Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Good Morning School Girl
3:02
2 Jackson Blues
2:58
3 Bluebird Blues
3:06
4 Collector Man Blues
3:19
5 Down South
3:07
6 Honey Bee Blues
3:03
7 Lord, Oh Lord Blues
3:03
8 Susie Q
3:13
9 The Ring Kind of Life
3:24
10 Low Down Ways
3:14
11 Goodbye Red
3:11
12 Thinking My Blues Away
2:56
13 Tell Me Baby
2:52
14 Good Gravy
2:48
15 Thinking My Blues Away
2:56
16 Tell Me Baby
2:52
17 Bad Luck Blues
2:41
18 Good Gal Blues
2:46
19 Good Gravy
2:48
20 Welfare Store Blues
2:50
21 I Been Dealing With the Devil
2:50
22 New Early in the Morning
2:39
CD 2
# Title Rating Length
1 Worried Be Blues
2:36
2 Black Gal Blues
2:51
3 Frigidaire Blues
3:04
4 Suzanna Blues
3:01
5 Early in the Morning
2:50
6 Sugar Mama Blues
2:59
7 Skin Woman
3:03
8 My Little Cornelia
3:12
9 Decoration Blues
3:32
10 You Can Lead Me
3:11
11 Miss Luisa Blues
2:58
12 Sunnyland
3:20
13 I'm Tired Trucking My Blues Away
2:59
14 Beauty Parlour
3:29
15 My Baby I've Been Your Slave
3:06
16 Doddin' My Love Around
3:18
17 Little Low Woman Blues
2:50
18 Sugar Mama Blues No.2
3:12
19 Good Gal Blues
2:49
20 I'm Not Pleasing You
2:49
21 Honey Bee Blues
3:07
CD 3
# Title Rating Length
1 She Was a Dreamer
2:39
2 Decoration Day Blues No.2
2:52
3 Western Union Man
3:03
4 Springtime Blues
3:03
5 War Time Blues
2:58
6 Sloopy Drunk Blues
3:15
7 Shotgun Blues
2:58
8 You Got to Step Back
2:57
9 Drink on Little Girl
3:06
10 My Baby Made a Change
3:11
11 Million Years Blues
3:05
12 Broken Heart Blues
2:50
13 She Don't Leave Me That Way
2:42
14 Cool and Iceman Blues
3:05
15 Springtime Blues
3:03
16 I'm Gonna Catch Yoy Soon
2:47
17 Blues That Made Me Drunk
3:00
18 Come on Baby and Take a Walk
2:45
CD 4
# Title Rating Length
1 I'm Gonna Catch Ya Soon
2:48
2 Western Union Man
3:03
3 Springtime Blues
3:03
4 I Have Got to Go
2:48
5 My Black Name Blues
2:46
6 Black Panther Blues
2:32
7 I Have Got to Go
2:47
8 Check Up on My Baby Blues
2:45
9 Stop Breaking Down
2:57
10 Hoodoo Hoodoo
2:56
11 Shake the Boogie
5 2:47
12 Elevator Woman
2:42
13 Mellow Chick Swing
2:36
14 Lacey Belle
2:52
15 Apple Tree Swing
2:25
16 Sugar Gal
3:02
17 No Friends Blues
2:53
18 I Love You for Myself
3:02
19 Bring Another Half a Pint
3:06
20 Southern Dream
2:47
21 Better Cut That Out
2:56

Credits

CD 1

recorded in:
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1937-05-05) (tracks 1–3)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1937-11-11) (track 4)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1938-03-13) (track 5)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1938-06-17) (tracks 6–7)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1938-12-17) (tracks 8–11)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1939-07-21) (tracks 12–14, 17–18)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1940-05-17) (tracks 21–22)
mandolin:
Yank Rachell (1938-03-13) (track 5)
Yank Rachell (1938-06-17) (track 7)
Willie Hatcher (1938-12-17) (tracks 8–11)
membranophone:
Fred Williams (Blues drummer) (1940-05-17) (tracks 20–22)
guitar:
Robert Lee McCoy (Robert Lee McCollum, blues) (1937-05-05) (tracks 1–3)
Big Joe Williams (1937-05-05) (tracks 1–3)
Henry Townsend (1937-11-11) (track 4)
Elijah Jones (blues vocalist and guitarist) (1938-03-13) (track 5)
Big Joe Williams (1938-03-13) (track 5)
“Jackson” Joe Williams (1938-06-17) (tracks 6–7)
Robert Lee McCoy (Robert Lee McCollum, blues) (1938-12-17) (tracks 8–11)
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1939-07-21) (tracks 12–14, 17–18)
harmonica:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-05-05) (tracks 1–3)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-11-11) (track 4)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-03-13) (track 5)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-06-17) (tracks 6–7)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-12-17) (tracks 8–11)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1939-07-21) (tracks 12–14, 17–18)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1940-05-17) (tracks 20–22)
piano:
Walter Davis (American blues singer and pianist) (1937-11-11) (track 4)
Walter Davis (American blues singer and pianist) (1938-06-17) (track 6)
Speckled Red (1938-12-17) (tracks 8–11)
Walter Davis (American blues singer and pianist) (1939-07-21) (tracks 12–13, 17–18)
Joshua Altheimer (1940-05-17) (tracks 20–22)
composer:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (track 22)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937) (track 1)
lead vocals:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-05-05) (tracks 1–3)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-11-11) (track 4)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-03-13) (track 5)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-06-17) (tracks 6–7)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-12-17) (tracks 8–11)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1939-07-21) (tracks 12–14, 17–18)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1940-05-17) (tracks 21–22)
lyricist:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (tracks 1, 22)
vocals:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1940-05-17) (track 20)
publisher:
Jewel Music Publishing Co. Ltd. (publisher; do NOT use as release label) (track 1)
recorded at:
RCA Studios (Chicago, 1935-1969) in Chicago, Illinois, United States (1940-05-17) (track 20)
recording of:
Good Morning, School Girl (1937-05-05) (track 1)
The New Early in the Morning (1940-05-17) (track 22)

CD 2

recorded in:
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1937-05-05) (tracks 6–7)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1937-11-11) (tracks 1–5)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1938-03-13) (tracks 8–14)
Aurora, Illinois, United States (1938-06-17) (track 15)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1939-07-21) (tracks 16–21)
mandolin:
Yank Rachell (1938-03-13) (tracks 8–12, 14)
Yank Rachell (1938-06-17) (track 15)
guitar:
Robert Lee McCoy (Robert Lee McCollum, blues) (1937-05-05) (tracks 6–7)
Big Joe Williams (1937-05-05) (tracks 6–7)
Henry Townsend (1937-11-11) (tracks 1–5)
Elijah Jones (blues vocalist and guitarist) (1938-03-13) (tracks 8–14)
Yank Rachell (1938-03-13) (track 13)
Big Joe Williams (1938-03-13) (tracks 8–14)
“Jackson” Joe Williams (1938-06-17) (track 15)
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1939-07-21) (tracks 16–21)
harmonica:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-05-05) (tracks 6–7)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-11-11) (tracks 1–5)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-03-13) (tracks 8–14)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-06-17) (track 15)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1939-07-21) (tracks 16–21)
piano:
Walter Davis (American blues singer and pianist) (1937-11-11) (tracks 1–5)
Walter Davis (American blues singer and pianist) (1938-06-17) (track 15)
Walter Davis (American blues singer and pianist) (1939-07-21) (tracks 16–21)
lead vocals:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-05-05) (tracks 6–7)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1937-11-11) (tracks 1–5)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-03-13) (tracks 8–14)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1938-06-17) (track 15)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1939-07-21) (tracks 16–21)
writer:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (track 5)
recording of:
Early in the Morning (1937-11-11) (track 5)

CD 3

recorded in:
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1940-05-17) (tracks 2, 5)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-04-04) (tracks 3–4, 7, 9–10, 14)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-07-02) (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11, 16)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-12-11) (tracks 12–13)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1942-07-30) (tracks 17–18)
washboard:
Washboard Sam (1941-12-11) (track 13)
membranophone:
Fred Williams (Blues drummer) (1940-05-17) (tracks 2, 5)
guitar:
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1941-04-04) (tracks 3–4, 7, 9–10, 14)
“Papa” Charlie McCoy (1930's delta blues musician) (1941-12-11) (tracks 12–13)
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1942-07-30) (tracks 17–18)
harmonica:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1940-05-17) (tracks 2, 5)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-04-04) (tracks 3–4, 7, 9–10, 14)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-07-02) (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11, 16)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-12-11) (tracks 12–13)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1942-07-30) (tracks 17–18)
bass:
Ransom Knowling (1941-07-02) (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11, 16)
piano:
Joshua Altheimer (1940-05-17) (tracks 2, 5)
Blind John Davis (1941-04-04) (tracks 3–4, 7, 9–10, 14)
Blind John Davis (1941-07-02) (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11, 16)
Blind John Davis (1941-12-11) (tracks 12–13)
Blind John Davis (1942-07-30) (tracks 17–18)
washtub bass:
William Mitchell (blues bassist) (1941-04-04) (track 9)
Alfred Elkins (1942-07-30) (tracks 17–18)
washtub bass [imitation bass]:
Alfred Elkins (1941-12-11) (tracks 12–13)
lead vocals:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1940-05-17) (tracks 2, 5)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-04-04) (tracks 3–4, 7, 9–10, 14)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-07-02) (tracks 1, 6, 8, 11, 16)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-12-11) (tracks 12–13)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1942-07-30) (tracks 17–18)

CD 4

recorded in:
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-04-04) (tracks 2–3)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-07-02) (track 1)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–6)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1944-12-14) (track 8)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1945-07-02) (track 12)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1945-10-19) (track 9)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1946-08-06) (tracks 10–11)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
washboard:
Washboard Sam (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–5)
membranophone:
Armand “Jump” Jackson (1944-12-14) (track 8)
Charles Saunders (1945-10-19) (track 9)
Charles Saunders (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Lawrence "Judge" Riley (early blues drummer) (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Lawrence "Judge" Riley (early blues drummer) (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
guitar:
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1941-04-04) (tracks 2–3)
“Papa” Charlie McCoy (1930's delta blues musician) (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–6)
Ted Summitt (1944-12-14) (track 8)
Sid Cox (1945-07-02) (track 12)
Tampa Red (1945-10-19) (track 9)
Willie Lacey (1946-08-06) (tracks 10–11)
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Willie Lacey (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
harmonica:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-04-04) (tracks 2–3)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-07-02) (track 1)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–6)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1944-12-14) (track 8)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1945-07-02) (track 12)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1945-10-19) (track 9)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1946-08-06) (tracks 10–11)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
bass:
Ransom Knowling (1941-07-02) (track 1)
Ransom Knowling (1945-07-02) (track 12)
Ransom Knowling (1946-08-06) (tracks 10–11)
Willie Dixon (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Ransom Knowling (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Ransom Knowling (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
piano:
Blind John Davis (1941-04-04) (tracks 2–3)
Blind John Davis (1941-07-02) (track 1)
Blind John Davis (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–6)
Blind John Davis (1944-12-14) (track 8)
Eddie Boyd (blues pianist) (1945-07-02) (track 12)
Big Maceo (1945-10-19) (track 9)
Blind John Davis (1946-08-06) (tracks 10–11)
Blind John Davis (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Eddie Boyd (blues pianist) (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Blind John Davis (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
washtub bass [imitation bass]:
Alfred Elkins (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–6)
composer:
Robert Johnson (1930s blues legend) (track 9)
lead vocals:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-04-04) (tracks 2–3)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-07-02) (track 1)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1941-12-11) (tracks 4–6)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1944-12-14) (track 8)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1945-07-02) (track 12)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1945-10-19) (track 9)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1946-08-06) (tracks 10–11)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1947-03-28) (tracks 13–15)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1947-09-19) (track 16)
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, 1914-1948) (1947-11-12) (tracks 17–21)
lyricist:
Robert Johnson (1930s blues legend) (track 9)
cover recording of:
Stop Breaking Down Blues (1945-10-19) (track 9)