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Album Review

Two-disc compilation offering 45 of the wizened harmonica genius' best efforts for the Chess brothers, this is the best domestic Williamson package you'll find. Not everything you might want, but pretty close to it: "Don't Start Me to Talkin'," "Let Me Explain," "The Key (To Your Door)" (an alternate take), "Bring It on Home," "Help Me," "One Way Out," "Your Funeral and My Trial," and plenty more. With Robert Jr. Lockwood and Luther Tucker peeling off sizzling guitar riffs behind him, Williamson always had a trick or two up his sleeve until the end.

Customer Reviews

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Without a doubt, the best Delta blues harp player ever! This album is an absolute must have!

The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson ll

Although Muddy and the Wolf have been my favorite blues singers, Sonny Boy ll
has moved amongst them for this bloozehound. There's not a weak piece in this
compilation---his singing and harp playing are---whew!!!-sometimes I got goosebumps
listening to it, the feelings come through so strong. The backing band lays down a wicked
backbeat on practically every track, too. An A+ compilation of SBW ll's finest stuff.

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Born: December 5, 1899 in Glendora, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Sonny Boy Williamson was, in many ways, the ultimate blues legend. By the time of his death in 1965, he had been around long enough to have played with Robert Johnson at the start of his career and Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Robbie Robertson at the end of it. In between, he drank a lot of whiskey, hoboed around the country, had a successful radio show for 15 years, toured Europe to great acclaim and simply wrote, played and sang some of the greatest blues ever etched into black phonograph records....
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