Judged solely on merit, this magnificent blues record should be the best-known (and best-selling) Memphis Slim album.
So why isn't it?
He he...here's the catch, I have no idea. It makes no sense.
"Memphis Slim At The Gate Of Horn" has everything - rocking arrangements, great sound, great songs, and the deep, burnished voice and masterful playing of the 6'6" John L. "Memphis Slim" Chatman.
This is a better and more immediately accessible introduction to Slim than just about every available compilation. It features almost all of his very best songs: "The Come Back", "Blue And Lonesome" "Sassy Mae", "Mother Earth", "Messin' Around With The Blues" and a powerful "Rockin' The House". The only one missing is the endlessly covered "Nobody Loves Me" (which everybody besides Slim calls "Every Day I Have The Blues").
"Memphis Slim At The Gate Of Horn" is not a live album, despite the title. It's a 1959 studio recording, featuring Slim and a tough R&B unit with Matt "Guitar" Murphy and a couple of saxophones playing well-measured, punchy riffs.
It is also one of the best blues LPs of the 50s, and Slim rocks harder than on any other release.