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James Luther Dickinson/Jim Dickinson: Dixie Fried

Track List

>Strength of Love, The
>John Brown
>Dixie Fried
>Judgement, The
>O How She Dances
>Wild Bill Jones
>Casey Jones (On the Road Again)
>If I Had My Way - (previously unreleased)
>Lady From Baltimore, The - (previously unreleased)
>Clap Your Hands - (previously unreleased)
>Old Time Used to Be (Christmas Tree) - (previously unreleased)
>Relax Your Mind - (previously unreleased)
>Mama Tried - (previously unreleased)
>Sanctified - (previously unreleased)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.96) - "...[Dickinson] leads a riot of crazed guitars, snake charmer clarinet and his own rib-joint piano through hymns of agony and ecstacy..."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/01/04, p.54) - Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "Part blues, part country, DIXIE FRIED presents and unapologetic white-boy vision of the south."

Uncut (magazine) - "There's some kind of manic juju in the air through this set of songs -- it's hard to put your finger on it exactly, but it has the same reckless, careening energy of later, more sainted Dickinson productions like Chilton's 1979 solo set, LIKE FLIES ON SHERBERT."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Jim Dickinson, Dr. John, Charlie Freeman.

Personnel: James Luther Dickinson (vocals, guitar, piano); Mac Rebennack (guitar, piano); Gimmer Nicholson, Lee Baker, Mike Ladd, Sid Selvidge, Charlie Freeman, Teddy Paige (guitar); Jeff Newman (steel guitar); Jack Pennington (fiddle); Charlie Lawing (saxophone); Albhy Galuten (piano); Ken Woodley, Mike Utley (organ); Terry Manning (synthesizer); Tarp Tarrant, Sammy Creason (drums); Jim Crosthwait (percussion); Jeannie Green, Mary Unobsky, Ginger Holiday, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, Brenda Patterson (background vocals).

Audio Remasterer: Dave Cooley.

Liner Note Author: Alec Palao.

Recording information: Ardent Recordings, Memphis, Tennessee (11/1970-01/1971); Criteria Studios, Miami Beach, Florida (11/1970-01/1971); Sun Recordings, Memphis, Tennessee (11/1970-01/1971).

Photographer: Mary Lindsay Dickinson.

Though Jim Dickinson would eventually become a legendary producer, his first solo album, DIXIE FRIED, was made when he was still mostly a session pianist. A cult classic, the 1972 release features the work of the Dixie Flyers, the musicians Dickinson had been working with on his sessions for Atlantic, and is full of the quirky, swampy vibes that helped make Dickinson a successful producer. It's a left-field amalgam of country, blues, soul, and rock that finds him mostly interpreting other people's material, including that of folk/country singer/songwriters Paul Siebel ("Louise") and Bob Frank ("Wild Bill Jones"), and giving everything he touches a greasy, groovy, Memphis feel that functions like an indelible sonic fingerprint.


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