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Sonny Terry - Sonny Is King


Analogue Productions (Fantasy)



Product No.:
AJAZ 1059
UPC: 753088105913

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

45 RPM    

Although their styles were regions apart and they’d never performed together previously, Georgia harmonica ace Sonny Terry and Texas guitar titan Lightnin’ Hopkins fit like foot in sock when producer Kenneth S. Goldstein paired them at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio on October 26, 1960. As LeRoi Jones observed in the original album notes, “There is a meeting of ways, where the light and the sad seem to come together simply as blues.” Selections six through 10 were recorded the following year, and Terry was back in the more familiar company of another great guitarist, his longtime partner Brownie McGhee.

"…Terry was a remarkable mouth harp player, and these performances are first rate…What makes this a truly stand out record is the fine sound, which just jumps out of the speakers. Although this is a stereo recording with rather hard left and right separation (especially on the McGhee songs), that anomaly distracts little from the performance." Recording = 7/10; Music = 8/10 – Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 43

1. One Monkey Don't Stop The Show
2. Changed The Lock On My Door
3. Tater Pie
4. She's So Sweet
5. Diggin' My Potatoes
6. Sonny's Coming
7. Ida Mae
8. Callin' My Mama
9. Bad Luck
10. Blues From The Bottom

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 04/08/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: S. Madon
Incredible delta blues album. Stripped down to the bare bone, dripping with raw energy and power. Sonny's harp wails, cries and train- whistles....complementing, no actually, charging up his vocals and harp is no less than Lightning Hopkins on side 1 - Brownie McGhee provides the chops on side 2. The music takes you back straight into one of those blues shacks along the Mississippi Delta, where folks "got" something to say and chase those long-hard-day blues away. Live a bit of history through this heartfelt music. And long live delta blues!

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