Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: September 9, 2003
Genre: Chicago Blues
Number of Discs: 1
Originally Released: 2003
Label Name: UTV
Full title: Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues.
Includes liner notes by Mark A. Humphrey.
When 2003 was officially proclaimed "The Year of the Blues" by the
United States government, famed film director Martin Scorsese
produced a PBS documentary series entitled THE BLUES. A series of
compilations were released in conjunction with the shows, and THE
BEST OF THE BLUES collects some of the finest tracks from those
more in-depth titles, serving as both a convenient sampler and an
excellent introduction to the genre as a whole. While a single disc
can only present the briefest overview of a style that has spanned
more than a century and birthed both jazz and rock & roll, the
collection does a good job of hitting several of the most pivotal
and legendary blues and blues-rock tracks, from Skip James's
chilling "Devil Got My Woman" to Stevie Ray Vaughn's Texas
roadhouse classic "Pride and Joy." In addition, the album finishes
up with several new recordings from contemporary artists who are
deeply indebted to the blues, offering insight into the music's
continued influence in the 21st century.