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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jimmy Witherspoon 2006 Urban Blues Singing Legend


Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 04:58:05
Size: 681,96 MB

United States

Jimmy Witherspoon, born in Gurdon, Arkansas on August 8, 1923, was a "blues-shouter" deluxe who got his start entertaining troops over the U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service in World War II while singing with the Teddy Weatherford band, which operated at that time from Calcutta, India. From there he performed with the Lou Spreignier and Jay McShann orchestras as well as Roy Milton & His Solid Senders before turning solo.

In this fantastic, reasonably-priced 4-CD 108-sides box set from the U.K.-based JSP Records you get most of his Philo and Mercury cuts as vocalist with McShann, all those released by Supreme Records, and most of his Modern releases mixed with some alternate takes (although the released side is always present). These are augmented by excellent sound reproduction, a fully-annotated discography, and informative liner notes written by the noted author and music historian Neil Slaven (Blues Records, 1943-1970: A Selective Discography among others).

Although Jimmy recorded profusely, national hit singles were scarce, something far less to do with his obvious talent and more with the fact neither Supreme nor Modern had the funds available to the giants of the day to promote their records. But with one exception, five of his six hits are here, led by 1949's Ain't Nobody's Business (Parts 1 & 2) which, backed as a solo artist this time by the McShann orchestra, he took to # 1 that spring on what then passed as the R&B listings, spending a total of 34 weeks on the charts (Supreme 1506). Then with the Buddy Tate orchestra backing, in October 1949 he had In The Evening make it to # 5 R&B on Supreme 1533 b/w Six Foot-Two Blues.

Before the year was out, and now with his releases being handled by Modern Records, he had the two-sided hit No Rollin' Blues/Big Fine Girl both start their climb in early 1950 to # 4 R&B on Modern 721 with backing by The Gene Gilbeaux Quartet. His next wouldn't come until April 1952 with the # 7 R&B The Wind Is Blowin' on Modern 45x857 b/w Would My Baby Make A Change?

All these hits and their uncharted flips are here. Indeed, the only missing hit is his January 1975 release Love Is A Five Letter Word, a # 31 R&B on Capitol 3998 b/w The Other Side Of Love. However, both can be found in the 1998 Rhino/Wea CD re-release of his 1975 vinyl LP Love Is A Five Letter Word.

Jimmy Witherspoon passed away after suffering from throat cancer at age 74 on September 18, 1997. In 2008 he was inducted posthumously - and belatedly in my opinion - into the Blue Hall of Fame, 28 years after its launching in 1980. (AvidOldiesCollector)



Tracklist:


CD A:


01 - Confessing The Blues 03:12

02 - Hard Working Man Blues 03:23

03 - Shipyard Woman Blues 03:04

04 - Ernestine 02:51

05 - Roll On, Katy 03:07

06 - Voodoo Woman Blues 02:39

07 - I Want A Little Girl 02:38

08 - Have You Ever Loved A Woman 02:49

09 - Gone With The Blues 02:43

10 - Wandering Gal Blues 02:53

11 - Hey, Mr. Landlord 02:47

12 - Hey, Mr. Landlord (Alt.) 02:48

13 - Cain River Blues 02:48

14 - How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around 03:01

15 - Third Floor Blues 02:57

16 - Money's Getting Cheaper 02:58

17 - Time's Gettin' Tougher Than Tough (Alt.) 02:47

18 - Skid Row Blues 02:51

19 - How Long 03:07

20 - Ain't Nobody's Business (Part 1) 02:58

21 - Ain't Nobody's Business (Part 2) 03:10

22 - Back Water Blues 03:10

23 - Frogimore Blues 02:50

24 - Frogimore Blues (Alt.) 02:55

25 - In The Evening, When The Sun Goes Down 03:02

26 - In The Evening (Alt.) 03:11


CD B:


01 - Wee Baby Blues 03:07

02 - Six-Foot-Two Blues 02:42

03 - How You Gonna Act 02:49

04 - Money Eyes Woman 02:38

05 - Spoon Calls Hootie 02:46

06 - Destruction Blues 02:36

07 - Call My Baby 02:24

08 - The New Look 02:29

09 - Big Heart 02:43

10 - Drunk, Broke & Hungry 02:34

11 - Big Eyes Blues 02:36

12 - Funny Style Baby 02:27

13 - Cold Blooded Boogie 02:45

14 - Lush Head Woman 02:38

15 - 'Long About Dawn 02:51

16 - Miss Clawdy B 02:30

17 - Thelma Lee Blues 02:42

18 - Pinocchio Blues 02:43

19 - Your Red Wagon 02:46

20 - Sweet Lovin' Baby 02:34

21 - Geneva Blues 02:27

22 - Feelin' So Sad 02:40

23 - Same Old Blues 02:42

24 - I Love You Just The Same 02:50

25 - Jump, Children 02:50

26 - Take Me Back, Baby 02:44


CD C:


01 - Who's Been Jivin' You 02:41

02 - Rain, Rain, Rain 02:48

03 - When I Had My Money 03:02

04 - Doctor Blues 02:14

05 - Big Fine Girl 02:32

06 - No Rollin' Blues 03:29

07 - Drinkin' Beer (Have A Ball) 02:13

08 - Better Love, Next Time (Pt.1) 02:18

09 - Better Love, Next Time (Pt.2) 02:30

10 - Don't Ever Move A Woman Into Your House 02:53

11 - Hard Workin' Blues 03:11

12 - Falling By Degrees 03:13

13 - New Orleans Woman 02:29

14 - I'm Goin' Around In Circles 03:09

15 - Just A Country Boy 03:03

16 - There Ain't Nothin' Better 02:59

17 - Love & Friendship 03:11

18 - Once, There Lived A Fool 02:43

19 - I'm Just Wonderin' (Pt.1) 02:39

20 - I'm Just Wonderin' (Pt.2) 02:28

21 - I'm Just A Ladies Man 02:28

22 - You Can't Kiss A Dream Goodnight 02:25

23 - Practice What You Preach 02:49

24 - I Gotta Gal Lives Up On The Hill 02:20

25 - Ain't Nobody's Business 03:56

26 - Real Ugly Woman 02:50

27 - Give My Heart Another Break 03:03


CD D:


01 - Would My Baby Make A Change 02:38

02 - The Wind Is Blowin' 02:54

03 - Love My Baby 02:43

04 - Baby, Baby 02:19

05 - Slow Your Speed 03:00

06 - Foolish Prayer 02:01

07 - Lucille 02:36

08 - Blues In Trouble 02:51

09 - Two Little Girls 02:35

10 - One Fine Gal 02:26

11 - Don't Tell Me Now 03:04

12 - Corn Whiskey 02:14

13 - The Day Is Dawning 03:01

14 - Jay's Blues (Pt.1) 02:36

15 - Jay's Blues (Pt.2) 02:45

16 - Miss, Miss Mistreater 02:13

17 - Back Home 02:43

18 - The Last Mile 02:58

19 - It 02:26

20 - Back Door Blues 03:12

21 - Fast Woman, Slow Gin 02:34

22 - 24 Sad Hours 02:41

23 - Just For You 02:26

24 - Sad Life 02:53

25 - Move Me, Baby 02:34

26 - I'm Not Too Young 02:15

27 - Highway To Happiness 02:38

28 - I Done Told You 02:39

29 - Oh, Boy 02:22





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