Jimmy Reed

Is Back

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Jimmy Reed made a comeback in the mid-'70s before passing away, and was not the Jimmy Reed of his heyday. These cuts, featuring a lot of newly "written" material, sound like the old stuff but not as fresh or potent. In fact, listeners will easily be able to identify which of these "new" tunes closely resemble specific well-known hits. Still, it's Jimmy Reed, the sweet, simple, easygoing bluesman playing the relaxed and loping music he is instantly identified with. If anything, his voice is noticeably diminished and the harmonica is out of tune, on the sharp side. The short-shrift CD runs just a tad under 37 minutes, but those who love Reed will likely still want it.

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