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His Best

His Best

by Little Walter Little Walter
His Best

His Best

by Little Walter Little Walter


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As MCA reconfigures their Chess catalog, this 20-track single-disc compilation now takes the place of their original 12-track Best of Little Walter collection, a landmark blues album which had remained in print for over three decades. His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) reprises ten of those seminal tracks (leaving off the echoey "Blue Light" and "You Better Watch Yourself," the latter being available on the two-disc anthology The Essential Little Walter) and brings ten others cherry-picked from the catalog to the mix. If you've never experienced the innovative instrumental genius of Little Walter, classics like "Juke," "Off the Wall," "Mean Old World," "Sad Hours," "Blues with a Feeling," "My Babe," "Boom Out Goes the Light," "Last Night," "Mellow Down Easy" and "Roller Coaster" (written by Bo Diddley, who also guests on guitar) will come as a major revelation. These are the recordings that changed the sound and style of blues harmonica forever, and everyone who came after him was as influenced by him as jazz saxophonists were by Charlie Parker. Everyone who fancies themselves a blues harmonica player should have this one in their collection as a textbook instructional tool, while the rest of us can just bask in the glow of his genius. "Essential first purchase" doesn't even begin to describe it.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/1997
Label: Fontana Mca
UPC: 0076732938423
catalogNumber: 9384
Rank: 43751


  1. Juke
  2. Can't Hold Out Much Longer
  3. Mean Old World
  4. Sad Hours
  5. Tell Me Mama
  6. Off the Wall
  7. Blues With a Feeling
  8. You're So Fine
  9. Too Late
  10. Last Night
  11. Mellow Down Easy
  12. My Babe
  13. Roller Coaster
  14. Hate to See You Go
  15. It Ain't Right
  16. Boom, Boom out Goes the Lights
  17. Confessin' the Blues
  18. Key to the Highway
  19. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  20. Just Your Fool

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Walter   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Louis Myers   Guitar
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Leonard Caston   Guitar
George Hunter   Drums
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jimmie Lee Robinson   Bass,Guitar
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Billy Stepney   Drums
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Fred Robinson   Guitar
Dave Myers   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer
Jay McShann   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Billy Altman   Liner Notes
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
A. Walker   Composer

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