Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim : Wiile's Blues

Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim : Wiile's Blues


Willie Dixon (vocals), Memphis Slim (piano), Hal Ashby, (tenor sax), Wally RIchardson (guitar), Gus Johnson (drums )

Prestige Bluesville 1003

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Nervous
A2 - Good Understanding
A3 - That's My Baby
A4 - Slim's Thing
A5 - That's All I Want Baby
A6 - Don't You Tell Nobody
A7 - Youth To You
B1 - Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues
B2 - Built For Comfort
B3 - I Got A Razor
B4 - Go Easy
B5 - Move Me

Recorded on Dec 3, 1959 at Rudy Van Gelber Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey

Since the early 1950s, Willie Dixon has been the studio kingpin of Chicago blues, having written, produced, and played bass on countless classics by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, and many others. Dixon has always managed to find time away from the studio to work as a performer, slapping his upright bass and singing his own tunes in a highly compelling, conversational baritone. He was working the coffeehouse circuit with pianist Memphis Slim when he cut this, his first album as a leader, in 1959. Besides his unique interpretations of “Nervous” and “Built for Comfort,” it includes eight lesser known compositions from Dixon’s prolific pen. It is unlike all other albums by Dixon, as he and Slim are accompanied, not by the usual crew of Chicago blues players, but by a group of New York mainstream jazzmen, including tenor saxophonist Hal Ashby, guitarist Wally Richardson and drummer Gus Johnson.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.