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I'm Jimmy Reed / Rockin With Reed - Vinyl Record

by Jimmy Reed

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180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed

There's simply no sound in the blues as easily digestible,accessible, and instantly recognizable as the music of Jimmy Reed. His debut LP release, I'm Jimmy Reed, was about as strong a first album as was heard in Chicago blues. Really a collection of single sides rather than an actual album of new material, the tracks were recorded from June 1953 ("Roll & Rhumba") through March 1958 ("You Got Me Crying" ) and include the songs on which he'd built his reputation over the previous five years, key among them: "Honest I Do,""Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," "You Got Me Dizzy," and "You Don't Have to Go," plus their highly relevant B-sides, which help give this album more depth and breadth than a formal hits collection would have had.

Jimmy Reed's second album was a little different from his first. It is also a collection with previously released single sided recorded and released over the prior seven years; but three of the dozen songs here were new to listeners when they showed up on Rockin' with Reed. This album is every bit as enjoyable and equally essential listening, including"Down in Virginia," "Going to New York," and "Take Out Some Insurance," the latter two the latest recordings on this album; and even the one or two seeming throwaway here, the instrumentals "Ends & Odds" and "My BitterSeed" are worth hearing for what they reveal of the playing on these sessions. Reed's incredibly expressive voice, coupled with his sinewy guitar and virtuoso-level harp playing, is consistently great throughout.

1. Honest I Do
2. Go On To School
3. My First Plea
4. Boogie In The Dark
5. You Got Me Crying
6. Ainít That Loviní You Baby
7. You Got Me Dizzy
8. Little Rain
9. Canít Stand To See You Go
10. Roll And Rhumba
11. Youíre Something Else
12. You Donít Have To Go
13. I Love You Baby*
14. Honey, Donít Let Me Go*
15. Signals Of Love*
16. Honey, Where You Going*

1. Going To New York
2. A String To Your Heart
3. Ends & Odds
4. Caress Me Baby
5. Take Out Some Insurance
6. The Moon Is Rising
7. Down In Virginia
8. I Know Itís A Sin
9. Wanna Be Loved
10. Baby, Whatís On Your Mind
11. My Bitter Seed
12. Rockiní With Reed
13. The Sun Is Shining*
14. I Told You Baby*
15. Iím Gonna Get My Baby*
16. You Know I Love You*

*bonus tracks

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Vinyl records are able to capture the purest quality of recorded music in true form. This is possible because the initial recording is captured on an analog source (usually tape) for the ultimate in High Fidelity sound, it is then pressed onto virgin vinyl. Analog recordings capture the bottom end (or bass) while adding sweetness to the high end (or treble) better than any digital recording ever could. Analog systems are still commonly used before they are digitally transferred to CD. This means that the sound then is altered in the transfer process when CD's are produced. The word fidelity means accuracy and faithfulness. High Fidelity sound is faithful to the original sound made by the artist, capturing maximum accuracy of what was intended for the listener to hear. Vinyl records capture those sounds for the ultimate High Fidelity listening experience!

180/200 GRAM Vinyl LP

These vinyl records are produced with 180 or 200 grams of high definition premium grade virgin vinyl. This is a higher quality audiophile pressing than the typical vinyl record of 100-120 grams. These limited edition LP's are manufactured with the hi-fi enthusiast in mind. A 180 or 200 gram LP is sometimes also referred to as an audiophile pressing, there is a higher bass response and an even warmer High Fidelity sound. 180 or 200 grams LP's are typically manufactured in limited amounts and are considered collectibles, commanding a higher price.


Typically, a vinyl reissue is a repressing of an original LP, usually extracted from the recording's master-tapes. In some cases, reissues are remastered to lower surface noise and improve overall sonics. Reissues help preserve the music of an original recording, especially when original LPs become unavailable or can no longer be found. Reissues can be pressed on a variety of thickness from 150 gram to 200 gram and offer a great opportunity for records collectors to own many classic recordings.

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