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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues in big numbers...,
I bought this as a one-time effort to have as many ethnic blues artists as possible in order to put together a blues show for my hospital radio programme. As it turned out, I found the characters, and they ARE characters in the bizarre meaning of the word, fascinating. Their lives, a mixture of violence, poverty, riches, infirmities, recognition, obscurity...makes for great reading. Questionable as lives go, but gripping stuff. If you want an instant blues collection, but largely ancient re-mastered recordings from the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, then this set is the way to go. Many of the records are in the Library of Congress as significant in social and artistic terms. You'll have some favorites, and some tracks will make you wonder why someone thought they were good! But from Bessie Smith to Memphis Minnie, there's blues for everyone here.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for blues lovers,
This fine collection served me as an introduction to the blues greats and if that is what you want then you can't go wrong. And the experience was very enjoyable, it helped me develop a keen interest in chicago blues and lightnin hopkins. The recordings can be off in places but very rarely and these are old tracks so it is to be expected. Also you can get this album for under a fiver from a 3rd party, 200 tracks for 500 pennies! Cant go wrong, 5/5
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oldandgold,
Just a fabulous collection and brilliant value. About 20, mainly pre WW2 artists are featured; some are stellar names-Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters ,Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy- some are known mainly to blues fans, for instance Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker,( back in the day, when he played solo-great!)Blind Willie McTell, Arthur Crudup(fab!) Bukka White, Memphis Minnie, Kokomo Arnold, Brownie McGhee and Lightnin' Hopkins. Sound quality is extremely clear and the selection provides a wide variety of music that isn't just "interesting", it's really enjoyable. Quite a bargain and if you like all sorts of blues from Delta to boogie piano from roughly the mid '30s to 1950-this is for you!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value, quality collection,
This is a superb collection of original blues and anybody wanting an instant collection of some of the greatest blues recording artist couldn't go wrong with this box set. 200 quality recording on 10 CDs, is superb value. Robert Johnson, Lightin' Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, the list of artist goes on and on.
This contains some of the greatet music ever recorded and is worth buying for the history if nothing else.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diggin' Deeper,
As a keen follower of the blues this is a real treasure trove. A mixture of well known standards and more obscure gems.
Well worth a try of anyones money.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great original music - exceptional value for money,
This box set delivers exactly what it promises: 200 vintage US blues tracks from artists like Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry, Blind Willie McTell and more. All recordings presumably out of copyright - so a wonderfully economical way to explore some of the less familiar artists too.
The sequencing of tracks doesn't appear to be themed and without details of when they were originally released, it's hard to know whether the collection is ordered chronologically - but that's a tiny grumble about what's a worthwhile addition to anyone's music library.
4.0 out of 5 stars 200 blues,
I haven't listened to the CDs, as the set was a present for my daughter, but the 10-disk set contains MANY blues tracks and is real value for money. Lots of famous artists are featured, and must be an excellent intro to blues music.
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Treasures,
again this was a Christmas gift and will be much appreciated by my friend on Christmas morning thank you very much
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
It is exactly what it promises to be from the cover - historical treasures and excellent value - would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of "real" blues music.
5.0 out of 5 stars traditional blues set,
I bought this box set as I like trad old time blues. anybody who is or wanting to listen to traditional blues this is a very good box set for eleven pound. well worth the money and as I say this is a must for anybody serious about blues music. steve
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