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Album Review

Document's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1935-1941) is an invaluable collection of Big Joe Williams' late-'30s and early-'40s recordings. Most of the best performances of Williams' career are here ("Baby Please Don't Go," "Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff," "Crawlin' King Snake," "Little Leg Woman," "Stack of Dollars," "Highway 49"), with support from figures including Sonny Boy Williamson and Henry Townsend.

Customer Reviews

Another Blues Classic

Big Joe Williams is a classic when it comes to blues. This album only stands by this fact and shows how great he really was. His style of folk/blues is one that just can't be beat and his songs are no different. Spend a few minutes and get a taste of Big Joe Williams and you WILL NOT be disappointed.

Cool Album.

For the longest time I thought that Baby, Please Dont Go was by Muddy Waters. It wasnt until I bought 74' Jailbreak by AC/DC that I realized who the original artist was. I was looking in the liner notes and it said that Big Joe Williams wrote this. So I checked it out among other songs of his. I found they are all great. Baby, Please Dont Go is the song that lead me to check this out and it was worth it. This album is great and know I realize that there are several cool versions of Baby, Please Dont Go, not just AC/DC's.


Born: October 16, 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,...
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