Johnny Shines – Skull & Crossbones Blues – Heritage Of Blues
1. Give My Heart a Break - 2:45 2. Johnny's Walkin' Blues - 3:30 3. Skull and Crossbones Blues - 2:52 4. What Kind of Little Girl Are You? - 2:33 5. My Black Mare - 3:37 6. Standing at the Crossroads - 2:53 7. Rollin' and Tumblin' - 3:11 8. Trouble Is All I See - 3:49 9. Fat Mama - 2:51 10. Drunken Man's Prayer - 3:23 11. Two Trains Runnin' - 3:18 12. You Don't Have to Go - 2:22
1. AllMusic - Al Campbell
As part of the Heritage of the Blues series on Hightone Records, Skull & Crossbones Blues provides a well-rounded retrospective of blues guitarist and onetime Robert Johnson cohort Johnny Shines. These 12 tracks capture Shines in a number of different settings, including both acoustic and electric, solo, and fronting a legendary Chicago band with Big Walter Horton, Otis Spann, and Fred Below. Shines' Robert Johnson influence is investigated on versions of "Standing at the Crossroads" and "Rollin' & Tumblin'," while material recorded in Los Angeles in the 1970s includes a snippet of guitarist Luther Allison at the beginning of his career. The tracks have been digitally remastered and lovingly compiled by fan and Hightone artist Dave Alvin.
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