Eddie ‘Guitar Slim’ Jones is one of the greatest blues guitarist/singers/songwriters of all time. His pioneering meld of gospel with blues was the inspiration for Ray Charles (who plays on four of these sessions in 1954) and a host of others. Guitar Slim had the most passionate, heart-wrenching voice and Sufferin’ Mind, Story of My Life, Our Only Child and ‘Weep What You Sow’ stand out as the two most soulful blues songs I have ever heard. His guitar playing was pioneering too — being the first to crank up a Les Paul to distort wildly and yet with some finesse. When originally released, his records must have been quite a shock to R‘n‘B audiences. If you like the blues and you great guitar and totally passionate performances, then you should have some Guitar Slim. This is a good selection of tracks, and appears to capture most of his work. Not every track is of his highest standard, but his best is better than anyone else’s. It’s also good that they have left in a lot of the studio chatter before the track starts. Lastly, one word of warning. If you own and love the 1970 Speciality album release — The Things That I Used to Be, then you may be disappointed to discover that the mixes are different. The latter album has added organ and guitar, which to my mind improved the tracks, but this release is in the original form as released at the time. Great for the purists, but not for me, but if you’ve not heard the 1970 album you’ll be none the wiser and love it all the same.