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Jimmy Reed


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Released: 8th Apr 2022


Everybody covered Jimmy Reed songs: Link Wray, Bill Cosby, Charlie Rich, The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), Betty LaVette, Dale and Ronnie Hawkins, Etta James, Neil Young, The Texas Tornadoes – the list would go on and on.

Even the King, while jamming with his old buddies Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana during the televised 1968 Comeback Special, couldn't stop encoring Baby What You Want Me to Do (check uncut versions of the Special). If you think of the ‘60s R&B boom in England, Jimmy Reed was in everybody's repertoire – alongside Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. And his influence lasted well into the 1990s and beyond, with garage bands and rockabilly acts still mining the Reed catalog. Jimmy Reed was the first blues artist of the 1950s to crossover into the pop charts, and only B.B. King totaled more hits than Jimmy did. Reed was featured in significant rock & roll package tours crisscrossing the land, and audiences black and white loved him. His music was deceptively simple and invited many aspiring kids to try their hands on the laid‐back shuffles and blueish boogies. His lyrics were witty, wise, humorous, and always structured around an irresistible hook‐line. Jimmy Reed made you sing‐a‐long and dance all night! The Jimmy Reed sound and success would not have been possible without fellow Mississippian Eddie Taylor, responsible for the memorable guitar lines and riffs. We have included a few of Eddie's own recordings for Vee‐Jay as a bonus. They showcase his style from a different angle.


  1. I'm Going Upside Your Head ‐ Jimmy Reed
  2. I Don't Go For That ‐ Jimmy Reed
  3. Baby, What You Want Me To Do ‐ Jimmy Reed
  4. Baby, What's Wrong ‐ Jimmy Reed
  5. I'm Gonna Ruin You ‐ Jimmy Reed
  6. I'm A‐Love You ‐ Jimmy Reed
  7. Shoot My Baby ‐ Jimmy Reed
  8. Bright Lights, Big City ‐ Jimmy Reed
  9. Take It Slow ‐ Jimmy Reed
  10. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby ‐ Jimmy Reed
  11. High And Lonesome ‐ Jimmy Reed
  12. Big Boss Man ‐ Jimmy Reed
  13. Come Love ‐ Jimmy Reed
  14. You're Something Else ‐ Jimmy Reed
  15. I Ain't Got You ‐ Jimmy Reed
  16. The Sun Is Shining ‐ Jimmy Reed
  17. Let's Get Together ‐ Jimmy Reed
  18. Good Lover ‐ Jimmy Reed
  19. She Don't Want Me No More ‐ Jimmy Reed
  20. When Girls Do It ‐ Jimmy Reed
  21. I Found My Baby ‐ Jimmy Reed
  22. State Street Boogie ‐ Jimmy Reed
  23. I'm The Man Down There ‐ Jimmy Reed
  24. My Bitter Seed ‐ Jimmy Reed
  25. Shame, Shame, Shame ‐ Jimmy Reed
  26. Bad Boy ‐ Eddie Taylor
  27. E.T. Blues ‐ Eddie Taylor
  28. Big Town Playboy ‐ Eddie Taylor
  29. Train Fare Home ‐ Eddie Taylor