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Various Artists Collections - Post War Chicago Blues 

A Tribute To Magic Sam -> Chicago Blue Nights

VARIOUS Evidence 26086 A Tribute To Magic Sam ● CD $15.98
Includes 4 tracks by J.W. Williams & The Chi_town Hustlers with guests Billy Branch & Kikuta, 4 tracks by Magic Slim & The Teardrops and 5 by Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang with special guest Mighty Joe Young.

VARIOUS Wolf 120.298 Abco Records Chicago Blues Recordings ● CD $14.98
FREDDIE HALL AND THE ACES: Can't This Be Mine/ Playin' Hard To Get/ HERBY JOE: Dreamed (last Night)/ Smokestack Lightning/ LOUIS MYERS & THE ACES: Bluesy/ Just Whaling/ MORRIS PEJOE: Maybe Blues/ Screaming And Crying/ THE RIPCHORDS: I Love You The Most/ Let's Do The Razzle Dazzle./ ZONA SAGO'S MODERN SOUNDS: Jivin's At Random/ Short Order/ ARBEE STIDHAM: I'll Alway Remenber You/ Meet Me Half Away/ Please Let It Be Me/ When I Find My Baby

VARIOUS Alligator 105/6 Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection ● CD $13.98

VARIOUS Alligator 107/8 Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour ● CD $13.98
2 CDs, 20 tracks, 104 min., recommended. Where the Chicago Blues Label's recent 20th anniversary album collected historical tracks from throughout its life, this follow-up is a live album by five Alligator acts (plus a 10- minute jam at the end on Sweet Home Chicago), recorded at concerts in Chicago and Philadelphia in 1992. From veterans such as Koko Taylor (with full band) and Katie Webster (great with just her singing and rompin', stompin' piano playing), to newcomers Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, the performances are mostly hard-hitting, and high energy. Elvin Bishop and Lonnie Brooks fill out the album, and all team up at the end. (LK)

VARIOUS Alligator CD 110/111 Alligator Records 25th Anniversary Collection ● CD $13.98
2 CD set featuring 38 sides from the Alligator vaults - five previously unissued. Includes tracks from Son Seals, William Clarke, C.J. Chenier, Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang, Long John Hunter, Billy Boy Arnold, Professor Longhair, Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Katie Webster, Lucky Peterson, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Sonny Boy Williamson, Fenton Robinson and many more.

VARIOUS Vanguard VCD 1/2 Best Of The Chicago Blues ● CD $15.98

VARIOUS Delmark 699 Blues Before Sunrise, Live - Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
Live concert from October, 1996 as a benefit to help support the long running radio show hosted by Steve Cushing - Big Wheeler, John Brim, Billy Boy Arnold & Jimmy Burns.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Castle Pulse PBX 403 Blues - Chicago Style ● CD $22.98
Inexpensive four CD set featuring recordings of Chicago blues made for the English JSP label in the 70s, 80s and 90s including a few that have not been on CD before. The first CD focuses on guitarists (Byther Smith, Buddy Guy, Lefty Dizz, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Lurrie Bell, etc), the second one features harp men (Carey Bell, J.T. Burks, Easy Baby, Mojo Buford, etc), the third is Chicago bluesmen recorded in England (Lucky Lopez Evans, Left Hand Frank, Johnny Mars {Chicago?}, etc) and the final disc features Chicago blues in the 50s style (Joe Carter, Johnny Littlejohn, Jimmy Rogers, etc.). It's not all good but it has enough good stuff to make it a real bargain.

VARIOUS Alligator 9301 Blues Deluxe - Recorded Live At Chicago Fest 1980 ● CD $8.98
Live 1980 performances by Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Lonnie Brooks, Son Seals and Mighty Joe Young.

VARIOUS Rhino 71122 Blues Masters, Vol. 2 - Postwar Chicago Blues ● CD $15.98
This disc covers the period 1950 through 1960 and includes a great cross section of classic Chicago blues. Notes by the extremely knowledgeable Dick Shurman.
BABY FACE LEROY TRIO: Rollin' & Tumblin' Part 1/ EDDIE BOYD: Five Long Years/ BO DIDDLEY: I'm A Man/ BUDDY GUY: First Time I Met The Blues/ EARL HOOKER: Blue Guitar/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Smokestack Lightnin'/ J.B. LENOIR: Mama Talk To Your Daughter/ LITTLE WALTER: Off The Wall/ ROBERT LOCKWOOD: Sweet Woman (from Maine)/ MAGIC SAM: All Your Love/ JIMMY REED: Bright Lights Big City/ JIMMY ROGERS: That's All Right/ OTIS RUSH: All Your Love (i Miss Loving)/ JOHNNY SHINES: Evening Sun/ MUDDY WATER: Just Make Love To Me/ JUNIOR WELLS: Little By Little/ JODY WILLIAMS: You May/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Don't Start Me Talkin'

VARIOUS Chess CHD4 9340 Chess Blues ● CD $58.98
4 CDs, 101 tracks, approx 5 hours - essential
101 blues recorded for Leonard & Phil Chess's Aristocrat, Chess, Checker and Argo labels between 1947 and 1967 on 4 CDs with a 64 page booklet. The selection is nicely balanced between the popular songs of familiar blues giants and lesser known treasures by more obscure performers. There are 19 previously unissued recordings and another 27 that have not been reissued in the USA before. The set traces the music chronologically and the first disc starts off with a couple of early Aristocrat recordings from 1947 showing that though the Chess labels are mostly known for their down home blues they actually started with jump blues. Clarence Samuels' Lollipop Mama is a lively risque piece and Bilbo Is Dead by Andrew Tibbs is a whimsical "tribute" to then recently deceased Mississippi senator. The first disc also includes some fine recordings by Sunnyland Slim who is accompanied by a young guitarist from Mississippi who takes the spotlight on Little Anna Mae, the beginning of a long and fruitful career for Chess which is sampled over the 4 discs at various stages of his career. The first disc also features Muddy providing some appropriately eerie slide work on St Louis Jimmy's Florida Hurricane and the disc also includes some wonderful piano boogie from the obscure Forrest Sykes plus tracks from Little Johnny Jones (his magnificent Big Town Playboy), Robert Nighthawk, Jimmy Rogers, Dr Ross, Howling Wolf and others. The second disc covers the period 1952 through '54 and has a healthy dose of rarities including Memphis Minnie's unissued Conjur Man, a couple of unissued titles by Little Walter and more. Other artists on this volume are Willie Nix, Eddie Boyd, Henry Gray, John Brim, Alberta Adams, Lowell Fulson, etc. The third disc covers 1954 through 1960 with unissued or rare titles by Billy Boy Arnold, Otis Spann, Floyd Dixon, Lafayette Leake, J.B. Lenoir, Sonny Boy Williamson and others plus tracks from Willie Dixon, Jimmy Witherspoon, etc. The final disc covers the period 1960 through '67 and features tracks by Buddy Guy, Lloyd Glenn, Elmore James (the infrequently reissued alternate of The Sun Is Shining), Sonny Boy Williamson, Etta James, Walter Horton, Little Milton and more. The music is consistently fine and the unissued titles are included for their musical value, not just their obscurity. The sound is superb throughout and many of the tracks that have been reissued before have never sounded so good. Booklet has informative notes by the set's co-compiler Mary Katherine Aldin, full discographical information and some great photos - some which I have not seen before. As a final nice touch each disc features a reproduction of a vintage label. Do I have any complaints? Only that I wish this were twice as big! Kudos to Mary and MCA reissue chief Andy McKaie on a magnificent job. This one is going to be spending a lot of time on my CD player. (FS)
ALBERTA ADAMS: Remember (*)/ BILLY BOY ARNOLD: You Got To Love Me (*)/ BABY FACE LEROY: My Head Can't Rest Anymore/ THE BIG THREE TRIO: Wrinkles/ LITTLE JOE BLUE: Dirty Work Goin' On/ EDDIE BOYD: Come On Home/ Hard Time Gettin' Started (*)/ JOHN BRIM: Ice Cream Man/ EDDIE BURNS: Jinglin' Baby (*)/ DETROIT JR.: Too Poor/ FLOYD DIXON: Please Don't Go (*)/ WILLIE DIXON: 29 Ways/ Walking The Blues/ FOREST CITY JOE: Memory Of Sonny Boy/ ROCKY FULLER: Funeral Hearse At My Door/ LOWELL FULSON: Blue Shadows/ Reconsider Baby/ PAUL GAYTEN/MYRTLE JONES: Right To Love You (*)/ LLOYD GLENN: Shakedown, The (*)/ HENRY GRAY: I Declare That Ain't Right/ Untitled Instrumental (*)/ BUDDY GUY: First Time I Met The Blues/ Keep It To Myself/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer/ Walkin' The Boogie (alt.)/ WALTER "SHAKEY" HORTON: Good Moanin' Blues/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Break Of Day/ Evil/ Forty Four/ Gettin' Old And Grey/ Goin' Down Slow/ Killing Floor/ Moanin' At Midnight/ Sitting On Top Of The World/ Smokestack Lightnin'/ The Red Rooster/ ELMORE JAMES: The Sun Is Shining (alt.)/ Whose Muddy Shoes/ ETTA JAMES: I'd Rather Go Blind/ Something's Got A Hold On Me/ GUS JENKINS: Eight Ball/ LITTLE JOHNNY JONES: Big Town Playboy/ ALBERT KING: Calling On My Darling (aka Howlin' For My Darlin')/ LAFAYETTE LEAKE: Slow Leake (*)/ J.B. LENOIR: Mama Talk To Your Daughter/ She Don't Know/ LITTLE MILTON: Satisfied/ We're Gonna Make It/ LITTLE WALTER: Blues With A Feeling/ Don't Need No Horse (*)/ Fast Boogie (*)/ Got To Find My Baby (alt.)/ Juke/ Key To The Highway/ Mellow Down Easy/ My Babe/ WILLIE MABON: Got To Have It (*)/ I'm Mad/ MEMPHIS MINNIE: Broken Heart (alt.)/ Conjur Man (*)/ ROBERT NIGHTHAWK: My Sweet Lovin' Woman/ Sweet Black Angel/ WILLIE NIX: Truckin' Little Woman/ JIMMY ROGERS: Luedella/ Walking By Myself/ DR. ISAIAH ROSS: Dr. Ross' Boogie/ LAURA RUCKER: Cryin' The Blues (*)/ OTIS RUSH: So Many Roads, So Many Trains/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: Lollypop Mama/ JOHNNY SHINES: Joliet Blues/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Mother Earth/ OTIS SPANN: I'm Leaving You/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY: Florida Hurricane/ ARBEE STIDHAM: Mr. Commissioner (alt.)/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Fly Right, Little Girl/ Johnson Machine Gun/ She Ain't Nowhere/ FORREST SYKES: Tonky Boogie/ HOUND DOG TAYLOR: Sitting Here Alone/ KOKO TAYLOR: Wang Dang Doodle/ What Kind Of Man Is That?/ ANDREW TIBBS: Bilbo Is Dead/ MUDDY WATERS: All Night Long (alt.)/ Double Trouble (alt.)/ Got My Mojo Working/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ I Can't Be Satisfied/ I Feel Like Going Home/ Little Anna Mae/ My Eyes (Keep Me In Trouble)/ Rollin' Stone/ That's Why I Don't Mind (*)/ Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Bring It On Home/ Don't Start Me To Talkin'/ Fattening Frogs For Snakes (alt.)/ Goat, The/ Keep It To Yourself/ Nine Below Zero/ Your Funeral And My Trial/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: Ain't Nobody's Business

VARIOUS Chess CHD 9368 Chess Blues Classics, 1957-1967 ● CD $11.98
16 tracks, 47 mins, recommended
BUDDY GUY: My Time After A While/ JOHN LEE HOOKER: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Red Rooster, The/ Sitting On Top Of The World/ Spoonful/ ELMORE JAMES: Madison Blues/ ETTA JAMES: I'd Rather Go Blind/ Baby What You Want Me To Do/ LITTLE MILTON: We're Gonna Make It/ LITTLE WALTER: Key To The Highway/ OTIS RUSH: So Many Roads, So Many Trains/ KOKO TAYLOR: I Got What It Takes/ MUDDY WATERS: Take The Bitter With The Sweet/ You Shook Me/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Fattening Frogs For Snakes/ Help Me

VARIOUS Delmark 624 Chicago Ain't Nothin' But A Blues Band ● CD $14.98
A completely revamped version of the LP with the same number and name - two tracks were dropped and 13 were added! A fine collection of Chicago blues recorded for the Rev. H.H. Harrington's Atomic-H label in the late 50s and early 60s including rare songs and unissued tracks - Sunnyland Slim, Eddy Clearwater, Morris Pejoe, Henry Gray, Jo Jo Williams, Johnny Rogers, Little Mack Simmons, George & His House Rockers, Harmonica George and an unknown performer who acquits himself well on the minor key Why Did We have To Part?
EDDY CLEARWATER: A Minor Cha-cha/ Boogie Woogie Baby/ Hillbilly Blues/ I Don't Know Why/ Jumpin' At Charley's/ Neckbones Everyday/ GEORGE & HIS HOUSE ROCKERS: Morning Love Blues/ You Know You Don't Want Me/ HENRY GRAY: How Can You Do It?/ HARMONICA GEORGE: Sad And Blue/ Sputnik Music/ MORRIS PEJOE: Baby I'm Lonely/ Let's Get High/ JOHNNY ROGERS: I Am A Lucky Lucky Man/ LITTLE MACK SIMMONS: Blues For Atomic-h/ SUNNYLAND SLIM: Everything's Gonna Be All Right/ Recession Blues/ UNKNOWN: Why Did We Have To Part?/ JO JO WILLIAMS: All Pretty Women/ Davy Crockett's Jingle Bells/ Rock 'n' Roll Boogie/ Women's World/ You Can't Live In This Big World By Yourself

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