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Willie Dixon's life and work was virtually an embodiment of the progress of the blues, from an accidental creation of the descendants of freed slaves to a recognized and vital part of America's musical heritage. That Dixon was one of the first professional blues songwriters to benefit in a serious, material way -- and that he had to fight to do it -- from his work also made him an ... Read more in Amazon's Willie Dixon Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000293E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Originally released in 1970, this disc has the legendary songwriter singing nine of his classics as his hand-picked Chicago band makes the changes. Dixon's nothing special, even if he is the blues personified, since his dryly charming voice lacks tonal inflections and his way with rhythm is less than fluent. Whatever glimmers of expressivity these performances have are due to harp player Carey Bell. In spite of Mobile Fidelity's exemplary sound technology, the instruments at the original session sound like mysterious things thumping on the roof in the dead of night. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended for blues fans.
Ren
If you like the harp and piano, this album gives you one of the best performances ever captured on celluloid.
Double d
On this album, he sings his own songs for once, and shows himself to be a more than capable vocalist.
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on July 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The person who wrote that editorial review above should be dragged out an' shot (well, maybe not SHOT, but ya'know ridiculed and have his feelings hurt) for callin' Willie "nothing special". From a composition standpoint alone he deserves to rank with the greats. In fact, this album here is worth it for jus' ONE song: 'I Can't Quit You, Baby'. That joint got me OPEN. Jus' listen to that wail he lets loose at the start 'fore the music's even kicked in an' tell me his voice didn't have every bit the power that the more well-known Delta and Chicago blues artists had. I mean this stuff is raw, down-and-dirty BLOOD music; hard-drivin' blues, soft blues, barroom brawl blues, ya jus' can't lose. This the only album'a his that I own, but is' enough for me to tell y'all without a shadow of a doubt in my mind that Willie Dixon was the MAN plain an' simple. C'mon now. Don't even get me started on 'Spoonful' or 'Back Door Man'. The latter in particular will pump more testosterone through your speakers an' out into your body n' soul than all the gangsta rappers out there could COMBINED. Overall, I'm gonna say no other less-than-10 song blues album possesses the consistancy that this one does. This stuff is timeless.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Taylor on December 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is not valued by blues snobs for reasons that escape me when I think about it and are totally unfathonable when I listen to "I am the Blues". It has the edge you associate with Sonny Boy or Wolf, the drive you find in Freddie King when he was produced by Leon Russell, and the power you feel when you are sitting at 2 am in a local blues bar and your favorite local band starts playing covers and you feel bulletproof. You may hide this CD when your blues loving friends drop by, BUT, this is the one you will listen to as you drive off into the night to raise a little hell.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ren on August 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well, Willie Dixon is definitely one of the most influencial blues musicians ever; he is right up there with Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker. Willie had written many tunes for Muddy Waters and others, and I Am the Blues is Dixon singing his own songs. He sings them damned well, and the blues are played perfectly. This is an awesome album to get into the blues, and it still holds true today. Standouts are "Back Door Man", "The Seventh Son", and "The Same Thing". Highly recommended for blues fans.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MusicFreak on December 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Willie Dixon was one of the most prolific writers in Blues history. His music has been very influential on countless artists, who in turn influenced others that maybe didn't know anything about him. And his rock solid bass playing has graced many albums, and this is no exception. The amazon.com reviewer is really off the mark if he is not hearing emotion in Dixon's vocals. Yes, his vocal delivery and timbre is unique, to say the least. But, to me, that's what makes him so good. Also, the rythm section cooks! I agree with another reviewer in that this is not the kind of cd I am going to play if I'm on a date, but when I am alone, it's another story. Uncompromising and heartfelt blues. Dixon IS the blues.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rekenney" on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I recommend this to all blues lovers. Willie Dixon never recieved the recognition he deserved until other artists covered his work. From Muddy Watters and Bo Diddley to Cream and Led Zeppelin, many great artists from all genres of music played Willie's music. what a great album!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Double d on November 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy the Blues. This album was one of my first and favorites. The album presents a few awesome and frustrating points for the listener. The musicians who accompany Willie are out of this world; my CD came with no credits so I can't name them. The harp and pianist play to a level beyond belief, and the rest of the cast fall right into place. These were tight slick sessions. But the producer who mixed the tracks really missed the mark. I can only hope that someone will resurrect the original tapes and re issue these tracks in a fresh release. As for Willie, he's no Howlin Wolf or Muddy Waters but he sings well, these are after all his songs. If you like the harp and piano, this album gives you one of the best performances ever captured on celluloid.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Bowman on January 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Willie Dixon is one of the few that could name an album "I Am The Blues" and not have it be a brash overstatement. Where would the blues be without the songs on this collection, every one of which he wrote himself. The proof is the number of artists that have covered his songs over the years: The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Magic Sam, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Sam Cooke, just to name a few. Willie Dixon was an integral part of the Chess records label and the Chicago blues scene, but also could deliver as a performer. Unlike the Amazon reviewer, I found this collection to be worth getting. While Dixon may not be the greatest blues singer ever in terms of technique, he delivers with heart and feeling, which is what the blues is all about. The backing musicians are talented too; my only complaint is that the personnel and the recording dates are not listed in the liner notes. Aside from that though, this disc is a chance to hear a blues legend play some of his best known material, and if you are a fan of the blues (as I am), you will enjoy this one.
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