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The Essential Boss Man Box set
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A 3-CD 75 track clambox celebrating the master of downhome blues. The set includes the cream of Reed's recordings for Vee-Jay Records between 1953 and 1966 including no less than 23 national and R'n'B hits, and a 24 page booklet
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Reed was a highly talented singer/songwriter harmonica player and guitarist. He penned and recorded many blues standards (Shame Shame Shame, I Ain't Got You, Big Boss Man, etc, etc) who looked set for a glittering career. Unfortunately a propensity for the demon drink meant he never really realised his full potential, but even so his recorded legacy, as presented here, is an indispensible part of any blues fan's collection. His guitar work was driving and powerful, accompanied by his originally powerful voice, made haggard by years of abuse. He often sings of loss and lonliness, and you feel that he is writing/singing of what he knows. A classic set of songs.
This is a great release from Charly, I would recommend if you like this then you also check out their Elmore James release, `King Of The Slide Guitar'. I'd happily recommend this set to all fans of Chicago blues, especially John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Little Walter.
To sum up, if you dig Jimmy Reed seriously, this is probably the set to buy. I am not too fond of the cardboard sleeves for the discs, but the notes are excellent, with matrix numbers and personels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The CDs were delivered extremely promptly
Present for a friend so unable to open and play
so review of music impossible