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Jimmy Rogers, one of Chess Records' less well-known recording artists under his own name though he was a mainstay of Muddy Waters' band in the early '50s, was well-represented by the two-CD set Complete Chess Recordings issued in 1997, the year of his death. But that collection, with its numerous alternate takes, was a little more than the average blues fan needed, so this still-generous one-disc, 22-track distillation is a welcome addition to his catalog. Though Rogers did not formally launch a solo career until 1956, he was making occasional records for Chess as early as 1950, with "That's All Right" inaugurating his work as a leader. Not surprisingly, the band in which he served as guitarist backed him on these efforts, with Waters, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, and Otis Spann, among others, sitting in. The collection follows him up to his sole hit single, "Walking By Myself," and beyond, with the sound evolving from traditional Chicago electric blues in the Waters mold to more of a rock & roll sound by the last track "Rock This House." Rogers may not have the distinctiveness as a vocalist that Waters possesses, but he gets his points across and the music is classic blues of its type.

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Jimmy Rogers: His Best (Remastered)

This is one of my favorite albums by my dad. I hope you guys enjoy it and remember, " If you don't dig the Blues you must have a hole in your soul..." Quoted by Late Jimmy Rogers. Keep the blues alive. Thank You. Love Angela

An under appreciated talent!

Man this a great collection of old recordings showcasing a talented blues man! If you're into honest grooves with plenty of feeling, this is it!

If you love the blues...

If you love Chicago blues you'll love every minute of this superlative recording. Jimmy Rogers has been under the radar for far too long. His guitar playing defines the so called "tasteful lick" and his singing, while often diminished in critical reviews, leaves little to be desired to my ears. Jimmy Rogers rocks!


Born: June 3, 1924 in Ruleville, MS

Genre: Blues

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

Guitarist Jimmy Rogers was the last living connection to the groundbreaking first Chicago band of Muddy Waters (informally dubbed "the Headhunters" for their penchant of dropping by other musicians' gigs and "cutting their heads" with a superior on-stage performance). Instead of basking in world-wide veneration, he was merely a well-respected Chicago elder boasting a seminal '50s Chess Records catalog, both behind Waters and on his own. Born James A. Lane (Rogers was his stepdad's surname), the...
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