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An Introduction to Jimmy Reed that doesn't include his Vee Jay-era standards — "Baby, What You Want Me to Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Honest I Do," "You Don't Have to Go," "Going to New York," "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" — definitely isn't one! This material is culled from Reed's late-'60s recordings on ABC Bluesway, a period when his alcoholism and epilepsy caught up with him, naturally affecting the quality of his work. A bit of Reed's signature swamp blues via the Windy City sound manages to shine through occasionally, but in no way should these cuts be qualified as an introduction.

Biography

Born: 06 September 1925 in Leland, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

There's simply no sound in the blues as easily digestible, accessible, instantly recognizable, and as easy to play and sing as the music of Jimmy Reed. His best-known songs -- "Baby, What You Want Me to Do," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Honest I Do," "You Don't Have to Go," "Going to New York," "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," and "Big Boss Man" -- have become such an integral part of the standard blues repertoire, it's almost as if they have existed forever. Because his style was simple and easily imitated,...
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