- Released: October 28, 1998
- Label: Earwig
Living Blues - 1-2/99, p.76
"...a patriarch of Chicago blues piano, Sunnyland headed his own Airway Records during the 1970s and early '80s while serving as mentor to several...up-and-coming female belters....This set surveys that period...[featuring] Sunnyland's wall-rattling vocals..."
- 1.She's Got a Thing Goin' On
- 2.Sad and Evil Woman
- 3.Long Tall Daddy
- 4.Rockin' My Blues Away
- 5.Bus Station Blues
- 6.Tryin' to Make a Living
- 7.See My Lawyer
- 8.Darling, Yes, I Love You
- 9.Feel Like Stroking
- 10.Goin' Down Slow
- 11.Big Time Operator
- 12.Done You Wrong
- 13.She Got That Jive
- 14.Black Cat Cross My Trail
Personnel includes: Sunnyland Slim (vocals, piano); Floyd Jones (vocals, bass); Kansas City Red (vocals, drums); Big Time Sarah Streeter, Zora Young (vocals); Eddie Taylor, Byther Smith (guitar, background vocals); Eddie Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Magic Slim, Lurrie Bell, Honeyboy Edwards (guitar); Alan Hightman (slide guitar); Mack Simmons, Mark Brumbach (harmonica); Sam Burckhardt (saxophone); Beau Bailey (trombone); Nick Holt, John Riley, Tom Patterson, Odell Campbell, Bob Stroger (bass); Mickey Martin, Hasson Miah, Fred Grady, Willie Williams, Sam Lay (drums); Bonnie Lee (background vocals).
Reissue producer: Michael Robert Frank.
Recorded between 1974 and 1979.
Digitally remastered by Blaise Barton.
Personnel: Sunnyland Slim (vocals, piano); Zora Young (vocals); Byther Smith (guitar, background vocals); David Honeyboy Edwards, Eddie Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Lurrie Bell, Magic Slim (guitar); Alan Hightman (slide guitar); Mark Brumbach, Mack Simmons (harmonica); Sam Burckhardt (saxophone); Hasson Miah, Mickey Martin, Fred Grady, Sam Lay, Willie Williams (drums); Bonnie Lee (background vocals).
Recording information: 12/??/1971-01/07/1983.
Editor: Blaise Barton.
Photographers: Peter Amft; John Anthony Brisbin; James Fraher; James Barnett; Zora Young.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eddie Taylor; Hubert Sumlin; Bob Stoger; Zora Young; Big Time Sarah; Bonnie Lee; Byther Smith.
Pianist/singer Sunnyland Slim (1909-1995) was a major force in Chicago blues for over 50 years. A professional by the late '20s, he was based in Memphis for a time before moving to Chicago in 1939. A powerful pianist and an expressive singer, he recorded for many labels through the years, having his own company (Airway Records) in the 1970s. She Got a Thing Goin' On reissues the best selections from those dates. In addition to numbers that showcase Slim's vocals, he is heard backing singers Zora Young, Bonnie Lee, and Big Time Sarah, all of whom sound inspired by his presence. Teamed with top-notch musicians, the pianist plays with the energy of someone half his age. In addition, there are two selections from a 1979 date with Kansas City Red and Honeyboy Edwards that was released on this CD for the first time. Highly recommended as a fine retrospective from the later years of Sunnyland Slim. ~ Scott Yanow