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The Very Best of Jimmy Reed

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Baby What You Want Me To Do
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You Got Me Dizzy
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I Ain't Got You
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Take Out Some Insurance
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Shame, Shame, Shame
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Big Boss Man
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Goin' To New York
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The Sun Is Shining
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Bright Lights, Big City
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Hush, Hush
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Ain't That Loving You Baby
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Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth
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Honest I Do
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Found Love
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Little Rain
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You Don't Have To Go
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 41:25

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covers the standards, but some lousy sound quality

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Check off many of JR's best here (Baby What You Want Me To Do, Bright Lights Big City, Ain't That Loving You Baby, Big Boss Man among others). None of the rest are bad, but as many Reed reviewers have noted, they tend to settle into the same very basic blues shuffle sound. Watch out for some truly crappy, distorted sound on several of the tracks--doesn't sound like an mp3 issue so much as a bad job remastering when they were brought to CD from the original recordings.

They Say All Music Guide

Jimmy Reed followed a limited formula, but it worked time and time again, and his songs, because of their inherent structural simplicity, are among the most versatile in the blues canon, and have been covered by countless blues and pop artists. With his laid-back, slurred singing style stretched over a lazy, easy boogie rhythm, and punctuated by short runs on his racked harmonica, Reed brought a kind of hushed, unhurried urgency to everything he recorded. The lyrics to his songs were actually written by his wife, Mary Lee Reed, and although she remains in the background on his records, they were very much a songwriting team, turning out such enduring classics as “Baby What You Want Me to Do,” “Big Boss Man,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” and “Ain’t That Loving You Baby,” all of which are included on this collection. There are numerous compilations of Reed’s work on the market, some more complete than this one, but given the sameness of his approach, this 16-song set might be just about the right length for the casual listener. – Steve Leggett

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