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Black & Blue (Remastered)

August 29, 2006 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Label: Fantasy Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 Fantasy, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 37:07
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  • ASIN: B000UBLROW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,662 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Little Sonny (real name Aaron Willis) is an Alabama born blues harmonica player not surprisingly often confused with Sonny Boy Williamson (the Chess Records harmonica player) because of his chosen instrument and his nickname. Little Sonny is less well known than his more famous mentor from Tennessee, but nonetheless produced some great records that deserve your attention - especially if you like your Blues with a Funky feel.

Just approaching his Forties, Willis started a trio of albums for Stax and its subsidiary label Enterprise in the early Seventies. "New King Of Blues Harmonica" came first in 1970 with "Hard Goin' Up" being number three in 1973 (it charted Stateside). "Black & Blue" is the one in the middle - released in 1972 on Enterprise ENS 1018 in the USA - and then remastered and reissued onto this now rare US-only CD in 1992.

His backup band for the album was TOMMY WILLIAMS on Tenor And Baritone Saxophones, RON GORDEN on Organ, BOBBY MANUEL and EDDIE WALLIS on Guitars with WILLIAM HALL on Drums. The Horns were arranged and played by THE BAR-KAYS and production handled by ZORN PRODUCTIONS and AL BELL (Tracks 3, 4, 7 and 9). The tapes were remastered by PHIL DE LANCIE at the Fantasy Studios in the USA and the sound quality is great - full, clear and with muscle where it's needed. There's no compression and virtually no hiss.

Stax SCD-8575-2 breaks down as follows (37:35 minutes):

Side 1:
1. Hung Up [Little Sonny writer]
2. Sonny's Fever (Instrumental) [Little Sonny writer]
3. You Got A Good Thing [Bettye Crutcher/Bobby Manuel writers]
4. A Woman Named Trouble [Bettye Crutcher/Bobby Manuel writers]
5. Honest I Do [Jimmy Reed cover]
6. Wade In The Water (Instrumental) [Traditional Song cover]
Side 2:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Weisman on September 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fewer bands have ever rocked the blues harder than Little Sonny's on Black & Blue. Sonny rarely pauses, poring as much soul into his voice and harmonica as he is physically able, his band laying down funky, hard driving riffs, occasionally adding a little hand clapping to the mix. The intensity never wavers. Black & Blue represents thirty-seven minutes of raw, uptempo blues with few frills.

Born Aaron Willis, Little Sonny took his inspiration and his name from the legendary harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson, who Sonny met after moving North from Greensboro, Alabama. Until then Sonny had wanted to play baseball. "I knew," says Sonny, "no baseball scout was going to see me as far back in the woods as I was."

Originally released in 1971, Black & Blue enjoyed limited regional success, reaching #3 on Detroit's LP chart. Otherwise, the album quickly vanished into obscurity, dragging its relatively unknown artist behind.

Make no mistake, however, this re-issue is one of the finest crafted albums ever released by Stax records.
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