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Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles

Jimmy Reed

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Jimmy Reed signed with Chicago's Vee-Jay Records in 1953 and he stayed with the label for nearly a dozen years, during a decade where blues had its last great run as a hit singles medium. Reed was partially responsible for the golden age of blues hits on the R&B charts in the '50s, racking up nine Billboard R&B Top 10 singles between 1955 and 1961. All the hits, along with their flipsides -- and, sometimes, the spoken introduction not released on a 45 -- are here on this magnificent triple-disc set from Craft Recordings. Reed may have had a limited palette -- it was all shuffles, boogies, and laconic 12-bar jams, almost all in the same couple of keys -- but the music sounds infinite, largely due to how Reed clicked with guitarist Eddie Taylor. Together, the two locked into a raw, funky groove that proved enduring and malleable. Within it, the pair could get the house rocking or they could lay back in a smoky groove, and their interplay is one of those recordings that retains their visceral kick all these years later; even the instrumental B-sides seem alive. The bigger revelation of Mr. Luck is how deep Reed's songbook is. Many of his biggest hits are 20th century standards covered by bluesmen, rockers, and country singers -- "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," "Baby What You Want Me to Do," "Big Boss Man," and "Bright Lights Big City," along with "Take Out Some Insurance," which is the only one of these songs not to chart -- but Mr. Luck shows that he had strong songs tucked away in deeper recesses of his catalog, and that's why this is such an essential set. Other comps and albums get the essence of Jimmy Reed, but this shows how rich his music is.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
High And Lonesome Introduction
00:00:18

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
High And Lonesome
00:02:48

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Bracken, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Roll & Rhumba
00:02:46

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1958 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Jimmy’s Boogie
00:02:45

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Found My Baby Gone
00:02:49

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Bracken, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
You Don’t Have To Go Introduction
00:00:16

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
You Don’t Have To Go
00:03:07

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
Boogie In The Dark
00:02:37

Jimmy Reed, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
I’m Gonna Ruin You
00:02:33

Calvin Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Reed, MainArtist - Jimmy Radcliffe, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
Pretty Thing
00:02:45

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
She Don’t Want Me No More
00:02:36

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

12
I Don’t Go For That
00:02:47

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

13
Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby Introduction
00:02:37

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

14
Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby
00:02:21

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

15
Baby, Don’t Say That No More
00:02:34

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

16
Can't Stand To See You Go
00:02:50

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1958 Concord Music Group, Inc.

17
Rockin’ With Reed
00:02:33

Jimmy Reed, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

18
My First Plea
00:02:50

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

19
I Love You Baby
00:02:45

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

20
You Got Me Dizzy Introduction
00:00:48

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

21
You Got Me Dizzy
00:02:55

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

22
Honey Don’t Let Me Go
00:02:40

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

23
Little Rain
00:02:43

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1958 Concord Music Group, Inc.

24
Honey Where You Going
00:03:12

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

25
The Sun Is Shining
00:02:49

Calvin Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

26
Baby What’s On Your Mind
00:03:10

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

27
Honest I Do Introduction
00:01:07

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

28
Honest I Do
00:02:39

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Vee-Jay Records Inc.

29
Signals Of Love
00:02:28

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

30
You're Something Else
00:02:34

Calvin Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1958 Concord Music Group, Inc.

31
A String To Your Heart
00:03:04

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Go On To School
00:02:52

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
You Got Me Crying
00:02:39

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ewart G. Abner Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
I Know It’s A Sin
00:02:31

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mary Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Down In Virginia
00:02:30

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mary Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
I’m Gonna Get My Baby
00:02:39

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
Odds And Ends
00:02:29

Jimmy Reed, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
I Told You Baby
00:02:19

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mary Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
Ends And Odds
00:02:25

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
Take Out Some Insurance
00:02:26

Jimmy Reed, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Stone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
You Know I Love You
00:02:33

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - D. Sledge, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
Going To New York Introduction
00:00:51

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

12
Going To New York
00:02:23

Jerry Reed, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Reed, MainArtist - Mary Reed, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

13
I Wanna Be Loved 1958 Version
00:02:17

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

14
Baby What You Want Me To Do Introduction
00:00:35

Calvin Carter, Author, MainArtist - Jimmy Reed, Author, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

15
Baby What You Want Me To Do
00:02:27

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

16
Caress Me Baby
00:02:53

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

17
Found Love
00:02:16

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

18
Where Can You Be
00:02:42

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

19
Hush Hush
00:02:34

Jimmy Reed, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

Album Description

Jimmy Reed signed with Chicago's Vee-Jay Records in 1953 and he stayed with the label for nearly a dozen years, during a decade where blues had its last great run as a hit singles medium. Reed was partially responsible for the golden age of blues hits on the R&B charts in the '50s, racking up nine Billboard R&B Top 10 singles between 1955 and 1961. All the hits, along with their flipsides -- and, sometimes, the spoken introduction not released on a 45 -- are here on this magnificent triple-disc set from Craft Recordings. Reed may have had a limited palette -- it was all shuffles, boogies, and laconic 12-bar jams, almost all in the same couple of keys -- but the music sounds infinite, largely due to how Reed clicked with guitarist Eddie Taylor. Together, the two locked into a raw, funky groove that proved enduring and malleable. Within it, the pair could get the house rocking or they could lay back in a smoky groove, and their interplay is one of those recordings that retains their visceral kick all these years later; even the instrumental B-sides seem alive. The bigger revelation of Mr. Luck is how deep Reed's songbook is. Many of his biggest hits are 20th century standards covered by bluesmen, rockers, and country singers -- "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," "Baby What You Want Me to Do," "Big Boss Man," and "Bright Lights Big City," along with "Take Out Some Insurance," which is the only one of these songs not to chart -- but Mr. Luck shows that he had strong songs tucked away in deeper recesses of his catalog, and that's why this is such an essential set. Other comps and albums get the essence of Jimmy Reed, but this shows how rich his music is.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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