CAPITOL BLUES #1: T-BONE WALKER The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (1995)

The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings (1995)
His Biggest Fans Are Your Favorite Guitarists

From Capitol Records’ 1995 Blues Collection comes 3 glorious CDs, 75 tracks from “the most influential blues guitarist of the post-World War II era,” T-Bone Walker. B.B. King had to have an electric guitar when he first heard him, Duane Allman based his entire playing philosophy on his work, and everyone from Hendrix to Clapton tore pages from his playbook. In short, he did first whatever your favorite blues guitarist did later. T-Bone Walker’s full band arrangements waver from pensive blues to full-tilt shuffles, but T-Bone’s electric guitar playing routinely draws an angular, wiry contrast to his silky smooth vocals and melancholy atmospherics. This isn’t the fiery, stomping blues of his disciples – Walker’s post-big band blues has a softer, more intimate essence that’s both sweet and sad. He’s probably best known for “Stormy Monday” (and those shots of him playing the guitar behind his head while doing the splits, HERE), but these sides – almost all recorded in 1949 – provide the bigger picture. Thanks to ARTKoen for the much-needed .pdf liner notes. This was the debut release in the Capitol Blues Collection, which we have more of coming, HERE. Not cheap at Amazon, HERE.

T-Bone Blues
I Got A Break Baby
Mean Old World
No Worry Blues (Alternate Version)
No Worry Blues
Don’t Leave Me Baby (Alternate Version)
Don’t Leave Me Baby
Bobby Sox Blues (Alternate Version)
Bobby Sox Baby
I’m Gonna Find My Baby
I’m In An Awful Mood
It’s A Lowdown Dirty Deal
Don’t Give Me The Runaround
Hard Pain Blues
I Know Your Wig Is Gone
T-Bone Jumps Again
Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad (Alternate)
Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad
She Had To Let Me Down (Alternate Version)
She Had To Let Me Down
She’s My Old Time Used To Be
Dream Girl Blues (Alternate Version)
Dream Girl Blues
Midnight Blues (Alternate Version)

Long Lost Lover Blues (Alternate Version)
Long Lost Lover Blues
Triflin‘ Woman Blues (Alternate Version)
Triflin‘ Woman Blues
Long Skirt Baby Blues (Alternate Version)
Long Skirt Baby Blues
Goodbye Blues
Too Much Trouble Blues (Alternate Version)
Too Much Trouble Blues
I’m Waiting For Your Call
Hypin‘ Woman Blues (Alternate Version)
Hypin‘ Woman Blues
So Blue Blues
On Your Way Blues
Natural Blues
That’s Better For Me
First Love Blues (Alternate Version)
First Love Blues
Lonesome Woman Blues (Alternate Version 1)
Lonesome Woman Blues (Alternate Version 2)
Lonesome Woman Blues
Vacation Blues
Inspiration Blues (Alternate Version)
Inspiration Blues
Description Blues (Alternate Version)

Description Blues
T-Bone Shuffle (Alternate Version)
T-Bone Shuffle
That Old Feelin‘ Is Gone
The Time Seems So Long
Prison Blues
Home Town Blues
Wise Man Blues (Alternate Version)
Wise Man Blues
Misfortune Blues (Alternate Version)
Misfortune Blues
I Wish You Were Mine (Alternate Version)
I Wish You Were Mine
I’m Gonna Move You Out And Get Somebody Else
She’s The No-Sleepin’est Woman (Alternate Version)
She’s The No-Sleepin’est Woman
Plain Old Down Home Blues
Born To Be No Good
Go Back To The One You Love (Alternate Version)
Go Back To The One You Love
I Want A Little Girl
I’m Still In Love With You
You’re My Best Poker Hand (Alternate Version)
You’re My Best Poker Hand
West Side Baby


  • Capt. Willard
    March 7, 2010 - 16:49 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Gummo
    March 8, 2010 - 20:28 | Permalink

    Your generosity never ceases to amaze!

    Thank you

  • --M.
    March 8, 2010 - 22:13 | Permalink

    Captain, they should put you on a stamp.

    March 9, 2010 - 02:52 | Permalink

    Thanks for this great musician.

  • Ken K.
    March 9, 2010 - 05:49 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. That "Capitol Blues Series" was a beautiful thing, back when I was a music buyer. Of course it didn't sell. One of the best put together blues collections from a major label. I lost the CDs in a move a while ago, and I'm REALLY looking forward to this week!
    Thanks Willard, what a beautiful destination the Nha Trang Province is, as always.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 9, 2010 - 14:47 | Permalink

    Yeah KK,
    It was a pretty good major label series (a couple years before every label started cleaning out their vaults). Packed with information, too. Too bad they all went out of print so fast. Thanks for commenting.

  • Chance
    March 10, 2010 - 23:51 | Permalink

    >>after many years of trying to get into the blues, I have to throw in the towel

    Fair enough, it took me *decades* to finally open my ears up to a little country, bluegrass, etc. And it's still pretty much only the legends that I really care to dip my toes into: George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash.

    Music's a huge universe, go where your engines take you.

  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 - 00:21 | Permalink

    ¡¡¡muchísimas gracias!!! estoy buscando estos discos hace mucho tiempo…

  • Anonymous
    November 20, 2010 - 23:21 | Permalink

    thank your very large

  • Ron
    June 24, 2013 - 17:59 | Permalink


  • ansina
    September 9, 2013 - 16:00 | Permalink

    A million thanks with bonus tracks!

  • jbull49
    September 9, 2013 - 20:16 | Permalink

    Another great gift and lesson in blues history. Much appreciated!

  • September 9, 2013 - 23:01 | Permalink

    Thank you sir!

  • ate2zee
    September 20, 2013 - 04:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for another amazing post–fun to read & great music. My ancient laptop came down with the blue screen of death. While it was in rehab on life support, I realized how much I missed stopping by here. Amazingly, I got the thing running again with the recovery disc. I lost a lot, but the music survived on an external hard drive. Thanks for hanging in there 7 years with the blogging industry. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be at times. But reading your posts are always a bright spot in the day.

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  • Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 - 14:00 | Permalink

    Once again – an embarrassment of riches. You rock (and roll)

  • Alexander
    October 20, 2015 - 17:57 | Permalink

    Looks like a fantastic series. Thanks for making this music available.

  • Jeff
    October 20, 2015 - 22:18 | Permalink

    Dude. Outstanding. I really hope I have room on my hard drive. If not, I’ll make room. :)

  • John
    October 21, 2015 - 11:04 | Permalink

    Wonderful to have the PDF! Thanks a million.

  • Transatlantic
    October 21, 2015 - 20:53 | Permalink

    Looking forward to this! Many thanks.

  • Belasco
    October 22, 2015 - 14:21 | Permalink

    Captain, I can´t thank you enough!

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