Down Beat - 1/92, p.364.5 Stars
- Very Good/Excellent "...Slim serves up spiky, quick-fire licks that elevated him to the front of the pack in the mid-50's R&B band movement.."
Personnel: Guitar Slim (guitar); Gus Fontenette (alto saxophone); Charles Burbank, Oett "Sax" Mallard (tenor saxophone); Clarence Ford (baritone saxophone); Roosevelt Paul Brown, Frank Mitchell (trumpet); John Gerard, Ray Charles, Lawrence Eddie Cotton (piano); Oscar Moore (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Jerry Wexler.
Recording information: J&M Studio, New Orleans, LA; Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Universal Recording Corp., Chicago, IL.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Georgia Gillfillan; Billy Vera.
Arranger: Ray Charles.
Probably the most essential of the many Guitar Slim anthologies available, 1991's SUFFERIN' MIND collects Eddie Jones' classic 1953-'55 recordings for the New Orleans-based Specialty Records label. This 26-track collection, which features a number of unreleased tracks and alternate takes, is also of interest to rhythm and blues fans because Slim's musical director/piano player at this time was Ray Charles. It's all Slim's show, though; the flamboyant guitarist and singer-who would often perform with a 100-foot lead on his guitar, walking on tables and out into the club's parking lot during an extended solo-is in complete control throughout. The classic single "Things I Used to Do" leads off the set, with tunes like "Sufferin' Mind," "Story of My Life" and the winning braggadocio of "Guitar Slim" also among the highlights.