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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE BLUES - CHICAGO: THE EVOLUTION OF CHICAGO BLUES 1925-58 (3CD)

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FANTASTIC VOYAGE (FVTD012)

Papa Charlie Jackson, Peetie Wheatstraw, Walter Davies, Casey Bill, Joe McCoy, Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson, Dr Clayton, Little Johnny Jones, Memphis Minnie, Yank Rachell, Robert Lockwood, Jimmy Rogers, JB Lenoir, Eddie Taylor, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Henry Gray, Jr Wells, Robert Nighthawk etc.

 ‘Let Me Tell You About The Blues' is the first chapter of a series of multi-CD sets made to celebrate the distinctive styles that characterise the cities and states of the USA providing historic overviews of the ways in which the music developed through the middle decades of the 20th century. But, as the sleeve notes tell us, "don't see it as an education, sit back and be entertained".

And entertained you will be, because there are 75 cracking good tracks of real Chicago blues. This is not just another greatest hits collection - everything here is worthwhile. It may include Muddy Waters ‘Mannish Boy' and Magic Sam's ‘All Your Love' and a few other trademark pieces but Roosevelt Sykes ‘Been Through The Mill', Arthur Crudup's ‘Chicago Blues', Jimmy Rogers ‘Round About Boogie' and Lee Brown's ‘Round The World Boogie' aren't your usual compilation fodder.

Pre-war blues buffs will be pleased to see Papa Charlie Jackson's ‘Maxwell Street  Blues' and other worthy tracks are Tampa Red's comment on the depression days ‘Turpentine Blues', the long forgotten Pinetop & Lindberg's ‘East Chicago Blues' and Washboard Sam's wonderfully titled hokum item ‘Who Pumped The Wind In My Doughnut?'

These 3 CDs are stuffed to the gills with Bluebirds, Champions, OKehs, Regals, Checkers, Chiefs, Victors, Vocalions, Paramounts, Parkways and Parrots which will thrill blues newcomers as well as long term collectors. Great idea, intelligently put together - can't wait for the next!

 

Review Date: July 2009

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