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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Want You To Rock Me Baby...All Night Long...", 13 Oct 2008
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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Fleetwood Mac's 4th vinyl outing was a double-album called "Blues Jam At Chess" issued on Blue Horizon Records S 7-66227 in the UK and Blue Horizon BH 3801 in the USA. Recorded in one day, 4 January 1969, and released just a few months later, it was produced by MIKE VERNON and MARSHALL CHESS at the Chess "Ter-Mar" Studios in Chicago. The artists involved were FLEETWOOD MAC, OTIS SPANN on Piano, WILLIE DIXON on Bass, WALTER "SHAKEY" HORTON on Harmonica, J.T. BROWN on Tenor Sax, GUY BUDDY on Guitars (Guy Buddy is a pseudonym for Buddy Guy), HONEYBOY EDWARDS on Bass and S.P. LEARY on Drums.

A word about the less than exciting UK and US 'original' artwork and why it 'hasn't' been used on this reissue. The original UK issue had a wavy backdrop and titled sleeve - no real effort in the art department - while the original US copy didn't fare much better either - credited as "Fleetwood Mac - In Chicago" - it was also issued in a dull plain red cover. However, it was reissued again in 1970 in the USA as two separate volumes, "Blues Jam In Chicago, Vol.1 and 2" on BH 4802 and BH 4803 respectively - and it is these two volumes with their far prettier artwork (pictured above) that were used for "The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969" 6CD Box Set issued in 1999 - and are now individually issued again here in 2004 as these much extended editions.

Also, in order to show the musical differences, I've detailed the vinyl first, then the extended CD...
(Volume 2 is Side 3 and 4 of the original double; Volume 1 - Side 1 and 2 - is a separate review)

ORIGINAL VINYL TRACK LIST:
Side 3:
1. World's In A Tangle [Jimmie Rogers cover/J Lane]
2. Talk With You [Danny Kirwan song]
3. Like It This Way [Danny Kirwan song]
4. Someday Soon Baby [Danny Kirwan song]
5. Hungry Country Girl [Otis Spann cover]
Side 4:
1. Black Jack Blues [J.T. Brown song]
2. Everyday I Have The Blues [P Chatman cover]
3. Rockin' Boogie [Jeremy Spencer song]
4. Sugar Mama [Sonny Boy Williamson cover]
5. Homework [Clark Perkins song/ Otis Rush cover]

EXTENDED CD TRACK LIST (75:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 as per the LP above
Track 9 is "My Baby's Gone" (David Edwards cover) - an outtake which first appeared on "The Blue Horizon Story 1965-1970 Volume 1" 3CD Box Set from 1997 (reissued in 2006)
Track 10 is "Sugar Mama" (Sonny Boy Williamson cover) [Take 1 - Incomplete - Previously Unreleased]
Track 11 is "Sugar Mama" [Master Version, as per the LP]
Track 12 is "Homework" (Clark Perkins song/Otis Rush cover) [as per the LP]
Track 13 is "Honey Boy Blues" (David Edwards cover) [Incomplete - Previously Unreleased]
Track 14 is "I Need Your Love" (Jimmie Rogers cover) [Take 1 - Incomplete - Previously Unreleased]
Track 15 is "Horton's Boogie Woogie" (Walter Horton cover) [Take 2 - Previously Unreleased]
Track 16 is "Have A Good Time" (Walter Horton cover) [Previously Unreleased]
Track 17 "That's Wrong" (Walter Horton cover) [Previously Unreleased]
Track 18 is "Rock Me Baby" (Jackson cover) [Previously Unreleased]

The tapes have been digitally remastered to STUNNING SOUND QUALITY - as fresh as a politician's new excuses and the booklet has informative and detailed liner notes by MIKE VERNON.

WALTER HORTON plays Harmonica on 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and sings on 13, 16, 17 and 18
BUDDY GUY, HONEYBOY EDWARDS and WILLIE DIXON are on 9 and 13
J.T. BROWN, HONEYBOY EDWARDS and WILLIE DIXON are on 6, 7 and 8
OTIS SPANN plays Piano and S.P. LEARY plays drums on 1 and 2
OTIS SPANN also plays Piano on 3, 10, 11 and 12 - and has Lead Vocals and Piano on 4 and 5

Compared to Volume 1 - this set gets the lion's share of previously unreleased material - almost doubling the playing time - and while the first Volume is good if not a little dull (see separate review), the second is fantastic. It seems that as the session went on and they settled down and became more comfortable with each other - sparks started to fly. But what sends this half of the double album into the stratosphere is the bonus tracks - which are not incomplete takes or aimless studio chatter - but fully realised songs - albeit a little rough around the edges. One of the keys in their magic is Walter Horton's wonderful harmonica playing and sheer presence.

To sum up - a 5-star presentation to a 5-star second half - and for fans of Blues, Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - it's an absolute necessity.

PS: For those wishing for more, the Blue Horizon label Fleetwood Mac UK albums are:
1. Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (1968)
(original album, known as "Fleetwood Mac" in the USA)
2. Mr. Wonderful (1968)
(original album)
3. The Pious Bird Of Good Omen (1969)
(compilation of non-album 7" singles, their B-sides, collaborations and other rarities)
4. Blues Jam At Chess (1969)
(original 20-track 2LP set often referred to as a Various Artists compilation.
Its full credit is to: Fleetwood Mac, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Shakey Horton, J.T. Brown, Guitar Buddy
(Buddy Guy), Honey Boy Edwards, S.P. Leary. Originally a 2LP set on release, it was broken into 2 volumes
for the "Complete" box set and renamed "Blues Jam In Chicago Volume 1" and "Blues Jam In Chicago
Volume 2". It is ONLY these singular re-sequenced releases that are available today.)
5. The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
(although released in '71, this LP has recordings from August 1967 through to October 1968, all of which
were previously unreleased at the time)

PPS: I've reviewed about 20 of the excellent Blue Horizon CD reissues - see LISTOMANIA for a full list
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After, 12 Feb 2014
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The original vinyl (both volumes) was my introduction to the Blues. A very, very good album. The contributions by Otis Spann just amazed me, and still do - "Someday Soon Baby" and "Hungry Country Girl". Over time the Fleetwood Mac sections - most of the album have grown on me more, as well. Fleetwood's drumming is a bit irritating at times, maybe just too high in the mix. The interaction with the production booth is interesting in a strange way.

This was played to me by a school friend. When he needed some cash I offered to buy it off him. The title totally mystified me, I remember: Blues?? Jam??? Chess????

This remastering sounds good, bought to replace the worn-out LPs. With the Amazon Autorip deal you get the mp3s at a reduced price if you get them to send you the free cds . Go figure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars blues greats, 27 Aug 2013
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A top BRITISH sixties blues group and a collection of top AMERICAN blues players.
Put it all together and you get a good idea of what its all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. Bonus tacks a bit of a mixed bag ..., 25 Sep 2014
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Outstanding .
Bonus tacks a bit of a mixed bag .
BUT; No complaints at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Aug 2014
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great album but vol 1 is better
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 July 2014
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No problems, delivered on time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Jam in Chicago, 25 July 2011
This CD arrived on time and in good order. I cannot comment on it's content as I purchased this item as a requested gift and have not listened to it myself.
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