FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
CRAFT RECORDINGS TO RELEASE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF LEGENDARY BLUES MUSICIAN JIMMY REED'S SIDES FOR THE VEE-JAY LABEL
 
MR. LUCK: THE COMPLETE VEE-JAY SINGLES DUE OUT JULY 21st



 
Los Angeles, CA -  Craft Recordings is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles, celebrating the defining body of work of one of the most influential and popular blues musicians of the 20th century, Jimmy Reed. Due out July 21st, the 3-CD collection spans Reed's most prolific period - from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s, and includes not only his biggest hits - all remastered in their original mono format - but also several rarities from newly discovered master tapes that have never been released digitally . An annotated discography, plus detailed session notes and liner notes have been meticulously compiled by the album's GRAMMY┬« award-winning producer, Scott Billington, who, as a music historian and blues musician, offers deep insight into Reed's artistic process.
 
Jimmy Reed's lazy drawl, paired with his unique harmonica stylings, and highly-accessible lyrical hooks are part of the bedrock of American roots music. Yet the musician's story is also that of an unlikely hero. Born to Mississippi sharecroppers in the 1920s, Reed moved north to Chicago in search of work, and, despite suffering from epilepsy, slowly transformed himself from a street musician to one of the most popular blues artists in America, crossing over to the pop charts with songs like "Big Boss Man" and "Baby What You Want Me to Do."
 
With his simple, yet effective songs, the self-taught musician influenced hundreds of artists on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the years, a wide range of acts have covered Reed's compositions, including The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Sly and the Family Stone, Etta James and Elvis Presley. In his notes, Billington muses "Of all the blues musicians who began recording in Chicago in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Jimmy Reed might have seemed least likely to succeed ... Yet, until B. B. King's run of best-selling records in the late 1960s, no post-war blues artist sold more records or showed up as often on the Billboard R&B and pop charts. Jimmy Reed's music was approachable and, at least on the surface, easy for other musicians to play."
 
Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles will be available on CD, as well as across all digital retailers and streaming sites. A complete track listing is below:
 
Disc One
  1. 1.       High and Lonesome introduction
  2. 2.       High and Lonesome
  3. 3.       Roll and Rhumba
  4. 4.       Jimmy's Boogie
  5. 5.       Found My Baby Gone
  6. 6.       You Don't Have to Go introduction
  7. 7.       You Don't Have to Go
  8. 8.       Boogie In the Dark
  9. 9.       I'm Gonna Ruin You
  10. 10.    Pretty Thing
  11. 11.    She Don't Want Me No More
  12. 12.    I Don't Go For That
  13. 13.    Ain't That Lovin' You Baby introduction
  14. 14.    Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
  15. 15.    Baby, Don't Say That No More
  16. 16.    Can't Stand to See You Go
  17. 17.    Rockin' With Reed
  18. 18.    My First Plea
  19. 19.    I Love You Baby
  20. 20.    You Got Me Dizzy introduction
  21. 21.    You Got Me Dizzy
  22. 22.    Honey Don't Let Me Go
  23. 23.    Little Rain
  24. 24.    Honey Where You Going
  25. 25.    The Sun Is Shining
  26. 26.    Baby What's On Your Mind
  27. 27.    Honest I Do introduction
  28. 28.    Honest I Do
  29. 29.    Signals of Love
  30. 30.    You're Something Else
  31. 31.    A String To Your Heart
 
Disc 2
  1. 1.       Go On to School
  2. 2.       You Got Me Crying
  3. 3.       I Know It's a Sin
  4. 4.       Down In Virginia
  5. 5.       I'm Gonna Get My Baby
  6. 6.       Odds and Ends
  7. 7.       I Told You Baby
  8. 8.       Ends and Odds
  9. 9.       Take Out Some Insurance
  10. 10.    You Know I Love You
  11. 11.    Going to New York introduction
  12. 12.    Going to New York
  13. 13.    I Wanna Be Loved
  14. 14.    Baby What You Want Me To Do introduction
  15. 15.    Baby What You Want Me To Do
  16. 16.    Caress Me Baby
  17. 17.    Found Love
  18. 18.    Where Can You Be
  19. 19.    Hush Hush
  20. 20.    Going By the River, Part 2
  21. 21.    Close Together
  22. 22.    Laughing at the Blues
  23. 23.    Big Boss Man introduction
  24. 24.    Big Boss Man
  25. 25.    I'm A Love You
  26. 26.    Bright Lights, Big City
  27. 27.    Bright Lights, Big City
  28. 28.    I'm Mr. Luck
  29. 29.    Aw Shucks Hush Your Mouth
  30. 30.    Baby, What's Wrong
 
Disc 3
  1. 1.       Good Lover
  2. 2.       Tell Me That You Love Me
  3. 3.       I'll Change My Style
  4. 4.       Too  Much
  5. 5.       Let's Get Together
  6. 6.       Oh John
  7. 7.       Shame Shame Shame introduction
  8. 8.       Shame Shame Shame
  9. 9.       There'll Be a Day
  10. 10.    Mary, Mary
  11. 11.    I'm Gonna Help You
  12. 12.    (I'm Gonna Move) to the Outskirts of Town
  13. 13.    St. Louis Blues
  14. 14.    See See Rider
  15. 15.    Wee Wee Baby Blues
  16. 16.    Help Yourself
  17. 17.    Heading For a Fall (Things Ain't What They Used To Be)
  18. 18.    Down in Mississippi
  19. 19.    I'm Going Upside Your Head introduction
  20. 20.    I'm Going Upside Your Head
  21. 21.    The Devil's Shoestring
  22. 22.    I Wanna Be Loved
  23. 23.    A New Leaf
  24. 24.    Left Handed Woman
  25. 25.    I'm The Man Down There
  26. 26.    When Girls Do It
  27. 27.    Don't You Think I'm Through
 
 
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