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mardi 19 juin 2018

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON (Rice Miller) LIVE




SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON (Rice Miller)/
Live Sessions


           
Si les enregistrements en studio pour Trumpet, Chess ou Storyville de Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) qui regorgent de chefs d'œuvre et sont devenus des classiques du Chicago blues, sont aisément disponibles sous diverses formes, les enregistrements en concert ou dans des radios effectués par cet immense bluesman demeurent plus confidentielles et disséminées sur de nombreux albums, souvent très difficiles à se procurer aujourd'hui.
            Nous avons essayé de regrouper tous ces enregistrements "live", l'immense majorité ayant été effectuée en Europe (seul un programme radiophonique en studio à Helena provient des Etats Unis). Evidemment, à l'exception des concerts qui proviennent de l'American Folk Blues Festival dans lesquels Sonny Boy est accompagné de superbes musiciens comme M.T. Murphy, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Memphis Slim etc... les autres sont beaucoup moins musicalement réussis. Derrière Sonny Boy, nombre de très jeunes musiciens anglais qui sont alors au tout début de leur carrière font plus montre d'enthousiasme que d'empathie réelle avec leur leader d'un soir. Mais Sonny Boy est Sonny Boy et dès qu'il chante, parle, susurre, souffle dans son harmonica, claque des doigts, l'instant est magique. Et finalement ces enregistrements, souvent réalisés dans des conditions précaires et qui, parfois, n'étaient même pas destinés à être publiés, constituent un apport très intéressant à l'œuvre du maestro.
            Sauf erreur, tout ce que Sonny Boy a enregistré live dans les années 1963-65 se trouve ici. A l'exception de six titres provenant d'une séance privée (dans l'appartement d'un collectionneur germanique) qui ont brièvement paru en LP (Document) sous le titre de Solo blues et que je n'ai pas réussi à retrouver.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

            If the studio recordings for Trumpet, Chess or Storyville made by Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) are full of blues masterpieces and are still easily available today, his live recordings (made in concerts or for radio programmes) are much more confidential and scattered on too many albums, very often hard to get. And some that you'll find here are also hitherto unissued.
            We have tried to gather all those live recordings, essentially captured in Europe (with one exception coming from Helena, Arkansas). Of course, with the strong exception of the American Folk Blues Festivals' concerts where Sonny Boy is backed by great American fellow bluesmen (M.T. Murphy, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Memphis Slim etc...), the others are much less musically successful. Behind the great bluesman, many very young British musicians who are at the very beginning of their careers display more enthusiasm than real empathy to their revered one night leader. But Sonny Boy is Sonny Boy and as soon as he sings, talks, groans, whispers, blows his harp, snaps his fingers... the moment becomes just magical! And finally those recordings, very often made in very precarious and technically rough conditions - several were not even aimed to be issued! - are anyway a very rewarding addition to the maestro's complete works.
            Unless I'm mistaken, everything Sonny Boy has recorded live between 1963-65 (nothing was done before, the track on the Argo's Folk Festival album was in fact a studio recording with handclaps added!) is gathered here. With one missing exception, six titles coming from a private recording (done at a German collector's house) which were briefly issued on the Solo blues LP that I've not able to get.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT


34 commentaires:

  1. SBW II (Rice Miller) Complete Live recordings

    CD1: https://mega.nz/#!XIh2gKqA!NoEYBXwcBIx8cDlFDI7zWnJg2koCoVsutNs-MzbUUn8

    CD2: https://mega.nz/#!3Ex2zagD!v2QHj16FK22by4Km7gLvyBA_rJwqMK6oWIihqABTIwY

    CD3:
    https://mega.nz/#!LAhmnYAS!NTi9GozX4rRXVJUhVKH-sJ9hPq4yuQo8Jy0D10HROCo

    CD4:
    https://mega.nz/#!DV4k0QSJ!Yk63XnXUPMtj8EP1U8PtdPdvgHygsa88j_HvnnF1eqs

    OK? And don't forget to leave comments

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  2. Outstanding Gerard, I'll start d/l this lot now and will get back to you with any further comments after sifting through these historical recordings.

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  3. Gustavo Alberto20 juin 2018 à 03:42

    Merci beaucoup monsieur. C'est vraiment merveilleux et l'un de mes artistes préférés.

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  4. Absolutely fantastic compilations! Thank You so very much!

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  5. What a great idea for a post. Thank you Gerard, as Bob Mac says, this will need some working through.

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  6. merci pour ce super post. un de mes artistes préférés

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  7. I haven't checked your files yet but are these some of the missing tracks?https://www.discogs.com/Sonny-Boy-Williamson-Baby-Let-Me-Come-Back-Home-November-Boogie-All-Nite-Boogie-Leavin-Blues/release/5466090

    if so I can rip this EP for you.

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    1. Thanks Xyros. But those tracks were done in studio. Since I've posted the SBWII Live article, several people have told me about other "live" tracks recorded here and there mainly in Europe... It seems that a lot of people had magnetophones running during concerts and clubs gigs at a time when nobody cared about....

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  8. Back in 1964-5 Sonny Boy went into the Granada TV studios in Manchester, England and recorded a batch of solo performances for producer Johnny Hamp. They screened the songs one by one over a number of weeks in their early evening magazine/news programme. One night Granada were showing a Sonny Liston boxing match and to fill the time between normal closedown & showing the boxing they showed all the blues programmes they had recorded, including all the material Sonny Boy had recorded. I just looked up Liston's fights to try & identify the date. He fought Muhammad Ali twice, the most likely date was May 25th 1965 - coincidentally the night Sonny Boy died. I just wish I'd recorded the audio !

    howstean

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  9. Miller's timed and dynamic harpplay and his husky voice is blaring through the speakers right now. What agreat job Gérard. What a poet he was. Thank you.

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  10. Here are tracks from:
    ''Sonny Boy Williamson II & Big Walter Horton - Solo Harp''
    https://www28.zippyshare.com/v/CWAwOHJH/file.html

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    1. Thank you very much Blues Dude! It fills this gap. And thanks also to Benoit and Bob Mac who sent me also the same tracks...

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  11. Gérard
    Thanks for this insight in the live recordings of SBWII. A whole lot of labor has gone into this.
    What I heard up until now is of good quality.
    Thank you!
    Smokey.

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  12. Gérard,

    Many thanks for your efforts and generosity in putting this together. This is greatly appreciated.

    John

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  13. what a superb collection. I'm looking forward to devouring this. Thank you for your generosity. Merci beaucoup.

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  14. A dream come true! Thank you, Gerard!

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  15. merci a toi Gerard pour ces merveilleux posts

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  16. As always Gerard a labor of love, thanks so much!
    DrHepcat

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  17. Merci beaucoup Gérard pour cette superbe compilation. Et sûrement de nouvelles perles à découvrir !!

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  18. Gerard:

    Thanks for another masterful compilation. Tracking down all the live Sonny Boy II was a real challenge, I'm sure. This will make for great weekend listening. If you're ever at a loss for something to do, I'd love to see a similar live compilation for Howlin' Wolf!

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    1. Thanks. I've been thinking for some time to do the same thing for the Wolf although he had much more well known and easily available live recordings than Sonny Boy. But it would be a nice task anyway!

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  19. Thank you, Gerard, for this monumental collection! As so often, hearing the different recordings together seems only to add to their stature. And thanks also to BluesDude for the supplement.

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  20. Thanks to all. Huge Sonny Boy fan, and can't wait to dive into this collection!

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  21. So fine! Thanks mucho Señor!

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  22. Oui Gérard, mais comment fait on qd on les possède tous (les ouvrages)....

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  23. great work .. thank you Gerard !

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  24. Grazie Gerard bellisima compilation!!!!!

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  25. Once again, I learn (or, when downloads complete, shortly will) a lot from you -- among other ways from your Encyclopedia, on my most-accessible bookshelf. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  26. Grazie Gerard bellissima compilation!

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  27. Wow, great job! Congratulations and a big thank you - merci - danke...

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