Memphis Slim – The Come Back
Delmark DE 762 (2002) – United Series
featuring Matt “Guitar” Murphy
Memphis Slim’s United recordings deserve special acknowledgment because, to put it bluntly, they’re his best. Memphis Slim U.S.A. (Delmark 710) presented the last two of his four United sessions and now The Come Back brings to listeners the complete first two sessions — plus two auditions. There’s much to savor here that’s new including eleven previously unissued tracks, containing two real revelations: super-guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy’s first recorded vocal “Cool Down Baby”, featuring a jaw-dropping guitar intro and the initial 1952 version of “The Come Back” as a straight slow blues lacking the stop time arrangement. Piano blues at its best!