Worried Life Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2006
  • Label: Quadromania
  • EAN: 4011222224576
  • Catalog Number: 222457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues at Midnight (2:43)
  2. 2 Diggin' My Potatoes, Pt.2 (2:51)
  3. 3 The Jive Blues (2:47)
  4. 4 Last Pair of Shoes Blues (2:58)
  5. 5 Miss Ora Lee Blues (3:00)
  6. 6 Blue Evening Blues (2:47)
  7. 7 Beer Drinking Woman (3:21)
  8. 8 You Didn't Mean Me No Good (2:56)
  9. 9 Grinder Man Blues (3:09)
  10. 10 Empty Room Blues (2:53)
  11. 11 Shelby County Blues (2:57)
  12. 12 I See My Great Mistake (3:00)
  13. 13 Old Taylor (2:45)
  14. 14 I Believe I'll Settle Down (3:07)
  15. 15 Jasper's Gal (2:54)
  16. 16 You Got to Help Me Some (2:59)
  17. 17 Two of a Kind (2:59)
  18. 18 Whiskey Store Blues (2:57)
  19. 19 Maybe I'll Loan You a Dime (2:50)
  20. 20 Me, Myself and I (2:50)
  21. 21 You Gonna Worry Too (2:49)
  22. 22 This Life I'm Living (2:52)
  23. 23 Caught the Old Coon at Last (3:01)
  24. 24 Lend Me Your Love (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Midnight Jump (2:49)
  2. 2 Messin' Around (2:52)
  3. 3 Livin' Man Blues (2:52)
  4. 4 Lonesome (2:28)
  5. 5 You and I (2:13)
  6. 6 Timsy's Whimsy (3:00)
  7. 7 Frisco Bay (2:52)
  8. 8 Restless Nights (2:50)
  9. 9 If You Live That Life (2:05)
  10. 10 Love at Sight (3:02)
  11. 11 Jumping Bean (2:52)
  12. 12 A Letter Home (2:51)
  13. 13 Grinder Man Blues (2:54)
  14. 14 Slim's Boogie (2:45)
  15. 15 Mistake in Life (2:48)
  16. 16 The Girl I Love (2:44)
  17. 17 Mean Little Woman (2:49)
  18. 18 Slim's Blues (2:59)
  19. 19 Having Fun (2:26)
  20. 20 Flock Rocker (2:42)
  21. 21 I Guess I'm a Fool (3:06)
  22. 22 Really Got the Blues (2:40)
  23. 23 Mother Earth (2:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Worried Life Blues (3:20)
  2. 2 I Don't Want My Rooster Crowin' After the Sun Goes Down (2:40)
  3. 3 Lonesome in My Bedroom (4:55)
  4. 4 Diggin' My Potatoes (2:26)
  5. 5 In the Evenin' (3:57)
  6. 6 I Feel So Good (3:16)
  7. 7 Rockin' Chair Blues (3:16)
  8. 8 Baby Gone (3:40)
  9. 9 Cow Cow Blues (3:31)
  10. 10 Miss Ida B. (Sykes) (4:49)
  11. 11 Forty-Four Blues (3:29)
  12. 12 Trouble in Mind (3:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bye Bye Will Be on My Way (4:31)
  2. 2 Letter Home (3:50)
  3. 3 Memphis Slim USA (2:38)
  4. 4 Born with the Blues (3:27)
  5. 5 Rocking the House (2:49)
  6. 6 I Wanna Dance (3:19)
  7. 7 Coco Boogie (1:06)
  8. 8 Fat Cat (2:19)
  9. 9 Chunkin' (2:26)
  10. 10 Lonely Nights (2:55)
  11. 11 Walk On (2:20)
  12. 12 Pretending I'm Happy (1:59)
  13. 13 The Natural Fact (1:59)
  14. 14 Blues Universal (2:46)
  15. 15 She Gone for Twelve Shoes (2:31)
  16. 16 My Walking Shoes (3:16)
  17. 17 When I'm Gone (2:32)
  18. 18 T.W.A. (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Memphis Slim Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Arbee Stidham Guitar, Vocals
Alex Atkins Alto Saxophone
Big Crawford Bass
Ernest Cotton Tenor Saxophone
Alfred Elkins Bass
Jazz Gillum Harmonica, Vocals
Washboard Sam Washboard
Leon Hooper Drums
Floyd Hunt Piano
Timothy Overton Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Bachelor Bass
Lillie Mae Kirkman Vocals
Technical Credits
Memphis Slim Composer
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