August 27th, 1978 was 'Jimmy Reed Day' in the RCA Studios in Los Angeles.
Four 'My First Plea' versions have been circulating, as far as I know. I found two 'new' versions, when I compared my old tapes with uploads like rskinnos box 12 (posted here on iorr) and some older cd's, like 'one night with tallahasse lassie'.
The following infos of the 4 known tracks are taken from Nico's 'Complete Works' website.
- Jimmy Reed Jam -instrumental blues jam
- My First Plea I (Jimmy Reed) -take 13, 4.14
- My First Plea II (Jimmy Reed) -take 15, 4.53
- My First Plea III (Jimmy Reed) -take 32, 5.33 (All versions i know, are 5.20)
- My First Plea IV (Jimmy Reed) -take 33, 3.51
The new versions are close to number I and II, KR vocals and the length of both tracks are absolutely identical, but the piano parts are diffrent. The quality is as good as a tape can be, imo. I really don't know, which take numbers are correct, but I think I'm close to reality with my following thoughts:
My First Plea #1 [Blue Tape Transfer]
This version is very close to #2, but has no piano at the very first seconds, the regular piano part starts later, from 0:52 onwards. I think it's a take pre to number 13.
My First Plea #2 [ONWTHL]
This version is take 13, known as 'My First Plea I' with piano in the very first seconds, the regular piano starts earlier than on #1, continously from 0.21 onwards.
My First Plea #3 [Blue Tape Transfer]
This version is very close to #4, but has no 'honky tonk' piano part from 1.51 to 2.10. It might be take 14.
My First Plea #4 [ONWTHL]
This version is take 15, known as 'My First Plea II' and has a 'honky tonk' piano part from 1.51 to 2.10
My First Plea #5 [ONWTHL]
This version is take 32, known as 'My First Plea III'
My First Plea #6 [BOX 12, dehissed]
This version is take 33, known as 'My First Plea IV'
Jimmy Reed Jam #7 (instrumental) [ONWTHL]
This jam might have been the inspiration to do all the other versions of 'My First Plea'. I fixed three dropouts.
Enjoy 7 Jimmy Reed tracks from a very special day in 1978. I know, some of you still love silvers, so I made some art for this set.
No repost, feel free to put it in the vault.