If you really want to hear what Little Walter sounded like in his pre-amplified days and early stages of development with the Muddy Waters
band, this is the one to get. The title is a bit of a misnomer as Walter
is featured more as a sideman to Baby Face Leroy
, Muddy Waters
and others on early Parkway, Regal and Savoy sides, but it's clear that Walter
at this stage of the game should have been paying royalties to both Sonny Boys and Walter Horton in particular. One of the high points features explosive slide work from Waters
on a pre-Chess version of "Rollin' & Tumblin'," as crude as a version as you'll ever hear and certainly not to be missed. Although many of these sides have appeared on other compilations (usually taped up off of old scratchy 78s), this one features superior sound taken from the original lacquer masters.