Seminal sounds from the great Jimmy Reed – arguably one of the most important figures in the world of postwar music! Reed's recordings for Vee Jay are a cut above most of the work from his contemporaries – music that draws from the roots of rural blues, refocuses the energy with a hip urban vibe, and helps lay the groundwork for decades of rock, soul, and funk music to come! There's a pure distillation of genius in these records – a quality
that makes these tracks as important to electric blues as Robert Johnson's work was to acoustic material – not just in the vocals, but also in the guitar work and way the rhythms come together – often with such spareness you might miss their impact the first time around! The set does a great job of bringing together every single that Jimmy recorded for the Vee Jay label – along with notes that follow the progression of the music and recordings, too – over the course of 88 tracks that include "I Don't Go For That", "Pretty Thing", "Big Boss Man", "High & Lonesome", "Roll & Rhumba", "Jimmy's Boogie", "Wee Wee Baby Blues", "Going To New York", "Go On To School", "Let's Get Together", "Oh John", "I'll Change My Style", "Take Out Some Insurance", "I'm Going Upside Your Head", "The Devil's Shoestring", "Too Much", "Let's Get Together", "When Girls Do It", "Bright Lights Big City", "Ends & Odds", and "Signals Of Love".