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(2017/Craft) 88 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - 40-page booklet, incl. an essay by Grammy award... more

Jimmy Reed: Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD)

(2017/Craft) 88 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - 40-page booklet, incl. an essay by Grammy award winning producer and historian, Scott Billington! Also includes annotated discography and session details. The definitive collection of Jimmy Reed's Vee-Jay sides 1953-1965 in a brilliant sound and reproduction value!

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  • Interpret: Jimmy Reed

  • Album titlle: Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Label Concord Music Group

  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0888072024878

  • weight in Kg 0.22
Reed, Jimmy - Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD) CD 1
01 High And Lonesome Introduction Jimmy Reed
02 High And Lonesome Jimmy Reed
03 Roll And Rhumba Jimmy Reed
04 Jimmy's Boogie Jimmy Reed
05 Found My Baby Gone Jimmy Reed
06 You Don't Have To Go Introduction Jimmy Reed
07 You Don't Have To Go Jimmy Reed
08 Boogie In The Dark Jimmy Reed
09 I'm Gonna Ruin You Jimmy Reed
10 Pretty Thing Jimmy Reed
11 She Don't Want Me No More Jimmy Reed
12 I Don't Go For That Jimmy Reed
13 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby Introduction Jimmy Reed
14 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby Jimmy Reed
15 Baby, Don't Say That No More Jimmy Reed
16 Can't Stand To See You Go Jimmy Reed
17 Rockin' With Reed Jimmy Reed
18 My First Plea Jimmy Reed
19 I Love You Baby Jimmy Reed
20 You Got Me Dizzy Introduction Jimmy Reed
21 You Got Me Dizzy Jimmy Reed
22 Honey Don't Let Me Go Jimmy Reed
23 Little Rain Jimmy Reed
24 Honey Where You Going Jimmy Reed
25 The Sun Is Shining Jimmy Reed
26 Baby What's On Your Mind Jimmy Reed
27 Honest I Do Introduction Jimmy Reed
28 Honest I Do Jimmy Reed
29 Signals Of Love Jimmy Reed
30 You're Something Else Jimmy Reed
31 A String To Your Heart Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD) CD 2
01 Go On to School Jimmy Reed
02 You Got Me Crying Jimmy Reed
03 I Know It's a Sin Jimmy Reed
04 Down In Virginia Jimmy Reed
05 I'm Gonna Get My Baby Jimmy Reed
06 Odds and Ends Jimmy Reed
07 I Told You Baby Jimmy Reed
08 Ends and Odds Jimmy Reed
09 Take Out Some Insurance Jimmy Reed
10 You Know I Love You Jimmy Reed
11 Going to New York introduction Jimmy Reed
12 Going to New York Jimmy Reed
13 I Wanna Be Loved Jimmy Reed
14 Baby What You Want Me To Do introduction Jimmy Reed
15 Baby What You Want Me To Do Jimmy Reed
16 Caress Me Baby Jimmy Reed
17 Found Love Jimmy Reed
18 Where Can You Be Jimmy Reed
19 Hush Hush Jimmy Reed
20 Going By the River, Part 2 Jimmy Reed
21 Close Together Jimmy Reed
22 Laughing at the Blues Jimmy Reed
23 Big Boss Man introduction Jimmy Reed
24 Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed
25 I'm A Love You Jimmy Reed
26 Bright Lights, Big City introduction Jimmy Reed
27 Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
28 I'm Mr. Luck Jimmy Reed
29 Aw, Shucks Hush Your Mouth Jimmy Reed
30 Baby, What's Wrong Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD) CD 3
01 Good Lover Jimmy Reed
02 Tell Me That You Love Me Jimmy Reed
03 I'll Change My Style Jimmy Reed
04 Too Much Jimmy Reed
05 Let's Get Together Jimmy Reed
06 Oh John Jimmy Reed
07 Shame Shame Shame Introduction Jimmy Reed
08 Shame Shame Shame Jimmy Reed
09 There'll Be A Day Jimmy Reed
10 Mary, Mary Jimmy Reed
11 I'm Gonna Help You Jimmy Reed
12 (I'm Gonna Move) To The Outskirts Of Town Jimmy Reed
13 St. Louis Blues Jimmy Reed
14 See See Rider Jimmy Reed
15 Wee Wee Baby Blues Jimmy Reed
16 Help Yourself Jimmy Reed
17 Heading For A Fall (Things Ain't What They Used To Be) Jimmy Reed
18 Down In Mississippi Jimmy Reed
19 I'm Going Upside Your Head Introduction Jimmy Reed
20 I'm Going Upside Your Head Jimmy Reed
21 The Devil's Shoestring Jimmy Reed
22 I Wanna Be Loved Jimmy Reed
23 A New Leaf Jimmy Reed
24 Left Handed Woman Jimmy Reed
25 I'm The Man Down There Jimmy Reed
26 When Girls Do It Jimmy Reed
27 Don't You Think I'm Through Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed Although he'd written most of his hits for Vee-Jay Records himself up to this... more
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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 - Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD) CD 1
01 High And Lonesome Introduction
02 High And Lonesome
03 Roll And Rhumba
04 Jimmy's Boogie
05 Found My Baby Gone
06 You Don't Have To Go Introduction
07 You Don't Have To Go
08 Boogie In The Dark
09 I'm Gonna Ruin You
10 Pretty Thing
11 She Don't Want Me No More
12 I Don't Go For That
13 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby Introduction
14 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
15 Baby, Don't Say That No More
16 Can't Stand To See You Go
17 Rockin' With Reed
18 My First Plea
19 I Love You Baby
20 You Got Me Dizzy Introduction
21 You Got Me Dizzy
22 Honey Don't Let Me Go
23 Little Rain
24 Honey Where You Going
25 The Sun Is Shining
26 Baby What's On Your Mind
27 Honest I Do Introduction
28 Honest I Do
29 Signals Of Love
30 You're Something Else
31 A String To Your Heart
Reed, Jimmy - Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD) CD 2
01 Go On to School
02 You Got Me Crying
03 I Know It's a Sin
04 Down In Virginia
05 I'm Gonna Get My Baby
06 Odds and Ends
07 I Told You Baby
08 Ends and Odds
09 Take Out Some Insurance
10 You Know I Love You
11 Going to New York introduction
12 Going to New York
13 I Wanna Be Loved
14 Baby What You Want Me To Do introduction
15 Baby What You Want Me To Do
16 Caress Me Baby
17 Found Love
18 Where Can You Be
19 Hush Hush
20 Going By the River, Part 2
21 Close Together
22 Laughing at the Blues
23 Big Boss Man introduction
24 Big Boss Man
25 I'm A Love You
26 Bright Lights, Big City introduction
27 Bright Lights, Big City
28 I'm Mr. Luck
29 Aw, Shucks Hush Your Mouth
30 Baby, What's Wrong
Reed, Jimmy - Mr. Luck - The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (3-CD) CD 3
01 Good Lover
02 Tell Me That You Love Me
03 I'll Change My Style
04 Too Much
05 Let's Get Together
06 Oh John
07 Shame Shame Shame Introduction
08 Shame Shame Shame
09 There'll Be A Day
10 Mary, Mary
11 I'm Gonna Help You
12 (I'm Gonna Move) To The Outskirts Of Town
13 St. Louis Blues
14 See See Rider
15 Wee Wee Baby Blues
16 Help Yourself
17 Heading For A Fall (Things Ain't What They Used To Be)
18 Down In Mississippi
19 I'm Going Upside Your Head Introduction
20 I'm Going Upside Your Head
21 The Devil's Shoestring
22 I Wanna Be Loved
23 A New Leaf
24 Left Handed Woman
25 I'm The Man Down There
26 When Girls Do It
27 Don't You Think I'm Through