Chess Blues Classics: 1957-1967

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This second volume of a two-volume entry in MCA's Chess 50th Anniversary reissue series chronicles the second decade of blues classics produced by the landmark company. Although Chess' big four Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson are all finely represented, influential sides by Elmore James "Madison Blues", Otis Rush "So Many Roads, So Many Trains", and John Lee Hooker his monochord boogie treatment of Amos Milburn's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" pepper the mix as well. As Chess moved into the soul market, so it was that latter-day blues sides by Little Milton, Koko Taylor, and Etta James took on a more pronounced R&B edge, and it is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This second volume of a two-volume entry in MCA's Chess 50th Anniversary reissue series chronicles the second decade of blues classics produced by the landmark company. Although Chess' big four Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson are all finely represented, influential sides by Elmore James "Madison Blues", Otis Rush "So Many Roads, So Many Trains", and John Lee Hooker his monochord boogie treatment of Amos Milburn's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" pepper the mix as well. As Chess moved into the soul market, so it was that latter-day blues sides by Little Milton, Koko Taylor, and Etta James took on a more pronounced R&B edge, and it is these sides that close this compilation in a near perfect bookend fashion. Extra special highlight: Etta James' nitro reading of Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You Want Me to Do," recorded live in 1964.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076732936825
  • Catalog Number: 9368
  • Sales rank: 37,136

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Buddy Guy Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Earl Hooker Guitar
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Etta James Vocals, Track Performer
Freddie King Guitar
Little Walter Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Robert Nighthawk Guitar
A.C. Reed Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Koko Taylor Vocals, Track Performer
Maurice White Drums
Johnny Jones Piano
Sam Lay Drums
David T. Walker Guitar
Jody Williams Guitar
David Hines Trumpet
Homesick James Williamson Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Carl Banks Organ
Fred Below Drums
Freeman Brown Drums
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie "Guitar" Burns Guitar
Little Milton Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Leonard Caston Piano
Charles Chalmers Saxophone
Francis Clay Drums
Al Duncan Drums
Donald Hankins Baritone Saxophone
Pat Hare Guitar
David Hood Electric Bass
George Hunter Drums
Clifton James Drums
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard Piano
Lafayette Leake Piano
Albert Lowe Guitar
Jack Meyers Bass
Gene Miller Trumpet
Muddy Waters Vocals, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Bob Neely Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman Saxophone
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Earl Phillips Drums
Milton Rector Bass
Otis Rush Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Louis Satterfield Bass
Gerald Sims Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Andrew Stephenson Bass
Charles Stepney Piano
Luther Tucker Guitar
Aaron Varnell Saxophone
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker Organ
Richard Waters Drums
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Roger Dawkins Drums
Dewey Oldham Organ, Piano
Marion Wright Bass
Gavrell Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Vonzell Cooper Organ
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Producer
Carl Smith Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Ralph Bass Composer, Producer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Bill Foster Composer
Rick Hall Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Dick Shurman Liner Notes
Ron Badger Composer
Phil Wright Arranger
Billy Davis Composer, Producer
Walter Jacobs Composer
Sheldon Feinberg Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Ellington Jordan Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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