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Shake 'Em on Down

  • 1. John Henry
    2. When My Baby Left Me
    3. Shake 'Em on Down
    4. Big Chief Blues
    5. Old Blue
    6. I'm Going to Brownsville
    7. Back on My Feet Again
    8. White Lightnin'
    9. Roberta
    10. St. Louis Blues
    11. Baby You Don't Want Me
    12. Done Changed My Mind
    13. Goin' to Kansas City
    14. Judge Boushay Blues
    15. Casey Jones
    16. This Time Tomorrow
    17. I Will Turn Your Money Green
    18. Frankie and Johnny
    19. Longing Blues
    20. Long Tall Gal Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FCD-24703-2

  • Credits

    Furry Lewis sings and plays guitar.

    Recorded April 3-4, 1961 and May, 1961. Tracks 1-10 originally release as BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN on Prestige/Bluesville (1036); tracks 11-20 originally released on DONE CHANGED MY MIND on Prestige/Bluesville (1037). Includes original release liner notes by Pete Welding.
    Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
    Personnel: Furry Lewis (vocals, guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.
    Recording information: 04/03/1961-05/??/1961.
    Photographers: Jim Marshall ; Samuel Charters.
    This 20-song single CD reissues Furry Lewis' first modern commercial recordings, done for two Prestige/Bluesville albums (Back on My Feet Again, Done Changed My Mind) in April and May of 1961 at Sun Studios in Memphis. Lewis is in brilliant form throughout, his fingers nearly as fast and his voice as rich as they were 30-odd years earlier. The disc includes the definitive version of "John Henry" (not just Lewis' definitive version -- the definitive version), one of the greatest vocal performances ever put on record and a guitar workout so dazzling that you'd swear more than one guy was playing. What's more, with the extended running time available on tape (Lewis' sessions in the 1920s having been captured on 78-rpm discs with limited running times), he really stretched out here and obviously loved doing it. The slight reverb in the studio also gives Lewis a larger-than-life stature on this recording. ~ Bruce Eder

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