The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection: His Best
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||Juke||Little Walter||2:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Can't Hold Out Much Longer||Little Walter||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mean Old World||Little Walter||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sad Hours||Little Walter||3:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tell Me Mama||Little Walter||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Off the Wall||Little Walter||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blues With a Feeling||Little Walter||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You're So Fine||Little Walter||3:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Too Late||Little Walter||2:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Last Night||Little Walter||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mellow Down Easy||Little Walter||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Babe||Little Walter||2:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Roller Coaster||Little Walter||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hate to See You Go||Little Walter||2:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Ain't Right||Little Walter||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Boom, Boom Out Goes the Lights||Little Walter||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Confessin' the Blues||Little Walter||3:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Key to the Highway||Little Walter||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Everything's Gonna Be Alright||Little Walter||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Your Fool||Little Walter||2:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
With his Chess recordings Little Walter single-handedly established a new musical vocabulary for the harmonica in the context of the electric blues band. As a youth he studied under rural harmonica masters like Sonny Boy Williamson, but by the time he reached Chicago he had entirely reconfigured his playing style to suit the earthshaking volume of the amplified bands that played along 47th Street. Though Little Walter cut his teeth as a session player on sides by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and others, his solo sides show him in an entirely new light, as an accomplished blues singer in addition to an undeniable virtuoso on his instrument. The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection assembles twenty of Little Walter’s finest sides and features some of Chicago’s most accomplished blues players, amongst them Willie Dixon and even Bo Diddley, who lends his trademark rumble to the great “Rollercoaster.” This collection is beyond essential, and the material here easily measures up to anything released on Chess during the label’s mid-‘50s heyday.
If you wan't to hear THE source of modern blues harp, this is it. Little Walter wrote the book, and his work with Muddy Waters was extraordinary. "Last Night" features his greatest solo, just wailing and wailing the blues. It doesn't get any better! Peace.
He Makes the Harmonica Sing
When I first got a Little Walter album, the reviewer said about his playing: "Little Walter plays the harmonica with all the flourish of a horn player." And that about says it for me. Little Walter got his name from "Big Walter Horton" who he learned from and who also did extraordinary work with Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, etc. . . "Big Walter" was often incapacitated and so Little Walter would get called into the session instead. If you listen to Big Walter, you might hear the standard that was set before Little Walter. Little Walter is my favorite by far, though. He took the instrument to an entirely new level without losing any of the feeling. And the song "Sad Hours" is really where it's at!
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Some of the greatest Blues records ever. Recorded over fifty years ago, My Babe sounds better and grooves harder than anything new and "hip" you're liable to hear.
Born: May 1, 1930 in Marksville, LA
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s