Jimmy Reed
I M Jimmy Reed

  1 x LP   140grs   33⅓rpm   

2015 EU reissue on 140g -In deciding where to start listening to Jimmy Reed, the man and his record label made it easy -- at the beginning. His debut LP release 1959, I'm Jimmy Reed, was about as strong a first album as was heard in Chicago blues, b...

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Release date: 12-06-2015 (Orginally released in 1959)

2015 EU reissue on 140g -In deciding where to start listening to Jimmy Reed, the man and his record label made it easy -- at the beginning. His debut LP release, I'm Jimmy Reed, was about as strong a first album as was heard in Chicago blues, but also no stronger (relatively speaking) than the first long-players issued of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and co. As was the case with most bluesmen of his generation, Reed's debut LP was really a collection of single sides than an actual album of new material (though some of it did hail from its year of release), consisting of tracks he'd recorded from June 1953 ("Roll & Rhumba") through March 1958 ("You Got Me Crying" etc.). So it's no surprise that it rivals The Best of Muddy Waters or any of the other 12" platters that were showing up from Reed's rivals at the end of the 1950s -- most of the blues labels put together their LPs the same way at first. But that also turns I'm Jimmy Reed into a treasure-trove of prime material from his repertory, including the songs on which he'd built his reputation over the previous five years, key among them "Honest I Do," "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," "You Got Me Dizzy," and "You Don't Have to Go," plus their highly relevant B-sides, which help give this album more depth and breadth than a formal hits collection would have had. And in addition to Reed's singing and harp work, the album is also a superb showcase for guitarists Eddie Taylor and John Brim (the latter on the earliest material here), and drummer Earl Palmer.

Tracks:
A1 Honest I Do
A2 Go On To School
A3 My First Plea
A4 Boogie In The Dark
A5 You Got Me Crying
A6 Ain't That Lovin You Baby

B1 You Got Me Dizzy
B2 Little Rain
B3 Can't Stand To See You Go
B4 Roll & Rhumba
B5 You're Something Else
B6 You Don't Have To Go

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 140grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: DOL
Originally released: 1959
This release: 2015
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