A few days later, I thought I’d add this, I agree 100%
The great Memphis musician, producer, and philosopher James Luther “Jim” Dickinson gave up the ghost last August, you can read my post and watch some video on him here with an addendum here. The links on those posts however are dead. You can find his classic 1971 LP Dixie Fried at the Twilight Zone blog (as well as some of his field recordings done around Memphis, search TZ for Delta Experimental Projects Vol. 1 and 2). One of the two LP’s by
Mudboy & the Nuetrons’– Negro Streets At Dawn
(their second) can be found here
After a thirty year hiatus, Dickinson began recording solo albums again in 2002 with Free Beer Tomorrow (Artemis) and released three more LP’s in quick succession– Jungle Jim & the Voodoo Tiger (Memphis Int’l, 2006), Killers From Space (Memphis Int’l, 2007) and the posthumous Dinosaurs Run In Circles (Memphis Int’l, 2009). Those you can buy, you cheap fuck. I did. Here are some rare sides, all of them personal favorites which I’m reposting because they should be heard. Thanks to his son Luther of the North Mississippi All-Stars and the South Memphis String Band for the version of Rumble, the 45 of which I’m still looking for.
Here’s some sounds:
*New Beale Street Sheiks- You’ll Do It All The Time
(Southtown, 1964, his first single)
*Flash & the Memphis Casuals- Uptight Tonight
(Block, 1966, written by Dickinson who also plays guitar on it).
*JD & the Hoods- Rumble
(Barbarian, 1980, see my second posting on J.D. and the comments section for the story on this one)
*The Johnny Burnette Rock’n’Roll Trio- Rooster Blues, Ubangi Stomp
(Rockabilly, 1981, Paul Burlison and Johnny Black put the Trio back together without the late Burnette brothers to make an album with guest vocalists like Charlie Feathers and Malcom Yelvington, J.D. sings and plays piano on these two cuts).
*Jim Dickinson & the Cramps- Red Headed Woman
(Big Beat, recorded 1977, released 1981, at Sun Studio while the Cramps were recording the tracks for the Gravest Hits EP).
I have pretty much written what I have to say about him in the earlier postings, but let me reiterate, we’ll never see another one like Jim Dickinson, he is one of immortals.