Sunnyland Slim and his Pals – The Classic Sides 1947-1953 – 4 CD
Sunnyland Slim recorded on a number of labels in the late 1940's and early '50s, but each of the sides he waxed represented the blues artist's dazzling skill on the ivories and his keening, resonant vocals. Fortunately, SUNNYLAND SLIM & HIS PALS--THE CLASSIC SIDES, a handsome and well-compiled box set, brings together these various recordings under one cover. Across four discs, each of which contains 26 tracks, Sunnyland Slim and his backing musicians stomp out a template for piano-driven Chicago blues that belongs in the library of any fan of the genre.
1. Farewell Little Girl - 3:11 2. Broke and Hungry - 3:12 3. Illinois Central - 3:12 4. Nappy Head Woman - 3:09 5. Across the Hall Blues - 2:46 6. Walking with the Blues - 2:57 7. Sweet Lucy Blues - 2:56 8. No Whiskey Blues - 2:58 9. Jivin' Boogie - 2:38 10. Brown Skin Woman - 2:51 11. My Heavy Load - 2:31 12. Keep Your Hands Out of My Money - 2:45 13. 5 Foot 4 Gal - 3:03 14. I've Done You Wrong - 3:08 15. Roll, Tumble and Slip (I Cried) - 3:22 16. Train Time (4 O'Clock Blues) - 3:17 17. Hard Times - 2:29 18. School Days - 2:49 19. Blue Baby - 2:15 20. I Want My Baby - 2:44 21. Mud Kicking Woman - 3:01 22. Every Time I Get to Drinking - 2:53 23. Bad Times (Cost of Living) - 2:52 24. Hard Time (When Mother's Gone) - 2:42 25. Brown Skin Woman - 2:36 26. I'm Just a Lonesome Man - 2:36
1. Back to Korea Blues - 3:06 2. It's All Over Now - 3:08 3. The Fat Man: You've Got to Stop This Mess - 2:43 4. The Fat Man: Glad I Don't Worry No More - 2:20 5. Down Home Child - 2:52 6. Sunnyland Special - 2:36 7. Leaving Your Town (No Name Blues) - 3:03 8. Mary Lee - 3:02 9. I Done You Wrong - 2:44 10. Orphan Boy Blues - 2:54 11. When I Was Young (Shake It Baby) - 2:28 12. (Low Down) Sunnyland Train - 2:51 13. Ain't Nothing But a Child - 2:47 14. Brown Skinned Woman - 2:58 15. Hit the Road Again - 3:14 16. Gin Drinkin' Baby - 3:00 17. Shake It Baby - 2:38 18. Woman Trouble (Overnite) - 2:56 19. City of New Orleans - 2:57 20. When I Was Young - 2:39 21. Bassology - 2:38 22. Worried About My Baby - 2:41 23. Troubles of My Own - 3:02 24. Worried About My Baby - 2:59 25. I Done You Wrong - 3:02 26. Be My Baby - 2:53
1. Going Back to Memphis - 2:58 2. Devil Is a Busy Man - 2:50 3. Shake It Baby - 3:00 4. Bassology - 2:56 5. Four Day Bounce - 2:25 6. That Woman - 2:48 7. Be Mine Alone - 2:43 8. Sad and Lonesome - 2:59 Johnny Shines: 9. Living in the White House - 2:29 10. Please Don't - 2:03 Robert Lockwood, Jr.: 11. Dust My Broom - 2:27 12. Pearly B - 2:2 5 13. I'm Gonna Dig Myself a Hole - 2:39 14. Dust My Broom - 2:41 15. Glory for Man - 2:29 16. My Daily Wish - 2:42 Floyd Jones: 17. Big World - 2:57 18. Dark Road - 3:14 19. Schooldays on My Mind - 3:15 20. Ain't Times Hard - 3:07 21. Floyd's Blues - 3:05 22. Any Old Lonesome Day - 3:00 Leroy Foster: 23. Pet Rabbit - 3:04 24. Louella - 3:01 25. Late Hours at Midnight - 3:10 26. Blues Is Killin' Me - 3:02 .
J.B. Lenoir: 1. I Wanna Play a Little While - 2:48 2. Louise - 2:59 3. Let's Roll - 2:38 4. People Are Meddlin' in Our Affairs - 2:53 5. I Have Married - 2:26 6. The Mountain - 2:48 7. I'll Die Tryin' - 3:07 8. How Much More - 2:57 9. The Mojo - 2:55 10. Slow Down Woman - 2:47 11. I Want My Baby - 2:45 12. How Can I Leave - 3:03 Jimmy Rogers: 13. Ludella - 1:59 14. I'm in Love - 2:33 15. That's All Right - 2:26 St. Louis Jimmy: 16. Shame on You Baby - 3:09 17. I'm Not Satisfied - 2:38 18. Trying to Change My Ways - 2:54 19. Hard Work Boogie - 2:56 20. Your Evil Ways - 2:57 21. I Sit Up All Night - 2:38 22. State Street Blues - 2:02 23. Mother's Day - 2:53 24. Chicago Woman Blues - 2:44 25. Nervous Breakdown - 2:45 26. Old Age Has Got Me - 3:22
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JSP, one of the U.K.'s most active historical reissue labels, presents an outstanding postwar Chicago blues anthology packed with essential recordings made between 1947 and 1955 by Sunnyland Slim & His Pals. Out of the 104 tracks (not 97 as stated on the front of the packaging), 60 are "by" Sunnyland Slim; the other 44 were released under the names of Johnny Shines, Robert Lockwood, Floyd Jones, Leroy Foster, J.B. Lenoir, Jimmy Rogers, and St. Louis Jimmy. Sunnyland sat in on each of these dates; the enclosed discography denies his presence on the Johnny Shines date, although his piano is clearly audible. Born Albert Luandrew (or Loeandrew) in Vance, MS, on September 5, 1906, he sang with Little Brother Montgomery in 1923 and accompanied Ma Rainey on the piano in Portageville, MO, at a time when he only knew how to play in three keys. Luandrew's stage name was derived from a blues he wrote about the Sunnyland, an express locomotive that ran between St. Louis and Memphis. Sunnyland Slim first played Chicago in 1939 and settled there in 1942, making his initial appearance on records with Jump Jackson in September 1946; JSP did not include material from that session and has provided only three of the seven titles cut by Sunnyland Slim and Muddy Waters between 1947 and 1949. What you do get is a core sample of classic sides that Sunnyland cut for 15 different record labels during the Truman and Eisenhower eras. (Note that Johnny Shines actually references both presidents in the words to "Living in the White House.") These pungent performances involved some of Chicago's toughest bluesmen; the roster includes, in addition to the names already mentioned: guitarists Big Bill Broonzy and Lefty Bates; pianist Blind John Davis; legendary Windy City bassists Ransom Knowling and Big Crawford; harmonica ace Snooky Pryor; trumpeter Billy Howell; and saxophonists Alex Atkins, J.T. Brown, Oliver Alcorn, Ernest Cotton, and Red Holloway. Sunnyland Slim outlived almost every single one of his contemporaries. He was well loved and widely respected throughout the Great Lakes Afro-American community as a generous individual who helped others to survive during his long and productive career as one of Chicago's fundamental bluesmen.
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