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Album Review

In 1970, expatriate pianist Memphis Slim hooked up with fellow Chicago blues great Buddy Guy while the guitarist was touring Europe with the Rolling Stones, and recorded the tracks for South Side Reunion, originally released on Warner Bros. in 1972. Slim's rollicking piano and Guy's guitar-slinging prowess are complemented by Windy City musicians Phillip Guy, Ernest Johnson, and Roosevelt Shaw, plus saxophonists A.C. Reed and Jimmy Conley. While harpist Junior Wells (who was also part of the Stones tour) is listed as if he played a prominent role in this endeavor, he's only heard on the tracks "Good Time Charlie," "No," and "Help Me Some." Both casual listeners and collectors will want to check this out, if only for the two takes of Slim's solo harpsichord jam "Ain't Nothing But a Texas Boogie on a Harpsichord." [Sunnyside issued a (slightly altered) edition of the album in 2007.]

Customer Reviews

My favorite LP in my Dad's Collection

This is a great album. Takes you back into when blues was in it's baby stages. With Memphis Slim on Piano, Buddy Guy on guitar, and Junior Wells on the Harp, you can't go wrong with this album. P.S. When Buddy Comes to Town is the best song in the album.


Another must have!

Great after-hours mellow jam album

There's a few good faster tracks on the album but the lengthy, slower jams are what make this great.

Memphis Slim fills every available space w/ his expansive piano vocabulary - without sounding 'busy' or repetitive.

Buddy Guy is once again the sideman on another great blues album. He has plenty of great moments where his skills are on display.

The two complement each other so well you'll hear new licks every time you listen.

Junior Wells shows up on a couple cuts & does his thing well but is not enough of a contribution to be a selling point for this album.


Born: September 3, 1915 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

An amazingly prolific artist who brought a brisk air of urban sophistication to his frequently stunning presentation, John "Peter" Chatman -- better known as Memphis Slim -- assuredly ranks with the greatest blues pianists of all time. He was smart enough to take Big Bill Broonzy's early advice about developing a style to call his own to heart, instead of imitating that of his idol, Roosevelt Sykes. Soon enough, other 88s pounders were copying Slim rather than the other way around; his thundering...
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