James Luther Dickinson: Dixie Fried (180gram vinyl)
- Vinyl re-issue of first album by legendary Memphis rock producer and musician.
- Masterpiece of southern boogie, blues, soul, and country music.
- 1972 ATLANTIC album, recorded with the Dixie Flyers as his backing band.
- Featuring Eric Clapton on guitar – uncredited on the sleeve.
- Carefully re-mastered for your best listening pleasure. Original album artwork.
- James Luther 'Jim' Dickinson played piano on the Rolling Stones' Wild Horses.
- His kids, Luther and Cody Dickinson, are founding members of the North Mississippi Allstars.
Also, Wexler signed the band with Dickinson to record an album. 'Dixie Fried' was the result, a unique mix of southern boogie, blues, soul, and country music, a collection of nine hand- picked tunes. 'Dixie Fried' is often called a hidden gem, a forgotten masterpiece, a legendary southern, hard-to-find and time- less album of cult status. Every song has its wild and unpredictable charm. An album still sounding fresh today, drawing on the Memphis music that inspired Dickinson to be a musician.
Wine • The Strength Of Love • Louise • John Brown • Dixie Fried • The Judgement • O How She Dances • Wild Bill Jones • Casey Jones (On The Road Again)
Review by Jon Dale in UNCUT (UK), November 27, 2016:
World boogie keeps on coming...
James Luther Dickinson – Dixie Fried
The late James Luther Dickinson was one of American music’s most elusive, intriguing musicians and producers. Part of the unpredictable Beale Street crowd from Memphis, Tennessee, his résumé reads like a free-styling, improvised narrative of American country, blues, folk, soul and rock. A limber, flexible player, he’s on Aretha Franklin’s Spirit In The Dark, The Flamin’ Groovies’ Teenage Head, and great sets from Jerry Jeff Walker and Ronnie Hawkins, among others: he also played piano for The Rolling Stones, on Wild Horses. Later in his career, Dickinson was a benign presence on albums by Bob Dylan, Tav Falco, Meat Puppets, Mudhoney, Primal Scream and Spiritualized.
His production legend, however, rests on Big Star’s dissolute classic, Third/Sister Lovers. Listening to Dickinson’s first solo album, "Dixie Fried", recorded a couple of years before the Big Star set, you can start to hear how things ended up the way they did: while Dixie Fried is more coherent, there are still some seriously odd things going on. Like his eventual collaborator Alex Chilton, Dickinson takes liberties with songs, pulling them apart like taffy while scrawling graffiti over the musical backbone provided by a motley crew of players, including Mac Rebennack (aka Dr John), Memphis legend Sid Selvidge, and members of Dickinson’s session group, The Dixie Flyers.
Dickinson’s version of Dylan’s protest song, “John Brown”, is a good example: low-slung and sprawling, his bolshy, colloquial vocal ties itself in knots over a rhythm section playing through fug and mud, the sax and slide tangling together as Terry Manning’s Moog dials in electronics seemingly from an entirely other recording session. Songs like this, the warped blues clatter of “O How She Dances” and the drunken, see-sawing bluff of “Casey Jones (On The Road Again)” are the heart of Dixie Fried, balanced as they are by more immediately straightforward performances, like the bawdy roar of the opening “Wine”, or the gospelised holler of the title cut, written by Carl Perkins.
Throughout, Dickinson’s deeply invested in animating revenants, but something always goes awry as the past creeps up to mug the present: Dixie Fried is an album full of mutant ghosts. There’s some kind of manic juju in the air through this set of songs – it’s hard to put your finger on it exactly, but it has the same reckless, careening energy of later, more sainted Dickinson productions like Chilton’s 1979 solo set, Like Flies On Sherbert. Unlike the proto-punk deconstruction of rock that took place on Chilton’s solo masterpiece, though, with Dixie Fried, Dickinson’s extending the form by mangling it, lovingly, confusingly, with good times in mind.
Article properties: James Luther Dickinson: Dixie Fried (180gram vinyl)
Interpret: James Luther Dickinson
Album titlle: Dixie Fried (180gram vinyl)
- Year of publication 2016
- Preiscode BAF
Label Bear Family Productions
- Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
- Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
- Record Grading Mint (M)
- Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
- 180g Vinyl
- Edition 2 Special Edition
- weight in Kg 0.2
|Dickinson, James Luther - Dixie Fried (180gram vinyl) LP 1|
|02||The Strength Of Love|
|07||O How She Dances|
|08||Wild Bill Jones|
|09||Casey Jones (On The Road Again)|
Good Times 5/16 " Eine traumhafte Mischung aus Southern Boogie, Blues, Soul und Country. Einer der vielen Gäste dabei ist Eric Clapton, der aber aus rechtlichen Gründen nicht genannt werden durfte."
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