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193 posts
Jan 22, 2021
8:40 AM
Hey all. I'm looking to buy a Kim WIlson album or two and i'm wondering what everyone's favourites are. It'll provide me with some woodshedding for the next year or so minimum. This is one of many videos that he blows me away with.
One of the greatest openings ever. The first 12 seconds took me like 30 minutes to figure out. His phrasing is killer. Thanks in advance.

Last Edited by kham on Jan 22, 2021 1:42 PM
1671 posts
Jan 22, 2021
9:39 AM
The live album he did w/ Jimmy Rogers stills holds up. Of course it´s more of a "Jimmy Rogers album" but that´s immaterial, IMO.
58 posts
Jan 22, 2021
11:22 AM
Smoking Joint... oh... not me LOL. But the album. It's the best he's done imo.
16 posts
Jan 22, 2021
1:19 PM
kham, that youtube link went to a Billy Boy Arnold "Key to the Highway" video for me.
194 posts
Jan 22, 2021
1:43 PM
Bluebird: Try it again. I edited it ot the right link.
195 posts
Jan 22, 2021
2:21 PM
Bluebird: Try it again. I edited it ot the right link.
6883 posts
Jan 22, 2021
5:25 PM
I think it’s hard to go wrong, Kham.
I have recently received Take Me Back, so playing that one a lot. I also enjoyed Blues and Boogie Volume 1.
There are great tracks on everything Kim does I think.
Smokin’ Joint is possibly the album which would come up tops on many lists.
Tigerman and That’s Life are available as a 2 for 1 package and that is definitely worth picking up imho.

There are lots of albums where Kim appears as a featured accompanist and many of those are pretty cool. Over the last few years Kim has done quite a bit of recording with Big Jon Atkinson on various sessions at Jon’s "Bigtone" studio. There’s one under Brad Wilson’s name called "No More Doggin’" (funny name in some parts of the world!) which has lots of Kim on it. I believe Brad is Kim’s brother. I haven’t played it for awhile and I think I might go give it a spin right now.
277 posts
Jan 23, 2021
6:36 AM
From a harmonica perspective and originality perspective my favorite Kim Wilson recording is "Lookin' For Trouble". There is a lot of great harp and focuses on original songs instead of covers.

That being said there are harmonica songs on "Tigerman" and "That's Life" that are worth the price of the whole record.

Smokin' Joint is pretty great too.
793 posts
Jan 23, 2021
7:19 AM
Memphis BBQ Sessions with Big Jack Johnson is a great one. Not a full band, more back porch kind of blues. Great stuff.

110 posts
Jan 23, 2021
8:26 AM
Hey Kham, 30 minutes to figure out 12 seconds is pretty damm good when it comes to KW. I worked on Got my Mojo Working from that Jimmy Rodgers live album for month's !
And never got close but it's great materiel for wood shedding. After reading some of these posts I'm going get a few more KW albums I've been listing to Blues & Boogie vol 1 & really think that's an all around great album.
196 posts
Jan 23, 2021
8:35 AM
Lou: The transcribe program and Carlos Del Junco's tutelage can help decrease the learning curve exponentially. To your point, Kim's playing is so nuanced and originally phrased that it is ridiculously hard to get by ear. I need to slow it right down to figure out the tricks of the trade. My god he's good!
1099 posts
Jan 23, 2021
3:21 PM
"Ludella" is the live Jimmy Rogers albumn referred to above, that KW produced and played on. It's great, as is Jimmy's final albumn, "Blues, Blues, Blues" also produced by KW, who also plays on many tracks.
6 posts
Jan 24, 2021
12:04 PM
I don't think you can go wrong with Tiger Man. Got some of everything that makes Kim's playing special.
344 posts
Jan 30, 2021
2:35 PM
Barrelhouse Chuck's Got My Eyes On You is one of the best examples of a modern band nailing the Chi-Town ensemble blues styles and Kim slays it on this one.
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