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1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. Bear... more

Jimmy Reed: Jimmy Reed - Rocks (CD)

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

  • Bear Family Records® is the first label to compile Jimmy Reed's rockin', up-tempo sides on one CD album!
  • This CD includes all his big hits like Big Boss Man, Bright Lights Big City, I Ain't Got You, Shame, Shame, Shame, etc.
  • Jimmy Reed was an important part of the rock & roll era, his music rocks in the original sense. John Peel once summed it up, It's all such great music to funk to.
  • One of the great admirers of Jimmy Reed and Eddie Taylor, Texas blues guitarist Jimmy Vaughan, wrote the exclusive foreword to this ROCKS CD!
  • Vaughan repeatedly underscores the importance of the musicians in his interviews and through recordings of songs by the two.
  • The booklet features rarely seen photos of Reed and Taylor, scans of original label artwork, and an essay by Reed fan Roland Heinrich Rumtreiber.  
Before every rock musician worth his or her salt claimed Robert Johnson as a primary influence and recorded his songs, Jimmy Reed had been the blues musician most frequently covered. If you could spare the time and browse the respective databases online, I bet you shall find more cover versions of Reed's compositions than Johnson's. But, please, save your life energy – listen to Jimmy Reed ‘Rocks’ on Bear Family Records®!

Everybody covered Jimmy Reed songs: Link Wray, Bill Cosby, Charlie Rich, The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), Betty LaVette, Dale and Ronnie Hawkins, Etta James, Neil Young, The Texas Tornadoes – the list would go on and on. Even the King, while jamming with his old buddies Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana during the televised 1968 Comeback Special, couldn't stop encoring Baby What You Want Me to Do (check uncut versions of the Special). If you think of the ‘60s R&B boom in England, Jimmy Reed was in everybody's repertoire – alongside Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. And his influence lasted well into the 1990s and beyond, with garage bands and rockabilly acts still mining the Reed catalog.

Jimmy Reed was the first blues artist of the 1950s to crossover into the pop charts, and only B.B. King totaled more hits than Jimmy did. Reed was featured in significant rock & roll package tours crisscrossing the land, and audiences black and white loved him. His music was deceptively simple and invited many aspiring kids to try their hands on the laid-back shuffles and blueish boogies. His lyrics were witty, wise, humorous, and always structured around an irresistible hook-line. Jimmy Reed made you sing-a-long and dance all night! 

The Jimmy Reed sound and success would not have been possible without fellow Mississippian Eddie Taylor, responsible for the memorable guitar lines and riffs. We have included a few of Eddie's own recordings for Vee-Jay as a bonus. They showcase his style from a different angle.

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  • Genre Blues

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  • Deluxe Edition
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  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102175725

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Reed, Jimmy - Jimmy Reed - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 I'm Going Upside Your Head Jimmy Reed
02 I Don't Go For That Jimmy Reed
03 Baby, What You Want Me To Do Jimmy Reed
04 Baby, What's Wrong Jimmy Reed
05 I'm Gonna Ruin You Jimmy Reed
06 I'm A-Love You Jimmy Reed
07 Shoot My Baby Jimmy Reed
08 Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
09 Take It Slow Jimmy Reed
10 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby Jimmy Reed
11 High And Lonesome Jimmy Reed
12 Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed
13 Come Love Jimmy Reed
14 You're Something Else Jimmy Reed
15 I Ain't Got You Jimmy Reed
16 The Sun Is Shining Jimmy Reed
17 Let's Get Together Jimmy Reed
18 Good Lover Jimmy Reed
19 She Don't Want Me No More Jimmy Reed
20 When Girls Do It Jimmy Reed
21 I Found My Baby Jimmy Reed
22 State Street Boogie Jimmy Reed
23 I'm The Man Down There Jimmy Reed
24 My Bitter Seed Jimmy Reed
25 Shame, Shame, Shame Jimmy Reed
26 Bad Boy Eddie Taylor
27 E.T. Blues Eddie Taylor
28 Big Town Playboy Eddie Taylor
29 Train Fare Home Eddie Taylor
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Jimmy Reed

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 - Jimmy Reed - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 I'm Going Upside Your Head
02 I Don't Go For That
03 Baby, What You Want Me To Do
04 Baby, What's Wrong
05 I'm Gonna Ruin You
06 I'm A-Love You
07 Shoot My Baby
08 Bright Lights, Big City
09 Take It Slow
10 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
11 High And Lonesome
12 Big Boss Man
13 Come Love
14 You're Something Else
15 I Ain't Got You
16 The Sun Is Shining
17 Let's Get Together
18 Good Lover
19 She Don't Want Me No More
20 When Girls Do It
21 I Found My Baby
22 State Street Boogie
23 I'm The Man Down There
24 My Bitter Seed
25 Shame, Shame, Shame
26 Bad Boy
27 E.T. Blues
28 Big Town Playboy
29 Train Fare Home