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Big Walter Horton & Alfred 'Blues King' Harris - Harmonica Blues Kings (2000)

6-08-2015, 18:30
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Big Walter Horton & Alfred 'Blues King' Harris - Harmonica Blues Kings (2000)

Artist: Big Walter Horton & Alfred 'Blues King' Harris
Title Of Album: Harmonica Blues Kings
Year Of Release: 2000
Genre: Harmonica Blues, Chicago Blues
Label: United
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 47:17
Total Size: 120 MB
Covers: Full

01. Back Home To Mama (Big Walter Horton) (3:11)
02. Hard-Hearted Woman (Big Walter Horton) (3:04)
03. Southern Women (Tommy Brown) (2:42)
04. Remember Me (Tommy Brown) (2:32)
05. Card Game (Tommy Brown) (2:48)
06. Nosey Neighbors (Tommy Brown) (2:54)
07. Hard-Hearted Woman (Alternate) (Big Walter Horton) (3:07)
08. Back Home To Mama (Alternate) (Big Walter Horton) (3:07)
09. My Life Blues (Alfred Harris) (3:05)
10. Up Side The Wall (Alfred Harris) (2:28)
11. Gold Digger (James Bannister) (3:30)
12. Sundown Boogie Blues (Alfred Harris) (3:11)
13. Miss Ida (Alfred Harris) (3:27)
14. Great Lakes Boogie (Alfred Harris) (3:07)
15. Blues And Trouble (James Bannister) (2:51)
16. Up Side The Wall (Alternate) (Alfred Harris) (2:05)

Personnel: Big Walter HORTON - Harmonica, Vocals
with on tr.1,2,7,8 Red Halloway, John Cameron - Tenor Sax;
Lafayette leake - Piano;
Lee Cooper - Guitar;
Willie Dixon - Bass; Fred Below - Drums
with on tr.3-6 Tommy Brown - Vocals;
Memphis Slim - Piano;
Harold Ashby - Tenor Sax; Lee Cooper; Willie Dixon

on tracks 9-16 Alfred HARRIS - Harmonica, Vocals
with: Earl Dranes; James Bannister.

Less feted than Little Walter or SB Williamson II but in talent at least their equal, Horton was at his best when working as an accompanist. Records by Waters, Rogers and Shines, among many others, were immeasurably enhanced by his presence. Horton was one of very few musicians capable of elevating the slighest material into something approaching a masterpiece. His own records were relatively few and workmanlike, as if the burden of leadership restricted his creativity. Alcoholism and a delicate constitution (whence the nickname 'Shakey') hampered his last years but he remained capable of moments of fitful brillance.
Despite top billing, Horton's eight tracks consist of two takes of 'Hard Hearted Woman' and 'Back Home To Mama' and four on which he accompanies singer Tommy Brown. His song benefit from Dixon's arrangements but vary little in performances. Horton concentrates on the low and middle ranges of his amplified harmonica, producing long, saxophonic notes, with just one treble squeak. Tommy Brown is an ahthusiastic but mundane singer whose 'Southern Woman' provides Horton with his only solo of session. Otherwise his varied and persistent embellishments are too low in the mix to be fully appreciated, hampered as they are by Harold Ashby's equally active tenor sax.

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singlemalt   User offline   7 August 2015 12:05

Great stuff, thanks kamane 3

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