I recently acquired a vinyl copy of the Willie Dixon Chess Box, with the intent of being able to scratch my 1950s Chicago Blues itch with one vinyl set, as the Dixon set includes tracks by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Bo Diddley, among others. My preliminary listen through has given me a new appreciation for Little Walter, who I had previously disregarded as a generic Chicago Electric Blues artist. The Willie Dixon Box includes the Walter’s excellent “Mellow Down Easy” which, with its pots and pans percussion and sparse arrangement, has the feel of an excellent backroom primitive blues stomper, with a touch of swing. Enjoy.
Little Walter & The Jukes, “Mellow Down Easy” (1954)