Willie Dixon
Willie's Blues (w. Memphis Slim)

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2015 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP- Originally released on Prestige Bluesville. "In Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim Prestige presents two of the most forceful personalities anywhere on the country blues scene. The imagination they display here is lively and

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Release date: 15-04-2015(originally released in 1959)

2015 EU  reissue on 180g vinyl LP- Originally released on Prestige Bluesville. "In Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim Prestige presents two of the most forceful personalities anywhere on the country blues scene. The imagination they display here is lively and rich, and they will go a long way toward building a wider audience for their brand of blues. They have long been prominent in Chicago, the "up North" center of country blues, but too little is heard of them elsewhere. It is hoped that this album is a beginning in making their music more generally known." --original liner notes by Dale Wright

Tracks:
A1 Nervous 
A2 Good Understanding
A3 That's My Baby
A4 Slim's Thing
A5 That's All I Want Baby 
A6 Don't You Tell Nobody
A7 Youth To You 

B1 Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues
B2 Built For Comfort
B3 I Got A Razor
B4 Go Easy
B5 Move Me

Musicians:
Willie Dixon, vocal and bass;
Memphis Slim, piano
Wally Richardson guitar
Al Ashby, tenor sax
Gus Johnson, drums

According to the original liner notes, this 1959 Willie Dixon session was cut during a two hour span in between flights. This certainly explains the relaxed, jam session feel of the recordings. Unfortunately, the songs come out sounding sluggish and stilted at times; this is partly due, no doubt, to the makeshift nature of the date, but also, more surprisingly, because of drummer Gus Johnson's overly slick and formalized playing. On top of this, one has to contend with Dixon's less-then-inspired vocals -- it's Dixon's writing talents and A&R savvy in the blues world that warrant him a place in the pantheon, not his skills at the microphone. That all said, this still is an enjoyable disc to listen to, not least of all because of the quality of Dixon's many originals and the freshness of pianist Memphis Slim's playing. And while the vaudevillian comedy of a song like "Built for Comfort" can be traced to Dixon's earlier pop R&B work with the Big Three Trio, rougher blues standouts like "Go Easy" and "Move Me" lead back to the Chicago blues world Dixon shared with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Not a first disc for curious listeners, but certainly a pleasant enough addition to the blues lover's collection.


Since the early 1950s, Willie Dixon has been the studio kingpin of Chicago blues, having written, produced, and played bass on countless classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, and many others. Dixon has always managed to find time away from the studio to work as a performer, slapping his upright bass and singing his own tunes in a highly compelling, conversational baritone. He was working the coffeehouse circuit with pianist Memphis Slim when he cut this, his first album as a leader, in 1959. Besides his unique interpretations of “Nervous” and “Built for Comfort,” it includes eight lesser known compositions from Dixon’s prolific pen. It is unlike all other albums by Dixon, as he and Slim are accompanied, not by the usual crew of Chicago blues players, but by a group of New York mainstream jazzmen, including tenor saxophonist Hal Ashby, guitarist Wally Richardson and drummer Gus Johnson."

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