The Essential Boss Man: The Very Best of the Vee-Jay Years, 1953-1966

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Charley's Essential Boss Man highlights 75 recordings made by Jimmy Reed for Vee Jay Records between 1953 and 1966, including all of his Top Ten R&B chart-topping tracks. Bear in mind that this material has been reissued a zillion times over the years so there is nothing here the collector doesn't already own in spades. Still, you can't argue with such timeless classics as "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," "You've Got Me Dizzy," "Honest I Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," "I'm Gonna Get My Baby" and "Baby What Do You Want Me to Do." The packaging on this set is highlighted by a 24-page booklet and numerous photos plus informative liner notes by blues scholar Les Fancourt. Even though this is a solid collection, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Charley's Essential Boss Man highlights 75 recordings made by Jimmy Reed for Vee Jay Records between 1953 and 1966, including all of his Top Ten R&B chart-topping tracks. Bear in mind that this material has been reissued a zillion times over the years so there is nothing here the collector doesn't already own in spades. Still, you can't argue with such timeless classics as "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," "You've Got Me Dizzy," "Honest I Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," "I'm Gonna Get My Baby" and "Baby What Do You Want Me to Do." The packaging on this set is highlighted by a 24-page booklet and numerous photos plus informative liner notes by blues scholar Les Fancourt. Even though this is a solid collection, the casual listener should first investigate Rhino's 17-track compilation Blues Masters: The Very Best of Jimmy Reed
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 803415572823
  • Catalog Number: 728
  • Sales rank: 38,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High and Lonesome (2:47)
  2. 2 You Don't Have to Go (3:03)
  3. 3 Boogie in the Dark (2:33)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Ruin You (2:46)
  5. 5 Pretty Thing (2:44)
  6. 6 I Ain't Got You (2:20)
  7. 7 She Don't Want Me No More (2:34)
  8. 8 Come on Baby (2:36)
  9. 9 I Don't Go for That (2:44)
  10. 10 Baby, Don't Say That No More (2:31)
  11. 11 Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby (2:13)
  12. 12 Can't Stand to See You Go (2:48)
  13. 13 When You Left Me (2:33)
  14. 14 I Love You, Baby (2:44)
  15. 15 My First Plea (2:44)
  16. 16 You Got Me Dizzy (2:50)
  17. 17 Honey Don't Let Me Go (2:37)
  18. 18 It's You Baby (2:25)
  19. 19 Honey, Where You Going? (2:35)
  20. 20 Do the Thing (2:42)
  21. 21 Little Rain (2:43)
  22. 22 Signals of Love (Red Lights the Stop Light) (2:41)
  23. 23 The Sun Is Shining (2:48)
  24. 24 Baby, What's on Your Mind (3:05)
  25. 25 Odds and Ends (2:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Honest I Do (2:40)
  2. 2 My Bitter Seed (2:13)
  3. 3 Odds and Ends (2:09)
  4. 4 You're Something Else (2:32)
  5. 5 A String to Your Heart (2:42)
  6. 6 Go on to School (2:46)
  7. 7 You Got Me Crying (2:32)
  8. 8 Down in Virginia (2:23)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Get My Baby (2:43)
  10. 10 I Wanna Be Loved (2:13)
  11. 11 Caress Me Baby (2:47)
  12. 12 I Know It's a Sin (2:23)
  13. 13 You'n That Sack (2:23)
  14. 14 Going to New York (2:18)
  15. 15 I Told You Baby (2:17)
  16. 16 Take Out Some Insurance (2:20)
  17. 17 I'm Nervous (2:38)
  18. 18 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (2:22)
  19. 19 Goin' by the River, Pt. 1 (2:04)
  20. 20 Where Can You Be (2:35)
  21. 21 Hush, Hush (2:30)
  22. 22 I Was So Wrong (3:12)
  23. 23 Blue, Blue Water (2:35)
  24. 24 Please Don't (2:33)
  25. 25 Found Love (2:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Big Boss Man (2:46)
  2. 2 Hold Me Close (2:31)
  3. 3 Close Together (2:32)
  4. 4 You Know You're Looking Good (2:19)
  5. 5 Kind of Lonesome (2:42)
  6. 6 Found Joy (3:29)
  7. 7 Bright Lights, Big City (2:39)
  8. 8 Baby, What's Wrong (3:09)
  9. 9 Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth (2:22)
  10. 10 I'm Mr. Luck (3:24)
  11. 11 Blue Carnegie (2:38)
  12. 12 Good Lover (2:24)
  13. 13 Down in Mississippi (3:50)
  14. 14 Too Much (2:21)
  15. 15 Let's Get Together (2:51)
  16. 16 Shame, Shame, Shame (2:47)
  17. 17 Cold and Lonesome (3:31)
  18. 18 Up Tight (2:25)
  19. 19 Mixed Up (2:22)
  20. 20 Wear Something Green (2:43)
  21. 21 When You're Doing All Right (2:41)
  22. 22 I'm Going Upside Your Head (2:54)
  23. 23 I'm the Man Down There (2:58)
  24. 24 When Girls Do It (2:06)
  25. 25 Knockin' at Your Door (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Reed Primary Artist
Willie Dixon Bass
Henry Gray Piano
Hubert Sumlin Bass, Guitar, Drums
Eddie Taylor Bass, Guitar, Drums
Curtis Mayfield Bass
Phil Upchurch Bass, Guitar
John Littlejohn Guitar
Lee Baker Guitar
Remo Biondi Bass, Guitar, Violin
John Brim Bass, Guitar
W.C. Dalton Guitar
Al Duncan Drums
Vernel Fournier Drums
Marcus "Benjy" Johnson Bass
Albert King Drums
Earl Phillips Drums
Milton Rector Bass
David Shipp Bass
Morris Wilkerson Drums
Ray Scott Drums
William "Lefty" Bates Guitar
Jimmy Reed Jr. Bass, Guitar, Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmy Reed Composer
Al Smith Composer
Calvin Carter Composer
L.D. Dixon Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Ewart Abner Composer
Les Fancourt Liner Notes
James C. Bracken Composer
Johnnie Mae Dunson Composer
J. Reed Composer
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