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Shake Your Boogie

Shake Your Boogie

One of the fiercest of the Mississippi blues singers, Big Joe Williams recorded this emotionally charged album for Arhoolie records in 1960. Williams accompanies his vocal lines on a 9-string guitar, using it to add percussive elements and a slapping bass effect. Singing autobiographical, traditional, and improvised blues tunes, Williams gives a forceful delivery steeped in the sound of the hot, humid delta country and of his life’s hardships. Many of the songs are infused with the emotional stress of a recent arrest, which he describes in “Greystone Blues.” Liner notes give a bio of the artist and detail the recording session.

Track Listing

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Sloppy Drunk Blues Big Joe Williams 2:48
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Yo Yo Blues Big Joe Williams 3:10
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President Roosevelt Big Joe Williams 3:53
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Forty Four Blues Big Joe Williams 3:10
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Greystone Blues Big Joe Williams 2:34
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I Want My Crown Big Joe Williams 2:25
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Mean Step Father Big Joe Williams 2:46
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Brother James Big Joe Williams 3:38
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Shake Your Boogie Big Joe Williams 2:21
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Vitamin A Blues Big Joe Williams 3:03
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She Left Me A Mule To Ride Big Joe Williams 2:35
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So Glad Big Joe Williams 4:17
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Louisiana Bound Big Joe Williams 2:44
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Killing Floor Blues Big Joe Williams 3:04
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Throw The Boogie Woogie Big Joe Williams 2:02
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Dirt Road Blues Big Joe Williams 2:18
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Montreal Blues Big Joe Williams 2:38
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Take Me Out Of The Bottom Big Joe Williams 2:28
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Thinking Of What They Did To Me Big Joe Williams 2:47
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The Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King Big Joe Williams 2:51
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Army Man In Vietnam Big Joe Williams 2:59
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Creole Queen Big Joe Williams 2:00
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Remember Way Back Big Joe Williams 2:32
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King Jesus Big Joe Williams 1:43
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