Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD) - AudioSoundMusic

Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life (Hybrid SACD)

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Guitar, Vocals, Spurs– Jimmie Lee Robinson [click here to see more vinyl featuring Jimmie Lee Robinson]

Acoustic Guitar, Dobro – Jimmy D. Lane

Harmonica – Madison Slim

Written by M. Morganfield (1), Chester Burnett (2), Frank Edwards (3), Charles Brown (4), Eddie Williams (4), Johnny Moore (4), Jimmy Lee Robinson (5-6), Willie Dixon (7-8), Calvin  Carter (9), Ewart G. Abner (9), Jimmy Reed (9), J. Harrison (10), J.B. Lenoir (11), James A. Lane (12), Bob Thiele (13), George David Weiss (13), 


1 SACD, jewel box

Original analog Master tape : YES


Live studio

Label : APO Records

Original Label : APO Records

Recorded at Blue Heaven Studios on February 21-22, 1999

Engineered by Katsuhiko Naito

Produced by Chad Kassem and Jimmy D. Lane

Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering

Glass master made at Sonopress

Design and art direction by Julie Hess

Liner Notes by Jimmie Lee Robinson, Niles Frantz

Photography by Peter Damroth

Released in 2001


  1. Forty Days and Forty Nights
  2. I'll Be Around
  3. Love My Baby
  4. Driftin' Blues
  5. The Girls I Love
  6. All My Life
  7. I'm Ready
  8. Too Late
  9. The Sun Is Shining
  10. Easy Baby
  11. If I Get Lucky
  12. Ludella
  13. What A Wonderful World


    Reviews :

    "All My Life is a worthy tribute to the Chicago Maxwell Street tradition of rhythm and blues. It's a stand up front porch acoustic style that has Robinson's spurs jangling in time with the beat, his humming of the tune between lyrics and generally beguiling the listener with every bold and richly coloured improvisation...this superbly recorded Chicago blues just eats you up inside." Reuben Parry, Hi-Fi+, Issue 31, page 134

    "Robinson has a mellow, expressive voice which is eminently suited to his task. The arrangements are tasty and uncluttered. Robinson, Lane and Madison Slim put some serious feeling into these tunes, keeping the vibe lean and simple but hardly simplistic. Every track, from his originals to Muddy's "Forty Days and Forty Nights," Dixon's "Too Late" and Jimmy Rogers' "Ludella," is imbued with a warmth and sentiment that makes ...all my life a special experience for the listener. Maxwell Street may have been reduced to brick dust and splinters, but it lives on in the acoustic blues ethic that rules this album." Philip Van Vleck, Blues Access, Fall 2001

    "Jimmie Lee Robinson is one deadly serious man, more so than any of his peers. Unless you saw some other blues musician on the front page of the New York Times, refusing to eat for damn near three months in order to stop the destruction of Chicago's most prominent blues landmark: Maxwell Street...this disc is all about the back porch and the open field. Robinson may be from the street, may be willing to starve to save it, but it's not all he knows, and ...All My Life proves it without a doubt." Robert Fontenot, Blues Revue

    "Robinson has a mellow but strong voice that belies his 70 years; his guitar melds with Lane's perfectly, and Madison Slim's harmonica playing is muted to act as a foil to Robinson's vocal delivery...Born in 1931, Jimmie Lee Robinson was old enough to have played with many of the giants of the post-war Chicago blues scene. ...All My Life is his tribute to them and to the downhome roots of their music." John Barnie, Juke Blues, Issue No. 51

    "My first question was how are spurs used as an instrument? If you will notice there is no drummer listed on this album, what Jimmie Lee Robinson does is jangle the spurs on his boots in time as a percussion instrument, but not in every song. On some songs he does the traditional foot tapping, minus spurs, that blues and folk players do for percussion sounds when playing without a drummer. The spurs have a very unique sound and tone and makes his blues very much his own.

    However in "The Sun Is Shining" there is a real unnamed drummer with a nice cymbal crash at the end, I listened with headphones to confirm that it was indeed a real drum, and yes you can hear the sticks hitting the drum in rhythm. It is the only song with drums, percussion in the other songs are the above mentioned spurs and foot tapping.

    This is very enjoyable, traditional acoustic, front porch blues. Jimmie Lee Robinson has played with Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, Elmore James, and Jimmy Reed. The album begins with a haunting, slowed-down version of Muddy Waters' "Forty Days and Forty Nights" with eerie harmonica accompaniment by Madison Slim. What follows are a lot of Jimmie Lee originals, including the title track, which was once covered by John Mayall, where Jimmie Lee pleads with the woman of his dreams to return all the respect and love he's paid to her. That track is also a perfect showcase for the classic Jimmie Lee growling vocals and the spurs jangling from his boots as the only percussion. The album ends with a covers of a non-blues favorite with "What a Wonderful World".

    Jimmie Lee Robinson was born April 30, 1931 and passed away on the 6th of July 2002 in Chicago at age 71. His life journey and experience earned him the nickname The Lonely Traveler. The liner notes go into great detail on his life, not only his music but personal sacrifices he has made in the name of keeping blues alive and preserving its history. Another enjoyable APO album from the first to last moment in state-of-the-art highly enjoyable sonics.” Teresa Goodwin, Positive Feedback



    AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 4.71 / 5

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