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Album: Shake My Hand
# Song Title   Time
1)    Shake My Hand
2)    Work With Me Annie
3)    Someday Baby
4)    Tomorrow Night
5)    Telephone Blues
6)    In This Mess
7)    Pistol Packin' Mama
8)    My Baby
9)    Headed South
10)    Jump for Joy
11)    Don't Like to Brag
 

Album: Shake My Hand
# Song Title   Time
1)    Shake My Hand
2)    Work With Me Annie
3)    Someday Baby
4)    Tomorrow Night
5)    Telephone Blues
6)    In This Mess
7)    Pistol Packin' Mama
8)    My Baby
9)    Headed South
10)    Jump for Joy
11)    Don't Like to Brag
 
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  • Personnel: Snooky Pryor (vocals, harmonica); Billy Flynn (guitar); Robert Stroger (bass); Jimmy Tilman (drums).
  • Recorded at Studio Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Includes an interview with Snooky Pryor conducted by Dick Shurman.
  • Personnel: Snooky Pryor (vocals, harmonica).
  • Audio Mixer: Michael Freeman.
  • Recording information: Studio Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  • Photographer: Jim Purdum.
  • Veteran harp man Pryor (who claims to be the first to amplify his harmonica) was still capable of some potent blues when he released this album in early 1999. Kicking off with a solo version of Faye Adams' "Shake a Hand" (its lyrics reworked heavily into the title track) that owes a huge debt to idol Sonny Boy Williamson II, Pryor settles into a comfortable groove with a tight little trio behind him consisting of Bob Stroger on bass, Billy Flynn on guitar and Jimmy Tilman on drums. His version of Hank Ballard's "Annie Had a Baby" is so radically different that it almost qualifies as an original, while his covers of Al Dexter's "Pistol Packin' Mama" and Sleepy John Estes' "Someday Baby" stay closer to the originals. The rest of the set features Snooky's great originals, with the minor-keyed "Headed South," "In This Mess," "Jump for Joy" and a nice remake of his "Telephone Blues" being particular standouts. Simple, no-frills production makes this a modern-day blues album that delivers the wallop of the old singles. ~ Cub Koda
Professional Reviews
CMJ (4/5/99, p.26) - "...When it comes to the raucous, party-all-night sounds of vintage Chicago blues, Snooky Pryor is The Man..."

Living Blues (5-6/99, pp.57-58) - "...[Snooky] is a national treasure....a living link to the earliest days of postwar Chicago blues....SHAKE MY HAND is a welcome addition to his catalog."
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