Sonny Boy Williamson – Down and Out Blues (Mono MAL 662) (1966)

Another blues re-issue by the estimable Marble Arch, and in virtually mint condish, but, as with the earlier Wolf collection, why did they delete two tracks from the original 1959 Checker version?

That this album was destined for literate aficionados is suggested by a liner note writer not shy of his literary allusions: W. Somerset Maugham and William Congreve rub shoulders with Bill Broonzy and the original Sonny Boy; words and phrases like “domestic discord”, “bewildered lovelorn” “taunting Jezebel”, “rueful”, “doltish”, “resignedly” and “cuckholdry” pepper the writing without sounding pretentious, just excited proselytising.

The music, it goes without saying, is marvelously jaunty Chicago electric blues featuring the man whose mama called him Rice Miller singing tremulously and punctuated by his distinctive harmonica playing.

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