The Classic Sides 1947-1953

The Classic Sides 1947-1953

by Sunnyland Slim & His PalsSunnyland Slim & His Pals


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2007
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065778323
catalogNumber: 7783
Rank: 107344


Disc 1

  1. Farewell Little Girl
  2. Broke and Hungry
  3. Illinois Central
  4. Nappy Head Woman
  5. Across the Hall Blues
  6. Walking with the Blues
  7. Sweet Lucy Blues
  8. No Whiskey Blues
  9. Jivin' Boogie
  10. Brown Skin Woman
  11. My Heavy Load
  12. Keep Your Hands out of My Money
  13. 5 Foot 4 Gal
  14. I've Done You Wrong
  15. Roll, Tumble and Slip (I Cried)
  16. Train Time (4 O'Clock Blues)
  17. Hard Times
  18. School Days
  19. Blue Baby
  20. I Want My Baby
  21. Mud Kicking Woman
  22. Every Time I Get to Drinking
  23. Bad Times (Cost of Living)
  24. Hard Time (When Mother's Gone)
  25. Brown Skin Woman
  26. I'm Just a Lonesome Man

Disc 2

  1. Back to Korea Blues
  2. It's All Over Now
  3. The Fat Man: You've Got to Stop This Mess
  4. The Fat Man: Glad I Don't Worry No More
  5. Down Home Child
  6. Sunnyland Special
  7. Leaving Your Town (No Name Blues)
  8. Mary Lee
  9. I Done You Wrong
  10. Orphan Boy Blues
  11. When I Was Young (Shake It Baby)
  12. (Low Down) Sunnyland Train
  13. Ain't Nothing But a Child
  14. Brown Skinned Woman
  15. Hit the Road Again
  16. Gin Drinkin' Baby
  17. Shake It Baby
  18. Woman Trouble (Overnite)
  19. City of New Orleans
  20. When I Was Young
  21. Bassology
  22. Worried About My Baby
  23. Troubles of My Own
  24. Worried About My Baby
  25. I Done You Wrong
  26. Be My Baby

Disc 3

  1. Going Back to Memphis
  2. Devil Is a Busy Man
  3. Shake It Baby
  4. Bassology
  5. Four Day Bounce
  6. That Woman
  7. Be Mine Alone
  8. Sad and Lonesome
  9. Living in the White House
  10. Please Don't
  11. Dust My Broom
  12. Pearly B
  13. I'm Gonna Dig Myself a Hole
  14. Dust My Broom
  15. Glory for Man
  16. My Daily Wish
  17. Big World
  18. Dark Road
  19. Schooldays on My Mind
  20. Ain't Times Hard
  21. Floyd's Blues
  22. Any Old Lonesome Day
  23. Pet Rabbit
  24. Louella
  25. Late Hours at Midnight
  26. Blues Is Killin' Me

Disc 4

  1. I Wanna Play a Little While
  2. Louise
  3. Let's Roll
  4. People Are Meddlin' in Our Affairs
  5. I Have Married
  6. The Mountain
  7. I'll Die Tryin'
  8. How Much More
  9. The Mojo
  10. Slow Down Woman
  11. I Want My Baby
  12. How Can I Leave
  13. Ludella
  14. I'm in Love
  15. That's All Right
  16. Shame on You Baby
  17. I'm Not Satisfied
  18. Trying to Change My Ways
  19. Hard Work Boogie
  20. Your Evil Ways
  21. I Sit Up All Night
  22. State Street Blues
  23. Mother's Day
  24. Chicago Woman Blues
  25. Nervous Breakdown
  26. Old Age Has Got Me

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