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Jimmy Reed: I'm Jimmy Reed (2-CD)

Nice packaging with hardcover and 28-page booklet including bio and discography.

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  • Interpret: Jimmy Reed

  • Album titlle: I'm Jimmy Reed (2-CD)

  • Label CHARLY

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0803415763023

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Reed, Jimmy - I'm Jimmy Reed (2-CD) CD 1
01 Honest, I Do Jimmy Reed
02 Go On To School Jimmy Reed
03 My First Plea Jimmy Reed
04 Boogie In The Dark Jimmy Reed
05 You Got Me Crying Jimmy Reed
06 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby Jimmy Reed
07 You Got Me Dizzy Jimmy Reed
08 Little Rain Jimmy Reed
09 Can't Stand To See You Go Jimmy Reed
10 Roll And Rhumba Jimmy Reed
11 You're Something Else Jimmy Reed
12 You Don't Have To Go Jimmy Reed
13 Jimmy's Boogie Jimmy Reed
14 I Found My Baby Jimmy Reed
15 Shoot My Baby Jimmy Reed
16 Rockin With Reed Jimmy Reed
17 You Upset My Mind Jimmy Reed
18 Untitled Instrumental Jimmy Reed
19 State Street Boogie Jimmy Reed
20 My Baby (Down In Virginia) Jimmy Reed
21 You Know I Love You Jimmy Reed
22 You Gonna Need My Help Jimmy Reed
23 Comet Love Jimmy Reed
24 Meet Me Jimmy Reed
25 Sugar, Sugar Jimmy Reed
26 I'm A Love You Jimmy Reed
27 Tell Me You Love Me Jimmy Reed
28 Baby, What's Wrong (alt.) Jimmy Reed
29 Looking For You, Baby Jimmy Reed
30 There'll Be A Day Jimmy Reed
31 Help Yourself Jimmy Reed
32 Heading For A Fall (Things Ain't What They Us Jimmy Reed
33 Don't Think I'm Through Jimmy Reed
34 Left Handed Woman Jimmy Reed
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Although he'd written most of his hits for Vee-Jay Records himself up to this point--You Don't Have To Go (see Disc Three), Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (it's on Disc Four), Honest I Do, Baby What You Want Me To Do (see Disc Five)—Jimmy Reed got Big Boss Man from an unusual pairing of writers: New York R&B producer Luther Dixon (the gent behind the violin-enriched uptown soul of Chuck Jackson and the Shirelles at Florence Greenberg's Scepter/Wand Records) and Jimmy's own Mississippi-born manager and road bandleader, Chicago bassist Al Smith. 

Reed's usual rhythm guitarist, the immaculate Eddie Taylor, didn't make the March 29, 1960 Chicago date that produced Big Boss Man. Instead of Taylor, Reed invited new Windy City resident Lee Baker, Jr. to man one of the axes. Down on the Gulf Coast, Baker had called himself Guitar Junior; his 1957 single Family Rules for Eddie Shuler's Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Goldband label had been a regional hit (see Disc Five). Now he was making his first Chicago session as a sideman. Baker wasn't alone on guitar: veteran Lefty Bates and young Curtis Mayfield were also there, along with bassist Willie Dixon and drummer Earl Phillips. 

"We had three guitars with Jimmy Reed, which is four!" exclaims the man better known today as Chicago blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks. "Jimmy, he was doing some of the lead parts." The newcomer was a bit in awe of Reed. "It was a dream come true, man," he says. "When I moved to Chicago, I got a chance to work with him. When I went on the road with him the first time, Eddie was with us. He had quit. He got mad and quit, so that's how I got in the picture. He quit, and then after they got me, he came back. (Smith) wanted to play it safe, so he kept me there. He told me, 'Well, you've got a chance to learn all the licks.'"

Jimmy's laconic vocal delivery and high-end racked harp squalls hadn't changed over the years; his snappy yet rudimentary shuffle rhythm remained as engaging as ever. One more essential ingredient: the subtle vocal contributions of Jimmy's wife, Mary Lee 'Mama' Reed, who kept her spouse straight on the lyrics by feeding him each line just before he'd sing it in the studio. "She helped him with all his songs," says Lonnie. "Mama would get in there and get the song, be reading it to him and saying it right in his ear, man. He'd say what she'd say."    

Big Boss Man was a #13 R&B/#78 pop seller in the spring of '61, the anthem attracting future covers by everyone from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Rich to the Standells, the Syndicate of Sound, and the Grateful Dead. Even as Chicago blues faded from commercial prosperity, Bright Lights Big City was a smash for Jimmy later in the year; Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth, Good Lover, and the jangly Shame, Shame, Shame all nicked the pop listings in 1962-63 (Reed long commanded a surprisingly large white demographic in the Southern U.S.).

Reed's longtime battle with the bottle and recurring bouts with epilepsy took their toll on his health during the latter half of the '60s, when he made four LPs for ABC's Bluesway imprint, and early '70s. He straightened himself out and waged a low-key comeback in 1974, but too many years of self abuse caught up with him. Jimmy died following an epileptic seizure in Oakland, California on August 29, 1976, aged 50. Copied by many, no one ever quite captured his singularly informal style.

"I tell you what, man," says an admiring Brooks. "That guy, he played it wrong, but it sounds so damn good!"

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois 

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Tracklist
Reed, Jimmy - I'm Jimmy Reed (2-CD) CD 1
01 Honest, I Do
02 Go On To School
03 My First Plea
04 Boogie In The Dark
05 You Got Me Crying
06 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
07 You Got Me Dizzy
08 Little Rain
09 Can't Stand To See You Go
10 Roll And Rhumba
11 You're Something Else
12 You Don't Have To Go
13 Jimmy's Boogie
14 I Found My Baby
15 Shoot My Baby
16 Rockin With Reed
17 You Upset My Mind
18 Untitled Instrumental
19 State Street Boogie
20 My Baby (Down In Virginia)
21 You Know I Love You
22 You Gonna Need My Help
23 Comet Love
24 Meet Me
25 Sugar, Sugar
26 I'm A Love You
27 Tell Me You Love Me
28 Baby, What's Wrong (alt.)
29 Looking For You, Baby
30 There'll Be A Day
31 Help Yourself
32 Heading For A Fall (Things Ain't What They Us
33 Don't Think I'm Through
34 Left Handed Woman