I want to
know. MCM 900.290 [LP]=Storyville STCD 8048 [CD]. 1975.
Jimmy Dawkins, vcl, gtr; Jimmy
Johnson, gtr; Sylvester Boines, bs; Tyrone Smith [=Centuray?], dms; Andrew
"Big Voice" Odom, vcl-1
- I want to know (8.58)
- Rock me baby (5.00)
- I wonder why (4.39)
- Cold sweet blues (7.10)
- Driving wheel (5.30)
- Will my baby be home tonight (5.38)
- The way she walks (CD)
- I have been mistreated(CD)
- Are you ready -1 (CD)
- Watermelon man unissued
- For your precious love unissued
- Things I used to do unissued
- Instrumental unissued
- Same old blues unissued
- Instrumental unissued
- Everything gonna be alright unissued
View the CD-cover at Rock´s
Jimmy Dawkins was among the first who Marcelle Morgantini recorded during her
Chicago visits. Jimmy´s band at this time, featuring Jimmy Johnson on guitar,
Sylvester Boines on base and Tyrone Smith (prob. Centuray) oin drums, was the
toughest and meanest and funkiest bluesband at the time. In fact, these musicians
backed several other artists on Marcelle´s recordings. Listen too Hip Linkchain´s
album (reissued on Storyville) where Tyrone Centuray plays old time Chicago
blues with an amazing intensity and force. With Jimmy Dawkins the music seldom
was the old time blues, Jimmy excelled in funky workouts and blue minor key
masterpieces. This album was recorded October 16th 1975 at Ma Bea´s and
it´s better than the other MCM album Jimmy recorded one year later, mostly
because Jimmy and the band works together and because the music is more varied.
But, I wouldn´t want to be without the almost bizarre guitar tone in "Come
back, baby". On Come back baby, the cd bonus tracks turned the lp into
a whole new album. The extra tracks on I want to know doesn´t add anything
- I want to know (8,58)
I love the the opening to this song. Jimmy plays heavy distorted chords and
Jimmy Johnson and the band sneaks in as Jimmy´s guitar gets more and
more dramatic. I think the band is better here than on the highly acclaimed
Otis Rush Japan live. I want to know is one of Jimmy´s very best
songs, kind of a seventies version of That´s alright. Jimmy´s
voice is sensitive and more as on Fast Fingers than on Blisterstring.
The guitar is not as experimental yet as it would be on Blisterstring,
but I love love love when the guitar wails out comments to the lyrics. And
the fat chords Jimmy throws in at times! I want to know is nothing
but the blues. I couldn´t think of a better song to listen at when the
fall starts to creep in to your living room. /LI>
- Rock me baby (5,00)
After the lesson in blues Jimmy gave in I want to know he continues
with this deep in the mud version of Rock me. The tempo is slow and
Sylvester Boines and Jimmy Johnson lays a solid foundation to Jimmy´s
growls and whining guitar. Jimmy really is in great shape this evening.
- I wonder why (4,39)
The first two songs on the albums is also the best songs. On this standard
Jimmy and the band have nothing new to give. It´s in no way a bad performance,
but after the first steaming 14 minutes this feels like a filler, a time to
let the audience rest from the blues. Jimmy Johnson and Tyrone Centuray swings
hard though and Jimmy´s guitar sings.
- Cold sweet blues (7,10)
The b-side on the LP kicks of with a long funky workout. James Browns contribution
to the canon of black music can´t be overestimated. The song is 7,10
and that´s atleast 4 minutes too much...
- Driving wheel (5,30)
After the looong intro track Jimmy steps in to blues country. A standard blues
where nothing sticks in your mind, not even the guitar is overwhelming.
- Will my baby be home tonight (5,38)
The Lp ends in style with the other two songs on the b-side - a solid song
but nothing special and if you compare Dawkins´ version with Otis Rush,
the song is almost mediocre. Otis plays the intro with a fluent elegancy Jimmy´s
not even close to achieve.
- Way she walks (4.28)
"Way she walks" is "It serves me right to suffer" and
compared with the versions on Fast Fingers and on Jimmy Dawkins - Big Voice
Odom, it is lame.
- I´ve been mistreated (7.30)
An inspired slow blues with a long and exciting guitar intro. You can though
find another and better version on Fast Fingers.
- Are you ready (11.33)
On Blisterstring I really liked this song, I still like it here. Eleven minutes
could have killed me if I had been at a Chicago club in 1975, on the stereo
in 2003 it´s harder to work up a interest through the entire song. After
five minutes Jimmy thanks the band and other MCM artists and then dives into
the beat again. After eight minutes Big Voice Odom enters the stage and wails
a couple of minutes. He works real hard! If you saw or have heard any live
recordings from Dawkins and Odoms tour in 1974 you know how it sounds. Then
Jimmy takes the song and home and I realise I´not going to listen to
this song again in a very long time.