Monday, January 11, 2010

Memphis Slim : The Real Folk Blues : 1966

( ebay )

This is not a remastered CD .
This is only the original versions on Vinyl LP by Chess Records ( Sometimes destorted )
Take it or leave it !!!

The Real Folk Blues is a series of blues compilation albums released between 1965 and 1967 by Chess Records, and distributed by MCA Records.

Memphis Slim (September 3, 1915 – February 24, 1988) was an American blues pianist, singer, and composer. He led a series of bands that, reflecting the popular appeal of jump blues, included saxophones, bass, drums, and piano. A song he first cut in 1947, "Every Day I Have the Blues," has become a blues standard, recorded by many other artists. Slim made over 500 recordings.

Slim first appeared outside the United States in 1960, touring with Willie Dixon, with whom he returned to Europe in 1962 as a featured artist in the first of the series of American Folk Festival concerts organized by Dixon and promoter Willie Dixon that brought many notable blues artists to Europe in the 1960s and 1970s.

One of the more unsung blues giants on " Chess Records ", pianist Memphis Slim plied an urbane form of barrelhouse blues a notch or two removed from the more raw stylings of , say , Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf .
This edition of the label's bargain survey series ," Real Folk Blues ", features Slim in his prime from the early '50s . And while he would later cut many fine sessions alone at the piano , the 12 tracks here feature Slim backed by a variety of top combos .
Smooth yet dusky , the mix includes such stellar party odes as "Having Fun" and lowdown gems like "Trouble Trouble."

As befits his stage name, John "Peter" Chatman was born and raised in Memphis ; a great place to commit to a career as a bluesman . Sometime in the late '30s , he resettled in Chicago and began recording as a leader in 1939 for OKeh , then switched over to Bluebird the next year . Around the same time , Slim joined forces with Broonzy , then the dominant force on the local blues scene. After serving as Broonzy's invaluable accompanist for a few years , Slim emerged as his own man in 1944 .

After the close of World War II , Slim joined Hy-Tone Records , cutting eight tracks that were later picked up by King . Lee Egalnick's Miracle label reeled in the pianist in 1947; backed by his jumping band, the House Rockers (its members usually included saxists Alex Atkins and Ernest Cotton), Slim recorded his classic "Lend Me Your Love" and "Rockin' the House." The next year brought the landmark "Nobody Loves Me" (better known via subsequent covers by Lowell Fulson, Joe Williams, and B.B. King as "Everyday I Have the Blues") and the heartbroken "Messin' Around (With the Blues)."

Slim exhibited his perpetually independent mindset by leaving the country for good in 1962.
A tour of Europe in partnership with bassist Willie Dixon a couple of years earlier had so intrigued the pianist that he permanently moved to Paris, where recording and touring possibilities seemed limitless and the veteran pianist was treated with the respect too often denied even African-American blues stars at home back then. He remained there until his 1988 death, enjoying his stature as expatriate blues royalty.

One of Slim's 1947 recordings for Miracle, released in 1949, was originally titled "Nobody Loves Me." It has become famous as "Every Day I Have the Blues." The tune was recorded in 1950 by Lowell Fulson, and subsequently by a raft of artists including B. B. King, Elmore James, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Carlos Santana, and Lou Rawls.

Memphis Slim died on February 24, 1988, of renal failure in Paris, France, at the age of 72. He is buried at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tracks :


1. My Baby
2. Trouble Trouble
3. Slim's Blues
4. Tiajuana
5. I Guess I'm A Fool
6. Really Got The Blues


1. Feeling Low
2. For A Day
3. Mother Earth
4. Blues For My Baby
5. Marack
6. Having Fun


No matter how great you are
Don' t care What you Were ,
When it all ends up ,
you got to go back to Mother Earth .


Misery and tears that fall like rain
Misery and tears that fall like rain
If you ever lost the one you loved
then your heart is filled with pain .

Although she' s gone , memories remain
Although she' s gone , memories remain
'Cause the woman that up and left me
Just about drove me insane .

Trouble , trouble , no end to misery
Trouble , trouble , no end to misery
I loved that woman
That made a fool out me .

( These Lyrics are true because this is the BLUES .
...Real and true , as life is .
And one day , you too will able to really enjoy the real Blues
and feel them as the Singer or writer does . )


Size : 76 MB
Format : Vinyl LP
Label : Chess Records
Stereo LPS - 1510
Produced by Ralph Bass
CHESS RECORDS : 320 East 21st Street , Chicago , Illinois 60616
Made in : USA

Bitrate 320


  1. Hi there, is a re-up possible for this one? Anyway thanks much for all you do on this fine blog!!!

  2. Thanks much for this re-up you did so quickly! Thanks also for the sound quality of your vinyl rips.
    That said, could you give a new up for the Little Walter you posted on June 2009. Seems I have problem to download it with Oboom (Or I'm doing it wrong...)
    An other thing: I have myself a big collection especially Blues & Jazz (Soul-Jazz) oriented. If your looking for some titles, tell me. It will be a pleasure for me to send.
    Tom (Greetings from France)