The Willie Dixon Story

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Willie Dixon wore a lot of hats. He sang gospel as a young man, was a boxer for a time, and was even imprisoned as a draft dodger. He was also a versatile musician -- a bass player, songwriter, producer, and arranger -- and without him, modern blues might well not exist. This wonderfully conceived four-disc, 100-track box set covers all the dimensions of Dixon's musical career, with a disc each devoted to Dixon as a performer, session musician, and songwriter, with a final disc that shows him as a general all-around fix-it man for Chess and Cobra Records. Writing "Spoonful" alone would have assured Dixon a place in the blues story, but as this set shows, he did so much ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Willie Dixon wore a lot of hats. He sang gospel as a young man, was a boxer for a time, and was even imprisoned as a draft dodger. He was also a versatile musician -- a bass player, songwriter, producer, and arranger -- and without him, modern blues might well not exist. This wonderfully conceived four-disc, 100-track box set covers all the dimensions of Dixon's musical career, with a disc each devoted to Dixon as a performer, session musician, and songwriter, with a final disc that shows him as a general all-around fix-it man for Chess and Cobra Records. Writing "Spoonful" alone would have assured Dixon a place in the blues story, but as this set shows, he did so much more than that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021661
  • Catalog Number: 2002166
  • Sales rank: 89,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Just the Blues - Four Jumps of Jive (3:30)
  2. 2 Sweet Louise - Five Breezes (2:58)
  3. 3 Signifying Monkey - The Big Three Trio (2:49)
  4. 4 Walking the Blues - Willie Dixon (3:08)
  5. 5 I Got a Razor - Memphis Slim (4:17)
  6. 6 My Love Will Never Die - The Big Three Trio (2:48)
  7. 7 Built For Comfort - Memphis Slim (2:36)
  8. 8 Minute and Hour Blues - Five Breezes (2:33)
  9. 9 No One To Love Me - The Big Three Trio (2:56)
  10. 10 Pain In My Heart - Willie Dixon (3:24)
  11. 11 Unlucky - Memphis Slim (2:45)
  12. 12 I Ain't Gonna Be Your Monkey Man - The Big Three Trio (3:03)
  13. 13 Swinging the Blues - Five Breezes (2:54)
  14. 14 Move Me - Memphis Slim (3:27)
  15. 15 Big Three Boogie - The Big Three Trio (2:33)
  16. 16 Roll and Tumble - Memphis Slim (2:58)
  17. 17 29 Ways - Willie Dixon (2:16)
  18. 18 Violent Love - The Big Three Trio (2:59)
  19. 19 Just a Jitterbug - Five Breezes (2:49)
  20. 20 Beer Drinking Woman - Memphis Slim (2:32)
  21. 21 Don't Let That Music Die - The Big Three Trio (2:34)
  22. 22 Go Easy - Memphis Slim (5:56)
  23. 23 You Sure Look Good To Me - The Big Three Trio (2:46)
  24. 24 Crazy For My Baby - Willie Dixon (2:54)
  25. 25 If the Sea Was Whiskey - The Big Three Trio (3:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ebony Rhapsody - Rosetta Howard (3:02)
  2. 2 Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk (3:05)
  3. 3 How I Got Over - Rev. Robert Ballinger (2:56)
  4. 4 Hoodoo Man - Junior Wells (3:06)
  5. 5 Maybellene - Chuck Berry (2:20)
  6. 6 Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters (2:50)
  7. 7 Mona (I Need My Baby) - Bo Diddley (2:21)
  8. 8 Tomorrow Night - Junior Wells (2:28)
  9. 9 Meet Me In Your Hometown (2:53)
  10. 10 Fattening Frogs For Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:21)
  11. 11 Can't This Be Mine - Freddie Hall (2:33)
  12. 12 Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters (2:57)
  13. 13 Be Careful What You Do (I Would Hate To See You Go) - John Brim (2:40)
  14. 14 'Bout the Break of Day - Junior Wells (3:16)
  15. 15 Try To Quit You Baby - Buddy Guy (2:38)
  16. 16 Last Night - Little Walter (2:54)
  17. 17 Sincerely - The Moonglows (3:15)
  18. 18 I Could Cry - Junior Wells (3:15)
  19. 19 24 Hours - Eddie Boyd (3:31)
  20. 20 This Train - Rev. Robert Ballinger (2:52)
  21. 21 Mellow Chick Swing - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:35)
  22. 22 Soap and Water Blues - Washboard Sam (3:09)
  23. 23 Lovey Dovey Lovey One - Junior Wells (2:15)
  24. 24 Walking By Myself - Jimmy Rogers (2:48)
  25. 25 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry (2:37)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters (2:50)
  2. 2 The Seventh Son - Willie Mabon (2:53)
  3. 3 My Babe - Little Walter (2:35)
  4. 4 Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf (2:48)
  5. 5 Sit and Cry (the Blues) - Buddy Guy (3:03)
  6. 6 Hidden Charms - Charles Clark (2:38)
  7. 7 Close To You - Muddy Waters (3:05)
  8. 8 Pretty Thing - Bo Diddley (2:50)
  9. 9 Cha Cha Cha In Blue - Junior Wells (2:22)
  10. 10 Killer Diller - Betty Everett (2:24)
  11. 11 Do Me Right - Lowell Fulson (2:58)
  12. 12 I'm Ready - Muddy Waters (3:04)
  13. 13 Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter (2:47)
  14. 14 Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf (2:53)
  15. 15 Diddy Wah Diddy - Bo Diddley (2:31)
  16. 16 I Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) - Elmore James (2:15)
  17. 17 Fishin' In My Pond - Lee Jackson (2:42)
  18. 18 Just Make Love To Me - Muddy Waters (2:49)
  19. 19 Evil - Howlin' Wolf (2:56)
  20. 20 Third Degree - Eddie Boyd (3:17)
  21. 21 Tollin' Bells - Lowell Fulson (3:05)
  22. 22 Two Headed Woman - Junior Wells (2:42)
  23. 23 When the Lights Go Out - Jimmy Witherspoon (2:51)
  24. 24 Young Fashioned Ways - Muddy Waters (3:05)
  25. 25 Wang Dang Doodle - Howlin' Wolf (2:25)
Disc 4
  1. 1 All Your Love (I Miss Loving) - Otis Rush (2:37)
  2. 2 Love Me With a Feeling - Magic Sam (2:09)
  3. 3 The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf (2:27)
  4. 4 Have a Good Time - Big Walter Horton (2:22)
  5. 5 Keep On Loving Me Baby - Otis Rush (2:21)
  6. 6 Crying the Blues - Little Willie Foster (2:46)
  7. 7 All My Whole Life - Magic Sam (2:17)
  8. 8 Forty Four - Howlin' Wolf (2:49)
  9. 9 When I Find My Baby - Arbee Stidham (2:49)
  10. 10 It Takes Time - Otis Rush (2:51)
  11. 11 It's You Baby - Sunnyland Slim (2:23)
  12. 12 All Night Long - Magic Sam (2:51)
  13. 13 Row Your Boat - Charles Clark (3:00)
  14. 14 You Don't Treat Me Right - Guitar Shorty (2:15)
  15. 15 Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf (3:05)
  16. 16 Sit Down Baby - Otis Rush (2:24)
  17. 17 My Life Depends On You - Betty Everett (2:05)
  18. 18 21 Days In Jail - Magic Sam (2:49)
  19. 19 Need My Baby - Big Walter Horton (2:22)
  20. 20 Satisfied - Harold Burrage (2:57)
  21. 21 I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush (3:45)
  22. 22 Little Girl - Little Willie Foster (2:40)
  23. 23 Irma Lee - Guitar Shorty (2:12)
  24. 24 My Love - Betty Everett (2:22)
  25. 25 All Your Love - Magic Sam (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Boyd Piano, Vocals
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar
Blind John Davis Piano
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals
Lowell Fulson Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Glenn Piano
Buddy Guy Vocals
Big Walter Horton Harmonica, Vocals
Floyd Jones Guitar, Vocals
Little Walter Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Willie Mabon Piano, Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery Piano
Louis Myers Guitar
Robert Nighthawk Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Reed Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes Piano
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals
Chuck Berry Guitar, Vocals
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Harold Ashby Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Harold Burrage Piano, Vocals
Betty Everett Vocals
Lee Jackson Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Jones Piano
Sam Lay Drums
Arbee Stidham Vocals
Jody Williams Guitar
Lazy Bill Lucas Piano
The Moonglows Vocals
Homesick James Williamson Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar, Vocals
The Big Three Trio Background Vocals
Guitar Shorty Guitar, Vocals
Rev. Robert Ballinger Piano, Vocals
Lester Davenport Harmonica
Lee Baker Guitar
Prentiss Barnes Vocals
Lefty Bates Guitar
Joseph Bell Vocals
Fred Below Drums, Foot Stomping
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Bo Diddley Guitar, Vocals
Jackie Brenston Baritone Saxophone
John Brim Guitar, Vocals
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Odell Campbell Bass Guitar
Leonard Caston Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Leonard Chess Maracas
Francis Clay Drums
Lee Cooper Guitar
Al Duncan Drums
McKinley Easton Baritone Saxophone
Harvey Fuqua Vocals
A.J. Gladney Drums
Jerome Green Maracas
Pat Hare Guitar
Henry "Sneaky Joe" Harris Drums
Joe Harris Drums
George Hunter Drums
Ike Turner Guitar
Clifton James Drums
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals
Gus Johnson Drums
Syl Johnson Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard Piano
Frank Kirkland Drums
Ernest Lane Piano
Lafayette Leake Piano
S.P. Leary Drums
Bobby Lester Vocals
Eugene Lounge Drums
Magic Sam Guitar, Vocals
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Bob Neely Tenor Saxophone
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Earl Phillips Drums
Wally Richardson Guitar
Jimmy Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Otis Rush Guitar, Vocals
Washboard Sam Vocals, Washboard
Charles Saunders Drums
Sunnyland Slim Piano, Vocals
Little Willie Smith Harmonica
Otis Spann Piano
Billy Stepney Drums
Jasper Thomas Drums
Mack Thompson Bass
Luther Tucker Guitar
Percy Walker Drums
Lucius Washington Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica, Vocals
Jimmy Witherspoon Vocals
Bob Woodfork Bass Guitar
Rosetta Howard Vocals
Willie Johnson Guitar
Ollie Crawford Guitar, Vocals
Little Sax Crowder Tenor Saxophone
Ellis Hunter Guitar
Little Willie Foster Harmonica, Vocals
Earl Brown Alto Saxophone
Ray Scott Drums
Art Sims Piano
Oliver Coleman Drums
John Tinsley Tenor Saxophone
Hal Ashby Tenor Saxophone
Bernardo Dennis Guitar, Vocals
Paul King Trumpet
Johnnie Jones Piano
Bill Anderson Bass
Gene Gilmore Piano, Vocals
Freddie Hall Piano, Vocals
Pete Graves Vocals
Charles Clark Vocals
Alphonse Walker Drums
David Myers Guitar
Willie Hawthorne Vocals
Teeno Yehire Guitar
Herbert Robertson Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Dupree Composer
Russell Beecher Producer, Liner Notes
McDaniel Composer
Horton Composer
Coslow Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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