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The Essential Boss Man Box set

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  • Audio CD (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B0002Y9TTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. High And Lonesome
  2. You Don't Have To Go
  3. Boogie In The Dark
  4. I'm Gonna Ruin You
  5. Pretty Thing
  6. I Ain't Got You
  7. She Don't Want Me No More
  8. Come On Baby
  9. I Don't Go For That
  10. Baby, Don't Say That No More
  11. Ain't That Lovin' You, baby
  12. Can't Stand To See You Go
  13. When You Left Me
  14. I Love You, Baby
  15. My First Plea
  16. You Got Me Dizzy
  17. Honey, Don't Let Me Go
  18. It's You, Baby
  19. Honey, Where You Going?
  20. Do The Thing
  21. Little Rain
  22. Signals Of Love (Red Lights The Stop Light)
  23. The Sun Is Shining
  24. Baby, What's On Your Mind?
  25. Odds And Ends (Instrumental)

Disc: 2

  1. Honest I Do
  2. My Bitter Seed
  3. Ends And Odds (Instrumental)
  4. You're Something Else
  5. A String To Your Heart
  6. Go On To School
  7. You Got Me Crying
  8. Down In Virginia
  9. I'm Gonna Get My Baby
  10. I Wanna Be Loved
  11. Caress Me Baby
  12. I Know It's A Sin
  13. You'n That Sack
  14. Going To New York
  15. I Told You, Baby
  16. Take Out Some Insurance
  17. I'm Nervous
  18. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  19. Goin' By The River (Part 1)
  20. Where Can You Be
  21. Hush, Hush
  22. I Was (So) Wrong
  23. Blue, Blue Water
  24. Please Don't
  25. Found Love

Disc: 3

  1. Big Boss Man
  2. Hold Me Close
  3. Close Together
  4. You Know You're Looking Good
  5. Kind Of Lonesome
  6. Found Joy
  7. Bright Lights, Big City
  8. Baby, What's Wrong
  9. Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth
  10. I'm Mr Luck
  11. Blue Carnegie (Instrumental)
  12. Good Lover
  13. Down In Mississippi
  14. Too Much
  15. Let's Get Together
  16. Shame, Shame, Shame
  17. Cold And Lonesome
  18. Up Tight
  19. Mixed Up
  20. Wear Something Green
  21. When You're Doing All Right
  22. I'm Going Upside Your Head
  23. I'm The Man Down There
  24. When Girls Do It
  25. Knockin' At Your Door

Product Description

Product Description

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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This great 3 disc set collects together most of the recordings made by the influential Jimmy Reed for Vee Jay between 1953 and 1965. The tracks are presented in chronological order across three discs, with some interesting alternate takes and previously unreleased material. The three discs are in individual slip cases, collected together into a sturdy card box along with an interesting booklet. The sound quality is pretty good, making this an enjoyable listen. For the budget price this is an expensive feeling product.

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.
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For those who like Jimmy Reed (I do), this set appears to be much the best available coverage of his best (Vee-Jay) period output. For all but the most diehard completist, the 75 tracks on these three discs will be found more than sufficient. Sensibly, the 50 tracks on discs 1 & 2 are devoted to his best period, 1953-59, and the coverage is in fact verging on the completist (probably more than 80 percent of the total recorded). All the classics are included: "You Don't Have to Go", "Boogie in the Dark", "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby", "Little Rain", "Going to New York", "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" among others. Disc 3 is devoted to the period 1960-66, and the coverage is much thinner, which is just as well - by then Jimmy Reed's tendency towards monotony and predictability has become more pronounced. However, most of the main hits of this period such as "Big Boss Man" and "Shame, Shame, Shame" are included.
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.
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Perhaps I am biased being a great fan of Jimmy Reed, however, I would strongly reccommend this album to any blues or rhythm & blues enthusiast. This has every track you could want from the great bluesman!
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