Album Details

June 21, 2005
Blues, Regional Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues

Album Review

Baby Face Leroy Foster's chronological recordings overlap and intersect nicely with those made by Muddy Waters during the late '40s and early '50s. Both men hailed from rural Mississippi. Foster made it to Chicago in 1945, two years after Muddy. Foster shows up on some of Muddy's Aristocrat recordings from 1948 and 1949. Muddy in turn participated in six of the nine sessions reissued here. While Muddy stuck with Aristocrat beyond the point in 1950 when it turned into Chess Records, Foster's recorded musical output landed on the Aristocrat, J.O.B., Regal, and Parkway labels. This interesting compilation of rare blues performances follows Leroy Foster's brief and sporadic career from November 1948 to 1952. Foster had a casual way of singing the blues, often busting out with gruff words of encouragement for his fellow musicians. These included, in addition to the equally outspoken Muddy Waters, harmonica men Snooky Pryor and Little Walter, guitarists Jimmy Rogers and Robert Jr. Lockwood, and pianist Sunnyland Slim. Foster also periodically switched from guitar to the drums. Foster made his own haunting, Blind Willie Johnson-potent recording of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" with Muddy and Little Walter in January 1950, one month before Muddy followed suit with his own righteous rendition. This amazing compilation is packed with the sort of undiluted Mississippi/Chicago blues that'll cut right through you like a hot knife through a butter lamb.
arwulf arwulf, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Locked Out Boogie
  2. Shady Grove Blues
  3. My Head Can't Rest Anymore
  4. Take a Little Walk with Me
  5. Bad Actin' Woman
  6. I Just Keep Loving Her
  7. Boll Weevil
  8. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1
  9. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 2
  10. Red Headed Woman
  11. Muskadine Blues (Talk a Walk with Me)
  12. Moonshine Blues (Moonshine Baby)
  13. Pet Rabbit
  14. Louella
  15. Late Hours at Midnight
  16. Blues Is Killin' Me
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