A great split set of recordings – one that brings together a good deal of rare material from both the artists on the cover! The set begins with important Chicago recordings from Homesick James – great electrified work, but often with a quality that still echoes some of the rural roots of James' roots – recording with piano from Lazy Bill Lucas on most of the tracks, and supporting guitar from Johnny Shines and Hound Dog Taylor
. The set includes both singles and unissued tracks for Chance Records, plus two tracks for Colt – and titles include "Long Lonesome Day", "12th Street Station", "Whiskey Headed Woman", "Set A Date", "Can't Afford To Do It", and "Lonesome Old Train". The second half of the set features material with similarly great guitar and vocals, but in a very different setting – material recorded by Cousin Leroy in New York, often with a tighter, more well-produced vibe! Leroy's vocals are fantastic – often really popping out into the lead with these majestic inflections – and a number of the tracks also feature piano from Champion Jack Dupree. The package features some unissued tracks next to singles for Groove, Ember, and Herald – titles that include "String Beans", "Up The River", "Sail On", "Rollin Stone", "Lonesome Bedroom", "Catfish", "41 Highway", "Waitin At The Station", and "Will A Match Box Hold My Clothes".