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Little Walter ‎– The Best Of Little Walter - New LP

Little Walter ‎– The Best Of Little Walter - New LP

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Little Walter ‎– The Best Of Little Walter

Macomba ‎– MAC 1428 LP, Macomba ‎– LP 1428
2018 Germany import
Chicago Blues
reissue of 1957 album, recorded 1952 to 1955
While Little Walter’s music might not be known to all these days, one listen to these classic sides from the early 1950s and it’s easy to realize that’s there’s hardly a single person alive today who doesn’t love a band or artist that was clearly influenced by this man from Louisiana, or at least love a band who was influenced by a band that was influenced by Little Walter.  You can take college classes and watch documentaries about the rock and roll explosion of 1955, but Little Walter was exploding before that, his playing clearly not just inspiring other harmonica players but so many people playing other instruments, electric guitar for example.  And no matter how good his harmonica playing, his blowing was always wrapped in the song, helping power it along, taking the spotlight but bringing the thing with him, all part of the locomotion, the song moving like a freight train and his playing like the whistle blowing.  The world as we know it would be a completely different place without the influence of Little Walter.  He might have died before reaching 40, but his sounds, styles and influences live on. - winch (green noise records)

AllMusic Review by 

If there's a blues harmonica player alive today who doesn't have a copy of this landmark album in their collection, they're either lying or had their copy of it stolen by another harmonica player. This 12-song collection is the one that every harmonica player across the board cut their teeth on. All the hits are here: "My Babe," "Blues with a Feeling," "You Better Watch Yourself," "Off the Wall," "Mean Old World" and the instrumental that catapulted him from the sideman chair in Muddy Waters' band to the top of the R&B charts in 1952, "Juke." Walter's influence to this very day is so pervasive over the landscape of the instrument that this collection of singles is truly: 1) one of the all-time greatest blues harmonica albums, 2) one of the all-time greatest Chicago blues albums, and 3) one of the first ten albums you should purchase if you're building your blues collection from the ground floor up.

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