Blues Masters, Volume 4: Harmonica Classics
by Various Artists
Musician: "...musical depictions of some ideal universe.... all feature some of the best segues since man first walked erect..."
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item number: 34K3J
- Released: October 13, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Rhino
Spin - 2/93, p.85"...an aptly named set of killer blues classics...If you're not already into the blues, you couldn't find a better introduction than these 5 volumes: 90 tracks of some of the best music this country has produced..."
Musician - 5/93, p.86"...musical depictions of some ideal universe.... all feature some of the best segues since man first walked erect..."
- 1.Juke - Little Walter & His Night Cats
- 2.Ends & Odds - Jimmy Reed
- 3.Rocket 88 - Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
- 4.Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson
- 5.Messin' With the Kid - Junior Wells
- 6.Blues With a Feeling - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- 7.Sugar Coated Love - Lazy Lester
- 8.Steady - Jerry "Boogie" McCain
- 9.I'll Be Around - Howlin' Wolf
- 10.I Was Fooled - Billy Boy Arnold
- 11.Take a Little Walk With Me - Big John Wrencher / Joe Carter
- 12.Easy - Jimmy & Walter (bonus track)
- 13.Boogie Twist - Snooky Pryor (bonus track)
- 14.Wolf Call Boogie - Coy "Hot Shot" Love
- 15.Last Night - George "Harmonica" Smith & The Chicago Blues Band
- 16.I Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo
- 17.Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
- 18.Christo Redemptor - Charlie Musselwhite
Also see the other volumes of Rhino's BLUES MASTERS collection.
Includes liner notes by Cub Koda.
Vol. 4: Harmonica Classics is a typically ace installment of the Blues Masters series has examples par excellence from most of the major electric blues harmonica geniuses, including Little Walter, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, and Jimmy Reed. And while there are a few expected classics here (Little Walter's "Juke," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid," Slim Harpo's "I Got Love if You Want It"), there are numerous delightful obscurities, like Jerry "Boogie" McCain's "Steady," Walter Horton's "Easy" (credited to Jimmy & Walter), and Snooky Pryor's "Boogie Twist." Charlie Musselwhite's 11-minute adaptation of the jazz tune "Christo Redemptor" is superb and challenges conventional ideas of what should and shouldn't be done with blues harmonica. ~ Richie Unterberger