- Released: May 1, 1991
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Specialty
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.."
- 1.The Things That I Used To Do
- 2.Well I Done Got Over It
- 3.Story Of My Life
- 4.Letter To My Girlfriend (a.k.a. Prison Blues)
- 5.Trouble Don't Last
- 6.Later For You Baby
- 7.Bad Luck Blues
- 8.Twenty-Five Lies
- 9.Sufferin' Mind
- 10.Stand By Me
- 11.Guitar Slim
- 12.Our Only Child
- 13.Reap What You Sow (a.k.a. Bad Woman Blues)
- 14.I Want To Love-A You
- 15.Sufferin' Mind
- 16.I Want To Love-A You
- 17.Think It Over
- 19.You're Gonna Miss Me
- 20.I Got Sumpin' For You
- 21.Something To Remember You By
- 22.You Give Me Nothing But The Blues
- 23.Going Down Slow
- 24.Certainly All
- 25.Something To Remember You By
- 26.Certainly All
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.