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on 9 June 2012
Living Chicago Blues Vols 1 - 4

Amazon's current offerings of 2 for £10 extends to all four albums in this series - and what excellent value for money they represent. The four albums basically offer EP-length coverage of eighteen artistes who - both individually and collectively - form an integral part of any review of modern Chicago blues throughout the 1970s. For any music lover with an interest in modern blues of this period, the artistes offer a wonderful introduction to a music scene in a city steeped in the genre.

Apart from the quality of musicianship - which is outstanding - sound reproduction does not disappoint. Compilation albums don't always offer consistent sound standards, but the quality here is well above passable.

Alligator Records possess an impressive catalogue. If you are inclined towards tightly-knit rhythmic coupling combined with soulful blues vocals, and you are not quite sure where to begin, then you should consider these quite superb albums. They offer a delightful entrance to this style of blues.
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