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Album Review

Seventy minutes of Big Joe Williams' recordings in the prime of his life, from 1935 thru 1947, and in surprisingly good sound. Along with the original recording of "Baby Please Don't Go," and other highlights include "Little Leg Woman" and "49 Highway Blues" (with Henry "Too Tight Henry" Townsend on second guitar), his 1941 recordings of "Crawling King Snake," and "Throw A Boogie Woogie." The notes are sketchy but the session information is fair. Some of the material here was available paired off with John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson material on RCA's Throw a Boogie Woogie.


Born: 16 October 1903 in Crawford, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Big Joe Williams may have been the most cantankerous human being who ever walked the earth with guitar in hand. At the same time, he was an incredible blues musician: a gifted songwriter, a powerhouse vocalist, and an exceptionally idiosyncratic guitarist. Despite his deserved reputation as a fighter (documented in Michael Bloomfield's bizarre booklet Me and Big Joe), artists who knew him well treated him as a respected elder statesman. Even so, they may not have chosen to play with him, because...
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