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Jimmy Reed - Big Boss Man / I'm A Love You FLAC album

Performer: Jimmy Reed
Genre: Blues
Title: Big Boss Man / I'm A Love You
Country: US
Released: 1960
Style: Electric Blues
FLAC version ZIP size: 1896 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1645 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1406 mb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 339

Mathis James Reed (September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976) was an American blues musician and songwriter. His particular style of electric blues was popular with blues as well as non-blues audiences. Reed's songs such as "Honest I Do" (1957), "Baby What You Want Me to Do" (1960), "Big Boss Man" (1961), and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1961) appeared on both Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues and Hot 100 singles charts.

Big Boss Man" is a blues song first recorded by Jimmy Reed in 1960. It was a hit for Reed and has been interpreted and recorded by a variety of artists, including Elvis Presley and . King, who had record chart successes with the song. Big Boss Man" is an uptempo twelve-bar blues shuffle that features "one of the most influential Reed grooves of all time"

Big Boss Man" was originally released on Jimmy Reed's 1960 album Found Love Elvis Presley renditions. On September 10, 1967, Elvis Presley recorded a version of "Big Boss Man". It was issued as a single the same month and reached number 38 on the pop chart. He performed the song as part of a medley during the Elvis 1968 Comeback Special, which also appears in the award winning mini-series Elvis. Big Boss Man", as with several Jimmy Reed songs, has appeal across popular music genres. A variety of artists have recorded the song, including: The Pretty Things as a B-side to their debut single "Rosalyn" (1964), Charlie Rich as the title track of his album Big Boss Man (1965) and also Boss Man (1970), Jerry Lee Lewis from his album.

As strongly identified with the original artist as the song may be, Jimmy Reed didn't write this, a collaboration between his producer, Al Smith and Vee-Jay Records staff writer Luther Dixon. Structurally, the song may just be an up-tempo blues, but the stomp-time shuffle rhythm became one of blues/R&B/rock & roll's most signature beats.

Watch the video for Big Boss Man from Jimmy Reed's Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 17: Bright Lights, Big City for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Reed was a major player in the field of electric blues. His distinctive voice, piercing harmonica and hypnotic guitar patterns were one of the blues' most easily identifiable sounds in the 1950s and 1960s, and had a significant impact on many rock and roll artists who followed, such as Elvis Presley, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and the Rolling Stones.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A Big Boss Man
Written-By – Smith*, Dixon*
B I'm A Love You
Written-By – J. Reed*

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A side): 60-1418
  • Matrix / Runout (Labele B side): 60-1712
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etched A side): 60 -1418
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etched B side): 60-1712
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamped both side): AudioMatrix Bell Jonne
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
VJ 800 Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man / I'm A Love You ‎(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records VJ 800 US 1961
GG 40 Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man / I'm A Love You ‎(7", RE) GRT GG 40 Canada Unknown
VJ 380 Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man / I'm A Love You ‎(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records VJ 380 US 1960
OL 75 Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man / I'm A Love You ‎(7", RE) Oldies 45 OL 75 US Unknown