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Chess Blues

Chess Blues

Chess Blues is a superlative four-CD box set featuring important tracks by all the main stars of the label (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson), as well as much previously


Chess Blues is a superlative four-CD box set featuring important tracks by all the main stars of the label (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson), as well as much previously unreleased material. A well-done retrospective of Chicago blues in its heyday, as recorded by America's greatest blues label, Chess.

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Disc 1

  1. Lollypop Mama
  2. Bilbo Is Dead
  3. Johnson Machine Gun
  4. Fly Right, Little Girl
  5. Little Anna Mae
  6. I Can't Be Satisfied
  7. My Sweet Lovin' Woman
  8. I Feel Like Going Home
  9. She Ain't Nowhere
  10. Florida Hurricane
  11. Memory of Sonny Boy
  12. Tonky Boogie
  13. Cryin' the Blues
  14. My Head Can't Rest Anymore
  15. Big Town Playboy
  16. Sweet Black Angel
  17. Rollin' Stone
  18. Luedella
  19. Mother Earth
  20. Dr. Ross' Boogie
  21. Joliet Blues
  22. Moanin' at Midnight
  23. All Night Long
  24. Mr. Commissioner
  25. Getting Old and Grey

Disc 2

  1. Walkin' the Boogie
  2. Juke
  3. Conjur Man
  4. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone
  5. Broken Heart
  6. Truckin' Little Woman
  7. Funeral Hearse at My Door
  8. Hard Time Gettin' Started
  9. Don't Need No Horse
  10. Eight Ball
  11. Fast Boogie
  12. I'm Mad
  13. Ice Cream Man
  14. Whose Muddy Shoes
  15. Got to Have It
  16. I Declare That Ain't Right
  17. Remember
  18. [Untitled Instrumental]
  19. Blues With a Feeling
  20. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  21. Forty-Four
  22. Got to Find My Baby
  23. Evil
  24. Reconsider Baby
  25. Mama Talk to Your Daughter

Disc 3

  1. Mellow Down Easy
  2. My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble)
  3. My Baby
  4. You Got to Love Me
  5. Walking the Blues
  6. Don't Start Me to Talkin'
  7. Smokestack Lightning
  8. Twenty-Nine Ways to My Baby's Door
  9. Right to Love You
  10. Ain't Nobody's Business
  11. I'm Leaving You
  12. Break of Day
  13. Please Don't Go
  14. Keep It to Yourself
  15. Walking by Myself
  16. Got My Mojo Working
  17. Fattening Frogs for Snakes
  18. Slow Leake
  19. Sitting on Top of the World
  20. She Don't Know
  21. Your Funeral and My Trial
  22. Key to the Highway
  23. Double Trouble
  24. Come on Home
  25. Goat
  26. So Many Roads, So Many Trains

Disc 4

  1. First Time I Met the Blues
  2. Too Poor
  3. Blue Shadows
  4. The Shakedown
  5. Sun Is Shining
  6. Calling on My Darling
  7. The Red Rooster
  8. Nine Below Zero
  9. Goin' Down Slow
  10. Satisfied
  11. Something's Got a Hold on Me
  12. Wrinkles
  13. Bring It on Home
  14. Good Moanin' Blues
  15. Killing Floor
  16. What Kind of Man Is That?
  17. We're Gonna Make It
  18. Wang Dang Doodle
  19. Dirty Work Goin' On
  20. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  21. Jinglin' Baby
  22. That's Why I Don't Mind
  23. Keep It to Myself
  24. Sitting Here Alone
  25. I'd Rather Go Blind

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Boy Arnold   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie Boyd   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
James Cotton   Harmonica
Floyd Dixon   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Dixon   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Lowell Fulson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Gayten   Piano,Leader,Track Performer
Lloyd Glenn   Piano,Track Performer
Henry Gray   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy Guy   Guitar,Track Performer
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Walter Horton   Harmonica,Track Performer
Etta James   Vocals,Track Performer
J.B. Lenoir   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Little Walter   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Hill Louis   Guitar,Harmonica
Willie Mabon   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Memphis Minnie   Track Performer
Memphis Slim   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Louis Myers   Guitar
Robert Nighthawk   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Eddie Taylor   Guitar
Hound Dog Taylor   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Koko Taylor   Track Performer
Junior Wells   Harmonica
Lee Allen   Tenor Saxophone
James Carr   Tenor Saxophone
Maurice White   Drums
John Young   Piano
Harold Ashby   Tenor Saxophone
Phil Upchurch   Bass
Lou Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Lorenzo Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Barge   Saxophone
Choker Campbell   Saxophone
Doctor Ross   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Lee Jackson   Bass
Johnny Jones   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Sam Lay   Drums
Andrew McMahon   Bass
Oliver Sain   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Arbee Stidham   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jody Williams   Guitar
David Hines   Trumpet
Homesick James Williamson   Guitar
Bill Emerson   Organ
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Big Three Trio   Track Performer
Snooky Pryor   Harmonica
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Oliver Alcorn   Tenor Saxophone
Alex Atkins   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Baby Face Leroy   Track Performer
Carl Banks   Organ
Fontella Bass   Piano
Julien Beasley   Saxophone
Joseph Bell   Bass
Fred Below   Drums
Bo Diddley   Guitar
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
Reggie Boyd   Bass
James Bradford   Bass
John Brim   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
J.T. Brown   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie "Guitar" Burns   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Buster   Organ
Little Milton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Milton Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Leonard Caston   Organ,Guitar
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone
Fred Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Francis Clay   Drums
Leroy Cooper   Bass
Ernest "Big" Crawford   Bass
Detroit Junior   Track Performer
Paul Drake   Piano
Duncan   Drums
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Elgin Evans   Drums
Frank Fields   Bass
Leroy Foster   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Bass Drums,Vocals,Hi Hat
Jarrett Gibson   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Green   Maracas
Larry Green   Guitar
William K. "Billy" Hadnott   Bass
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone
Pat Hare   Guitar
Henry "Sneaky Joe" Harris   Drums
Hilda Harris   Drums
David Hood   Bass
George Hunter   Drums
Clifton James   Drums
Elmore James   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
St. Louis Jimmy Oden   Vocals
Forest City Joe   Track Performer
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Ray Johnson   Guitar
Waldron "Frog" Joseph   Trombone
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
Albert King   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie King   Guitar
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Ernest Lane   Piano
Sammy Lawhorn   Guitar
Lafayette Leake   Piano,Track Performer
Albert Lowe   Guitar
Little Mack   Background Vocals
Jack Meyers   Bass
Gene Miller   Trumpet
Joe Montgomery   Piano
Thiotis Morgan   Drums
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Bob Neely   Tenor Saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman   Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Saxophone
Willie Nix   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Odie Payne   Drums
Lee Otis   Bass
Frank Parker   Drums
Morris Pejoe   Guitar,Track Performer
Earl Phillips   Drums
Milton Rector   Bass
Judge Riley   Drums
Freddie Robinette   Baritone Saxophone
Arnold Rogers   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Laura Rucker   Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Satterfield   Bass
Bill Settles   Bass
Johnny Shines   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Gerald Sims   Guitar
Robert Sims   Drums
Sunnyland Slim   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Otis Smokey Smothers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Steel   Drums
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Charles Stepney   Piano
Wilbur Thompson   Trumpet
Andrew Tibbs   Vocals,Track Performer
Curtis Tillman   Bass
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Aaron Varnell   Saxophone
Percy Walker   Drums
Sam Wallace   Piano
Eddie Ware   Piano
Hal White   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Whitehead   Drums
Robert Whithead   Drums
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Witherspoon   Vocals,Track Performer
Big Jim Wynn   Baritone Saxophone
Black Bob   Piano
Leon Hooper   Drums
Willie Johnson   Guitar
James "Pee Wee" Madison   Guitar
Claude McLin   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Samuels   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lawrence Taylor   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Walker   Drums
Dave Young   Tenor Saxophone
Little Joe Blue   Track Performer
Alberta Adams   Vocals,Track Performer
Chick Booth   Drums
Steve Boswell   Drums
J.C. Cole   Guitar
Ollie Crawford   Guitar
Little Sax Crowder   Tenor Saxophone
Roger Dawkins   Drums
Minnie Douglas   Guitar,Vocals
Rocky Fuller   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew Gardner   Alto Saxophone
Garvin   Drums
Phillip Gibeaux   Saxophone
George Guy   Guitar,Vocals
Georgia Hinton   Background Vocals
Pee Wee Jackson   Trumpet
Gus Jenkins   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Myrtle Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Tommy Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Martin   Piano
Fats Morris   Trombone
Dewey Oldham   Organ,Piano
Timothy Overton   Tenor Saxophone
Eugene Pierson   Guitar
Larry Prothe   Trumpet
Joe Bennie Pugh   Harmonica,Vocals
Stovepipe No. 1   Drums
Henry Strong   Harmonica
Forrest Sykes   Piano,Track Performer
Cora Taylor   Vocals
Chuck Thomas   Drums
Red Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Valery   Vocals
Curtis Walker   Drums
Emery Williams   Piano,Vocals
John Williams   Guitar
Ernest Lawlars   Guitar
Louis Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Brown   Alto Saxophone
L.C. Hubert   Piano
Paul Gayton   Track Performer
Dave Myers   Guitar
St. Louis Jimmy   Track Performer
Oliver Alborn   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer
Oliver Sain   Producer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Bill Foster   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Joe Bennie Pugh   Composer
Forrest Sykes   Composer
Theodore Roosevelt Taylor   Composer
Michael Diehl   Contributor
Robert Stoughton   Contributor
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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