Box of the Blues

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rounder's four-CD Box of the Blues is, by looking at its inclusion of tracks, seemingly an ambitious proposition. But looks can be deceiving. Compiled and introduced by vice president of A&R Scott Billington -- a man whose credentials, when it comes to fighting for and preserving blues traditions, are unassailable -- these discs become a kind of theme-oriented blur of Rounder's substantial catalog holdings. Billington's schemata are quirky, sometimes ironic, and sometimes downright scary and profound as the set's first and second discs' "61 Highway" and "One More Mile" attest. The first CD concentrates its energies on the revelation of blues as it came up from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rounder's four-CD Box of the Blues is, by looking at its inclusion of tracks, seemingly an ambitious proposition. But looks can be deceiving. Compiled and introduced by vice president of A&R Scott Billington -- a man whose credentials, when it comes to fighting for and preserving blues traditions, are unassailable -- these discs become a kind of theme-oriented blur of Rounder's substantial catalog holdings. Billington's schemata are quirky, sometimes ironic, and sometimes downright scary and profound as the set's first and second discs' "61 Highway" and "One More Mile" attest. The first CD concentrates its energies on the revelation of blues as it came up from the Mississippi Delta in the music of Fred McDowell, Johnny Shines, Etta Baker, Blind Willie McTell, John Hurt, and others and mutated up north to Chicago with Otis Spann, Robert Nighthawk, and others. On disc two, the blues becomes a more regional concern as expressed by everyone from Gatemouth Brown to Jack Dupree to Willie Cobbs and J.B. Hutto. Texas and News Orleans are prominently featured. And disc four, being a mishmash of current styles, has its merits even if the strategy is hard to decipher -- perhaps it is only that Billington put his favorite cuts on the disc, which would make it plenty valid even if it is a careening listen. But "Change in the Pocket" is erratic in its presentations of traditional purveyors of the music from George Thorogood and Corey Harris to the Tarbox Ramblers and Roomful of Blues. Here everything feels willy-nilly and reeks of some kind of revisionism. But still, three out of four isn't bad and the price is right, too. This is no Grammy-deserving compilation, but there are some amazing things on it -- even if it feels like Rounder patting itself on the back and trying to cash in on Martin Scorsese's Presents the Blues series on PBS.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661217126
  • Catalog Number: 612171
  • Sales rank: 199,800


Disc 1
  1. 1 61 Highway (3:11)
  2. 2 See See Rider (2:53)
  3. 3 I Could Hear My Name A-Ringin' - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:39)
  4. 4 Cheating and Lying Blues - Robert Nighthawk (4:58)
  5. 5 Lonesome Whistle (3:45)
  6. 6 Broken Hearted Blues (4:52)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Make You Happy (3:35)
  8. 8 Dooleyville Blues - Bill "Boogie Bill" Webb (2:08)
  9. 9 One Kind Favor (2:55)
  10. 10 Blues for Martin Luther King (3:39)
  11. 11 Wind Howlin' Blues - David Honeyboy Edwards (3:17)
  12. 12 Dying Crapshooter's Blues (3:10)
  13. 13 Screamin' and Cryin' (3:17)
  14. 14 Candy Man (2:58)
  15. 15 The Red Cross Store (3:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 One More Mile - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (4:15)
  2. 2 My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble (4:51)
  3. 3 Give Me Flowers While I'm Livin' (5:00)
  4. 4 Cool Blues Walk - Eddy Clearwater (5:30)
  5. 5 Port Arthur Blues (4:36)
  6. 6 Nobody But You (3:47)
  7. 7 Jukin' (6:24)
  8. 8 Johnny's Jump - Johnny Young (2:21)
  9. 9 Goin' Out West, Pts. 1 and 2 - Larry Davis (5:57)
  10. 10 Walking by Myself - Jimmy Rogers (3:07)
  11. 11 Blues and My Guitar (4:44)
  12. 12 Eighteen Year Old Girl - J.B. Hutto (4:17)
  13. 13 I'm from Mississippi (4:54)
  14. 14 This Is the Blues (2:41)
  15. 15 The Man from Mars - Smokey Wilson (5:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Change in My Pocket (2:54)
  2. 2 Blue House - Marcia Ball (3:27)
  3. 3 Meanest Woman (3:48)
  4. 4 Make Some Changes - Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones (3:49)
  5. 5 Down South Blues (4:03)
  6. 6 How Long (5:20)
  7. 7 I'm the Toughest Girl Alive (3:08)
  8. 8 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (2:54)
  9. 9 Frankie and Albert (2:27)
  10. 10 What That Means to Me - Duke Robillard (2:51)
  11. 11 Let Me Live (3:52)
  12. 12 Lovin' Someone Else - Little Jimmy King & The Memphis Soul Survivors (5:35)
  13. 13 John Hardy - George Thorogood (3:23)
  14. 14 One Night Affair (5:38)
  15. 15 Shifting Sand (4:41)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Good Day for the Blues (4:35)
  2. 2 Outskirts of Town (3:25)
  3. 3 Live and Let Live - Terry Evans (4:41)
  4. 4 Roadblock (4:51)
  5. 5 I Can Take You to Heaven Tonight (4:37)
  6. 6 Got to Get Myself Some Money (4:58)
  7. 7 Nowhere to Hide - Paul Kelly (3:28)
  8. 8 What Can I Do (Somebody Tell Me) - Little Buster & the Soul Brothers (3:58)
  9. 9 Two Wrongs - Theryl DeClouet (3:51)
  10. 10 I Stepped in Quicksand - Charles Brown (5:27)
  11. 11 Ain't No Business Like Your Business (4:42)
  12. 12 Promised Land (3:36)
  13. 13 You Don't Know Nothin' About Love - Tracy Nelson (4:46)
  14. 14 Bring It on Home Daddy - Ted Hawkins (3:05)
  15. 15 Out of the Dark - Walter "Wolfman" Washington (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta Baker Guitar, Vocals
Marcia Ball Piano, Vocals
Rory Block Guitar
Big Bill Broonzy Acoustic Bass
Buster Brown Harmonica, Vocals
Eddy Clearwater Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Willie Cobbs Harmonica, Vocals
Larry Davis Guitar, Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree Piano, Vocals
Lowell Fulson Guitar, Vocals
Ted Hawkins Guitar, Vocals
Mississippi John Hurt Guitar, Vocals
Smokin' Joe Kubek Rhythm Guitar
Lonesome Sundown Guitar, Vocals
Blind Willie McTell Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Memphis Slim Piano
Sam Myers Harmonica, Vocals
Robert Nighthawk Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Guitar, Vocals
Bill "Boogie Bill" Webb Guitar, Vocals
Big Joe Williams Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Young Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Geoff Muldaur Guitar, Vocals
Solomon Burke Vocals
Otis Clay Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar
Bobby King Vocals
Wilson Pickett Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Irma Thomas Vocals
George Thorogood Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Ruth Brown Vocals
Bill Easley Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Ponder Guitar
David Torkanowsky Hammond Organ
Earl Turbinton Alto Saxophone
Tracy Nelson Vocals
Sam Lay Drums
Bob Riedy Piano
Jewell "Babe" Stovall Guitar, Vocals
Willie Tee Synthesizer
Jim Keltner Drums
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Chris Duarte Guitar, Vocals
Brian Murray Trumpet
Candye Kane Vocals
Johnny Adams Vocals
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold Drums
David Barard Bass
Al Basile Cornet
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Carey Bell Harmonica, Vocals
Warren Bell Alto Saxophone
Scott Billington cowbell
Thomas Bingham Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Gaylord Birch Drums
Brian Bisesi Guitar
Franchot Blake Drums
Carl Blouin Baritone Saxophone
Alonzo Bowens Trombone
Doyle Bramhall Drums
Bertram Brown Background Vocals
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Guitar, Vocals
Charles V. Brown Piano, Vocals
Kerry Brown Drums
Stephen Bruton Guitar
Donald Bryant Background Vocals
Little Milton Guitar
Bobby Campo Trumpet
Frank Capek Guitar
Danny Caron Guitar
John Cephas Guitar, Vocals
Maynard Chatters Trombone
Jon Cleary Synthesizer, Piano
Cranston Clements Electric Guitar
Stacy Cole Trumpet
Johnny Copeland Guitar, Vocals
Rodney Craig Drums
Sammy Creason Drums
Jack Cruz Bass
David II Saxophone
Ruth Davies Bass
Daryl Davis Piano
Tom DeQuattro Drums
Popsy Dixon Drums, Vocals
Nathaniel Dove Piano
David Honeyboy Edwards Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Charles Elam III Background Vocals
Bob Enos Trumpet
Thomas Enright Bass
Herman V. Ernest III Percussion, Drums
Laurence Etkin Trumpet
Terry Evans Vocals
Tom Fitzpatrick Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Ford Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Forrester Piano, Hammond Organ
Anson Funderburgh Guitar
Ollie Count Gaines Bass
Ernie Gautreau Trombone, Valve Trombone
Victor Goines Baritone Saxophone
Ken "Doc" Grace Bass
Howard Grimes Drums
Jimmy Grisby Background Vocals
Donald Harrison Alto Saxophone
Charles Hodges Organ, Piano
Charles "Chas" Hodges Organ
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Wendell Holmes Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Hopper Bass
Steve Howard Trumpet
J.B. Hutto Guitar, Vocals
Wayne Jackson Trombone, Trumpet
Doug James Baritone Saxophone
Darryl Johnson Bass
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
George Journigan 5-string Bass
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Fred Kemp Tenor Saxophone
Billy Kilson Drums
Bnois King Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Simon Kirke Percussion, Drums
Paul Klemperer Tenor Saxophone
Joe Krown Organ, Piano
Kenny Krumbholz Bass
Lloyd Lambert Acoustic Bass
Rich Lataille Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
S.P. Leary Drums
Melvin Lee Bass
Kenn Lending Guitar
Ron Levy Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Leader, Hammond Organ
David Li Saxophone
Andrew Love Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Glen MacArthur Trumpet
Richard Martinez Trombone
Matt McCabe Piano
Cedric Cowboy McCory Drums
Michael Merritt Bass
James Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Melvin Moore Trumpet
Ray Moore Alto Saxophone
Sugar Ray Norcia Harmonica, Vocals
Spooner Oldham Organ
Buster Paterson Electric Bass
Ann Peebles Vocals, Background Vocals
Joel Perry Rhythm Guitar
Leroy Pina Drums
Ken Pino Guitar
Renard Poché Guitar
Shannon Powell Drums
Carl Querfurth Trombone
Red Rails Baritone Saxophone
Thadeus Richard Keyboards, Alto Saxophone
Marty Richards Drums
Glen Rogers Drums
Jimmy Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Eugene Ross Guitar
John Rossi Drums
James Rudy Piano
Joe Salisbury Alto Saxophone
Bill "Foots" Samuel Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jamil Sharif Trumpet
Scott Shetler Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Shines Guitar, Vocals
Robert Shipley Drums
James Singleton Bass, Acoustic Bass
Dr. Lonnie Smith Hammond Organ
Clifford Solomon Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Jim Spake Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Otis Spann Piano, Vocals
Curtis Steele Drums
Akira Tana Drums
Dennis Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Scott Thompson Trumpet
Jon Tiven Guitar
Michael Toles Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Roland S555
John Touchy Trombone
Terry Tullos Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Archie Turner Piano
Alvin "Red" Tyler Tenor Saxophone
Chris Vachon Guitar
Ken Vangel Keyboards
Ernest Vantrease Piano
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
Dennis Walker Bass
Ina Bea Walker Background Vocals
Phillip Walker Guitar, Vocals
Robert Whitehead Drums
Phil Wiggins Harmonica
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica, Vocals
Michelle Willson Vocals
Keith Winking Trumpet
Arthur Woods Piano
Miles Kevin Wright Bass
Craig Wroten Piano, Keyboards
Kermit "Champ" Young Hammond Organ
Lee Allen Zeno Bass
Randy Zimmerman Trombone
Jol Dantzig Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Hill Drums
Fred Hodges Piano
Charlie Miller Trumpet
Walter Payton Jr. Bass
Bill Rich Bass
Earl J. Smith Jr. Background Vocals
Eugene Dacosta Cordew Keyboards
Edward Forehand Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Harshaw Tenor Saxophone
Alan Levy Bass
Lannie McMIllian Tenor Saxophone
Timothy Richardson Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Tucker Jr. Bass, Drums
Cano Background Vocals
Corey Harris Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Sally Tiven Bass
Raymond Weber Drums
Danny Cochran Drums
John Jordan Bass
Mary Thomas Trumpet
Jim Wydra Bass
Bruce Hammond Trombone
Herb Quinn Mandolin
Little Jimmy King & The Memphis Soul Survivors Guitar, Vocals
Ed Petersen Tenor Saxophone
Llew Matthews Keyboards
Johnny Sciascia Vocals, Bass Fiddle
Steve Wilcox Guitar
Greg Willis Electric Bass
Robert Lee Wilson Guitar, Vocals
Cornell Williams Bass, Background Vocals
Barney Floyd Trumpet
Chris Mason Saxophone
Dave Limina Piano
John Street Piano, Hammond Organ
Theryl DeClouet Vocals
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams Guitar
John Packer Electric Bass
Sky Williams Keyboards
June Yamagishi Guitar
Daniel Kellar Violin, Vocals
John Cohan Percussion, Drums
Abram Wilson Trumpet
Steve Smith Trumpet
Jeff Alexander Drums
Jamal Millner Guitar
William "Billy" Brown Background Vocals
Tony West Piano, Hammond Organ
Steven Walker Trombone
Joey Vee Drums
Ronnie Bramhall Organ
Mark Braud Trumpet
Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax Drums
Earl The Pearl Guitar
Stuart Holmes Vocals, Wurlitzer
Charles "Sugar Boy" Jones Drums
Chris Jones Electric Bass
Paul Kelly Vocals, Background Vocals
Guthrie Kennard Bass
Bob Mathes Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy "Blue Shoes" Pendleton Drums
David Peters Drums
Richard "Hubcap" Robinson Drums
Houston Ross Bass
Michael Tarbox Guitar, Vocals
David Lee Drums
Don Bennett Bass
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice Drums
Technical Credits
Etta Baker Composer
Marcia Ball Composer, Producer
Rory Block Producer
Charles Brown Composer
Eddy Clearwater Composer, Producer
Willie Cobbs Composer, Producer
James Cotton Composer
Larry Davis Composer
Lowell Fulson Arranger, Composer
Ted Hawkins Composer
The Holmes Brothers Contributor
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Smokin' Joe Kubek Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Sam Myers Composer
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Composer
Big Joe Williams Composer
Johnny Young Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Michael Melford Producer
Solomon Burke Composer, Producer
Paul Carrack Composer
Ry Cooder Producer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Duke Robillard Producer
Gene Simmons Composer
Bill Easley Arranger
Tommy Tate Composer
Terry Manning Engineer
Willie Mitchell Producer
Bob Riedy Producer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Composer
Robert Lockwood Jr. Producer
Willis James Engineer
Alan Lomax Engineer
Andy Razaf Composer
Paul Kelly Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Candye Kane Composer
D. Amy Composer
Joe Arlotta Engineer
Jim Bateman Producer
Glenn Berger Engineer
Scott Billington Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Stu Black Engineer
Doyle Bramhall Producer
Andy Breslau Producer
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Producer
Homer Brown Composer, Horn Arrangements
Jon Burr Song Clearance
A.P. Carter Composer
John Cevetello Engineer
Joe Clayton Composer
Vera Cobbs Composer
Johnny Copeland Composer
Tony Daigle Engineer
Bill Dashiell Engineer, Remixing
Norman Dayron Producer, Engineer
Dan Doyle Producer
Dennis Dragon Engineer
Tom Edmonds Engineer
David Honeyboy Edwards Composer
Terry Evans Composer
David Farrell Engineer
Sandy Fisher Engineer
Anson Funderburgh Composer, Producer
Jim Gaines Producer
Jay Gallagher Engineer
Kenny Gamble Composer
John Paul Gauthier Engineer
Victor Goines Horn Arrangements
Phil Greene overdub engineer
Donald Harrison Horn Arrangements
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Producer
Sherman Holmes Composer
Thomas Hoskins Producer
Leon Huff Composer
J.B. Hutto Composer
Darryl Johnson Composer
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones Composer, Producer
Bruce Kaplan Producer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Horn Arrangements
Bnois King Composer
Wes Lachot Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Arthur Lee Composer
Ron Levy Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Mark Linett Engineer
John A. Lomax Engineer
Gregg Lunsford Engineer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Paul Mufson Engineer
John Nagy Engineer
Jeff Powell Engineer
Carl Querfurth Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Steve Reynolds Engineer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Richard Rosenblatt Engineer
Steve Rosenthal Engineer
Bill "Foots" Samuel Horn Arrangements
Johnny Shines Composer, Producer
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Peter Silitch Engineer
Sonny Terry Composer
Otis Spann Composer
Richard K. Spottswood Producer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
Jon Tiven Composer, Producer
Walter Turbitt Engineer
Jared Tuten Engineer
Ken Vangel Arranger, Producer
Dennis Walker Producer
Michael Ward Composer
Will Weldon Composer
Miles Wilkinson Producer, Engineer
Hank Williams Composer
Michelle Willson rhythm arrangement
Smokey Wilson Composer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Michelle Wilson Composer
Chris Rival Producer, Engineer
Stephen Van Dam Engineer
Edward Forehand Composer, Horn Arrangements
Jerry Harshaw Horn Arrangements
Corey Harris Producer
Dr. David Evans Engineer
Sally Tiven Composer
Mary Thomas Horn Arrangements
Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets Contributor
The Clarks Composer
Ed Petersen Horn Arrangements
Skidd Mills Engineer
Bruce Loughry Engineer
Paul Osborn Producer, Engineer
Robert Lee Wilson rhythm arrangement
James A. Lane Composer
Hoy Lindsey Composer
T. Beckerman Composer
Ricky Ray Rector Composer
Walter Spriggs Composer
William Jack Dupree Composer
Joe Johnson Engineer
C. Green Composer
Jeff Juliano Engineer
Dave Limina Composer, rhythm arrangement
Joe "Flip" Wilson Producer
Ron Laury Engineer
Úna Gibney Arranger
Lewis Jones Engineer
South Side Slim Composer
Theryl DeClouet Producer
Traditional Composer
Ruby T. Lomax Engineer
Sky Williams Composer
Jamal Millner Producer
William "Billy" Brown Producer, Engineer
Jeff Bagby Engineer
John Early Engineer
Richard Kuebler Composer
John Work III Engineer
John Hurt Composer
Lane Composer
Jacobs Composer
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