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R. Elliott "Bruno" (Bath, England)

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The Chess Box
The Chess Box

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5.0 out of 5 stars A box-set for the uninitiated!, 6 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Chess Box (Audio CD)
The problem for anyone who recently 'gets into' this music (Chicago Blues) is that there is no shortage of compilations for the Greats (Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley etc.), presumably because they initially didn't record for albums. The decision to choose which set best represents the artist is made harder by the different recording labels with whom they recorded. And to make matters worse the copyright expiry on older recordings can lead to extremely careless analogue to digital transfers, with little thought about the compilation focus (greatest hits? representative?)
No problems with this box set. Granted, it's very expensive. But the sound quality is so very good. The instruments, especially Hubert Sumlin's guitar work, are not dampened or muted. Best of all, you get some of the mighty raucousness that appear to have been a feature of Chester Burnette.
The spoken and acoustic tracks supplement an immensely thought-out project. Box-sets are normally the province of completists who wish to supplement their collections with the odd previously-unavailable rarity.
This one seeks to bring to new listeners to a great colossus of 20th century Black American music.

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