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ABC of the Blues: The Ultimate Collection From The Delta To The Big Cities Box set


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  • Audio CD (18 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 52
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Documents
  • ASIN: B0041IFTE4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Definitive Article on 4 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you want an instant collection then this is for you. Is it perfect? No because although it boasts 100 artistes there are dozens of every ones favourite blues singer is missed out. There are some little niggles such as Sonny Terry but no Brownie McGghee. Howlin Wolf features but no `smokestack lightnin'. Smiley Lewis but no ` I hear you knockin'. Robert Johnson features on one cd boasting 20 tracks, so you get at least two thirds of his entire output, whereas on the other hand Charley Patton arguably one of the most influential blues players only gets 10 tracks. But hey there these are only little niggles and as for quality it passes ok and as value for money, whether you pay £50 or £100 just think of the compilers who got this thing together, YES IT IS VALUE FOR MONEY.
JUST BUY IT AND SPEND SEVERAL MONTHS PLOUGHING THROUGH THIS DELIGHTFUL SET AND LOOK OUT FOR THE ONES YOU DON'T KNOW.

Kokomo Arnold
1. Backfence Picket Blues (James Arnold) (03:06)
2. Fool Man Blues (James Arnold) (03:06)
3. Long And Tall (James Arnold) (02:46)
4. Sally Dog (James Arnold) (02:48)
5. Cold Winter Blues (James Arnold) (03:09)
6. Sister Jane Cross The Hall (James Arnold) (02:39)
7. Wild Water Blues (James Arnold) (03:13)
8. Laugh And Grin Blues (James Arnold) (03:09)
9. Mean Old Twister (James Arnold) (02:57)
10. Red Beans And Rice (James Arnold) (03:03)

Billy Boy Arnold

11. My Heart Is Crying (Billy Boy Arnold) (02:08)
12. I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold) (02:41)
13. I Ain't Got You (Billy Boy Arnold) (02:13)
14. Here's My Picture (Billy Boy Arnold) (02:10)
15. You Got Me Wrong (Billy Boy Arnold) (02:39)
16. Prisoner's Plea (Billy Boy Arnold) (02:49)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tramps like us VINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2010
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52 CDs for about £52 - now that represents damn good value in my book plus a baby Hohner "Puck" harmonica too (well in the first edition anyway).
I'm not going to pretend to have listened to everything yet - I do have to eat and sleep you know but there's a wealth of stuff here from the well known (B B King and Howling Wolf) to the less well known (Son House and Scrapper Blackwell. All of the CDs I have listened to so far are good quality recordings devoid of the hisses, crackles and pops that blighted some of the earlier releases of blues CDs.
As a sort of "instant" record collection of the blues this really cannot be beaten and at about £1 per CD it's a cheap way of bringing the blues to the masses and that cannot be a bad thing at all.Hopefully people will treat this as a taster and go on to order more stuff by those artists that they like. There's a nice booklet too - all in all a good quality package that I am enjoying working through
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2013
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For the price this looks like an astounding deal - less than £1 per CD AND a free (very small but good quality - a genuine Hohner) harmonica thrown in; this harmonica is on sale here for about £11 so in fact you're getting 52 CDs for about £37 - assuming you actually make good use of the harmonica.

It's produced by Membran Media, a German company I've never previously heard of, who've clearly done some sort of deal with fellow German company Hohner, arguably the best-known makers of the kind of harmonicas used by blues artists - they not only supply the harp but also get (fairly subtle) product placement on the front of the box.

So to the contents. They called it ABC rather than A-Z because there's no Z - the whole set is in more or less alphabetical order with Volume 01 featuring the two Arnolds, Kokomo and Billy Boy, and Volume 52 finishing up with Jimmy Yancey. Each disc features 20 tracks by between 1 and 3 artists (except see note about Volume 35 below), with the whole set featuring 98 artists (if you count the potted biogs in the booklet) or 100 (if you believe the box) or 103 (if you add the 5 uncredited extra artists on Volume 35 that don't appear elsewhere in the set) with between 1 and 20 tracks from each. This makes a mind-boggling total of 1039 tracks - one Son House track appears twice, see below. There's nothing from later than the early 1960s because they're clearly surfing the EU 50 year copyright rule. Given that limit, there's an incredible variety of music on offer, from 1920s urban (Bessie Smith) and country (Charley Patton and others) blues artists through Chicago mainstays like Wolf, Muddy and Little Walter to rhythm & blues stars of the 40s and 50s such as Charles Brown, Little Willie John and Richard Berry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David King on 10 April 2014
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This is an excellent collection of blues music. Their are many artists and tracks that are new to me. The format is a bit odd, usually two artists on each cd. The sound recordings are very good. At such a cheap price it's a bargain if you are into the blues : )
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By michael moloney on 25 Dec 2014
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brilliant
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