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Memphis Slim and the Honky-Tonk Sound

Memphis Slim and the Honky-Tonk Sound

The raucous rhythms of Memphis Slim’s honky-tonk, boogie, and blues piano are accompanied by both exuberant and somber storytelling and singing. Singing of love, whiskey, and railroads, Slim delivers both original and traditional songs on this one-take recording session with Folkways Records founder Moses Asch. Producer Charles Edward Smiths asserts that while the genre can be simplistic and deadly earnest, Slim brings a taste and distinction which makes for a memorable record. Liner notes include a biographical and musical essay by Smith and song lyrics.

Track Listing

101
The Bells Memphis Slim 2:36
102
The Lord Have Mercy on Me Memphis Slim 2:49
103
My Baby Don't Love Me No More Memphis Slim 3:18
104
I Left That Town - Harlem Bound Memphis Slim 2:17
105
Boogie after Midnight Memphis Slim 3:27
106
The Train is Gone Memphis Slim 3:32
201
Pinetop's Boogie Woogie Memphis Slim 4:11
202
Whiskey Drinking Blues Memphis Slim 3:13
203
San Juan Blues Memphis Slim 2:22
204
In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down Memphis Slim 3:03
205
How Long Blues Memphis Slim 2:03
206
Sail on Little Girl Memphis Slim 3:13
207
John Henry Memphis Slim 3:34

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