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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.

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

  • Interpret: Jimmy Reed

  • Album titlle: The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD)

  • Label CHARLY

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 1994
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0082333219922

  • weight in Kg 0.68
Reed, Jimmy - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) CD 1
01 High And Lonesome Jimmy Reed
02 Jimmie's Boogie Jimmy Reed
03 I Found My Baby Jimmy Reed
04 Roll And Rhumba Jimmy Reed
05 You Don't Have To Go Jimmy Reed
06 Boogie In The Dark Jimmy Reed
07 Shoot My Baby Jimmy Reed
08 Rockin' With Reed Jimmy Reed
09 You Upset My Mind Jimmy Reed
10 I'm Gonna Ruin You Jimmy Reed
11 Pretty Thing Jimmy Reed
12 I Ain't Got You Jimmy Reed
13 She Don't Want Me No More Jimmy Reed
14 Come On Baby Jimmy Reed
15 I Don't Go For That Jimmy Reed
16 Baby, Don't Say That No More Jimmy Reed
17 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby Jimmy Reed
18 Can't Stand To See You Go Jimmy Reed
19 When You Left Me Jimmy Reed
20 I Love You Baby Jimmy Reed
21 My First Plea Jimmy Reed
22 You Got Me Dizzy Jimmy Reed
23 Honey, Don't Let Me Go Jimmy Reed
24 Untitled Instrumental Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) CD 2
01 It's You Baby Jimmy Reed
02 Honey, Where Are You Going Jimmy Reed
03 Do The Thing Jimmy Reed
04 Little Rain Jimmy Reed
05 Signals Of Love Jimmy Reed
06 The Sun Is Shining Jimmy Reed
07 Baby, What's On Your Mind Jimmy Reed
08 Honest I Do Jimmy Reed
09 State Street Boogie Jimmy Reed
10 Odds And Ends Jimmy Reed
11 My Better Seed Jimmy Reed
12 Ends And Odds Jimmy Reed
13 My Baby (Down In Virginia) Jimmy Reed
14 You're Something Else Jimmy Reed
15 A String To Your Heart Jimmy Reed
16 Go On To School Jimmy Reed
17 You Got Me Crying Jimmy Reed
18 The Moon Is Rising Jimmy Reed
19 Down In Virginia Jimmy Reed
20 I'm Gonna Get My Baby Jimmy Reed
21 I Wanna Be Loved Jimmy Reed
22 Caress Me Baby Jimmy Reed
23 I Know It's A Sin Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) CD 3
01 You'n That Sack Jimmy Reed
02 Going To New York Jimmy Reed
03 I Told You Baby Jimmy Reed
04 Take Out Some Insurance Jimmy Reed
05 I'm Nervous Jimmy Reed
06 You Know I Love You Jimmy Reed
07 Baby, What You Want Me To Do Jimmy Reed
08 Goin' By The River (1) Jimmy Reed
09 Goin' By The River (2) Jimmy Reed
10 Where Can You Be Jimmy Reed
11 Hush Hush Jimmy Reed
12 I Was So Wrong Jimmy Reed
13 Blue Blue Water Jimmy Reed
14 Please Don't Jimmy Reed
15 Found Love Jimmy Reed
16 You Gonna Need My Help Jimmy Reed
17 Hold Me Close Jimmy Reed
18 Come Love Jimmy Reed
19 Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed
20 Meet Me Jimmy Reed
21 I Got The Blues Jimmy Reed
22 Sugar Sugar Jimmy Reed
23 Got Me Chasing You Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) CD 4
01 Down The Road Jimmy Reed
02 Want To Be With You Baby Jimmy Reed
03 Jimmy's Rock Jimmy Reed
04 Tell The World I Do Jimmy Reed
05 You're My Baby Jimmy Reed
06 Ain't Gonna Cry No More Jimmy Reed
07 Close Together Jimmy Reed
08 You Know You're Looking Good Jimmy Reed
09 Laughing At The Blues Jimmy Reed
10 I'm A Love You Jimmy Reed
11 Kind Of Lonesome Jimmy Reed
12 Found Joy Jimmy Reed
13 Tell Me You Love Me Jimmy Reed
14 Bright Lights Jimmy Reed
15 Baby, What's Wrong Jimmy Reed
16 Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth Jimmy Reed
17 I'm Mr. Luck Jimmy Reed
18 Blue Carnegie Jimmy Reed
19 Take It Slow Jimmy Reed
20 Good Lover Jimmy Reed
21 Down In Mississippi Jimmy Reed
22 Too Much Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) CD 5
01 I'll Change My Style Jimmy Reed
02 Let's Get Together Jimmy Reed
03 In The Morning Jimmy Reed
04 You Can't Hide Jimmy Reed
05 Back Home At Noon Jimmy Reed
06 Lookin' For You Baby Jimmy Reed
07 Kansas City Baby Jimmy Reed
08 Oh John Jimmy Reed
09 Shame Shame Shame Jimmy Reed
10 Cold And Lonesome Jimmy Reed
11 There'll Be A Day Jimmy Reed
12 Ain't No Big Deal Jimmy Reed
13 Mary, Mary Jimmy Reed
14 Upside The Wall Jimmy Reed
15 Baby's So Sweet Jimmy Reed
16 I'm Gonna Help You Jimmy Reed
17 Up Tight Jimmy Reed
18 Mixed Up Jimmy Reed
19 I'm Trying To Please You Jimmy Reed
20 Five Long Years Jimmy Reed
21 See See Rider Jimmy Reed
22 Outskirts Of Town Jimmy Reed
23 Trouble In Mind Jimmy Reed
Reed, Jimmy - The Vee-Jay Years (6-CD) CD 6
01 The Comeback Jimmy Reed
02 How Long Blues Jimmy Reed
03 Roll 'em Pete Jimmy Reed
04 Cherry Red Jimmy Reed
05 Wee Wee Baby Jimmy Reed
06 St. Louis Blues Jimmy Reed
07 Worried Life Blues Jimmy Reed
08 Blues For 12 Strings Jimmy Reed
09 New Chicago Blues Jimmy Reed
10 Wear Something Green Jimmy Reed
11 Help Yourself Jimmy Reed
12 Heading For A Fall Jimmy Reed
13 Going Fishing Jimmy Reed
14 Left Handed Woman Jimmy Reed
15 I Wanna Be Loved (Crazy Love) Jimmy Reed
16 Fifteen Years Jimmy Reed
17 A New Leaf Jimmy Reed
18 When You're Doing All Right Jimmy Reed
19 I'm Going Upside Your Head Jimmy Reed
20 The Devil's Shoestring 2 Jimmy Reed
21 You've Got Me Waiting Jimmy Reed
22 I'm The Man Down There Jimmy Reed
23 When Girls Do It Jimmy Reed
24 Don't Think I'm Through 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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