One of the two names inextricably linked with the music of Excello Records (the other is Slim Harpo), Lightnin' Slim was born in St Louis but went on to become one of Louisiana's greatest bluesmen. His partnership with harmonica blower Lazy Lester and the Baton Rouge producer Jay Miller defined the Louisiana swamp blues sound. The late Mike Leadbitter said "(Lightnin' Slim)..was, in his own way, one of the truly great unspoiled bluesmen of the post-war era" and, even though that was written some years back, it remains as true today. Rooster Blues and Lightnin' Slim's Bell Ringer are 2 original Excello LPs (released respectively in 1961 and '64 as Excello LP-8000 and 8004) and now extremely rare and fetching high collectors prices. This 2-on-1 CD puts both albums within the reach of the ordinary blues fan, returning to catalogue such 1957-'65 gems as Winter Time Blues, Rooster Blues and You Move Me Baby.