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Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee ‎– Sonny & Brownie (1973)

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Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee ‎– Sonny & Brownie (1973)

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A1 	People Get Ready 	
A2 	Bring It On Home To Me 	
A3 	You Bring Out The Boogie In Me 	
A4 	Sail Away 	
A5 	Sonny's Thing 	
A6 	White Boy Lost In The Blues 	
B1 	The Battle Is Over 	
B2 	Walkin' My Blues Away 	
B3 	Big Wind (Is A' Comin') 	
B4 	Jesus Gonna Make It Alright 	
B5 	God And Man 	
B6 	On The Road Again

Brownie McGhee - guitar, vocals
Sonny Terry - harmonica, vocals
Arlo Guthrie - acoustic guitar, vocals
Sugarcane Harris - violin
Michael Franks - acoustic guitar and banjo
John Mayall - 12-string electric guitar, piano and harmonica
John Hammond - slide guitar
Jerry Cole - guitar, banjo
Jerry McGee - guitar, banjo
Al McKay - guitar
Harry Holt - bass guitar
Maurice Rodgers - keyboards
Eddie Greene - drums
Venetta Fields, Clydie King, Marti McCall, Jackie Ward, Maxine Willard Waters, Jim Gilstrap - background vocals

 

In a way, this is the veteran duo's version of Fathers and Sons, a meeting of old black bluesmen with young white admirers that Muddy Waters and Otis Spann cut with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. John Mayall and John Hammond, Jr. are among the "youngsters" on this powerful statement that includes a definitive version of Randy Newman's wickedly subtle anti-slavery tune "Sail Away." Sonny Terry's trademark whoops are energizing. The repartee between him and Brownie McGhee might convince you they were fast friends if you didn't know otherwise. ---Mark Allan, AllMusic Review

 

I've been a big fan of Brownie and Sonny since I was old enough to begin looking beyond popular music (1960's). There are some performers who just have it all - technical ability, vision and soul. These guys define the term "musician".

When this album came out I jumped on it and it immediately became a favorite - my old heroes going beyond the traditional acoustic duo ... electric guitars and Rhodes pianos? Wow!

Joined by some of the young trend setters who they had influenced, this album is just great - you can feel the mutual admiration. I've said that every rock and roll harp player learned from Sonny whether he knew it or not ... their rendition of Michael Franks' "White Boy Lost in the Blues" with Mayall still makes me laugh.

Arlo Guthrie (whose dad was friends with B&S) joins in as does Sugarcane Harris, John Hammond, John Mayall and Michael Franks.

Politics? From old "politics via analogy" to the best ever cover of Randy Newman's "Sail Away" ...

Music? Brownie's solid, clean guitar work and vocals backed by Sonny is always the best. Here we get great, sweeping gospel treatments with Sonny's whoopin and blowin falling right into the groove.

For me it doesn't get much better than this. Traditional blues merging with the best of the "folk" and rock it spawned. Listen to this recording! ---Tommy, amazon.com

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