Rockin' This House

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Once again the U.K.'s JSP reissue label offers a massive chunk of historical material in a low-priced four-CD compilation, this time culled from the heart of the postwar Chicago blues scene. Memphis Slim, who first blew in from Arkansas and Tennessee in 1937, is heard on 64 tracks recorded between 1946 and 1954. This is the fundamental core of Slim's postwar period. Bolstered by a series of upright bassists Willie Dixon plays and sings on one of the dates, the occasional drummer, and a regular stable of tenor and alto saxophonists, the pianist sings about interpersonal relationships, working, partying, and hitting the road. This is rough-and-tumble entertainment. Slim's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Once again the U.K.'s JSP reissue label offers a massive chunk of historical material in a low-priced four-CD compilation, this time culled from the heart of the postwar Chicago blues scene. Memphis Slim, who first blew in from Arkansas and Tennessee in 1937, is heard on 64 tracks recorded between 1946 and 1954. This is the fundamental core of Slim's postwar period. Bolstered by a series of upright bassists Willie Dixon plays and sings on one of the dates, the occasional drummer, and a regular stable of tenor and alto saxophonists, the pianist sings about interpersonal relationships, working, partying, and hitting the road. This is rough-and-tumble entertainment. Slim's early Chicago background as a tough-as-nails landlord and peddler of bootleg liquor is tangibly present. While his powerful voice is an essential ingredient, the instrumentals are fascinating. "Jumping Bean" taps into New Orleans rhumba territory and even contains a quote from the Xavier Cugat hit "Brazil." One dozen sides by the great Roosevelt Sykes add considerable ballast to an already hefty compliation. The fourth disc features pianist Eddie Boyd, a bittersweet to bitchy pianist and singer who cut his teeth working with Johnny Shines and Sonny Boy Williamson. Boyd's inclusion in this four-CD box makes it one hell of a dose of unfiltered, undiluted Chicago blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065776220
  • Catalog Number: 7762
  • Sales rank: 225,767

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now I Got the Blues (2:40)
  2. 2 Don't Ration My Love (2:46)
  3. 3 Mistake in Life (2:48)
  4. 4 Grinder Man Blues (3:08)
  5. 5 Slim's Boogie (2:43)
  6. 6 Little Mary (3:11)
  7. 7 Cheatin' Around (2:53)
  8. 8 A Letter Home (2:36)
  9. 9 Kilroy Has Been Here (2:48)
  10. 10 Rockin' This House (2:47)
  11. 11 Lend Me Your Love (2:58)
  12. 12 Darling I Miss You (3:07)
  13. 13 Pacemaker Boogie (2:47)
  14. 14 (Sometimes I Feel Like A) Motherless Child (2:54)
  15. 15 Harlem Bound (2:43)
  16. 16 Life Is Like That (2:55)
  17. 17 Nobody Loves Me (2:49)
  18. 18 Believe I'll Settle Down (2:46)
  19. 19 Throw This Poor Dog a Bone (2:55)
  20. 20 Help Me Some (2:24)
  21. 21 Country Girl (2:50)
  22. 22 Blue and Lonesome (2:39)
  23. 23 Angel Child (2:55)
  24. 24 Midnight Jump (2:50)
  25. 25 Messin' Around (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You and I (2:14)
  2. 2 Timsy's Whimsy (3:01)
  3. 3 Frisco Bay (2:52)
  4. 4 Restless Nights (2:51)
  5. 5 If You Live That Life (2:05)
  6. 6 Love at First Sight (3:03)
  7. 7 Jumping Bean (2:53)
  8. 8 A Letter Home (2:52)
  9. 9 Grinder Man Blues (2:55)
  10. 10 Slim's Boogie (2:46)
  11. 11 Mistake in Life (2:49)
  12. 12 The Girl I Love (2:44)
  13. 13 Mean Little Woman (2:50)
  14. 14 Train Is Comin' (2:48)
  15. 15 The Question (2:56)
  16. 16 Drivin' Me Mad (2:46)
  17. 17 Never Let Me Love (2:53)
  18. 18 Train Time (2:51)
  19. 19 Blue Evening (2:30)
  20. 20 No Mail (2:46)
  21. 21 Gonna Need My Help Someday (2:51)
  22. 22 Back Alley (3:03)
  23. 23 Living the Life I Love (2:47)
  24. 24 The Come Back (2:46)
  25. 25 5 O'Clock Blues (2:53)
  26. 26 Call Me Before You Go Home (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 This Is My Lucky Day (2:42)
  2. 2 I Love My Baby (3:07)
  3. 3 Wish Me Well (3:01)
  4. 4 Four Years of Torment (2:57)
  5. 5 Sassy Mae (2:48)
  6. 6 Blue and Lonesome (2:56)
  7. 7 Memphis Slim U.S.A. (2:56)
  8. 8 She's Alright (2:39)
  9. 9 Two of a Kind (2:37)
  10. 10 Got to Find My Baby (2:39)
  11. 11 Blues All Around My Head (2:51)
  12. 12 Treat Me Like I Treat You (2:42)
  13. 13 My Country Gal (2:41)
  14. 14 Lowland Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:25)
  15. 15 Savoy Boogie - Roosevelt Sykes (2:31)
  16. 16 Candy Man Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:33)
  17. 17 Why Should I Cry - Roosevelt Sykes (2:26)
  18. 18 Drivin' Wheel - Roosevelt Sykes (2:52)
  19. 19 Rock It - Roosevelt Sykes (2:59)
  20. 20 West Helena Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:52)
  21. 21 Mail Box Bloues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:59)
  22. 22 Winter Time Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:49)
  23. 23 Blues 'N' Boogie - Roosevelt Sykes (2:33)
  24. 24 Green Onion Top - Roosevelt Sykes (2:38)
  25. 25 Wonderin' Blues - Roosevelt Sykes (2:18)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Had to Let Her Go - Eddie Boyd (2:47)
  2. 2 Kilroy Won't Be Back - Eddie Boyd (3:02)
  3. 3 You Got to Leave That Gal - Eddie Boyd (3:04)
  4. 4 Rosa Lee Swing - Eddie Boyd (2:54)
  5. 5 Unfair Lovers - Eddie Boyd (3:03)
  6. 6 Blue Monday Blues - Eddie Boyd (2:54)
  7. 7 Why Did She Leave Me - Eddie Boyd (2:56)
  8. 8 Playmate Shuffle - Eddie Boyd (2:49)
  9. 9 Mr. Highway Man - Eddie Boyd (3:08)
  10. 10 Getting My Divorce - Eddie Boyd (3:03)
  11. 11 What Makes These Things Happen to Me - Eddie Boyd (3:03)
  12. 12 Baby What's Wrong with You - Eddie Boyd (3:00)
  13. 13 Chicago Is Just That Way - Eddie Boyd (2:51)
  14. 14 Eddie's Blues - Eddie Boyd (3:07)
  15. 15 I Can Trust My Baby - Eddie Boyd (2:56)
  16. 16 Down Beat Rhythm - Eddie Boyd (2:59)
  17. 17 Something Good Will Come to Me - Eddie Boyd (3:02)
  18. 18 Why Don't You Be Wise Baby - Eddie Boyd (2:39)
  19. 19 I Gotta Find My Baby - Eddie Boyd (3:08)
  20. 20 Lonesome for My Baby - Eddie Boyd (2:53)
  21. 21 I'm Goin' Downtown - Eddie Boyd (2:17)
  22. 22 Hard Headed Woman - Eddie Boyd (3:36)
  23. 23 It's Miserable to Be Alone - Eddie Boyd (3:14)
  24. 24 Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd (2:41)
  25. 25 Blue Coat Man - Eddie Boyd (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Memphis Slim Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Eddie Boyd Piano, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes Piano, Vocals
Alex Atkins Alto Saxophone
Percell Brockenborough Tenor Saxophone
Bill Casimir Tenor Saxophone
Lee Cooper Guitar
Ernest Cotton Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ernest "Big" Crawford Bass
Alfred Elkins Bass
John Frazier Bass
Neil Green Tenor Saxophone
Charles Jenkins Bass
Ransom Knowling Bass
Willie James Lacey Guitar
Oscar Larkin Drums
L.C. McKinley Guitar
Henry Taylor Bass
Percy Walker Drums
Booker T. Washington Drums
Sam Casimir Guitar
Cozy Eggleston Tenor Saxophone
Leon Hooper Drums
Oett "Sax" Mallard Alto Saxophone
Timothy Overton Tenor Saxophone
Terry Timmons Vocals
Howard Dixon Alto Saxophone
Curtis Mosley Bass
Nelson Berry Tenor Saxophone
James Clark Piano
Otho Allen Drums
Armand Jump Jackson Drums
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
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