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Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall

Jimmy ReedAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000WS4P56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bright Lights, Big City
2. I'm Mr. Luck
3. What's Wrong, Baby
4. Found Joy
5. Kind of Lonesome
6. Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth
7. Tell Me You Love Me
8. Blue Carnegie
9. I'm a Love You
10. Hold Me Close
11. Blue Blue Water
12. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
13. You Don't Have to Go
14. Hush Hush
15. Found Love
16. Honest I Do
17. You Got Me Dizzy
18. Big Boss Man
19. Take Out Some Insurance
20. Boogie in the Dark
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Despite the title, this 1961 double-album actually offered new stereo versions of Jimmy's biggest hits, now squeezed onto a 23-track single CD! Includes such classics as Bright Lights, Big City; Baby What You Want Me to Do; Honest I Do; Big Boss Man; Take Out Some Insurance; Going to New York; Ain't That Loving You Baby; Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth; You Don't Have to Go , and more.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars T'ain't live but it sure is classic Jimmy Reed! July 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Collectable Records recently reissued JIMMMY REED AT CARNEGIE HALL a Vee-Jay album(VJLP 1035) originally released in 1961. The first eleven songs are a recreation of performance Jimmy Reed gave at the "Blues at Carnegie" series(per the liner notes). The liner notes state that the reason the recording could not be done at Carnegie Hall was due to "technical and contractural problems" so the album ended up being recorded at New York City's Bell Sound Studios. Some new tunes, at the time, were written for the Carnegie performance such as "Blue Carnegie"(instrumental) and "Blue, blue, blue." It also includes such Reed classics such as "Ah Shucks,Hush Your Mouth" and "Bright Lights Big City", the first song on the album. The twelve remaining cuts is a best of Jimmy Reed songsfest which are faithful rerecordings of his best known songs. "Take Out Some Insurance" is the only song not written by Jimmy Reed. Although it has the same feel as a Jimmy Reed song the liner notes state that he hated it. Though his singing is sometimes slurred and out of tune, the sound of the blows on his harmonica and his guitar, sometimes accompanied by Eddie Taylor on bass guitar, make his blues songs shine. This cd is a faithul reproduction of the lp including the ever present oval Vee-Jay oval on the front cover along with the original liner notes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Reed's hits from the original master tapes July 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was Jimmy's best selling album ever but the title is very misleading in that these are all studio recordings, not live recordings, which means they weren't recorded at Carnegie Hall, but the tracks are in the order he performed them at a Carnegie Hall concert one week prior to recording the first dozen in the studio of this double album. This is actually the first time all of the original master tapes of this album were used as the songs recorded in mono were on all previous issues in rechanneled stereo while the true stereo tracks on this disc have always been in true stereo on every release. Steve Hoffman searched high and low for the first generation tapes of each song on the album in the Vee Jay vaults and as a result, Audio Fidelity has issued the definitive release of the album. Audiophiles and casual blues fans who like quality sound must pick up this issue of Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall as it contains most of his biggest hits in the best possible quality sound due to the work of Steve Hoffman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Jimmy Reed! February 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Jimmy Reed recorded for the Vee-Jay label for most of his career. Vee-Jay has been out of business since the mid-1960's, and Jimmy Reed's catalogue has been in disrepair for years. This CD represents a great chance to hear Jimmy Reed at his wonderful best. Jimmy Reed was an established artist at the peak of his powers when this album was recorded. Another good choice would be "The Best Of Jimmy Reed" on the GNP label I believe.

"Carnegie Hall" is not a recording of a live performance. Jimmy Reed is playing previously recorded material in a recording studio. Jimmy Reed appeared at Carnegie Hall, and Vee-Jay wanted to capitalize on the prestigious name association. Amazon describes Jimmy Reed as selling more records than B. B. King in the 1950's. This is surely incorrect, even considering the unreliable accounting practices of independent record companies of the era. Don't be deterred. Jimmy Reed was a great artist, and this is a great album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CD version of a double album LP January 12, 2011
By Cynthia
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had this double LP album years ago, as Jimmy Reed has always been a favorite. It has long since been lost in several moves, and many years. When I saw the CD on Amazon, I was elated to find that the original had been digitilized. However,the disappointing aspect of the CD product is that whomever remastered the original works, cut off some of the length of the different tracks....not all, but several, thus, cutting the songs short. I was very disappointed with this, but I'm assuming that because there were so many tracks on the double album, the engineers cut short these tracks in order to accomodate them on only one CD. Reed's work was fabulous, along with Mama Reed, his wife who harmonized with him, so I'm very happy to have this music back in my life. If you are a Reed fan, and familiar with the early works, just realize that not all of the original tracks contain their original length.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reed still strikes the chords January 2, 2011
By Saaber
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first had this album when I was in high school...60's. I loved it then and love it even more now. His music still speaks of love lost, love gained, life's trials and triumphs as it did when it was recorded. Jimmy Reed is a blues great and this album is perhaps his greatest legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defines SACD Potential! March 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think if people could hear this disc on SACD, they would buy a player before track three.
It sounds as though Jimmy is sitting right in front of you. When you realize how old these tapes are, it makes it even more amazing.
The first time I played this disc I could not move from out of in front of the speakers. It is simply mind blowing how great this sounds.

If you have an SACD player, there is no question here. This is a must own. Even at the high prices this is going for, it is worth every penny. Worth more, actually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Reed @ Carnegie Hall February 20, 2010
By Liz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is an album my mom and i used to listen a lot, i did say album, now i have the CD i can take wiith me and think of our times together
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic blues
If you like the blues, jimmy Reed will not disappoint you. The very old two record album is a classic and a must for any Blues enthuist.
Published 28 days ago by Ed Ferrante
5.0 out of 5 stars Music enthusiast
Purchased this cd because I had heard that jimmy reed was a fantastic artist. Loved the music and was in excellent condition.
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin Montoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool Music
I bought this for a friend and she loves it she plays it almost every day, it's really cool music when you want to just chill super fast delivery quality item highly recommend this... Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Nina Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall (including the Best of Jimmy Reed): This CD is the best of the best of Jimmy Reed's recordings. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracks for this double album set!
Side 1: Bright Lights, Big City, I'm Mr. Luck, Baby What's Wrong, Found Joy, Kind of Lonesome Side 2: Aw Shucks Shut Your Mouth, Tell Me You Love Me, Blue Carnegie, I'm a Love... Read more
Published on December 5, 2009 by Paul J. Broussard Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blues hybrid SACD!
Jimmy Reed's "At Carnegie Hall" is amongst the best blues albums recorded in the 1960s. This SACD hybrid was remastered in DSD format by Steve Hoffman. Read more
Published on August 31, 2009 by W. Pang
5.0 out of 5 stars All soul and heart!
If you're already familiar with and like Jimmy Reed, this is a must-have! I love to listen to this and just imagine him at Carnegie Hall singing these terrific old-school blues... Read more
Published on January 14, 2009 by C. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars LIVE OR NOT LIVE
I have this record on a UK issue LP 'Stateside 'label and I was disapointed back in those days that the recording was not live.
So beware!!!! Read more
Published on February 7, 2008 by DEWDROPINN
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