I Am the Blues is the sixth studio Chicago blues album released in 1970 by the well-known bluesman Willie Dixon. The album features songs written by Dixon and originally performed by other artists for Chess Records. Four of the nine songs on I Am the Blues – "Back Door Man", "Spoonful", "I Ain't Superstitious", "The Little Red Rooster" – were originally performed by Howlin' Wolf
Back Door Man" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960. It was released in 1961 by Chess Records as the B-side to Wolf's "Wang Dang Doodle" (catalog no. 1777). The song is considered a classic of Chicago blues. In Southern culture, the phrase "back-door man" refers to a man having an affair with a married woman, using the back door as an exit before the husband comes home
I Am The Blues is a Chicago blues album released in 1970 by the well-known bluesman Willie Dixon. Personnel: Willie Dixon - vocals, bass Johnny Shines - guitar Walter "Shakey" Horton aka Big Walter Horton - harmonica Sunnyland Slim, Lafayette Leake - piano Clifton James - drums.
Chicago Bluesman Willie Dixon was perhaps best known for his songwriting. He wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs and his songs have been recorded by some of the best-known blues musicians of his era, including Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Long overdue, the album was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1986, whereas Willie Dixon was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
Meet Willie Dixon the blues guitarist at Guitar Control. Learn to plauy guitar by watching his famous albums. The choice of material on this album is exceptional and many Rock and Blues musicians have covered the arrangements on this album. Some of the standout cuts include Snatch it back and Hold it, Ships on the Ocean (Based on Willie Dixon’s Just to Be With you ), Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Chitlin Con Carne (Written by Jazz Blues guitarist Kenny Burrell), and the title track. This is a very interesting album sonically also because of Buddy Guy’s use of an organ amplifier for his guitar which gives the guitar a sort of watery effect
Willie Dixon was granted a Grammy Award in 1989 for his album Hidden Charms. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the early influences (pre-rock) category in 1994. It’s impossible to cover the incredible legacy of Willie Dixon in just one post.
|1||Back Door Man||6:13|
|2||I Can't Quit You, Baby||6:45|
|5||I Ain't Superstitious||4:08|
|6||You Shook Me||4:18|
|7||I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man||4:52|
|8||The Little Red Rooster||3:40|
|9||The Same Thing||4:42|
- Drums – Clifton James
- Guitar – Johnny Shines
- Harmonica – Walter "Shakey" Horton*
- Piano – Lafayette Leake, Sunnyland Slim
- Producer – Abner Spector
- Vocals, Bass – Willie Dixon
|CS 9987||Willie Dixon||I Am The Blues (LP, Album)||Columbia||CS 9987||US||1970|
|PC 9987||Willie Dixon||I Am The Blues (LP, Album, RE)||Columbia||PC 9987||US||2007|
|MOVLP493, CS 9987||Willie Dixon||I Am The Blues (LP, Album, RE, 180)||Music On Vinyl, Columbia||MOVLP493, CS 9987||Europe||2012|
|PC 9987||Willie Dixon||I Am The Blues (LP, Album, RE)||Columbia||PC 9987||US||Unknown|
|CK 53627||Willie Dixon||I Am The Blues (CD, Album, RE)||Columbia, Legacy||CK 53627||US||1993|