This essential LP includes one of their finest albums as a duo, originally released by the BFolkways label: "Songs of Memphis Slim & “Wee Willie” Dixon" (1960). All of the compositions were written by Willie Dixon. On these recordings Dixon’s bass is heard up front, and his tone is clear as a bell. It’s a rare opportunity to hear Willie’s mastery without being buried under a pile of guitars and drums. The energy level of the instrumental “Joggie Boogie” builds throughout the track, with Dixon and Slim upping the ante with each chorus. Each player takes two rounds of solos on this number, and both times Dixon astounds with his ferocious chops, stamina, and sense of humor.
In addition to the original LP, this Vinyl Lover’s collector’s edition includes 2 bonus tracks from the same period: “Choo Choo” and “Now Howdy.”
MEMPHIS SLIM: piano and vocals. WILLIE DIXON: upright bass
Notes: Dixon sings a vocal duet with Slim on “Chicago House Rent Party”. “Joggie Boogie” is an instrumental number Recorded in New York City, 1960.
(*) Bonus tracks: MEMPHIS SLIM (piano, vocals on “Choo Choo”), and WILLIE DIXON (upright bass, vocals on “Now Howdy”). Recorded in New York City, January 1960.
1 JOGGIE BOOGIE 2 STEWBALL 3 JOHN HENRY 4 KANSAS CITY #1, #2 & #3 5 CHOO CHOO (*)
1 HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO NASHVILLE PEN? 2 ROLL AND TUMBLE 3 BEER DRINKING WOMAN 4 CHICAGO HOUSE RENT PARTY 5 44 BLUES 6 UNLUCKY 7 NOW HOWDY (*)