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Chicago Blues: A Living History [Best of]

Bell , Primer , Branch , Arnold Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. My Little Machine
2. She's Love Crazy
3. Night Watchman Blues
4. Chicago Breakdown
5. Feel Like Going Home
6. I Believe
7. Moanin' At Midnight
8. Three O'clock Blues
9. Memphis Slim USA
10. Hate To See You Go
Disc: 2
1. Sugar Sweet
2. Can't Stand To See You Go
3. I Wish You Would
4. Your Imagination
5. My Love Will Never Die
6. Hoodoo Man Blues
7. Hooking It
8. Out Of Bad Luck
9. One More Mile
10. The Healer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Blues: A Living History May 21 2010
By Norm
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a essential 2-cd set that belongs in any rookie or veteran blues collection. This cd fully lives up to its title and is highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothin' else like this out there June 23 2009
By B. Berkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!!! May 13 2010
By AJ Love - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing release by some of the greatest Blues artists alive. Fantastic production, detailed liner notes and most importantly incredible Chicago Blues performances captured in the studio. Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, and Billy Branch are all in fine form displaying why they are at the top of the Mountain of the Blues right now, but also the performances by the other musicians involved (Billy Flynn, Kenny Smith, Felton Crews, Matthew Skoller, Johnny Iguana) display why they are considered some of the best on their respective instruments, as well

This is the real deal Chicago Blues right here. Hopefully there will be a DVD release of some of their concerts
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal Aug. 27 2009
By almost slim - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes when you think back to Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed etc we do wonder who can carry the blues forward whilst still being firmly anchored in the old tried and tested traditions. The answer in Chicago at least is the bluesmen on this CD. They create a modern sound whilst shedding none of the authenticity of the blues forty or fifty years ago. In a word they sound great. This album should be a classic. Further, the blues is foremost a live music and having seen Billy Branch, John Primer, Carlos Johnson and Lurrie Bell I can tell you they are even better live. If you like blues and especially Chicago blues this CD is a must have and make sure you catch them live.
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BLUES LIVES ON Aug. 12 2013
By John Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
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This generation of blues artists has learnt it's lessons well from the old masters. Artists like John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Lurrie Bell and Billy Branch have perfected their art over the years and this volume, the first of 2, shows how talented these performers are.
A document that demonstrates that the blues is alive and well with these fine musicians continuing the tradition.

John Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff Feb. 28 2013
By 50's Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These interpretation packages are not always authentic sounding, but these are great, from the soul, renditions of some cool songs, with excellent audio quality (clean mixes and not overly compressed). This is probably how it would sound if the original artists had recorded these songs for the first time in 2009.
I'm not sure why they put this on 2 discs, either, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that they wanted to make it a bigger container to include more pictures or otherwise make it more presentable.
It seems that every time I do some searches on blues (or rock, country and R&B) artists, way too many of them seemed to have passed way too young. Maybe it is the hard-driving lifestyle, or the circumstances they had to grow up and/or live in, but it is a real shame, because they give brightness to what could otherwise be a mundane existence for all of us.
Enjoy these efforts by some survivors, and be thankful that they are still here and playing for us.
If this CD doesn't make your fingers and feet tap, and make you want to crank up the volume, then "Jack, you're dead".
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