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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Obc
  • ASIN: B000000XWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Ulbricht on July 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
These tunes were recorded in a New Jersey studio, when Willie and Memphis Slim were on a brief "lay-over" in New York between gigs. It only took a few hours to finish, the entire set was completely unrehearsed, they called in three session musicians, tuned-up, and the result was this wonderful 12 song recording of Chicago Blues done with an "After Hours" feel. Nervous is an enjoyable slow romp and Willie stammers and stutters like an anxious suitor would. Good Understanding in bit more up-tempo and features some excellent New Orleans style "walkin' piano" by Memphis Slim. That's My Baby is a straight ahead, easy going, number which features some good guitar work, but it's Willie's vocals which stand out. Slim's Thing is the first of the two songs which were not penned by Dixon, and it is REALLY Slim's Thing. It's an up-tempo instrumental featuring Slim's deft piano playing, all of the musicians get a chance to show their stuff, but Willie's thumping and finger slapping bass is especially rewarding. That's All I Want Baby is another slow tempo, no nonsense blues tune done well. Don't You Tell Nobody has a quick tempo and Willie's "Blues Shouting" style is the highlight on this song. Youth To You is the "stand out" cut on the first side of this recording, and although most people probably wouldn't recognize this song by this title, well, that's because it has been done so many times as I Just Want To Make Love To You by such artists as Foghat, etc. Hey, this is just one of WILLIE'S classic tunes, and he KNOWS how to do HIS OWN material!
Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues is a slow and soulful ballad with Willie lamenting, while the session sax player plays off of his vocals with some haunting jazzy-bluesy riffs.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on October 3, 2004
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Opening with the clever, novelty-like "Nervous", "Willie's Blues" is mostly an album for the serious fan.

If the liner notes, written in 1960 by Dale Wright, are to be believed, this December, 1959 session was cut during a two-hour span in between flights (!). Well, that would certainly explain the somewhat "unfinished" feel of these recordings. There are some really fine little songs here, including "That's My Baby" and the swinging, jazzy "Good Understanding" and "That's All I Want Baby", but too many numbers come out sounding stale and sluggish. And Willie Dixon's vocals aren't particularly inspired either...his writing talents and A&R savvy were always more remarkable than his skills as a vocalist.

It's certainly quite interesting to hear Dixon's own rendition of the Buddy Guy-single "Sitting And Crying The Blues" and Howlin' Wolf's "Built For Comfort", but both are inferior to those better-known versions. "Youth To You" is just a slightly different version of "I Just Wanna Make Love To You", and slowies like "I Got A Razor" and "Go Easy" threaten to stall altogether.
But still, this is Willie Dixon (all three hundred pounds of him), and Memphis Slim, too, so it can't be all bad, and it certainly isn't. This album will provide a nice, mellow listen on a long drive along the highway, but it's never truly remarkable.
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This Willie Dixon album is a classic! Blues don't get much better than this. Willie sings, accompanied by piano, sax, guitar, bass and drums. Willie and I have a good understanding. I'm sure you will, too!
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I have to give Amazon's marketing credit for putting me onto this album. It came up as a recommendation while I was browsing other material. I took a chance and bought this one based only on the Amazon recommendation. I glad I did; it's a great album.

For those not familiar with Willie Dixon, he's one of the giants of American blues. His influence cannot be underestimated. As one example, Led Zeppelin's first album, released in 1969, has several Willie Dixon covers on it. Willie Dixon later sued Led Zeppelin, successfully, for taking another of his riffs without giving him credit or royalties.

Memphis Slim is not as well known as Willie Dixon but, in his day, he was one of the leading piano players on the blues scene.

This album was recorded in a few hours on one afternoon at the Rudy van Gelder studio in New Jersey. Apparently Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim happened to be in New York at the same time and had some free time one afternoon, so the producers of this album got them both out to the van Gelder studio, quickly recruited some top notch session players and started recording.

The result was a great album. This album is not very well known, but, if you're a blues fan or just checking out Willie Dixon records, it's definitely worth your attention.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Sittin and Crying and Singin the Blues" has to be the ultimate sad song. Willie, the best of the best, is at his best here.
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