Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON II (Rice MILLER) – One Way Out 1981

Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON II (Rice MILLER) – One Way Out 1981
CH9116 Italy
1990 Issue.

Blues

The harmonica’s not an especially prepossessing object, but in the skilled hands of Sonny Boy Williamson it was an incredibly expressive and versatile instrument. Though the material on One Way Out is mostly pretty obscure, that’s no reason to avoid this collection; 15 killer tracks, packed full of Williamson’s great harp lines and dry, witty vocals, are nothing to sneer at. Things kick off with the classic “Born Blind,” featuring some great interplay between Williamson’s harmonica and Otis Spann’s piano; Williamson jams equally well with guitarists Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers on “Work with Me.” The list of great solos here would include virtually the entire album, but special standouts are on “You Killing Me,” “Don’t Lose Your Eye,” “I Wonder Why,” and “I Know What Love Is All About.” Also keep an ear open for “Like Wolf,” a slower song that stretches its musical tension almost to the breaking point. Williamson’s backing musicians are an all-star cast; along with Spann, Waters, and Rogers, there’s Robert Lockwood Jr., Willie Dixon, and others.
By Genevieve Williams. AMG.
**
Of all the blues greats of the 40s, 50s and 60s, Aleck “Rice” Miller’s output was of the most consistently high quality, and if you’re not completely satisfied by the double-disc MCA/Chess anthology, “The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson”, his four LPs “Down And Out Blues”, “Help Me”, “One Way Out” and “Bummer Road” are all must-own purchases.

On “One Way Out”, Rice Miller is backed by an incredible number of superstar sidemen, including Otis Spann, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Fred Below, Odie Payne, Lafayette Leake, Robert “Jr.” Lockwood, and Willie Dixon.
It may not be as consistently sublime as “Bummer Road” or “Down And Out Blues”, but there are certainly no clunkers either, and several of these songs rank among Miller’s very best.
The album opens with “Born Blind”, a great re-take on his classic 1951 Trumpet single “Eyesight To The Blind” with some wonderful piano playing by Otis Spann. And other highlights include the shuffling “Too Close Together”, the slow “Don’t Lose Your Eye” with its lean arrangement, the fantastic title track (which boasts one of Miller’s best lyrics), and the classic “Keep It To Yourself”.

Rice Miller’s harp playing is superb all the way through, employing his usual barrage of powerful, riffing bursts and nuanced, even subtle, blowing. And his vocals on the song which bears the tounge-in-cheek title “Like Wolf” are indeed uncannily like Howlin’ Wolf’s.
By Docendo Discimus.
**
This collection by Sonny Boy Williamson is no longer a fashionable music style. However, his harmonica and vocals highlight a blues legacy that is worth remembering. Some of the backing features Muddy Walters and Otis Spann. My favourite Sonny Boy track, ‘Help Me’ is missing from the album but there are still enough highlights to keep you interested. All blues fans should have at least one album from Sonny Boy.
By Bob Davis.
(i wonder since when his music is “no longer fashinable music style”… and yet another pearl; “All blues fans should have at least one album from Sonny Boy” says Bob. 1 album :)…
Geez F. Christ. Why don´t u go and run around the block instead bob.)
themonk.
**
Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)- Harmonica, Vocals
**
A1. Born Blind  2:30
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
Piano- Otis Spann
A2. Work With Me  2:51
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Jimmy Rogers , Muddy Waters
Piano- Otis Spann
A3. You Killing Me  3:26
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Jimmy Rogers , Muddy Waters
Piano- Otis Spann
A4. Keep It To Yourself  2:46
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
A5. Don’t Lose Your Eye  3:03
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
A6. Good Evening Everybody  2:32
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Jimmy Rogers , Muddy Waters
Piano- Otis Spann
A7. Too Close Together  2:11
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
Piano- Lafayette Leake
B1. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide  2:17
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Odie Payne
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
Piano- Otis Spann
B2. I Wonder Why  1:32
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
B3. This Is My Apartment  2:37
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
B4. One Way Out  1:59
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
Piano- Unidentified*
Written-By- Sonny Boy Williamson , Willie Dixon
B5. Like Wolf  2:48
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
B6. Have You Ever Been In Love  2:51
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
B7. Cool Disposition  2:40
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
Piano- Otis Spann
B8. I Know What Love Is All About  2:37
Bass- Willie Dixon
Drums- Fred Below
Guitar- Luther Tucker , Robert Lockwood Jr.
**


NoPassword
*
DLink
*
Please Donate

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: