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Jimmy Reed Very Best Of Vee Jay Years (3-CD-Box)

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Jimmy Reed: Very Best Of Vee Jay Years (3-CD-Box)

(1953-66 'Vee Jay') (202:24/75)


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1: High And Lonesome
2: You Don't Have To Go
3: Boogie In The Dark
4: I'm Gonna Ruin You
5: Pretty Thing
6: I Ain't Got You
7: She Don't Want Me No More
8: Come On Baby
9: I Don't Go For That
10: Baby Don't Say That No More
11: Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby
12: Can't Stand To See You Go
13: When You Left Me
14: I Love You, Baby
15: My First Plea
16: You Got Me Dizzy
17: Honey, Don't Let Me Go
18: It's You, Baby
19: Honey, Where You Going?
20: Do The Thing
21: Little Rain
22: Signals Of Love (Red Lights The Stop Light)
23: The Sun Is Shining
24: Baby, What's On Your Mind?
25: Odds And Ends
26: Honest I Do  
27: My Bitter Seed  
28: Ends And Odds  
29: You're Something Else  
30: A String To Your Heart  
31: Go On To School  
32: You Got Me Crying  
33: Down In Virginia  
34: I'm Gonna Get My Baby  
35: I Wanna Be Loved  
36: Caress My Baby  
37: I Know It's A Sin  
38: You'n That Sack  
39: Going To New York  
40: I Told You, Baby  
41: Take Out Some Insurance  
42: I'm Nervous  
43: Baby, What You Want Me To Do  
44: Goin' By The River Pt.1  
45: Where Can You Be  
46: Hush Hush  
47: I Was (So) Wrong  
48: Blue, Blue Water  
49: Please Don't  
50: Found Love  
51: Big Boss Man  
52: Hold Me Close  
53: Close Togehther  
54: You Know You're Looking Good  
55: Kind Of Lonesome  
56: Found Joy  
57: Bright Lights, Big City  
58: Baby, What's Wrong  
59: Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth  
60: I'm Mr. Luck  
61: Blue Carnegie  
62: Good Lover  
63: Down In Mississippi  
64: Too Much  
65: Let's Get Together  
66: Shame, Shame, Shame  
67: Cold And Lonesome  
68: Up Tight  
69: Mixed Up  
70: Wear Something Green  
71: When You're Doing All Right  
72: I'm Gonmna Upside Your Head  
73: I'm The Man Down There  
74: When Girls Do It  
75: Knockin' At Your Door  


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  • Interpret: Jimmy Reed

  • Albumtitel: Very Best Of Vee Jay Years (3-CD-Box)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Blues

  • Title Very Best Of Vee Jay Years (3-CD-Box)
  • Label SNAPPER

  • SubGenre Blues - Electric

  • EAN: 0803415572823

  • weight in Kg 0.300

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 

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