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Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)

Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Jump Blues, Jazz Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: King Records | # KCD 6008 | Time: 01:03:07

Jays Blues is a fine collection of early-'50s jump blues sides that Jimmy Witherspoon cut for Federal Records. This 23-track collection offers a good retrospective of one of Witherspoon's most neglected -- & admittedly, uneven -- periods.
Thom Owens, Allmusic.com

One of the great blues singers of the post-World War II period, Jimmy Witherspoon was also versatile enough to fit comfortably into the jazz world. Witherspoon was born on August 8, 1920, in Gurdon, AR. As a child, he sang in a church choir, & made his debut recordings with Jay McShann for Philo & Mercury in 1945 & 1946. His own first recordings, using McShann's b&, resulted in a number one R&B hit in 1949 with "Ain't Nobody's Business, Pts. 1 & 2" on Supreme Records. Live performances of "No Rollin' Blues" & "Big Fine Girl" provided 'Spoon with two more hits in 1950.

The mid-'50s were a lean time, with his style of shouting blues temporarily out of fashion; singles were tried for Federal, Chess, Atco, Vee Jay, & others, with little success. Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival (HiFi Jazz) from 1959 lifted him back into the limelight. Partnerships with Ben Webster or Groove Holmes were recorded, & he toured Europe in 1961 with Buck Clayton, performing overseas many more times in the decades to follow; some memorable music resulted, but Witherspoon's best 1960s album is Evening Blues (Prestige), which features T-Bone Walker on guitar & Clifford Scott on saxophone. As the '70s began, Witherspoon decided to take a short break from live performances, settled in Los Angeles, took a job as a disc jockey, & continued making records. In 1971 Witherspoon teamed up with former Animals vocalist Eric Burdon for the album Guilty. Unfortunately it sold poorly. By 1973 his short retirement from live performances was over. Witherspoon was ready to get back on the road & assembled an amazing b& featuring a young Robben Ford on lead guitar. Those live shows had received positive reviews, rejuvenating Witherspoon's move toward a definite rock/soul sound. He traveled to London in 1974 to record Love Is a Five Letter Word with British blues producer Mike Vernon. Vernon had produced critically acclaimed British blues albums by John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, & Ten Years After. By the early '80s, Witherspoon was diagnosed with throat cancer. Although he remained active & was a popular concert attraction, the effect of the disease on his vocals was obvious. Witherspoon passed away on September 18, 1997, at the age of 77.

Tracklist:

01. Foolish Prayer (02:00)
02. Lucille (02:34)
03. One Fine Gal (02:23)
04. Blues In Trouble (02:50)
05. Two Little Girls (02:33)
06. Corn Whiskey (02:13)
07. Don't Tell Me How (03:01)
08. The Day Is Dawning (02:59)
09. Jay's Blues Pt.1 (02:37)
10. Jay's Blues Pt.2 (02:47)
11. Miss Miss Mistreater (02:14)
12. Back Home (03:26)
13. The Last Mile (02:56)
14. It (02:24)
15. Back Door Blues (03:10)
16. Fast Woman Slow Gin (02:32)
17. 24 Sad Hours (02:39)
18. Just For You (02:24)
19. Sad Life (02:51)
20. Move Me Baby (02:33)
21. I'm Not Too Young (02:14)
22. Highway To Happiness (02:36)
23. I Done Told You (02:37)
24. Oh Boy (02:22)


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