Atlantic Blues [Box]

Atlantic Blues [Box]


At the time of its release, this 83-song collection was one of the bolder efforts by a major label at doing a proper survey of major blues categories. The material ranges from old-style big-band jump blues to the leaner, louder guitar sounds of the '60s and '70s, and isn't limited to artists who cut for Atlantic -- the producers had to license in a certain amount,…  See more details below


At the time of its release, this 83-song collection was one of the bolder efforts by a major label at doing a proper survey of major blues categories. The material ranges from old-style big-band jump blues to the leaner, louder guitar sounds of the '60s and '70s, and isn't limited to artists who cut for Atlantic -- the producers had to license in a certain amount, especially where Chicago blues was concerned . Overall, they've done a good job as far as the sheer variety of performers, but trying to summarize any of these areas -- blues vocalists, Chicago blues, guitar blues, or piano blues -- with only 20 tracks on a single CD each is an exercise in futility. It is a place to start if one has the money, however, showing some of the strong points of a lot of key artists, and the sound was also good for its time. This is also a good chance for the neophyte to hear tracks by certain performers -- like Jay McShann and Meade Lux Lewis -- who aren't otherwise represented on easy-to-find major label releases. However, there are other releases on the market now (especially Rhino's blues retrospective series) that can make the same claims and are more thorough and ambitious in scope. Additionally, anyone with a little knowledge and the $60 or so that this box can cost might better spend it on some of the more recent compilations devoted to the top artists on this box's roster, like Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf. Those, plus some of the other Chess reissues from MCA, will tell one a lot more about Chicago blues than the one or two tracks by each that show up in this set.

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Disc 1

  1. Broke Down Engine
  2. Shake 'Em on Down
  3. My Baby Don't Love Me
  4. Tall Pretty Woman
  5. The Blues Rock
  6. There Goes the Blues
  7. Bongo Boogie
  8. Two Bones And A Pick
  9. Let Me Know  - Chuck Norris
  10. Down Through The Years
  11. Okie Dokie Stomp
  12. TV Mama
  13. Reconsider Baby  -  King
  14. Midnight Midnight
  15. I Smell Trouble  -  Ike & Tina Turner
  16. Why I Sing The Blues
  17. Crosscut Saw
  18. Born Under a Bad Sign
  19. Shake For Me
  20. Flood Down in Texas

Disc 2

  1. Yancey Special
  2. Talkin' Boogie
  3. Mournful Blues
  4. Salute to Pinetop
  5. Shave 'Em Dry
  6. Frankie and Johnny
  7. T.B. Blues
  8. Strollin'
  9. Tipitina
  10. Blue Sender
  11. After Midnight
  12. Roll 'Em Pete
  13. 'fore Day Rider
  14. My Chile
  15. Cow Cow Blues
  16. Albert's Blues
  17. Honky Tonk Train Blues
  18. Low Society
  19. Hey Bartender
  20. Floyd's Blues
  21. After Hours Blues
  22. Junko Partner
  23. I Don't Know

Disc 3

  1. Suitcase Blues
  2. Trouble in Mind
  3. In the Evening
  4. Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)
  5. How Long Blues
  6. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop
  7. I've Got That Feelin'
  8. Every Time
  9. Destination Love
  10. Tell A Whale Of A Tale
  11. Rain Is a Bringdown
  12. Nothing Stays The Same Forever
  13. River's Invitation  - Ted Taylor
  14. Just Like a Fish
  15. Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
  16. Did You Ever Love a Woman
  17. Baby Girl, Pts. 1 & 2
  18. Ain't That Lovin' You
  19. It's My Own Tears That's Being Wasted
  20. Cheatin' Woman
  21. I Had a Dream  - Johnnie Taylor
  22. Takin' Another Man's Place
  23. It's a Hang Up Baby

Disc 4

  1. Chicago Blues
  2. Poor Man's Plea
  3. My Baby She Left Me (She Left Me a Mule to Ride)
  4. T-Bone Shuffle
  5. I Wonder Why
  6. Play It Cool
  7. Woke Up This Morning
  8. Gambler's Blues
  9. Feel So Bad
  10. Reap What You Sow
  11. Highway 49
  12. Honey Bee
  13. Wang Dang Doodle
  14. Dust My Broom
  15. Please Send Me Someone To Love
  16. Walking the Dog
  17. I Feel So Good

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Allison   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby "Blue" Bland   Vocals,Track Performer
Boogie Woogie Red   Piano
Floyd Dixon   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Dixon   Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Guitar Slim   Track Performer
Buddy Guy   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Hammond   Guitar,Track Performer
Wynonie Harris   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Heartsman   Guitar
Z.Z. Hill   Vocals,Track Performer
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Freddie King   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Mabon   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Percy Mayfield   Vocals,Track Performer
Blind Willie McTell   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Amos Milburn   Piano
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Myers   Guitar
Steve Nardella   Harmonica
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Koko Taylor   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Joe Turner   Vocals
Sippie Wallace   Vocals,Track Performer
Junior Wells   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Yancey   Piano,Track Performer
Lee Allen   Tenor Saxophone
LaVern Baker   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Charles   Piano,Track Performer
Otis Clay   Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Dr. John   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Mick Jagger   Harmonica
Art Neville   Organ
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Johnnie Taylor   Track Performer
Rufus Thomas   Vocals,Track Performer
Ike & Tina Turner   Track Performer
Tina Turner   Vocals,Track Performer
Titus Turner   Vocals,Track Performer
Danny Barker   Guitar
Ruth Brown   Vocals,Track Performer
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
George Coleman   Saxophone
James Dapogny   Piano
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Peter Johnson   Piano
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Jay McShann   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Bennie Moten   Banjo
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Esther Phillips   Vocals,Track Performer
Nat Pierce   Piano
John Scofield   Guitar
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Turbinton   Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Pete Brown   Alto Saxophone
Herman Foster   Piano
Jimmy Lewis   Guitar
Seldon Powell   Baritone Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
James Booker   Keyboards
Mickey Baker   Guitar,Track Performer
Ronnie Barron   Keyboards
Johnny Jones   Piano,Track Performer
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Andrew McMahon   Bass
Johnny Nicholas   Guitar
Ted Taylor   Vocals,Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Chief Ellis   Piano
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
T-Bone Walker   Guitar,Track Performer
Lurrie Bell   Bass
Gene Ramey   Bass
Israel Crosby   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Duane Allman   Guitar
Joe Arnold   Tenor Saxophone
Abie Baker   Bass,Guitar
Martin Banks   Trumpet
Everett Barksdale   Rhythm Guitar
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Brian Bisesi   Guitar
Edgar Blanchard   Bass
Willie Bridges   Saxophone
Garnett Brown   Trombone
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Brown   Bass
Brownie McGhee   Guitar
George "Mojo" Buford   Harmonica
Howlin' Wolf   Track Performer
Joseph Burton   Trombone
Jimmy Calhoun   Bass
Fran Christina   Drums
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Johnny Copeland   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Comfort   Bass
Sammy Creason   Drums
Fannie Davis   Comb
Cornell Dupree   Guitar,Track Performer
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
James Luther Dickinson   Keyboards
Richard Drake   Alto Saxophone
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Mack Easton   Baritone Saxophone
Sticks Evans   Drums
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Fields   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Forte   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Freeman   Guitar
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Wilbert Freeman   Bass
Sidney George   Saxophone
Joseph Hardin   Trumpet
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Milton Hopkins   Guitar
Louis Hubert   Baritone Saxophone
J.B. Hutto   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Ike Turner   Guitar,Track Performer
Grady "Fats" Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Elmore James   Guitar
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Morris Jennings   Drums
Ray Johnson   Piano
Willie Jones   Drums
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Keyboards
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Albert King   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Wilbert Kirk   Drums
Kenny Krumbholz   Bass
Melvin Lastie   Trumpet,Cornet
Trevor Lawrence   Saxophone
Chris Layton   Drums
S.P. Leary   Drums
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Ron Levy   Piano
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano,Track Performer
Professor Longhair   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Tommy McClure   Bass
Sticks McGhee   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Gene Miller   Trumpet
Ziggy Modeliste   Drums
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Naftalin   Keyboards
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Charlie Eldridge "Chuck" Norris   Guitar
Odie Payne   Drums
Earl Palmer   Drums
Pinetop Perkins   Piano
Charles Polk   Drums
George Porter   Bass
Miles Pratcher   Guitar
Norman Pride   Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
R.S. Rankin   Guitar
Bob Richey   Drums
Alvin Robinson   Guitar
Edward Rowe   Trumpet
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Red Saunders   Drums
Tommy Shannon   Bass
Roosevelt Shaw   Drums
Sahib Shihab   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Shines   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Omer Simeon   Clarinet
Lewis Steinberg   Bass
Leroy Stewart   Bass
George Stubbs   Piano
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Alfred Thomas   Trombone
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Aaron Varnell   Tenor Saxophone
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Van "Piano Man" Walls   Piano
Richard Washington   Percussion
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Guitar
Frank Wess   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul White   Organ
Sonny White   Piano
Jackie Williams   Drums
Jimmy Witherspoon   Vocals,Track Performer
Mama Yancey   Vocals,Track Performer
Mighty Joe Young   Guitar
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
King   Vocals,Track Performer
Freddie Stahle   Drums
Moe Benchamin   Saxophone
Texas Johnny Brown   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Larry Dale   Guitar
Ben Emerson   Trumpet
Eldridge Holmes   Vocals,Track Performer
Al Jackson   Drums
James "Pee Wee" Madison   Guitar
Jacoola Peters   Bass
Lefty Pina   Drums
Tommy Purkson   Trumpet
Jimmy Richardson   Bass
Shep Shepard   Banjo
Reuben Wright   Bass
Harry Van Walls   Track Performer
Lillian "Lil" Green   Vocals,Track Performer
Chuck Norris   Guitar
Gary Illingworth   Keyboards
Andrew McMahan   Bass
Thomas   Trombone
Marcus Johnson   Alto Saxophone
John Ewing   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Larry Davis   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Johnny Heartsman   Producer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Little Brother Montgomery   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Big Joe Williams   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Arranger
Mick Jagger   Producer
Richard Thompson   Composer
King Curtis   Arranger
Peter Johnson   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Producer
Marlin Greene   Producer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer,Producer
Herb Abramson   Producer
Harold Battiste   Producer
Eric Clapton   Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Fannie Davis   Contributor
Tom Dowd   Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer,Executive Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Sticks McGhee   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
Jim O'Neal   Liner Notes
David Porter   Composer
Philippe Rault   Producer
Marshall Sehorn   Producer
Johnny Shines   Arranger
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Richard Tee   Horn Arrangements
Allen Toussaint   Composer,Producer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Contributor
Tunc Erim   Producer
Ron Badger   Producer
Ron Harwood   Producer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Mark Myerson   Producer
Henry Stone   Producer
Carol Bobolts   Art Direction
Jimmy Douglas   Producer
Jules Taub   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer
Traditional   Composer
D.K. Baker   Composer
J. W. Scott   Composer
Brown   Composer
D. McCormick   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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