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This is a lot of music for just under a tenner - 75 "masterpieces" by 35 "blues guitar heroes" on 3 CDs. The selection concentrates very much on post-war electric blues of the 50s, 60s and 70s and and all your favourites and major players - B.B., Albert and Freddie King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Lowell Fulson, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley - are here. We also get a good selection of 'second division' players including Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim, Eddie Taylor, Magic Sam, Little Milton, Johnny Copeland and Clarence Gatemouth Brown. There are also some slightly more obscure (overlooked?) players Tiny Grimes, Morris Pejoe, Hop Wilson, Rudy Green, Lafayette Thomas etc as well as a couple of tracks that I personally wouldn't have included on a 'guitar' compilation - such as Doctor Ross, who is an excellent one-man band and harmonica player but hardly an outstanding guitarist.

As with most compilations the selections are shaped by what tracks are available to the compilers - in this case the renowned Neil Slaven - and so I think that while the tracks that represent Freddie King are excellent, clearly some of his best work, the tracks for B.B. and Albert King while OK are not their best or most representative work. Again you could argue on who has been included and who has been left out (Hubert Sumlin, Lightnin' Hopkins, Albert Collins, Robert Cray etc) but overall this collection contains some great music and is a really good introduction to the electric blues. As someone who has been listening to blues for over 40 years I still found this an enjoyable listen, it included some all-time classics as well as many tracks I hadn't heard before (Mad Lad by Chuck Berry), although invevitably there were also quite a few tracks that I already own.
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on 9 September 2012
This three piece cd set incorporates all the early blues that influenced the great British blues movement in the sixties. Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Peter Green, John Mayall, Rolling Stones and many many more. What's more the popularity of British Blues started to make names like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Elmore James, T-bone Walker, Albert King, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Guitar Shorty household names otherwise they were a minority in the music world and found their fame mainly in the U.K. thanks to the upsurge of British Blues. Of course after their fame in the U.K. the U.S.A. stood up and took notice.
This cd set has them all here and is an excellent way of introducing yourself to the blues and also here are a lot of the songs that influenced our stars of British Blues. A very informative and entertaining 3 cd set.
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on 11 August 2012
Excellent compilation of blues ..... sit back n let the music take your emotions on a trip of discovery by some artists you many not have heard before
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on 12 December 2013
This is a nice introduction to classic blues; if you are a fan of the blues then I expect you would have most of these already though! There are a few tracks which don't belong `Roll Over Beethoven' by Chuck Berry for example. The notes that accompany this disc are interesting and described as an 'informal history of electric blues'; I suppose that this collection was what I once called a sampler, what happened to those? Good value collection, easy to listen to whilst on the road.
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on 12 June 2013
This is an astoundingly good selection and collection of guitar based blues music, ideal for afficionado and newcomer alike. Enjoy.
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on 15 December 2012
LOADS OF POPULAR & RARER TRACKS FOUND ON THIS COMPILATION OF THE BLUES, GOOD VALUE FOR THE AMOUNT OF TRACKS. DJB
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on 22 August 2012
good mix of this genre -worth including if you are a listener to many different genres. Maybe not for the purist.
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on 17 March 2014
as a collector of blues music its nice to find an album or albums that are not usualy on the market, this item arrived in pristine condition, way before the estimated arrival time, the price was a steal very pleased thankyou so much
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on 5 December 2012
I had forgotten some of these tracks and so it was nice to revisit old musical friends and hear once again these old songs.
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on 22 September 2014
not bad
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