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Chess Blues Box set, Compilation

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 2 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Compilation
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002OBW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Lollypop Mama - Clarence Samuels
2. Bilbo Is Dead - Andrew Tibbs
3. Johnson Machine Gun - Sunnyland Slim
4. Fly Right, Little Girl - Sunnyland Slim
5. Little Anna Mae - Muddy Waters
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Walkin' The Boogie (Alternate) - John Lee Hooker
2. Juke - Little Walter
3. Conjur Man - Memphis Minnie
4. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone - Muddy Waters
5. Broken Heart (Alternate) - Memphis Minnie
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Disc: 3
1. Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter
2. My Eyes (Keep Me In Trouble) - Muddy Waters
3. My Babe - Little Walter
4. You Got To Love Me - Billy Boy Arnold
5. Walking The Blues - Willie Dixon
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Disc: 4
1. First Time I Met The Blues - Buddy Guy
2. Too Poor - Detroit Jr.
3. Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson
4. The Shakedown - Lloyd Glenn
5. The Sun Is Shining (Alternate) - Elmore James
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Product Description

101 cuts from the most important post-WWII blues label, including 19 unreleased recordings and over two dozen singles making their album debuts (which means those with every Chess re-issue only own about half this set!). All the big names-Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker-are here, along with a 64-page book with track-by-track credits and rare pix. Superb.

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Format: Audio CD
This handsome boxset, complete with a large booklet, is a superb addition to your blues collection, even if you already have the best of the major Chess artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson II.
There are bound to be some tracks, especially by Waters and the Wolf, that overlap with what most blues lovers already own, but the "Chess Blues" compilers have done a very fine job assembling dozens of rarer tracks by artists like Robert Nighthawk, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Memphis Minnie McCoy, Lowell Fulson, Willie Mabon, Elmore James, Jimmy Oden and many others. And these high quality tracks, which make up the vast majority of the 101 cuts, make "Chess Blues" a very welcome supplement to the many available compilations featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs.
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Whatever the reason, one of America's truly original art forms--the blues--has been largely ignored by the average American. And that's a damn shame.
Where would rock 'n' roll be without the blues? Consider some of the songs on this box that were covered by rock artists: "Sweet Black Angel" and "The Red Rooster" (Rolling Stones), "Evil" and "Sitting on Top of the World" (Cream), "Smokestack Lightnin'" (Yardbirds), "Got My Mojo Workin'" (Manfred Mann), "Key to the Highway" (Derek & the Dominos), "Goin' Down Slow" (Allman Brothers), "Wang Dang Doodle" (Savoy Brown), "I'd Rather Go Blind" (Rod Stewart), "Killing Floor" (Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin--although Zep tried passing it off as their own composition "The Lemon Song). It's like Muddy Waters sang on the album Hard Again: "The Blues Had a Baby and Named It Rock and Roll." The impact of the blues--especially Chicago blues--on rock 'n' roll is incalculable.
If you love rock 'n' roll, I guarantee you'll love this set. And if you can afford only one blues collection, this is the one to own. ESSENTIAL
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If you're a new listener to post-War urban blues, or are unfamiliar with the Chess label and its subsidiaries, you must buy this box set. If, on the other hand, you're like me and your CD and LP collections contain scores of re-issues of individual artists who recorded for Chess, Checker, and the like...you must buy this box set. Do not fear over-duplication. This is no mere collection of the "best of" each artist included in the set, but is a true cross-section of styles and artists recorded during the incredibly important two decades after World War II by the Chess brothers. Major artists--Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, et al--are represented by several songs each, ranging from their earliest to their later recordings. Most impressive, though, is the breadth of artists, major and minor, and the quality of the song selection. From the gritty Robert Nighthawk to the urbane Lloyd Glenn to the soulful Etta James, the creators of this collection have managed to bring together some of the most interesting, moving, and important recordings of the post-War era. Put the discs into your player and you'll hear famous classics like Otis Rush's "So Many Roads, So Many Trains," as well as unnoticed gems like Willie Dixon's "Walking the Blues" (a little gimmicky, but a rare chance to hear some terrific unaccompanied riffs by Lafayette Leake). The quality of the music is almost matched by the very informative booklet, which contains some terrific photos. If you don't want to spend the money on a box set, get someone to buy it for you.
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By A Customer on May 15 2000
Format: Audio CD
Where would the music of today be without the music on this set? Every song is a classic. Phil and Leonard Chess had an ear for talent and it shows on this set. Not only do you get classics by Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf, there is also Etta James, Ko Ko Taylor, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, Robert Nighthawk, Willie Dixon (the MAN behind many of the Waters/Wolf classics) and many, many more. The booklet is fantastic and the sound quality is very good. Simply a set you can't do without.
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