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Chicago/the Blues/Today [Box set]

Junior Wells, Chicago - The Blues Today! (Series) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B00004SSQ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Help Me - Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band
2. It Hurt's Me Too Much - Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band
3. Messin' With the Kid - Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band
4. Vietcong Blues - Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band
5. All Night Long - Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band
6. Going Ahead - J.B. Hutto And His Hawks
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cotton Crop Blues - The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
2. The Blues Keep Falling - The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
3. Love Me Or Leave Me - The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
4. Rocket 88 - The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
5. West Helena Blues - The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
6. Everything's Going To Turn Alright - The Otis Rush Blues Band
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. One More Time - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
2. Kid Man Blues - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
3. My Black Mare - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
4. Stealin' Back - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
5. I Got Mine In Time - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
6. Tighten Up On It - Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
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Product Description

If these recordings are not yet part of your records collection, you should order this outstanding issue, now! These original recordings are a beautiful documentation on the lively blues scene in '60s Chicago. Wonderful digipak edition with a 48-page booklet including many rare photos. Great musical value, an essential release.Medium 1
  1. - WELLS, Junior
  2. - HUTTO, J.B.
  3. - SPANN, Otis
  4. - COTTON, James
  5. - RUSH, Otis
  6. - HOMESICK JAMES
  7. - YOUNG, Johnny
  8. - SHINES, Johnny
  9. - HORTON, Big Walter

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant snapshot of the the blues of 1965 16 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Sam Charters went to Chicago in December 1965 armed with a few thousand dollars from Maynard Solomon, boss of Vanguard Records. His ambition was to record the musicians working in the blues clubs of South Side Chicago. Rather than record a whole LP with each band, Charters decided to record four or five songs per band in a standard union three hour session. The result created a huge impact when released as three LPs in 1966, and still retains its magic forty years later. In the studio, Charters captured the earthy, driving sounds of the blues bands of the Chicago scene. Men like Walter Horton and Johnny Shines could remember running with Robert Johnson back in the 1930s. Younger artists like Junior Wells and Buddy Guy were forging their own urban sound. The results, lovingly re-released as a three CD package, is a wonderful record of Chicago blues in the 1960s. In his fascinating accompanying essay, Charters writes that, at the time, he was frustrated not to be able to lure any of the giants of the Chicago blues scene, such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howling Wolf, into the studio; they were wary of breaking their recording contracts to Chess Records in their home town. But Charters shouldn't have worried. As he now recognises, he captured a wonderful spectrum of blues musicians. Some sounds as down home as Mississippi in the 1930s, enlivened by mandolin and slide guitar. Some of it sounds as up to the minute as recordings by The Rolling Stones and the Paul, Butterfield Blues Band released in that same year. It's great music, beautifully presented as a package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chicago 24 Dec 2012
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Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
a piece of history and lovely it can still be bought as LPs I have played this set of records more than a few times I can tell you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally ... 9 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I already knew the content of this album since I bought the original LP's (3) in the late seventies . It was my ultimate dream to find one day this content on CD so ... I am a very happy man now !
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is timeless great music 21 Sep 2010
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I bought these albums when they were first released in the late sixties. They were almost worn away with constant playing, especially volume one. The stand-out track is Vietcong Blues. As for Otis Spann, what a tragedy he died so young - genius!
I'm so glad that this is now available on cd. The sound quality is excellent and the sleeve notes informative. At last, a reissue that is a labour of love rather than a rip-off.
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