Blue Memphis Suite [Bonus Tracks]

Blue Memphis Suite [Bonus Tracks]

by Memphis Slim


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Teamed with guitarist Peter Green and a well-oiled ensemble of British musicians including John Paul Jones on Hammond organ, Memphis Slim cooked up The Blue Memphis Suite in a London studio at four sessions during June of 1970. A theatrically conceived autobiographical revue, this album feels at first like a sort of audio pantomime as the pianist paints narrated pictures of where he's been and what he's done. A couple of these episodes are broadly obvious, as when he introduces the Windy City segment by quoting from Fred Fisher's hit of 1922, "Chicago." Gutsier reflections materialize in the form of elegies for Otis Spann and Earl Hooker, the authentically slow and ruminative "Feel Like Screaming and Crying" and a refreshingly honest piece entitled "Chicago Seven," where Slim wryly points out that "Nobody seemed worried about all the black blood spilled, but they began to take notice when some of their own got killed." Sobering stuff! Two newly discovered "rough mix" tracks round off this reissue in ways that seem to top the original release: "Mother Earth" now caps the project with humbling intimations of mortality and "I've Got Soul" (its lyrics consisting only of the title sung like a bluesy mantra) serves as the last word on the subject.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728304528
catalogNumber: 3045
Rank: 64902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Slim   Primary Artist,Piano,Clavichord,Vocals
Kay Gardner   Background Vocals
Kenny Wheeler   Trumpet,Horn Section
Harry Beckett   Trumpet,Horn Section
Henry Lowther   Trumpet,Horn Section
Nick Evans   Trombone,Horn Section
Karl Jenkins   Saxophone,Horn Section
John Mumford   Trombone,Horn Section
Barry St. John   Background Vocals
Liza Strike   Background Vocals
Pete Wingfield   Organ,Celeste,Electric Piano
Johnny Dean   Chimes
Larry Steel   Bass
Brian Smith   Saxophone,Horn Section

Technical Credits

Memphis Slim   Original Liner Notes
Chris Spedding   Liner Notes
Martin Birch   Engineer
Peter Chatman   Composer
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Jerry Long   Arranger
Philippe Rault   Producer,Liner Notes
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Alain Frappier   Cover Painting

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