This collection consists of 47 tracks, recorded from 1960 to 1966. Buddy's music during his career with Chess ranged from commercial "dance" songs to slow blues. There's a lot of emphasis on his vocal skills rather than his guitar work, with horn sections on most tracks.
The first outstanding song is "I've got a strange feeling", with a great vocal, and fine harmonica from Junior Wells. Some excellent slow blues tracks follow, "Ten Years Ago", "Stone Crazy"(with some fine guitar), "I Found True Love" and "When My Left Eye Jumps". More commercial tracks are "Hard But Fair" and "Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby", which features girl backing singers. $100 Bill is very similar to "Money". "My Love Is Real" is a ballad in the mould of "Need Your Love So Bad".
Disk 2 starts with ""Worried Mind", which features some sensitive blues guitar- both the vocals and guitar on this track remind me of BB King. More guitar and keyboards here, with less brass. "Moanin" and "Night Flight" are instrumentals including nice jazz guitar. There are 2 versions of the classic blues song "My Time after a while". My favourite track is "Leave My Little Girl Alone", with it's majestic guitar introduction, and anguished vocal. This song was, of course, successfully covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan on "In Step". "Going To School" was also recorded by Stevie as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on "Texas Flood". "I Suffer With The Blues" is a fine showcase for Buddy's guitar playing, an uncluttered arrangement with no brass. There are alternate takes of "Too Many Ways" with some unconvincing backing vocals, and "Keep It To Myself", which includes rather unnecessary organ.
This is an excellent collection. Fans of Buddy's more recent work may find it somewhat different to what they are used to, but with a total of 139 minutes playing time, there's bound to be something you like!