Reissue label, FANTASTIC VOYAGE’S latest release focuses on a long-neglected facet of the Blues – the harmonic heroes. ‘JUST WAILING’ is a 2 CD, 50 tracker which features all the big names of Blues harmonica – like LITTLE WALTER, WALTER HORTON, SNOOKY PRIOR and BILLY BOY ARNOLD along with a galaxy of blues artists who regularly featured the harp on their recordings – amongst them SLIM HARPO, SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, JUNIOR WELLS, JIMMY REED and HOWLIN’ WOLF.
Making the collection truly comprehensive is the plethora of lesser known artists featured – people like LOUIS MYERS, PAPA LIGHTFOOT, WALTER MITCHELL, ROBERT RICHARD and GEORGE SMITH… and for what might, at first glance, seem like a restricted, limited kind of compilation, the variety is surprising. Each performer’s approach to the use of the harmonica is quite different and the soundscape is wonderfully varied.
JUST WAILING is out now on FANTASTIC VOYAGE RECORDS.