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Whoopin

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0000009Y0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded in three days, Whoopin' is a gritty stomp from the true Mississippi Delta tradition. Absolutely no fillers in this collection. Recorded live with no overdubs, Sonny Terry blows and sings with the fervor of the best, and Johnny Winter's slide work smokes from start to finish. Willie Dixon provides the authentic juke joint slap bass. The only question you'll have after hearing this is why the promotions dept. wasn't sacked for not getting the word out on this release. Get it.
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Saunders Terrell was 72 when this album was recorded, but he sounds as healthy as always, and his joyous whoops still pepper his singing.
Johnny Winter plays excellent, gritty blues behind Sonny Terry, Willie Dixon slaps the upright bass, and drummer Styve Homnick lays down a tough, shuffling backbeat on these ten songs which include one instrumental, and excellent renditions of "I Got My Eyes On You", "Ya Ya", and the infectious, up-tempo boogie "Hooray, Hooray, This Woman Is Killing Me", as well as yet another take on the classic "Worry No More / It Hurts Me Too"-tune, this one titled "Burnt Child", and a swinging, folkish "Crow Jane".
It's a bit of shame that Sonny Terry's harmonica isn't amplified, but otherwise, this is a really strong session, the arrangements are excellent, and Sonny's voice is a powerful as ever.
4 1/2 stars - highly recommended.
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Johnny Winter applied his deft touch to this outstanding recording with Sonny Terry and Willie Dixon. As with the four brilliant Blues Sky recordings he produced for Muddy Waters this set is a killer. Winter's playing is always at it's best when he is in the presence of a Blues Master. He is more restrained and supportive, less invested in overwhelming the music as he is in supporting the artist. Sonny is in top form. It's hard to imagine he was near the end of the road at the time of this effort. His was a remarkably vital and inspired performance. This is a modern-era classic of the blues, at a time that the blues was gasping it's last authentic breath. Essential...Simon
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Man this is a rockin little record :A nice scenario where we see the acoustic classic harp, and spot -on vocals of Sonny with an electric country blues rhythm section behind him . Nothing I know of recorded by Sonny was ever done this way and i'm so glad we have this most enjoyable blend of blues left behind by Sonny for us to dig forever. The late Willie Dixon, Steve Homnyk, and Producer / Guitar legend Johnny Winter are the band here ,and the whole thing is a pure joy to listen to. Uncluttered rockin acoustic/electric country blues; A true classic .One of the best Alligator Records releases ever .
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HA! So where do ya' begin with this kicker? Sonny Terry gets top booking, but Johnny Winter is no slouch, nor is Willie Dixon, or that other Styve guy [Homnick]. Sonny Terry has to be one of the most under appreciated artists of our time, and for those in the know, one of the most dear, and most loved ... working his magic with acoustic blues in the true Piedmont style; originating in the southeastern States. Yes, Sonny was a blind harp player who's enjoyed a rather lengthy career, both as a solo artist and as a session man constantly in demand. Whoopin' was Sonny's final studio album, and is damn near flawless, representing the culmination of a lifetime of musical brilliance.

Alligator Records released this bit of sunshine, and while Alligator has sometimes been criticized for sanitizing their releases, that criticism sure doesn't apply here, where these four legends let loose, playing from the hip, and slap a happy smile across your face that will have you lookin' silly for days. Willie Dixon dances that upright bass like he's making love to his favorite woman, and Styve Homnick, a totally forgotten drummer, holds a steady backbeat, shuffling with a swagger, and uptempo straight-back variation. Winter's playing is gritty, but never looses the grace required of Piedmont Blues, while Sonny's harp, which isn't amplified, cuts like a foil, standing in stark juxtaposition to the instrumentation, bringing out the big ol' yellow moon, just when it's needed most.

This sensational bit of traditional blues was laid down in just three days, a reflection of the spark that turned into a fire when these fine musicians matched up. Whoopin' is an absolute necessity if you even consider yourself into the blues, and will prove to you why Eric Clapton will always be Eric Clapton, but Sonny Terry will forever be THE BLUES.

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SONNY TERRY IS A COUNTRY BLUES HARMONICA PLAYER WHOSE TRADEMARK "WHOOPIN" RECALLS A LATE NIGHT HOE-DOWN. TERRY HAS PERFORMED SOLO AS WELL AS WITH MANY OF THE GREATS INCLUDING LEADBELLY, LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, AND WOODIE GUTHERIE.
WITH RESPECT TO THIS CD, TERRY IS JOINED BY JOHNNY WINTER WHO PRODUCES AND PLAYS SLIDE GUITAR AND PIANO, THE GREAT WILLIE DIXON ON BASS AND STYVE HOMNICK ON DRUMS. THE END RESULT IS A DELTA STYLE BLUES CD WHICH KEEPS THE "WHOOPIN" TO A MINIMUM.
WHILE THERE ARE SOME STANDOUTS ON THIS CD SUCH AS "I GOT MY EYES ON YOU" AND "BURNT CHILD", THIS IS NOT TERRY'S BEST WORK. PRIOR TO RECOMMENDING THIS CD, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU LOOK INTO TERRY'S "WHOOPIN' THE BLUES: THE CAPITOL RECORDINGS 1947-50" OR "BROWNIE MCGHEE AND SONNY TERRY SING". EITHER OR BOTH CD'S WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER SENSE OF THIS MAN IN HIS HEYDAY.
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