I was misled ...
Greg Kesich | Portland, Maine USA | 07/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These are not the legendary duo recordings of Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson, in fact, except for about six tunes, Big Joe and Pete do not appear together at all on this very expesnive two disc set. What this does have are some fine jump blues performances by Turner, and a 1946 concept album by Johnson with cameos by such luminaries as Ben Webster and Hot Lips Page. But the packaging clearly gives you the impression that Johnson and Turner will be heard performing together and except for those few songs they don't. Big Joe is my favorite blues singer, because of the sheer strength of his voice and his intimations of evil. ("Fish love in the water, worms love in the ground, rats make love in the garbage can, and you can't put me down.") So any recordings by him, especially in a pre- rock and roll setting, make great listening. But I wish the record company could have been a little more honest about what they were selling. Five stars for Big Joe and one for Savoy."