Blue Memphis Suite [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Teamed with guitarist Peter Green and a well-oiled ensemble of British musicians including John Paul Jones on Hammond organ, Memphis Slim cooked up The Blue Memphis Suite in a London studio at four sessions during June of 1970. A theatrically conceived autobiographical revue, this album feels at first like a sort of audio pantomime as the pianist paints narrated pictures of where he's been and what he's done. A couple of these episodes are broadly obvious, as when he introduces the Windy City segment by quoting from Fred Fisher's hit of 1922, "Chicago." Gutsier reflections materialize in the form of elegies for Otis Spann and Earl Hooker, the authentically slow and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Teamed with guitarist Peter Green and a well-oiled ensemble of British musicians including John Paul Jones on Hammond organ, Memphis Slim cooked up The Blue Memphis Suite in a London studio at four sessions during June of 1970. A theatrically conceived autobiographical revue, this album feels at first like a sort of audio pantomime as the pianist paints narrated pictures of where he's been and what he's done. A couple of these episodes are broadly obvious, as when he introduces the Windy City segment by quoting from Fred Fisher's hit of 1922, "Chicago." Gutsier reflections materialize in the form of elegies for Otis Spann and Earl Hooker, the authentically slow and ruminative "Feel Like Screaming and Crying" and a refreshingly honest piece entitled "Chicago Seven," where Slim wryly points out that "Nobody seemed worried about all the black blood spilled, but they began to take notice when some of their own got killed." Sobering stuff! Two newly discovered "rough mix" tracks round off this reissue in ways that seem to top the original release: "Mother Earth" now caps the project with humbling intimations of mortality and "I've Got Soul" (its lyrics consisting only of the title sung like a bluesy mantra) serves as the last word on the subject.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728304528
  • Catalog Number: 3045
  • Sales rank: 98,151

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Memphis Slim Primary Artist, Piano, Clavichord, Vocals
Kay Gardner Background Vocals
Kenny Wheeler Trumpet, Horn Section
Harry Beckett Trumpet, Horn Section
Henry Lowther Trumpet, Horn Section
Nick Evans Trombone, Horn Section
Karl Jenkins Saxophone, Horn Section
John Mumford Trombone, Horn Section
Barry St. John Background Vocals
Liza Strike Background Vocals
Pete Wingfield Organ, Celeste, Electric Piano
Johnny Dean Chimes
Larry Steel Bass
Brian Smith Saxophone, Horn Section
Technical Credits
Memphis Slim Original Liner Notes
Chris Spedding Liner Notes
Martin Birch Engineer
Peter Chatman Composer
George Chkiantz Engineer
Jerry Long Arranger
Philippe Rault Producer, Liner Notes
Lewis Simpkins Composer
Alain Frappier Cover Painting
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