Incredible early work from the legendary T Bone Walker – very early recordings of the electric guitar in blues
, and maybe still some of the best! Walker's already a master here – playing with this hard tone on the strings, but one that also has a surprising amount of sensitive jazz inflections too – a hollow-body mode that echoes Charlie Christian at times, but definitely explores the bluer side of the spectrum
– yet never with that sort of hit-you-over-the-head quality that later artists might use. Instead, Walker's a master of understatement here – in a sublime way – and the blend of guitar solos and his own enigmatic vocals is often given a slight west coast R&B undercurrent. Still some of our favorite electric blues
ever – with tracks that include "No Worry Blues
", "Got A Break Baby", "T Bone Shuffle", "You're My Best Poker Hand", "First Love Blues
", and "T Bone Jumps Again".
(Great French pressing – from 1982!)