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LIGHTNIN' SLIM High & Low Down

High & Low Down
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(2014/Alive) 10 tracks. Re-released for the very first time on vinyl since its original release... more

LIGHTNIN' SLIM: High & Low Down

(2014/Alive) 10 tracks.
Re-released for the very first time on vinyl since its original release Produced by legendary soul singer / songwriter / producer Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg.

Over the years I have listened to many records and albums of many types of music. As a disc jockey, I played many different kinds of "sounds", but I guess as an entertainer I pull a little harder for the blues and the blues performers because I want them to be heard, played, and respected as other music is; that is when it merits it.

Lightnin' Slim's new album I think merits all the qualities that a great artist and a hit album should have.

It's some great "sounds" - This is my opinion. Musically yours, -- B.B. King (original 1970 liner notes)

Article properties: LIGHTNIN' SLIM: High & Low Down

  • Interpret: LIGHTNIN' SLIM

  • Album titlle: High & Low Down

  • Label ALIVE

  • Genre Blues

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0095081014718

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Lightnin' Slim - High & Low Down LP 1
01 Rooster Blues - LIGHTNIN' SLIM
02 Hoodo Blues - LIGHTNIN' SLIM
03 Things I Used To Do - LIGHTNIN' SLIM
04 Bad Luck Blues - LIGHTNIN' SLIM
08 That's All Right - LIGHTNIN' SLIM
09 Crazy 'Bout You Baby - LIGHTNIN' SLIM
Lightning Slim Lightning Slim (later spelled Lightnin' Slim) The recording... more

Lightning Slim

Lightning Slim (later spelled Lightnin' Slim)

The recording of blues from Baton Rouge really began here, with this disc, in the spring of 1954. Here was an artist and a song that recording engineer Jay Miller said he, "loved from the start. I thought his music was just so real, you know. He was exactly what I wanted."
On the day he walked into Miller's recording studio in Crowley, the artist was Otis Hicks, a former farmer, former convict, and sometime juke joint bluesman working as a jobbing guitarist with local bands. He always referred to himself as 'a musicianer.' By the time he left the studio, Miller had renamed him Lightning Slim (with a 'g') and had big plans for Slim's career. They had been introduced by disc jockey Ray Meaders, 'Diggie Doo' on WXOK Baton Rouge, when Hicks was playing in a band Meaders thought Miller would like. "But in my judgement," Miller said, "they wasn't too much of a band. And I was just walking out the hall when I heard a guitar playing some of these low-down blues. So I just turned round, I said 'who in the world is that?' I hadn't heard the guitarist, you see the room wasn't very large and with seven or eight musicians, they had three horns, I had never heard the guitar once. I just thought he was so great I turned round and went back in there, started talking to him. I asked him if he did any singing. He said 'I knows a few numbers,' you know how he talked, real slow and everything. So he sang two or three songs and I tell you what, they did things to me. I just knew right then and there we had somebody that would sell."Lightning SlimBad Luck was a song where, Miller said, he recorded the drums way back and focused on Lightning Slim's guitar and vocals along with a wailing harmonica by Bill Phillips, a man Miller had brought in for the session. Miller loved Lightning's forlorn lyrics such as 'if it wasn't for bad luck / poor Lightning wouldn't have no luck at all' and his telling how he was born so late in the year that 'to tell you the truth about it / I was lucky to get here at all.' He also encouraged Lightning's signature call to his support player, 'blow your harmonica, son.' Lightning's first tunes were adapted from songs he'd probably heard for years on jukeboxes and in the mouths of other singers, but his expressive voice and hangdog style made songs like Bad Luck almost his own...

© Bear Family Records
Extract from: Various Artists - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) - BCD17512

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