ABC of the Blues: The Ultimate Collection from the Delta to the Big Cities

Performers Various Artists

Membran | December 7, 2010 | Compact Disc

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This 52-disc (no, that is not a typo) comp, ABC of the Blues: The Ultimate Collection from the Delta to the Big Cities, may just indeed live up to its name. There are 98 artists represented , performing 1,040 tracks. The music begins at the beginning (though the set is not sequenced chronologically) with Charlie Patton, Son House, and Robert Johnson, and moves all the way through the vintage Chicago years of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, with stops along the way in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, New York, and all points in between. Certainly, some of these artists are considered more rhythm & blues than purely blues artists: the inclusion of music by Johnny Otis, Wynonie Harris, Bo Diddley, and others makes that clear. That said, along with all the well-known acts are some startling -- and wonderfully considered -- selections by Magic Sam, Barbeque Bob, Professor Longhair, Jimmy Witherspoon, and many others. This is an exhaustive set that most aficionados will enjoy, even if they find choices to quibble with. Add to this its super budget price tag: it lists for $99.98 and sells for as little as $75.00 in various places on the internet. This is a steal, as well as a blues freak's dream come true. ~ Thom Jurek

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 7, 2010

Genre: Chicago Blues

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 52

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Membran

UPC: 885150331682

Found in: Chicago Blues

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ABC of the Blues: The Ultimate Collection from the Delta to the Big Cities

ABC of the Blues: The Ultimate Collection from the Delta to the Big Cities

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 7, 2010

Genre: Chicago Blues

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 52

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Membran

UPC: 885150331682


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: VOLUME 1: --
1.Backfence Picket Blues --
2.Fool Man Blues --
3.Long and Tall --
4.Sally Dog --
5.Cold Winter Blues --
6.Sister Jane Cross the Hall --
7.Wild Water Blues --
8.Laugh and Grin Blues --
9.Mean Old Twister --
10.Red Beans and Rice --
11.My Heart Is Crying --
12.I Wish You Would --
13.I Ain't Got You --
14.Here's My Picture --
15.You Got Me Wrong --
16.Prisoner's Plea --
17.Every Day, Every Night --
18.No, No, No, No, No --
19.Rockinitis --
20.I Was Fooled --

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This 52-disc (no, that is not a typo) comp, ABC of the Blues: The Ultimate Collection from the Delta to the Big Cities, may just indeed live up to its name. There are 98 artists represented , performing 1,040 tracks. The music begins at the beginning (though the set is not sequenced chronologically) with Charlie Patton, Son House, and Robert Johnson, and moves all the way through the vintage Chicago years of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, with stops along the way in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, New York, and all points in between. Certainly, some of these artists are considered more rhythm & blues than purely blues artists: the inclusion of music by Johnny Otis, Wynonie Harris, Bo Diddley, and others makes that clear. That said, along with all the well-known acts are some startling -- and wonderfully considered -- selections by Magic Sam, Barbeque Bob, Professor Longhair, Jimmy Witherspoon, and many others. This is an exhaustive set that most aficionados will enjoy, even if they find choices to quibble with. Add to this its super budget price tag: it lists for $99.98 and sells for as little as $75.00 in various places on the internet. This is a steal, as well as a blues freak's dream come true. ~ Thom Jurek
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