Today, the sound of Chicago blues is associated with searning electric and harmonicas, yet Chicago was a blues macca long before anyone ever thought of plugging into an amplifier.
Singer/guitarist Walter Vinson of the legendary Missisipi Sheiks, singer/guitarist Littlr Brother Montgomery and singer Mama Yancey were veterans of the pre-electric Chicago scene and were in magnificent form when Riverside captured their plaintive acoustic stylings in 1961 for its Chicago: The Living Legends series.
Montgomery's elegant piano is heard on all cuts except those featurind Vinson's vocals.
The album also contains two rare selections by the obscure singer and harp blower Henry Benson.
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1. A Wonderful Thing - Mississippi Sheiks
2. Four O'Clock Blues - Mama Yancey
3. New Satellite Blues - Little Brother Montgomery
4. How Long Blues - Mama Yancey
5. Jelly Jelly - Henry Benson
6. I Knew You Were Kiddin' All The Time - Mississippi Sheiks
7. Mama Yancey's Blues - Mama Yancey
8. Jelly Roll Baker - Henry Benson
9. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor - Mama Yancey
10. Things 'Bout Comin' My Way - Mississippi Sheiks
11. The Santa Fe Blues - Mama Yancey
"Missisipi Sheik" Walter Vinson
Little Brother Montgomery