Jimmy Reed

Big Boss Man/Down in Virginia

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Two of Reed's later BluesWay albums on one disc. Reed was in pretty sad shape by this time in his life and the monotonous approach to these songs (tunes constantly fade in and out as if only this much of the performance was salvageable) gives these recordings a real assembly line quality that's most unsettling. Stick with his original Vee-Jay recordings for the best the man has to offer and pass this paint-by-numbers junk by.

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