I live in Chicago, and the blues scene here (the best in the world) has taken a huge hit since the mid-'90s--so many of the crucial artists have passed away, from Albert King to Junior Wells to, most recently, Koko Taylor (countless less-widely-known stars have left us too early, too). That's what makes this all-star outing so amazing. Billy Boy Arnold has been writing classics like "I Wish You Would" and recording since the early '50s; Lurrie Bell is one of the most goosebump-inducing artists you will ever hear; Billy Branch has been one of THE harmonica men (and bandleaders) to go see for decades now; and John Primer took all he absorbed from his boss Muddy Waters (not to mention Magic Slim and Willie Dixon) and currently possesses one of the most soul-stirring blues voices in the world (killer guitar tone, too).
You can find other reviews at allmusic.com, etc., but this double-disc set takes you from the early '40s onward as you hear their deeply felt tributes to Sonny Boy, Tampa Red, Broonzy, Big Maceo, Muddy, Jimmy Reed, Cotton, Junior, Buddy...the performances are amazing and the set has tons of notes and pix in the big booklet. I don't see how this won't take home every blues award out there. I just hope this once-in-a-generation band stays together and plays some U.S. dates (they're going to Europe for the summer, I've read).