Memphis Slim
Paris Mississippi Blues
SSC3025
2005-01-11
Paris Mississippi Blues by Memphis Slim cover

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Blues & Boogie
Lord Have Mercy on Me 1968 - 2:28
Rock and Rolling the House 1962 - live with Willie Dixon - 4:02
Pigalle Love 1962 - live with Willie Dixon - 4:04
Baby Please Come Home 1962 - live with Willie Dixon - 2:33
Going Down Slow 1970 - with Roosevelt Sykes - 3:58
Just Playing Boogie 1971 - 3:09
Mississippi Water 1967 - with Mickey Baker - 4:15
Big Town Girl 1968 - 1:44
Paris on Rolls 1971 - 2:22
Wish Me Well 1968 - 2:33
Eagle Rock 1970 - with Roosevelt Sykes - 3:17
Mr.Sykes Blues 1970 - with Roosevelt Sykes - 4:26
M &S Boogie 1970 - with Roosevelt Sykes - 3:16
Whiskey Drinking Man 1968 - 3:10
The Churning Man 1970 - with Roosevelt Sykes - 2:31
Three in One Boogie 1968 - 3:23

Reunions
When Buddy Comes to Town 1970- with Buddy Guy - 6:18
My Dog Is Mean 1967 - 3:05
Raining in My Heart 1964 - with Sonny Criss- 3:18
I ve Got the Blues 1967 - 2:02
Shake That Thing 1975 - with Charlie McCoy - 2:42
You re the One 1970 - alternate vocals by Buddy Guy - 3:18
That s the Way the Cookie Crumbles 1964 - 1:59
Rolling and Tumbling 1970 - with Buddy Guy - 6:01
Black Cat Cross My Trail 1973 - with Canned Heat - 3:04
Otis Spann and Earl Hooker 1970 - with Peter Green - 4:27
Didn t We Babe / Montreux Boogie Woogie 1973 - live with Freddy King - 7:31
Everyday I Have the Blues 1973 - live with Freddy King - 4:03
Losers Weepers 1975 - 3:18
The Prodigal Son 1972 - 3:39

 


During his career pianist and singer Memphis Slim excelled at Chicago blues, jump blues and acoustic folk-blues, always being very adaptable. He moved to France in 1962 where he was a star for many years.

This double-CD has some of the very best of his recordings for the Barclay label, emphasizing his working groups on the first CD and some all-star dates on the second. There are many exuberant performances on this reissue along with low-down blues and a few instrumentals. Among the guests are bassist Willie Dixon, pianist Roosevelt Sykes (his duets with Slim are delightful), Buddy Guy, Freddie King and even jazz altoist Sonny Criss.
Although completists will prefer to get the many original sessions, this two-fer serves as a perfect introduction to the music of Memphis Slim, with the music straddling the boundaries between blues, vintage R&B and swinging jazz. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Reviews:

This double-CD provides 30 blues and boogie selections recorded between 1962 and 1975; many of them were authored by Slim. He was a fabulous keyboard player, an accomplished composer and a soulful vocalist. Like most adept blues pianists, his range goes beyond basic Chicago blues to boogie, jump blues and R&B flavors. Both discs feature a formidable array of guest artists, including Buddy Guy, Charlie McCoy, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie Dixon, Canned Heat, Peter Green and Freddy King.
"Paris Mississippi Blues" should go a long way toward solidifying Memphis Slim's legacy with U.S. blues fans.

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