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Cool Cool Blues Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B000E5KUG0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Eyesight To The Blind - Sonny Boy Williamson
2. Crazy About You Baby - Sonny Boy Williamson
3. Stop Crying - Sonny Boy Williamson
4. Do It If You Wanna - Sonny Boy Williamson
5. Cool, Cool Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
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Disc: 2
1. Mama Don't Allow Me - Big Joe Williams
2. Delta Blues - Big Joe Williams
3. Overhauling Blues - Big Joe Williams
4. Whistling Pines - Big Joe Williams
5. Friends And Pals - Big Joe Williams
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Disc: 3
1. Take It Easy Baby - Willie Love
2. Little Car Blues - Willie Love
3. Everybody's Fishing - Willie Love
4. My Own Boogie - Willie Love
5. Feed My Body To The Fishes - Willie Love
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Disc: 4
1. She's Crazy: Take 1 - Sonny Boy Williamson
2. 309 - Sonny Boy Williamson
3. Sonny's Rhythm: Take 1 - Sonny Boy Williamson
4. City Of New Orleans - Sonny Boy Williamson
5. Keep It To Yourself: Take 1 - Sonny Boy Williamson
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Editorial Reviews

This is Sonny Boy II (Rice Miller) and these are the blues-harmonica icon's key sides: Eyesight to the Blind; Mighty Long Time; From the Bottom; She's Crazy , and more-plus tracks by Big Joe Williams, Elmore James, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 102 juke-joint gems!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William E Donoghue on May 22, 2009
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I should confess here first that I am Sonny Boy Williamson's biographer as well as Robert Lockwood Jr.'s and in her later years, a close friend of Lillian McMurry, who produced these recordings for her Trumpet Record label. I was her "date" when she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip and introduced her to Ahmet Ertegun, Bobby Rush, Ruth Brown and Little Richard, who knew her by reputation. I even hung out that night a while with Phil Spector.

Lillian McMurry started Trumpet records in 1950 and operated this blues, gospel and country label from her husband's furniture store in Jackson MS.
To clear up a few points of misinformation, Elmore James signed a contract and cashed his check for the advance one day before he recorded "Dust My Broom" (it was NOT recorded seripticiously as claimed; in fact it was nearly impossible to record it without the knowledge of the artist since they could not even play the recording back to here it; it had to be sent out to have a test prssing made), Trumpet never went bankrup (The Chess brothers and the Bihar Brothers of Modern Records in LA apparently conspired to shut down Trumpet's competition telling record store, "If you buy Trumpet Records, we won't supply you with Chess, Checker, Modern and RPM records." Lillian McMurry and her husband paid off all debts including selling Sonny Boy's contract to settle the pressing plan debt. The contract was later sold to Chess Records. It took five years for the McMurrys to pay off all the debt and forty years later she was still collecting royalties for her artists. When she died, there were many royalty checks waiting for the artists to claim.

The bass on "Mighty Long Time" is not a stand up bass but the voice of Southern Sons' bass man Cliff Givens.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rayson on January 17, 2009
Despite the name on the box set, this is a Trumpet Records rather than a Sonny Boy Williamson compilation. Most of the songs are by artists other than Sonny, and most of those don't even feature him as guest harp player. It is a great compilation of Sonny's tracks for that label, including alternate takes, but it's more than that. It's the story of Sonny's Trumpet Records. He was the label's star, and this box set charts artists - friends and accompanists - that orbited him then, including B.B. King, Big Joe Williams, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (Elvis Presley's favorite), Elmore James and Little Milton. Trumpet was the first label to record Sonny, and here the songs that he'd reprise for Chess might be more primitive, but it's their vitality that makes them better (compare "Eyesight To The Blind" on Trumpet with "Born Blind" on Chess). So now you know, what you're letting yourself in for isn't a great Sonny Boy Williamson box set but a great box set of Sonny's Trumpet Records.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 21, 2008
Four discs. 68,68,71,78 min. each approximately. Remastered sound. There are 103 sides by Rice Miller,known as Sonny Boy Williamson and some friends and acquaintances here,and some of the tracks are some of the best blues recordings of this time period.

Starting out with Eyesight To The Blind,a well-known title and Williamson's first release,the music continues along the same vein. Besides Williamson on vocals and harmonica,he is accompanied by the great Willie Love on piano with bass, drums,and guitar. The guitarists range from unknown to Elmore James to B.B.King. The first cd is devoted to Williamson as the main performer. The emphasis is squarely on Sonny Boy,with the backing group supporting him in an understated,but always authentic sound that really makes these tracks shine.

The second cd begins with the awesome Big Joe Williams,whose voice and guitar is one of the highlights of this set. The tracks here are in a John Lee Hooker style,both in the vocals and especially in the guitar,which is used as a counterpart to the vocals. Together they weave a sound as real and primal as any blues you'll hear. Williams is supported by only a bass player,putting his vocals at the center. The next few tracks are by Luther Huff and his brother. Both play guitar with Luther taking the vocal spotlight. His few tracks are good but nothing extraordinary. Next up is another friend of Sonny Boy's,Arthur Crudup. Backing him is a bass,drums,piano,and harmonica combo. Sonny Boy plays harmonica on a couple of tracks. These tracks are done in a jump-blues style and are very enjoyable. Both Bobo Thomas and Elmore James each appear on one track each,with James listed as doing an alternate recording of Dust My Broom ,with Sonny Boy on harmonica,on the box.
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Sonny Boy is just a piece of the world that doesn't exist anymore.
His talent is everlasting and if you can sit and listen to him for long without saying ..

Wow!! This Artist is incredible, Well I guess you had better go listen to the current top 40 lol.
I have much of his art. and enjoy every piece I own.
This is the best classic blues guitar and harp you will find in a bundle.
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