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The Essential Boss Man, Jimmy Reed - Essential listening,
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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.