Mighty Crazy

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Lightnin' Slim his real name was Otis Hicks may have been the rawest artist in the Excello Records stable, and with a roster list that included Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, and Lonesome Sundown, that's saying something. Slim's barely serviceable but surprisingly effective vocals and rudimentary electric guitar skills, backed by sparse drums and the occasional blast of a harmonica, all drenched in producer Jay Miller's trademark bayou reverb, are the very definition of the genre that came to be known as swamp blues. The title of this collection of Slim's early Excello singles, Mighty Crazy, seems more than apt, since everything here is stripped to just nerve and bone, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Lightnin' Slim his real name was Otis Hicks may have been the rawest artist in the Excello Records stable, and with a roster list that included Slim Harpo, Silas Hogan, and Lonesome Sundown, that's saying something. Slim's barely serviceable but surprisingly effective vocals and rudimentary electric guitar skills, backed by sparse drums and the occasional blast of a harmonica, all drenched in producer Jay Miller's trademark bayou reverb, are the very definition of the genre that came to be known as swamp blues. The title of this collection of Slim's early Excello singles, Mighty Crazy, seems more than apt, since everything here is stripped to just nerve and bone, and there is the feeling that just one more take of any of these tunes would tip things right over the edge into howling madness. Slim's interjection of "blow your harmonica, son" the harp player was Lazy Lester, more often than not on nearly every track starts to border on repetitive obsession, and you can't help but notice that if things were stripped down any more, these songs would cease to exist at all. These sides are simply some of the most primal electric blues ever recorded. Among the highlights on this dark, somber disc are two versions of "Rock Me Mama," the zapped-up at least for Slim "Just Made Twenty One," and the absolutely delightful "Wonderin' and Goin'."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667158725
  • Catalog Number: 587
  • Sales rank: 104,782

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock Me Mama (2:48)
  2. 2 Bad Luck (3:01)
  3. 3 West Texas (2:30)
  4. 4 What Evil Have I Done? (3:18)
  5. 5 Lightnin' Blues (2:58)
  6. 6 I Can't Be Successful (3:02)
  7. 7 I'm Him (3:15)
  8. 8 I Can't Understand (3:09)
  9. 9 Just Made Twenty One (2:13)
  10. 10 Sugar Plum (2:50)
  11. 11 Goin' Home (2:41)
  12. 12 Wonderin' and Goin' (2:56)
  13. 13 Bad Luck and Trouble (2:56)
  14. 14 Have Your Way (2:41)
  15. 15 I'm Grown (2:52)
  16. 16 Mean Ole Lonesome Train (3:17)
  17. 17 Lonely Stranger (Rocky Mountain Blues) (2:44)
  18. 18 Rock Me Mama (2:28)
  19. 19 I'm a Rollin' Stone (2:27)
  20. 20 Hoo Doo Blues (2:22)
  21. 21 It's Mighty Crazy (2:44)
  22. 22 Bed Bug Blues (2:39)
  23. 23 Tom Cat Blues (2:44)
  24. 24 Farming Blues (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lightnin' Slim Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Lazy Lester Harmonica, Percussion
Carol Fran Vocals
Jay Miller Vocals
Clarence "Jockey" Etinne Drums
Sammy Drake Drums
Technical Credits
Lightnin' Slim Composer
J.D. Miller Composer
Fred Reif Liner Notes
Jerry West Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Otis V. Hicks Composer
Jay Miller Producer
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