His Best (Sonny Boy Williamson II album)

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His Best
Greatest hits album by Sonny Boy Williamson II
Released May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)[1]
Recorded August 12, 1955 - April 30, 1964[1] at Chess Studios Chicago, Illinois
Genre Harmonica blues, chicago blues, country blues
Label Chess/MCA
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Andy McKaie[2]
Compiler Andy McKaie, Dick Shurman[2]
Sonny Boy Williamson II chronology
Portrait of a Blues Man
(1996)
His Best
(1997)
Boppin' with Sonny
(1997)

His Best is a 1997 greatest hits compilation album by Sonny Boy Williamson II (real name Rice Miller) released by Chess and MCA Records in May as a part of The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection which released many albums titled His Best for artist such as Bo Diddley, Little Walter, and others.

Songs[edit]

The album features all three of Williamson's singles that charted on Billboard's R&B Singles chart; "Don't Start Me Talking" (#3), "Keep It to Yourself" (#14), and "Help Me" (#24).[3] The album also features "Bring It On Home" (later covered by Led Zeppelin) and "One Way Out" (covered by Allman Brothers Band).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sonny Boy Williamson II, except where noted.

  1. "Good Evening Everybody" – 2:36
  2. "Don't Start Me Talking" – 2:36
  3. "All My Love in Vain" – 2:51
  4. "Keep It to Yourself" – 2:50
  5. "Fattening Frogs for Snakes" – 2:23
  6. "I Don't Know" – 2:28
  7. "Cross My Heart" (Williamson, Greg Guidry) – 3:24
  8. "Born Blind" – 2:35
  9. "Ninety Nine" – 2:40
  10. "Your Funeral and My Trial" – 2:33
  11. "Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets" – 2:51
  12. "Sad to Be Alone" – 2:59
  13. "Checkin' Up on My Baby" – 1:59
  14. "Down Child" – 2:37
  15. "Nine Below Zero" – 3:30
  16. "Bye Bye Bird" (Williamson, Willie Dixon) – 2:35
  17. "Help Me" (Williamson, Dixon, Ralph Bass) – 3:11
  18. "Bring It On Home" (Dixon) – 2:39
  19. "My Younger Days" – 3:24
  20. "One Way Out" (Williamson, Elmore James) – 2:46

Personnel[edit]

All personnel per Allmusic[2]

Performers
Production
Artwork/Design

References[edit]