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​1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. In his...more

Memphis Slim: Memphis Slim - Rocks (CD)

​1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

In his lifetime, Memphis Slim was probably the best-known blues singer in the world, moving from Memphis to Chicago and finally to Paris in the early 1960s. But it’s no exaggeration to say that Memphis Slim could rock with the best of them - and this CD is here to prove it!

  • Memphis Slim was born Peter Chatman in Memphis in 1915. His music was based on the raucous, driving piano of the barrelhouse during the boogie-woogie era. 
  • The 29 rocking tracks on this Bear Family Records® CD here were all made in the USA before Slim moved to Paris. 
  • They were made when Slim was still an integral and influential part of the American black music scene – the days when R&B was rock and roll, recorded between 1942 and 1961. 
  • By the definitions of their time, tracks like Rockin’ The House, Pacemaker Boogie, Midnight Jump and the rest were rock and roll. 
  • Memphis Slim Rocks, for sure!
  • We’ve included here Slim’s original version of Nobody Loves Me, his best-known song when renamed Every Day I Have The Blues and recorded by the giants of jazz, blues and rock.
  • Cross-label compilation (Bluebird, Miracle, VeeJay, Strand, King, Premium, United, Chess).
  • Compilation and liner notes by British blues and R'n'R expert Martin Hawkins.
  • Full-color, illustrated 36-page booklet and careful sound restoration round out this important release.
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Although we’ve picked Slim’s rockinest tracks here, there is variety in his piano and vocal performances, and you can still hear all the elements of blues and gospel and R&B that shaped him. 
When he took that music to Chicago in the 1940s and formed an R&B group, The House Rockers, many of the recordings he made then were firmly in the advance guard of rock and roll. 

Slim always maintained a fine band of mainly Memphis musicians. These included sax players Ernest Cotton and Alex Atkins, and particularly the sensational guitar player Matt Murphy

‘Guitar’ Murphy gained great prominence through the ‘Blues Brothers’ movie, and bluesman and producer Willie Dixon told ‘Living Blues’ that Matt ‘is definitely the best guitar player, the best one I heard anywhere.’ 

Talking in Paris in 1968, Memphis Slim said: ‘I’ve had a good life. Well, I had a very bad life, but it took a bad life to make it a good life for me. And I mean by that that I played my dues very early, and now I think I am reaping the benefit.’ 

By the time he died in 1988, Slim had become known around the world and the U.S. Senate had resolved that ‘Memphis Slim become an ambassador at large of good will for the United States.’

The Memphis Music hall of fame and the Blues Foundation hall of fame both have Memphis Slim among their inducted members. The Rock and Roll hall does not, but maybe when they hear these 29 rocking tracks they will find a place for the man who always rocked the house wherever he played.

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  • Album titlle: Memphis Slim - Rocks (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AR
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127176875

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Memphis Slim - Memphis Slim - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01Rocking The PadMemphis Slim
02Harlem BoundMemphis Slim
03Old TaylorMemphis Slim
04Rockin' The HouseMemphis Slim
05Kilroy Has Been HereMemphis Slim
06No Mail BluesMemphis Slim
07Memphis Slim U.S.A.Memphis Slim
08Beer Drinking WomanMemphis Slim
09Pacemaker BoogieMemphis Slim
10Wish Me WellMemphis Slim
11Big BerthaMemphis Slim
12Nobody Loves MeMemphis Slim
13Back AlleyMemphis Slim
14If You Live That LifeMemphis Slim
15Midnight JumpMemphis Slim
16Trouble TroubleMemphis Slim
17Slim's BoogieMemphis Slim
18The Girl I LoveMemphis Slim
19What's The MatterMemphis Slim
20Lonesome (Blue Blues)Memphis Slim
21Tia JuanaMemphis Slim
22She'S AllrightMemphis Slim
23Walkin' The BoogieMemphis Slim
24Gotta Find My BabyMemphis Slim
25Sassy MaeMemphis Slim
26Love My BabyMemphis Slim
27I'm Lost Without YouMemphis Slim
28Let The Good Times Roll, CreoleMemphis Slim
29Rockin' The BluesMemphis Slim
Memphis Slim At his first session for OKeh in 1940 under the omnipresent Lester... more
"Memphis Slim"

Memphis Slim

At his first session for OKeh in 1940 under the omnipresent Lester Melrose’s supervision, towering blues and boogie piano specialist John Len Chatman adopted the name of his father, Peter Chatman, as his recording alias. When he returned to a Chicago studio less than three months later, this time for Bluebird, he was billed as Memphis Slim. And yes, he was born in the Bluff City on September 3, 1915.

Slim started playing at age seven (his dad was conversant on the 88s as well as guitar), and by 16 he was manning the ivories at the Midway Café on Beale. St. Louis pianist Roosevelt Sykes was his principal influence, so indelibly that after Slim came to Chicago in 1937 and teamed with Big Bill Broonzy, the veteran guitarist strongly urged him to get away from Sykes’ style and develop one of his own.

After the war, Slim recorded for a vast array of Chicago indies, beginning with Hy-Tone in ’46. He inked a pact the next year with Lee Egalnick’s fledgling Miracle label; with his jumping House Rockers, Slim topped the R&B charts in 1948 with his after-hours original Messin’ Around. He posted four more hits the next year (Blue And Lonesome made it to #2), and in ’50 laid down Nobody Loves Me, transformed by Lowell Fulson into Every Day I Have The Blues. On Egalnick’s Premium logo, Slim enjoyed a 1951 hit with the wise and worldly Mother Earth before bouncing to Mercury and then United, where Slim scored his last hit in ’53 with The Come Back

It’s unlikely Slim ever made a better series of recordings than the ones he did for Vee-Jay, in no small part due to the presence of Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, who first joined the House Rockers in 1952. Slim’s first date for Vee-Jay in January of ’58 produced two 45s, and following a Carnegie Hall concert with Muddy Waters in the spring of ’59, Slim and the House Rockers (Murphy, saxists Alex Atkins, John Calvin, and Ernest Cotton, bassist Sam Chatman, and drummer Billie Stepney) entered a Chicago studio on August 18 for a marathon session that produced his entire misleadingly titled ‘At The Gate Of Horn’ album. Slim revisited a lot of his past classics that day, including Messin’ Around. Murphy’s explosive presence makes it the definitive treatment (his solo is mind-boggling for its time). 

Europe was a tantalizing touring possibility for veteran bluesmen such as Slim and bassist Willie Dixon. The duo performed in England in 1959, then zipped over to Israel the next year. "We discussed it quite a bit, and we thought we was gonna be makin’ a bigger buck," said the late Dixon. "We didn’t find out the pound in Israel was worth 33 cents until we got there, and it was too late then!" Nevertheless, Slim was sick of the tribulations he encountered back home. He made Europe his home in ‘62, living like a king in Paris until his February 24, 1988 death there.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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15 Sep 2023

Killer cuts with his Houserockers group, and work from a young guitarist Matt Murphy too!

A package that definitely lives up to the title – as it presents the hardest-wailing work recorded by Memphis Slim in the postwar years – including plenty of cuts that were a huge influence on early rock and roll, and many that have him in more of an R&B mode than usua! Slim's records weren't always upbeat, but the cuts in this set definitely are – and include some killer cuts with his Houserockers group, and work from a young guitarist Matt Murphy too

12 Jan 2023

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Boogie Woogie und Piano Blues vom Feinsten *****

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Tracklist
Memphis Slim - Memphis Slim - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Rocking The Pad
02 Harlem Bound
03 Old Taylor
04 Rockin' The House
05 Kilroy Has Been Here
06 No Mail Blues
07 Memphis Slim U.S.A.
08 Beer Drinking Woman
09 Pacemaker Boogie
10 Wish Me Well
11 Big Bertha
12 Nobody Loves Me
13 Back Alley
14 If You Live That Life
15 Midnight Jump
16 Trouble Trouble
17 Slim's Boogie
18 The Girl I Love
19 What's The Matter
20 Lonesome (Blue Blues)
21 Tia Juana
22 She'S Allright
23 Walkin' The Boogie
24 Gotta Find My Baby
25 Sassy Mae
26 Love My Baby
27 I'm Lost Without You
28 Let The Good Times Roll, Creole
29 Rockin' The Blues