Chicago Blues Nights
MCM 900.306 [LP] = Storyville STCD 8032 [CD]. Two tracks
Chicago 10 Nov. 1976. Released 1987?
Jimmy Dawkins: g,v. Richard Kirch: g. Sylvester Boines:
b. Tyrone Centuray, d.
- Welfare Line
- You don´t love me
These tracks appeared on a MCM-sampler in the eighties. They are recorded at
the same time and place as the album Come back, baby. Again, I´m amazed
at the bad judgement MCM had when they choose tracks for that Lp. These two
tracks on the sampler should have replaced a couple of the tracks. We should
be thankful that there now are six bonustracks from the Come back session, six
tracks which almost all are better than the tracks on the Lp!
- Welfare Line (9.19)
The tour-de-force on the sampler and in Jimmy´s entire career is Welfare
line. On Blisterstring Jimmy's guitar never gets going, the solo is muted
and in some ways a failure, but in my opinion that makes the song even stronger.
His voice on the other hand is gruff and ugly. He grunts the lyrics at times,
distorts his weak voice trying to reach beyond its limits. It´s kind
of a Dawkins mirror world, usually his guitar makes the ugly talking. On Hot
Wire 81 all the aggressivity and anger has disappeared both from the guitar
and voice. All that´s left is a sad hopelessnes. An equally strong performance
by Jimmy. How is this live version then? It has the typical Jimmy Dawkins
guitar as you can hear on I want to know and Come back baby, but the lyrics
are delivered softly which gives a different contrast both from Hot Wire and
Blisterstring. This song is a true master piece, one of Jimmy´s best
and most interesting songs ever. It´s even more interesting since Jimmy
has made these three different interpretations, concentrating on different
aspects of his artistic abilities.
- You don´t love me (4.25)
Jimmy Dawkins doesn´t really give this classic song anything new, but
there´s nothing wrong with the delivery. I ahve always liked this song,
and Jimmy´s version is solid.