Important work from Memphis blues legend Joe
Hill Louis – a key postwar figure who was mostly known in the clubs for his act as a one-man band, but who also recorded often during the early years of Sun Records too! In fact, the work here is quite different than any sort of gimmick you might expect from Joe
's usual routine – as the young Sam Phillips took great inspiration from the sound of Louis, and recorded him often during the earliest years of his studio and label – learning key lessons that he'd later apply to the bigger names that would make him his hits. The vibe here is nice and raw – similar to some of Sam's early sides with Howlin Wolf – and most numbers feature a combo, not Joe
on his own – with players who include Walter Horton on harmonica, Albert Williams
on piano, and Willie Nix on drums. Joe
plays guitar and sings – often with a nice raw, full sound – on titles that include "She Treats Me Mean & Evil", "Tigerman", "We All Gotta Go Sometime", "My Love Has Gone", "Got A New Woman", "Sweetest Gal In Town", and "Keep Your Arms Around Me". The set also features related Sun Records material, all with Louis – "In The Mood", "West Winds Are Blowing", "We All Got To Go", and "Little Walter's Boogie" by Walter Horton – and "Mistreatin Boogie", "My Love Has Gone", and "Reap What You Sow" by Mose Vinson.
(NOTE – CD does not include back traycard artwork and is priced accordingly.)