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Big Walter Horton as a sideman
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50 posts
Dec 30, 2018
7:32 AM
just wondering if there are any good albums that I am missing out on that Big Walter plays on...
248 posts
Dec 30, 2018
10:20 AM
I like his "Fine Cuts" Album
esp the Don't Get Around Much Anymore track from it.
5701 posts
Dec 30, 2018
12:01 PM
I reckon you could find this document helpful .

It lists all the known releases I think, although I’m not sure if it’s ever been updated or if there have been any releases since it was compiled

51 posts
Dec 30, 2018
12:38 PM
Thanks Dudes!
1520 posts
Jan 01, 2019
8:03 AM
He is barely audible but nevertheless very efficient on some of Otis Rush´s Cobra stuff, using the harmonica in a way the should be more widely employed.
3296 posts
Jan 09, 2019
2:49 PM
john lee Williamson did lots of backing.....and was even better where he was not the singer
149 posts
Jan 09, 2019
6:41 PM
Some of the greatest Big Walter recordings were done in the 50's and early 60's with Johnny Shines and Johnny Young. Look for those recordings. There is a Johnny Shines/Robert Lockwood collection from the early 50's and a 3 disc collection called "Chicago:The Blues Today!" with Horton as a sideman with Young and Shines. Here is Michael Erlewine's review on allmusicguide.com of the Vol 3 disc of this collection:

"Here are the original Chicago artists who have grown up and played together for most of their lives, so the musical time is spacious -- wide open. This is South Side Chicago blues with a trace of country at its best. Big Walter Horton plays some of the best harmonica of his career on this album. Listening to Horton on backup and solo harp is an education. This album is definitive."


There is also an album from the late 60's called "Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton" that is incredible. Horton sings a couple of tunes but he mostly backs up Shines on a more upbeat set, totally brilliant. Also, there is one on the "Arhoolie" label called "Chicago Blues" with Johnny Young where he shares sessions with James Cotton. Horton plays acoustic only on that one (Cotton amplified), but it's amazing. This stuff is all out there, available, but all people ever talk about are the more accessible 70's Big Walter solo recordings...those are great, but the best Big Walter is on these recordings, in my opinion. There are more knowledgeable people who can share more info than I can...but please don't limit your Big Walter knowledge to those 70's recordings. There is a world of amazing stuff. Start with "Chicago: The Blues Today!" volume 3.
5743 posts
Jan 10, 2019
3:50 PM
Yep. All the pertinent info re those recordings is listed in the discography i posted above. It’s a very well-researched document

Chicago the blues today is an all-around great piece of work. It’s available as a 3 disc set too, which is better value for $ i think, although I’m not sure if there’s a difference in sound quality compared to the individual volumes

Last Edited by SuperBee on Jan 10, 2019 3:52 PM

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