Eddie Boyd: Five Long Years

Track List

>Five Long Years
>Hello Stranger
>Where You Belong
>I'm Coming Home
>My Idea
>Big Question, The
>Come on Home
>Blue Monday Blues
>Eddie's Blues (Eddie South Blues)
>All the Way
>Twenty-Four Hours
>Rock the Rock
>Five Long Years - (alternate take)
>Big Question, The - (alternate take)
>Rosa Lee Swing - (bonus track)
>Hound Dog

Album Reviews:

Living Blues (1-2/95, p.95) - "...Boyd recorded one of the finest blues sessions to come out of a European studio....The sound is excellent, the material masterfully delivered, and the recording handled by people who knew what they were doing....Buy this one whether or not you have any of Boyd's other recordings."

Album Notes

Personnel: Eddie Boyd (piano, organ, vocals); Buddy Guy (guitar); Big Mama Thornton (vocals); Jimmy Lee Robinson (vocals, bass, guitar); Fred Below (drums).

Reissue producer: Jerry Gordon.

Recorded at Wessex Sound Studios, London, England on October 21, 1965; and in Hamburg, Germany on October 7, 1965. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.

All songs written by Eddie Boyd except "Rosa Lee" (Jimmy Lee Robinson) and "Hound Dog" (Leiber/Stoller).

Personnel: Eddie Boyd (vocals, piano, organ); Jimmie Lee Robinson (vocals, guitar); Big Mama Thornton (vocals); Buddy Guy (guitar); Fred Below (drums).

Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.

Recording information: Hamburg (10/07/1965/10/21/1965); Wessex Sound Studios, London, England (10/07/1965/10/21/1965).

Photographer: Stephanie Wiesand.

One of the first and best of Boyd's many overseas recordings, cut while he was in the midst of that auspicious 1965 American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe. While the caravan was ensconced in London, young producer Mike Vernon spirited Boyd and a rhythm section (guitarist Buddy Guy, bassist Jimmie Lee Robinson, and drummer Fred Below) off to the studio, where Boyd ran through some of his classics ("I'm Comin' Home," "24 Hours," the title track) and a few less familiar items while alternating between piano and organ. ~ Bill Dahl


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