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I Am the Blues

Willie DixonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMWCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back Door Man
2. I Can't Quit You, Baby
3. The Seventh Son
4. Spoonful
5. I Ain't Superstitious
6. You Shook Me
7. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
8. The Little Red Rooster
9. The Same Thing

Editorial Reviews

On this 1970 LP, the quintessential blues songwriter performs his own tunes-every one a classic: I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man; The Little Red Rooster; Spoonful; Back Door Man, and more!

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You ARE the blues, an' we are the participants. July 21, 2005
By Nathan
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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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite 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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best blues albums I've ever heard August 22, 2001
By Ren
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
5.0 out of 5 stars He is the Blues, no doubt about it. 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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dixon! December 6, 2000
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruñon November 20, 2003
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars He Is The Blues... January 9, 2006
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I'm a blues lover. Lover of the ...
Well, I'm a blues lover. Lover of the blues takes the history of the blues back and back and back and appreciates the blues. Willie Dixon is a blues singer, a master of the blues.
Published 4 days ago by Mary Louise Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cd
I love this cd! This is blues when it's in the best. Mr Dixon is for sure The blues !!
Published 8 days ago by Toggan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by LaVerne M Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to hear these songs recorded by the man that wrote them.
Published 14 days ago by Vincent2409
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dixon
Thanks, thanks, thanks. I thought that no one makes "Black Blues" anymore. This is one of the roots of music. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Joseph Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good stuff.
LZ the Doors, EC all have reworked his music. Really good stuff.
Published 29 days ago by bluesmagnet
4.0 out of 5 stars Written like a history text book
Written like a history text book. If you are interested in the history of America and/or the history is rock n roll this book should be on your shelf.
Published 1 month ago by katherine mahar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good blues
Published 1 month ago by Artie
5.0 out of 5 stars WILLIE SINGS!
I've loved Willie's songwriting ability from the first time I heard Mose Allison's "Seventh Son," back in the Fifties. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Gearon
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