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Jimmy Reed The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD)

The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD)

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Jimmy Reed: The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD)

The 139 tracks in this box set, represent Jimmy Reed's complete released output for the Vee Jay label. The Vee Jay era, from 1953 until 1965, were Reed's greatest years, when he was the Big Boss Man, chalking up more hit records than any other blues artist ever achieved in the history of recorded music, with the exception of B.B. King.


Jimmy Reed - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) Medium 1
1: High And Lonesome  
2: Jimmie's Boogie  
3: I Found My Baby  
4: Roll And Rhumba  
5: You Don't Have To Go  
6: Boogie In The Dark  
7: Shoot My Baby  
8: Rockin' With Reed  
9: You Upset My Mind  
10: I'm Gonna Ruin You  
11: Pretty Thing  
12: I Ain't Got You  
13: She Don't Want Me No More  
14: Come On Baby  
15: I Don't Go For That  
16: Baby, Don't Say That No More  
17: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby  
18: Can't Stand To See You Go  
19: When You Left Me  
20: I Love You Baby  
21: My First Plea  
22: You Got Me Dizzy  
23: Honey, Don't Let Me Go  
24: Untitled Instrumental  
Jimmy Reed - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) Medium 2
1: It's You Baby  
2: Honey, Where Are You Going  
3: Do The Thing  
4: Little Rain  
5: Signals Of Love  
6: The Sun Is Shining  
7: Baby, What's On Your Mind  
8: Honest I Do  
9: State Street Boogie  
10: Odds And Ends  
11: My Better Seed  
12: Ends And Odds  
13: My Baby (Down In Virginia)  
14: You're Something Else  
15: A String To Your Heart  
16: Go On To School  
17: You Got Me Crying  
18: The Moon Is Rising  
19: Down In Virginia  
20: I'm Gonna Get My Baby  
21: I Wanna Be Loved  
22: Caress Me Baby  
23: I Know It's A Sin  
Jimmy Reed - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) Medium 3
1: You'n That Sack  
2: Going To New York  
3: I Told You Baby  
4: Take Out Some Insurance  
5: I'm Nervous  
6: You Know I Love You  
7: Baby, What You Want Me To Do  
8: Goin' By The River (1)  
9: Goin' By The River (2)  
10: Where Can You Be  
11: Hush Hush  
12: I Was So Wrong  
13: Blue Blue Water  
14: Please Don't  
15: Found Love  
16: You Gonna Need My Help  
17: Hold Me Close  
18: Come Love  
19: Big Boss Man  
20: Meet Me  
21: I Got The Blues  
22: Sugar Sugar  
23: Got Me Chasing You  
Jimmy Reed - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) Medium 4
1: Down The Road  
2: Want To Be With You Baby  
3: Jimmy's Rock  
4: Tell The World I Do  
5: You're My Baby  
6: Ain't Gonna Cry No More  
7: Close Together  
8: You Know You're Looking Good  
9: Laughing At The Blues  
10: I'm A Love You  
11: Kind Of Lonesome  
12: Found Joy  
13: Tell Me You Love Me  
14: Bright Lights  
15: Baby, What's Wrong  
16: Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth  
17: I'm Mr. Luck  
18: Blue Carnegie  
19: Take It Slow  
20: Good Lover  
21: Down In Mississippi  
22: Too Much  
Jimmy Reed - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) Medium 5
1: I'll Change My Style  
2: Let's Get Together  
3: In The Morning  
4: You Can't Hide  
5: Back Home At Noon  
6: Lookin' For You Baby  
7: Kansas City Baby  
8: Oh John  
9: Shame Shame Shame  
10: Cold And Lonesome  
11: There'll Be A Day  
12: Ain't No Big Deal  
13: Mary, Mary  
14: Upside The Wall  
15: Baby's So Sweet  
16: I'm Gonna Help You  
17: Up Tight  
18: Mixed Up  
19: I'm Trying To Please You  
20: Five Long Years  
21: See See Rider  
22: Outskirts Of Town  
23: Trouble In Mind  
Jimmy Reed - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) Medium 6
1: The Comeback  
2: How Long Blues  
3: Roll 'em Pete  
4: Cherry Red  
5: Wee Wee Baby  
6: St. Louis Blues  
7: Worried Life Blues  
8: Blues For 12 Strings  
9: New Chicago Blues  
10: Wear Something Green  
11: Help Yourself  
12: Heading For A Fall  
13: Going Fishing  
14: Left Handed Woman  
15: I Wanna Be Loved (Crazy Love)  
16: Fifteen Years  
17: A New Leaf  
18: When You're Doing All Right  
19: I'm Going Upside Your Head  
20: The Devil's Shoestring 2  
21: You've Got Me Waiting  
22: I'm The Man Down There  
23: When Girls Do It  
24: Don't Think I'm Through  


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  • Interpret: Jimmy Reed

  • Albumtitel: The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Blues

  • Title The Vee Jay Years 6-CD
  • Release date 1994
  • Label CHARLY

  • SubGenre Blues - Electric

  • EAN: 0082333219922

  • weight in Kg 0.680

Artist description "Reed, Jimmy"

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 

Electric Blues 1939–2005 – The Definitive Collection!
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Jimmy Reed on Wikipedia


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