Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunnyland Slim - Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On

This is the good old stuff mixed with modern blues musicians. Recorded in '68 by Sunnyland Slim, a talented pianist straight from the delta, with George Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Luther Allison, Shakey Jake, Al Wilson, Henry Vestine, Larry Taylor, Luther Allison and, most important, Mick Taylor of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers fame. Taylor plays on "You Used to Love Me", "My Past Life", "She's Got A Thing Goin' On" and "Substitute Woman". That's a shame he isn't featured on entire disc! Young British guitarist who was soon to join the Rolling Stones plays with confidence and respect to older bluesmen.
Slim's piano and voice are good. So are compositions, all of them but Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" credited to Albert Laundrew, which is the real name of Sunnyland Slim. Don't let that fool you, though... After the first chords of "Goin' Back to Memphis" you realize it's "Rollin' & Tumblin'" but under a different name. So is the case with most of the stuff here: it's all the usual hooks played by black blues musicians in the delta. "Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On" may be classic, but it's not ordinary. More, it's totally unique. The blend of electric guitars, harmonicas and pianos is wonderful, production just rocks. It's quite clear for a record like that! ..Scented Jasmine Tea

Thanks go to Enoch for providing this rip.



Gerard Herzhaft said...

There are 13 more tracks recorded on those sessions by Sunnyland. They were programmed to be issued on a triple Capitol CD (Rediscovered blues Vol. 2) that was announced a little bit everywhere a dozen or so years ago. Unfortunately this album seems to have never been published. If anyone has more info?

Anonymous said...

there was a vol 4 2 cd. its xcellent. and the search continues.thanx

Anonymous said...

Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On
1. Going Back To Memphis - 3:10
2. Miss Bessie Mae - 3:45
3. Got To Get To My Baby - 3:02
4. You Used To Love Me - 3:39
5. She's Got A Thing Going On - 3:48
6. Substitute Woman - 3:25
7. Dust My Broom - 3:39
8. Everytime We Get To Drinkin' - 3:45
9. Little Girl Blues - 2:42
10. Unlucky One - 4:40
11. My Past Life - 2:45
SUNNYLAND SLIM - Piano, Vocals
George 'Harmonica' SMITH - Harmonica (except tr.9)
on tr.4,5,6,11 with - Luther Allison, Mick Taylor(!) - Guitars
Mojo Elem - Bass; Francis Clay - Drums
on tr.1,7,10 with - Henry Vestine, Alan Wilson(without tr.10) - Guitars
Larry Taylor - Bass; Paul Lagos - Drums
on tr.2,3,8 - Luther Allison - Guitar
Curtis Tilman - Bass; Gus Wright - Drums
Larry Fullerton - Guitar tr.2 only
on tr.9 with - Shakey Jake - Harmonica
Big Mama Thornton - Drums

Anonymous said...

Now this hits the blues spot! Thank god for Sunnyland Slim and his men.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much
on the same label do you have Oakland Blues

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