29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2000
From the controlled quality of Rush's sibilant vocals to the understated brass section this album is a masterpiece. To have Albert King on it too is a huge bonus. The quality of the guitar work alone makes it worth buying. Musically it is a complete success. There are so many excellent tracks but if I had to select one for especial mention it would be the classic So many Roads. Wonderful, spine-tingling classic blues. But it NOW.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2004
A must for all lovers of soul-tinged chicago blues and the stinging guitar of albert king and otis rush. This are their complete chess sessions in vivid remastered sound at a bargain price.
There is a great groove throughout this album, trademark of the chess sound, and material to match. Otis' voice is intensely passionate and captivating, mirroring his fiery guitar work. King's thick-toned vocals also seem at one with the burning notes that reasonate, brimming with tone, from his signature flying v.
If you already own king's later albums for stax, these chess sessions are essential for seeing just to see the emergence of his exquisitely expressive and much-copied guitar sound.
If you are a fan of otis' cobra sessions, the tracks on this album are equally brilliant and a superb remake of All Your Love is included.
It should also be noted that chess stalwarts and blues legends matt "guitar" murphy and willie dixon feature on this album, the former surprisingly playing electric bass.
This is one of the favourite albums in my collection. BUY IT.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2007
I really cannot fault this cd, hence the 5 star rating. Two of my favourite blues guitarists on one cd and whatsmore on their own recordings not together, which I feel would have spoilt it. It is a great introduction to the unique guitar styles of the two left-handed maestros.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2014
Must have CD for all blues collectors, the tracks are mixed, so you have to listern carefully to know who is playing, after a while you can distinguish between them.