Blues Masters, Vol. 6: Blues Originals

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's unfortunate, but it's true: the original versions of many blues classics aren't nearly as well-known as their hit covers by usually white rock groups. That's not to say that some of these covers aren't great as well, but it's both educational and enjoyable to hear them from the source's mouth. Blues Originals contains 18 original versions of classics that went on to reach a wide audience via covers by the Stones, the Yardbirds, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and others. The Chess stable of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson is represented here, of course, along with standards by Elmore James, Otis Rush, Robert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's unfortunate, but it's true: the original versions of many blues classics aren't nearly as well-known as their hit covers by usually white rock groups. That's not to say that some of these covers aren't great as well, but it's both educational and enjoyable to hear them from the source's mouth. Blues Originals contains 18 original versions of classics that went on to reach a wide audience via covers by the Stones, the Yardbirds, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and others. The Chess stable of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson is represented here, of course, along with standards by Elmore James, Otis Rush, Robert Johnson, Slim Harpo, and Jimmy Reed. Mixed in with great and fairly available performances like Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and Howlin' Wolf's "Back Door Man" are some quite obscure and collectable delights. Arthur Crudup's original version of "That's All Right," covered by Elvis Presley for his first single, has been surprisingly hard to find over the years; ditto for Muddy Waters' "You Need Love," which formed the blueprint for Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Even most Yardbirds fanatics are unaware that the prototype for "Lost Woman" was taken from and retitled after an obscure Snooky Pryor single, "Someone to Love Me." And even many Chicago blues fanatics will be surprised to find the original version of "Got My Mojo Working," which was not recorded by Muddy Waters, but little-known jump blues singer Ann Cole. A fine collection, mixing together famous standards and obscure gems with thorough liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1993
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227112721
  • Catalog Number: 71127

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Davis Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Dixon Bass
Henry Gray Piano
John Hammond Jr. Track Performer
Slim Harpo Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Earl Hooker Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Freddie King Guitar
Little Walter Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Louis Myers Guitar
A.C. Reed Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Reed Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Fenton Robinson Guitar
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Henry Thomas Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Reed Pipes
Harold Ashby Tenor Saxophone
James Booker Piano
Mickey Baker Guitar
Johnny Jones Piano
Sam Lay Drums
Homesick James Williamson Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Snooky Pryor Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Lester Davenport Harmonica
Fred Below Drums
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Bo Diddley Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Reggie Boyd Guitar
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Burks Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ann Cole Vocals, Track Performer
Lee Cooper Guitar
Ernest Cotton Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
W.C. Dalton Guitar
David Dean Tenor Saxophone
Al Duncan Drums
Guitar Gable Guitar
Grady Gaines Tenor Saxophone
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Johnson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Kirkland Drums
Ransom Knowling Bass
Lafayette Leake Organ, Guitar, Piano
Carl Lott Bass
Muddy Waters Vocals, Track Performer
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Fats Perrodin Bass
Earl Phillips Drums
Milton Rector Bass
Judge Riley Drums
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Otis Rush Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sammy Lay Drums
Otis Spann Piano
The Suburbans Vocals
Luther Tucker Guitar
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker Organ
Lucius Washington Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica, Track Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Walter Vocals, Track Performer
Floyd Arceneaux Trumpet
G.L. Crockett Vocals, Track Performer
Odie Turner Piano
Johnny Perry Drums
Frank Green Maracas
Jimmy Reed Jr. Guitar, Vocals
Larry Davis & His Band Track Performer
Jockey Etienne Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Slim Harpo Composer
Henry Thomas Contributor
Cub Koda Liner Notes
James Austin Producer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Geoff Gans Art Direction
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