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Little Walter – The Chess Years; 1952-1963

Little Walter – The Chess Years; 1952-1963

Here’s a magnificent compilation set of blues harpsman supreme Marion Walter Jacobs, better known as Little Walter.

The great Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968) was born in Marksville, LA, and raised in Alexandria, LA was a blues singer, harmonica player, and guitarist.

Jacobs is generally included among blues music greats: his revolutionary harmonica technique has earned comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix in its impact.

There were great musicians before and after, but Jacobs’ virtuosity and musical innovations reached heights of expression never previously imagined, and fundamentally altered many listeners’ expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica.

His body of work earned Little Walter a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category on March 10, 2008.

Jacobs’ own career took off when he recorded as a bandleader for Chess’ subsidiary label Checker Records on 12 May 1952; the first completed take of the first song attempted at his debut session was a hit, spending eight weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard magazine R&B charts – the song was “Juke”, and it was the first and only harmonica instrumental to become a #1 hit on the R&B charts. (Three other harmonica instrumentals by Little Walter also reached the Billboard R&B top 10: “Off the Wall” reached #8, “Roller Coaster” achieved #6, and “Sad Hours” reached the #2 position while Juke was still on the charts.)

“Juke” was the biggest hit to date for Chess and its affiliated labels, and secured Walter’s position on the Chess artist roster for the next decade. Walter scored fourteen top-ten hits on the R&B charts between 1952 and 1958, including two #1 hits (the second being “My Babe” in 1955), a feat never achieved by his former boss Waters, nor by his fellow Chess blues artists Howling Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Many of Walter’s numbers were originals which he, or Chess A&R man, Willie Dixon wrote. In general his sound was more modern and uptempo than the popular Chicago blues of the day, with a jazzier feel than other contemporary blues harmonica players.

His legacy has been enormous: he is widely credited by blues historians as the artist primarily responsible for establishing the standard vocabulary for modern blues and blues rock harmonica players.

His influence can be heard in virtually every modern blues harp player who came along in his wake, from blues greats such as Junior Wells, James Cotton, George “Harmonica” Smith, Carey Bell, and Big Walter Horton, through modern-day masters Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, and Charlie Musselwhite, in addition to blues-rock crossover artists such as Paul Butterfield and John Popper of Blues Traveler.


101. Juke
102. Can’t Hold Out Much Longer
103. Blue Midnight
104. Boogie
105. Mean Old World
106. Sad Hours
107. Don’t Have To Hurt No More
108. Crazy Legs
109. Tonight With A Fool
110. Off The Wall
111. Tell Me Mama
112. Quarter To Twelve
113. Blues With A Feeling
114. Last Boogie
115. Too Late
116. Fast Boogie
117. Light Out
118. Fast Large One
119. You’re So Fine
120. Come Back Baby
121. Rocker
122. Oh Baby
123. I Got To Find My Baby
124. Big Leg Mama
201. Mercy Babe
202. Last Night
203. You’d Better Watch Yourself
204. Blue Eight
205. Last Night
206. Mollow Down Easy
207. Thunderbird
208. My Babe
209. Roller Coaster
210. I Got To Go
211. Little Girl
212. Crazy For Me Baby
213. Cant’t Stop Loving You
214. Hate To See You Go
215. One More Chance With You
216. Who
217. Boom, Boom Out Goes The Lights
218. It Ain’t Right
219. Flying Saucer
220. It’s Too Late Brother
221. Teenage Beat
222. Take Me Back
223. Just A Feeling
301. Nobody But You
302. Temperature
303. Shake Dancer
304. Everybody Needs Somebody
305. Temperature
306. Ah’m Baby
307. I Had My Fun
308. The Toddle
309. Confessin’ The Blues
310. Key To The Highway
311. Rock Bottom
312. You Gonna Be Sorry
313. Baby
314. My Baby Sweeter
315. Crazy Mixed Up World
316. Worried Life
317. Everything’s Going To Be Alright
318. Mean Old Frisco
319. Back Track
320. One Of These Mornings
321. Blue And Lonesome
322. Me And Piney Brown
323. Break It Up
324. Goin’ Down Slow
401. I Don’t Play
402. As Long As I Have You
403. You Don’t Know
404. Just Your Fool
405. Up The Line
406. I’m A Business Man
407. Dead President
408. Southern Feeling
409. Juke ( Alternate Take)
410. Blue Midnight (Alternate Take)
411. Off The Wall (Alternate Take)
412. My Kind Of Baby
413. I Love You So
414. Instrumental
415. Temperature ( Take 30)
416. Temperature ( Take 35-36)
417. Ah’w Baby (Alternate Take)
418. Rock Bottom (Alternate Take)
419. Walkin’ On (Alternate Take)
420. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Take 1)
421. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Alternate Take)
422. Mean Old Frisco ( Take 1-2)
423. Blue And Lonesome ( Take 1)
424. My Babe

Here’s Wally;

DL all 5 parts from RS

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April 23, 2008 Posted by | Little Walter, Music_Blues, _MUSIC | 1 Comment