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(Sundazed) 12 tracks, colored vinyl (white), Records Store Day release The originator of... more

Little Walter: The Best Of Little Walter (LP)

(Sundazed) 12 tracks, colored vinyl (white), Records Store Day release

The originator of raw, loud, razor-blade-toned blues harmonica, Little Walter was an in-demand sideman for other Chicago greats in 1952 when he recorded Juke, which launched a career full of innovation and success. 'The Best Of Little Walter' is the only LP originally issued during his lifetime, and remains the perfect survey of his greatest records, every single cut here was a top 10 R&B chart smash! Another super-sonic, you-are-there long player produced from the original Chess masters and pressed on white vinyl...only from Sundazed!

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  • Interpret: Little Walter

  • Album titlle: The Best Of Little Walter (LP)

  • Genre Blues

  • Price code VLP2
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Label Sundazed Records

  • Artikelart LP

  • Record Store Day Edition
  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 0090771556318

  • weight in Kg 0.22
Little Walter - The Best Of Little Walter (LP) LP 1
01 My Babe Little Walter
02 Sad Hours Little Walter
03 You're So Fine Little Walter
04 Last Night Little Walter
05 Blues With A Feeling Little Walter
06 Can't Hold Out Much Longer Little Walter
07 Juke Little Walter
08 Mean Old World Little Walter
09 Off The Wall Little Walter
10 You Better Watch Yourself Little Walter
11 Blue Lights Little Walter
12 Tell Me Mamma Little Walter
Little Walter Juke (Walter Jacobs) Checker 758 Little Walter Jacobs took the... more
"Little Walter"

Little Walter


(Walter Jacobs)

Checker 758

Little Walter Jacobs took the humble harmonica to previously unimaginable levels. In his extraordinary hands, the instrument could swoop like a bird, growl like a bear, or boldly investigate jazz territory where no blues harpist dared go. What he did with amplification had never been envisioned by his fellow harmonica wailers, redefining the role of the harp in electric blues.


Marion Jacobs rolled into Chicago in the mid-'40s, though he'd already accrued plenty of experience in both music and life. Social Security has his birthdate as May 1, 1923, but his biographers peg the actual year as 1930. He was born in Marksville, Louisiana, first picked up a harp after hearing country performer Lonnie Glosson, and left home for New Orleans in his early teens, already fluent on his instrument. Both Sonny Boys were prime influences, the latter first-hand in Helena. Despite his youth, he played with Honeyboy Edwards, Sunnyland Slim, and Robert Jr. Lockwood, rambling through Memphis and St. Louis before settling in Chicago and playing Maxwell Street. There Walter met Jimmy Rogers.

"Sunnyland brought Walter to Chicago. He was a fantastic harmonica player," said Rogers. "He mostly was self-taught. He'd mostly do a lot of stuff just pretty well by himself, with no band. It was kind of hard to get him to settle down and play with a band. That was the hard part. But we worked him in. Got him in real good."

That band was headed by Muddy Waters. Walter joined it in the fall of '47 after making his first studio appearances behind Rogers as well as doing his own vocal for Bernard Abrams' tiny Ora Nelle Records on Maxwell Street. Walter sang the rocking I Just Keep Loving Her, one half of Ora Nelle's first 78. Then Waters gobbled him up.

"Me and Baby Face Leroy started to playing. He played guitar. We said, 'Hey, we need another piece!' And we went and found Walter and got him to come with us. Then Jimmy Rogers came back to the band," said Muddy. "We take Leroy off guitar, put him on drums, and Jimmy and myself played guitar and Walter played the harmonica." The greatest Chicago blues band of all was born, though Leonard Chess didn't allow Walter to play on Muddy's records until 1950. After that, Walter was integral to Waters' sound until an instrumental they cut on May 12, 1952 as Your Cat Will Play came out as Walter's first Checker single under the snappy name of Juke (Elga Edmonds was the drummer).

Juke sat at the top of the R&B charts for eight weeks, ensuring Walter's exit. He went looking for the Aces, comprised of guitarist brothers Louis and Dave Myers and drummer Fred Below. "All of a sudden," said the late Dave Myers, "I looked up and there was Little Walter in the house. I'm waitin' for Junior Wells to come to work, because he was late. I said, 'Where's Junior?' So Louis say, 'Well, I think Junior's gone.' So Muddy had sent for Junior, 'cause Walter had left him out there.

"He was looking for a band. He know his record was real strong, and we was the onliest guys that he could relate to." Now Walter was the man in charge.

Bill Dahl aus PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP! Electric Blues 1939-2005 - The Definitive Collection! - "Plug It In! Turn It Up! - Electric Blues 1939 - 2005" auf Bear Family Records hat bei den Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenneessee, am 9. Mai den prestigetraechtigen Preis in der Kategorie 'Bestes historisches Album' erhalten. Die einzigartige, 12-teilige CD-Dokumentation vermittelt erstmals einen umfassenden Blick auf die Geschichte dieses bedeutsamen Genres, unabhaengig von Grenzen, die einzelne Plattenfirmen aufzeigen. Unser Autor Bill Dahl aus Chicago war vor Ort und nahm den Preis vor etwa 1.300 Bluesmusikern, Journalisten und Fans entgegen. Die Blues Music Awards, die alljaehrlich in Memphis fuer die besten Blues-Veroeffentlichungen verliehen werden, gelten als wichtigste Auszeichnung weltweit und werden auch als 'Oscars des Blues' bezeichnet..

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Little Walter - The Best Of Little Walter (LP) LP 1
01 My Babe
02 Sad Hours
03 You're So Fine
04 Last Night
05 Blues With A Feeling
06 Can't Hold Out Much Longer
07 Juke
08 Mean Old World
09 Off The Wall
10 You Better Watch Yourself
11 Blue Lights
12 Tell Me Mamma