A Brief History of the Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There's a little bit of everything on this generous 21-song set, from unaccompanied hollers to 1930s Delta blues and modern electric blues stuff, as well, so there is the outline for a history of the blues here, but it's hardly spelled out, and in the end it feels mostly like a pretty decent to ordinary blues mixtape. There's some great stuff here, though, like yet another vibrant version of Elmore James tearing into "Dust My Broom," Mississippi John Hurt's measured and graceful "Stack O' Lee," Big Mama Thornton's wonderfully ragged "Hound Dog," and Bessie Smith's passionate yet still stately take on "St. Louis Blues," making this sequence an OK fit for a short, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There's a little bit of everything on this generous 21-song set, from unaccompanied hollers to 1930s Delta blues and modern electric blues stuff, as well, so there is the outline for a history of the blues here, but it's hardly spelled out, and in the end it feels mostly like a pretty decent to ordinary blues mixtape. There's some great stuff here, though, like yet another vibrant version of Elmore James tearing into "Dust My Broom," Mississippi John Hurt's measured and graceful "Stack O' Lee," Big Mama Thornton's wonderfully ragged "Hound Dog," and Bessie Smith's passionate yet still stately take on "St. Louis Blues," making this sequence an OK fit for a short, blues-filled road trip.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602517823631
  • Catalog Number: 001187702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Ready - Muddy Waters (3:04)
  2. 2 Walkin' Blues - Robert Johnson (2:30)
  3. 3 Dust My Broom - Elmore James (2:53)
  4. 4 Glamour Girl - T-Bone Walker (2:44)
  5. 5 Stack O' Lee - Mississippi John Hurt (2:57)
  6. 6 Oh Death - Doyle Bramhall II (5:16)
  7. 7 Welfare Store Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson I (2:50)
  8. 8 Drivin' Wheel - Junior Parker (2:38)
  9. 9 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (2:51)
  10. 10 My Babe - Little Walter (2:40)
  11. 11 The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf (2:27)
  12. 12 Don't Start Me to Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:34)
  13. 13 All Your Love (I Miss Loving) - Otis Rush (2:38)
  14. 14 Coffee Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:43)
  15. 15 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker (3:01)
  16. 16 Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor (3:01)
  17. 17 Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King (3:01)
  18. 18 Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King (2:46)
  19. 19 Bad Boy - Jimmie Vaughan (4:14)
  20. 20 St. Louis Blues - Louis Armstrong (3:12)
  21. 21 Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Dixon Bass, Background Vocals
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Little Walter Harmonica, Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Otis Vibes
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Koko Taylor Vocals
Big Mama Thornton Vocals
Johnny Horton Upright Bass
Steve Cropper Guitar
Charlie Sexton Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals, Upright Bass
Hank Crawford Tenor Saxophone
Gene Barge Tenor Saxophone
Sam Lay Drums
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Joe Arnold Baritone Saxophone
Theodore Arthur Tenor Saxophone
Leard Bell Drums
Fred Below Drums
Howlin' Wolf Guitar
Eddie "Guitar" Burns Guitar
Leonard Caston Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Edward Hale Alto Saxophone
Ike Turner Piano
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Booker T. Jones Organ
Zell Kindred Piano
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Albert King Guitar, Vocals
Lafayette Leake Piano
Pete "Guitar" Lewis Guitar
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Jack Myers Electric Bass
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Otis Rush Guitar, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano
Wes Starr Drums
Jimmie Vaughan Guitar
Devonia Williams Piano
Albert Winston Bass
Buddy Woodson Bass
Erykah Badu Vocals
Doyle Bramhall II Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Tommy Nevue Trumpet
James Walker Bass
Vernon R. Heard Bass
Ted Curry Drums
Eddie Hutchinson Trumpet
Alex Jackson Drums
Gary Clark Jr. Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer, Producer
Lowell Fulson Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Charley Patton Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Eddie Taylor Composer
Charlie Sexton Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
W.C. Handy Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Tonio K. Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Ralph Bass Producer
Leonard Chess Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Walter Roland Composer
Otis Rush Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
John Painter Engineer
Doyle Bramhall II Arranger
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