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Worried Life Blues

Worried Life Blues

by Memphis Slim
     
 
Drawing his recording moniker of Memphis Slim from his lanky 6'5" frame, blues pianist Peter Chatman was instrumental in bringing a jazzy, urban sensibility to the blues in the mid-'40s. This generous four-disc, 77-track collection of Slim's 78s, recorded between 1940 and the early '50s on a variety of small labels, including Bluebird and Hy-Tone, the masters of which

Overview

Drawing his recording moniker of Memphis Slim from his lanky 6'5" frame, blues pianist Peter Chatman was instrumental in bringing a jazzy, urban sensibility to the blues in the mid-'40s. This generous four-disc, 77-track collection of Slim's 78s, recorded between 1940 and the early '50s on a variety of small labels, including Bluebird and Hy-Tone, the masters of which were purchased by King Records and released as singles in 1948 and 1949 (and they were then moved over to Miracle Records, which re-released them as 78 singles all over again in 1951 on Federal Records, a King subsidiary -- it gets a bit confusing). Slim's jazz-inflected uptown sound (usually driven by merged alto and tenor saxes) is in full force on these tracks, giving the whole set, big as it is, a remarkable unity of tone. Highlights include some lightning-fueled jazz blues romps like "Slim's Boogie," his classic singles "Lend Me Your Love" and "Rockin' the House," the prescient, downtempo blues gem "Mother Earth," the joyful "Old Taylor," and "Blues at Midnight," which features the great Jazz Gillum on harmonica -- all of these make this a great introduction to this first -- and definitely great -- phase of Slim's long career (although it curiously lacks his signature song, "Nobody Loves Me," which became better known as "Everyday I Have the Blues" in later versions by B.B. King, Joe Williams, and Lowell Fulson). Always an engaging pianist and singer, Slim, like many of the black blues and jazz musicians of his generation, found both an audience and a home in Europe for the last 20-plus years of his life, basing himself in Paris beginning in 1962 and remaining there until his death in 1988. In that span he recorded an astounding 50 or so albums, not including the various recordings of his live performances that still continue to surface. While it could be argued that his peak years were in the '40s and '50s, the period covered by this box, the recordings he made in the last third of his life were incredibly intimate and frank, and he didn't shy away from addressing racial and social injustice in the later songs, even while he kept his blues performances smooth and accessible. What's collected here is certainly essential and critical to understanding Slim, but listeners shouldn't hesitate to check out the later recordings as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2006
Label:
Quadromania
UPC:
4011222224576
catalogNumber:
222457

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blues at Midnight
  2. Diggin' My Potatoes, Pt.2
  3. The Jive Blues
  4. Last Pair of Shoes Blues
  5. Miss Ora Lee Blues
  6. Blue Evening Blues
  7. Beer Drinking Woman
  8. You Didn't Mean Me No Good
  9. Grinder Man Blues
  10. Empty Room Blues
  11. Shelby County Blues
  12. I See My Great Mistake
  13. Old Taylor
  14. I Believe I'll Settle Down
  15. Jasper's Gal
  16. You Got to Help Me Some
  17. Two of a Kind
  18. Whiskey Store Blues
  19. Maybe I'll Loan You a Dime
  20. Me, Myself and I
  21. You Gonna Worry Too
  22. This Life I'm Living
  23. Caught the Old Coon at Last
  24. Lend Me Your Love

Disc 2

  1. Midnight Jump
  2. Messin' Around
  3. Livin' Man Blues
  4. Lonesome
  5. You and I
  6. Timsy's Whimsy
  7. Frisco Bay
  8. Restless Nights
  9. If You Live That Life
  10. Love at Sight
  11. Jumping Bean
  12. A Letter Home
  13. Grinder Man Blues
  14. Slim's Boogie
  15. Mistake in Life
  16. The Girl I Love
  17. Mean Little Woman
  18. Slim's Blues
  19. Having Fun
  20. Flock Rocker
  21. I Guess I'm a Fool
  22. Really Got the Blues
  23. Mother Earth

Disc 3

  1. Worried Life Blues
  2. I Don't Want My Rooster Crowin' After the Sun Goes Down
  3. Lonesome in My Bedroom
  4. Diggin' My Potatoes
  5. In the Evenin'
  6. I Feel So Good
  7. Rockin' Chair Blues
  8. Baby Gone
  9. Cow Cow Blues
  10. Miss Ida B. (Sykes)
  11. Forty-Four Blues
  12. Trouble in Mind

Disc 4

  1. Bye Bye Will Be on My Way
  2. Letter Home
  3. Memphis Slim USA
  4. Born with the Blues
  5. Rocking the House
  6. I Wanna Dance
  7. Coco Boogie
  8. Fat Cat
  9. Chunkin'
  10. Lonely Nights
  11. Walk On
  12. Pretending I'm Happy
  13. The Natural Fact
  14. Blues Universal
  15. She Gone for Twelve Shoes
  16. My Walking Shoes
  17. When I'm Gone
  18. T.W.A.

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