 2003
- Label: Hightone Records
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/04, p.1034 stars out of 5
- "With his warm, dry voice, baked by the same sun as Fulson's or Lonesome Sundown's and his unextravagant, always carefully considered guitar lines, Walker is an Ardbeg or Cohiba for the discerning blues palate."
- 1.I'm Tough (Tough as I Want to Be)
- 2.Laughin' & Clownin'
- 3.Hello My Darling
- 4.Tin Pan Alley
- 5.Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
- 6.Paso Blues, El
- 7.If We Can Find It
- 8.Breakin' Up Somebody's Home
- 9.Go Ahead and Take Her
- 10.Stuggle, The - (previously unreleased)
- 11.Someday You'll Have These Blues
- 12.The Blues and My Guitar
Personnel includes: Phillip Walker (vocals, guitar); Freeman Lacy (tenor saxophone); Samuel Cross (baritone saxophone); Joel Peskin (saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Teddy Reynolds (piano); Jimi Stewart (keyboards); Johnny Banks (organ); Charles Jones, Dennis Walker (bass); Aaron Tucker, Archie Frances (drums); Milton Thomas (percussion).
Producers: Bruce Bromberg, Dennis Walker.
Compilation producer: Bruce Bromberg.
Includes liner notes by Frank Scott.
This is part of Highnote's Heritage Of The Blues series.
Personnel: Phillip Walker (vocals, guitar); Al Bruno (guitar); Joel Peskin (saxophone, alto saxophone); David II (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Freeman Lacy, Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Samuel Cross (baritone saxophone); Steve Smith , Chops Anthony, Sammie Coleman, Alan DeVille, Ike Williams, Wayne Jackson (trumpet); The Memphis Horns (horns); Art Hillary, Teddy Reynolds, Arthur Woods, Bill Murray , Jimmy Vaughn, Nathaniel Dove (piano); John Banks (organ); Jimi Stewart (keyboards); Glenway McTeer, Aaron Tucker , Archie Francis, Johnny Tucker (drums); Milton Thomas (percussion); Karen Kraft (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Bob Stone.
Liner Note Author: Frank Scott.
Photographer: Carol Lee.
Heritage of the Blues: The Best of Phillip Walker rounds up 12 highlights from his '70s and '80s Playboy, Joliet, Rounder, and High Tone recordings. The Louisiana-born, Texas-raised Walker made records that were gritty, yet they still remained solid, soul-inflected contemporary blues albums. The bulk of the highlights from his records, including "Someday You'll Have These Blues," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," and "Laughin' & Clownin'," are featured, making this a fine introduction to Walker's most popular recordings. If you like what you hear, check out Bottom of the Top and Tough as I Want to Be. ~ Al Campbell