Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There’s just one thing, baby

One thing about Sonny Boy Williamson and alternate takes: unlike a lot a recording artists and their progress towards a finished master, often when Sonny Boy does ’em you get a whole new song in a completely different arrangement. I’ve always had the impression he was making it up as he went. Usually it worked. When it didn’t you got “Little Village” the most notable aspect of which is all the cussing. I can see why Checker used the take they used on the original single and Down and Out Blues album. But this one is just as good if quite a bit different. Have a listen. (The originally issued take can be found here.)

Sonny Boy Williamson • The Key (To Your Door) • 1956
[unissued alternate take]

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