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  • Vinyl (January 15, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Hall (Generic)
  • ASIN: B00AP0KGAY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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This album is a must-buy for the music lover.
Jostein Berntsen
Sonny Boy Williamson (Alex "Rice" Miller) and his best friend Robert Lockwood Jr. were true pioneers of Delta blues.
William E Donoghue
"Down And Out Blues" is one of the finest albums ever from the renowned Chicago blues label Chess Records.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on July 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you don't want to dig deeper into your pockets for Chess Records' double-disc "The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson", this could be what you're looking for.

"Down And Out Blues" is one of the finest albums ever from the renowned Chicago blues label Chess Records. First issued in 1959, it is 34 minutes worth of some of the best electric blues ever recorded...Aleck "Rice" Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II) was the best songwriter of all the legendary Chess artists, an elegant and expressive singer (in spite of his hoarse, slightly nasal voice), and a tremendous harmonica player. Claims that he sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for not having to breathe while he performed were once recounted with utter seriousness in the liner notes to one of his 60s LPs.

On this wonderful slice of gritty blues, Miller is backed by men like Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Fred Below, and Otis Spann in a virtual blues summit, but Miller is always front and centre, his rhythmic harp blasts alternating with quivering solos and fills. His standard combo (bassist Dixon, drummer Fred Below, guitarists Robert "Jr." Lockwood and Luther Tucker, and top-notch piano player Spann) is smouldering behind him on songs like "99" and "Let Me Explain", and while Miller's lyrics can easily stand alone, such tremendous backing makes them shine even brighter.

"Down And Out Blues" includes several of Rice Miller's best and best-known songs, like "Don't Start Me To Talkin'", "Fatterning Frogs For Snakes", and "All My Love In Vain", as well as a few lesser-known but often equally impressive numbers.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jostein Berntsen on August 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sonny Boy Williamson was the first blues artist I started listening to, and he opened a world of exciting music for me. Sonny Boy was one of the major artists at Chess Records and Little Walter's greatest competitor in the 50's on blues harmonica. He had a delta background from the south, and soon developed an urban Chicago sound when he moved north in the early 50's. This album is a great starter to get into this man's many great songs. What was so great with Sonny Boy Williamson was not only his singing and playing, but he also wrote a lot of classic songs with exciting and intriguing lyrics. He was a bandleader at the stature of Muddy Waters and a good arranger too. Among my all-time favourites are 'I don't know', 'Fattening frogs for snakes' and 'Cross my heart'. Escpecially the last song, which is a slow intense blues, gives you a feeling what the blues is all about. The harmonica solo on this song is one of the best I have heard on record by any artist. This album is a must-buy for the music lover.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Blues Bro VINE VOICE on November 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
You can find any of these tracks on many of the dozens of sony boy's compilations. The exciting thing about this release is that this is an original album of the late fifties. That means that many of the artists that were influenced by Sonny Boy, first got to listen to him via this album. In fact, John Mayall once said that this is one of his all time favourite albums. All these recordings are from Chess, and are among the best lyrics ever written in blues history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William E Donoghue on December 30, 2010
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Sonny Boy Williamson (Alex "Rice" Miller) and his best friend Robert Lockwood Jr. were true pioneers of Delta blues. As early as 1938 the delta duo were playing electric blues entertaing the huge crowds they attracted to country jukes by hooking up guitar and harmonica mikes through juke boxes and car radios. In 1941 they started broadcastin King Biscuit Time from Helena Arkansas' KFFA making Sonny Boy the first media star of the south, Soon after Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter left for Chicago (they couldn't get gigs when Sonny Boy was around with his radio show).

These recordings are from the late 1950s when 15 years later Sonny Boy signed with Checker Records (not Chess) and took Chicago by storm. These are his early Checker hits on which he built his reputation ("Keep It To Yourself" was also a hit but Checker put the wrong song in its place on the original LP. This record was one of the first successful blues LPs and the first blues album I ever bought.

For the record, (1) the bum on the cover this album is decidedly NOT Sonny Boy who most often wore double breasted suits and a bowler hat, a style he adopted in the 1930s and (2) contrary to the lies he toid so often, he was only in his early 40s when these songs were recorded and 52 when he died and he was Alex Miller not his brother Willie. He had good reason for the deceptive age and names he used (watch for my book in 2012). Even his best friends didn't know much about his personal life. His mostly autobiograhical songs tell the story if you can break the code.

Sonny Boy was a combination of Legba (the master of the crossroads), Bre'r Rabbit ("Don't Throw Me In The Bramble Patch")and Al Green (like Sonny Boy, a seductive music magician on Saturday night and a preacher on Sunday).
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