Chess Blues

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/2/1993
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076732934029
  • Catalog Number: 9340
  • Sales rank: 28,703


Disc 1
  1. 1 Lollypop Mama - Clarence Samuels (2:49)
  2. 2 Bilbo Is Dead - Andrew Tibbs (2:57)
  3. 3 Johnson Machine Gun - Sunnyland Slim (2:52)
  4. 4 Fly Right, Little Girl - Sunnyland Slim (2:36)
  5. 5 Little Anna Mae - Muddy Waters (2:33)
  6. 6 I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters (2:43)
  7. 7 My Sweet Lovin' Woman - Robert Nighthawk (2:52)
  8. 8 I Feel Like Going Home - Muddy Waters (3:11)
  9. 9 She Ain't Nowhere - Sunnyland Slim (2:47)
  10. 10 Florida Hurricane - St. Louis Jimmy (2:56)
  11. 11 Memory of Sonny Boy - Forest City Joe (3:17)
  12. 12 Tonky Boogie - Forrest Sykes (3:10)
  13. 13 Cryin' the Blues - Laura Rucker (2:42)
  14. 14 My Head Can't Rest Anymore - Baby Face Leroy (3:12)
  15. 15 Big Town Playboy - Johnny Jones (2:57)
  16. 16 Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk (3:04)
  17. 17 Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters (3:08)
  18. 18 Luedella - Jimmy Rogers (2:53)
  19. 19 Mother Earth - Memphis Slim (2:43)
  20. 20 Dr. Ross' Boogie - Doctor Ross (2:38)
  21. 21 Joliet Blues - Johnny Shines (2:41)
  22. 22 Moanin' at Midnight - Howlin' Wolf (2:57)
  23. 23 All Night Long - Muddy Waters (3:49)
  24. 24 Mr. Commissioner - Arbee Stidham (3:14)
  25. 25 Getting Old and Grey - Howlin' Wolf (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walkin' the Boogie - John Lee Hooker (2:34)
  2. 2 Juke - Little Walter (2:48)
  3. 3 Conjur Man - Memphis Minnie (2:59)
  4. 4 Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone - Muddy Waters (3:05)
  5. 5 Broken Heart - Memphis Minnie (2:59)
  6. 6 Truckin' Little Woman - Willie Nix (2:40)
  7. 7 Funeral Hearse at My Door - Rocky Fuller (3:16)
  8. 8 Hard Time Gettin' Started - Eddie Boyd (2:32)
  9. 9 Don't Need No Horse - Little Walter (3:19)
  10. 10 Eight Ball - Gus Jenkins (3:13)
  11. 11 Fast Boogie - Little Walter (2:49)
  12. 12 I'm Mad - Willie Mabon (2:39)
  13. 13 Ice Cream Man - John Brim (2:48)
  14. 14 Whose Muddy Shoes - Elmore James (3:19)
  15. 15 Got to Have It - Willie Mabon (3:07)
  16. 16 I Declare That Ain't Right - Henry Gray (3:07)
  17. 17 Remember - Alberta Adams (2:54)
  18. 18 [Untitled Instrumental] - Morris Pejoe (2:22)
  19. 19 Blues With a Feeling - Little Walter (3:08)
  20. 20 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters (2:53)
  21. 21 Forty-Four - Howlin' Wolf (2:50)
  22. 22 Got to Find My Baby - Little Walter (3:08)
  23. 23 Evil - Howlin' Wolf (2:56)
  24. 24 Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson (3:11)
  25. 25 Mama Talk to Your Daughter - J.B. Lenoir (2:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter (2:44)
  2. 2 My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble) - Muddy Waters (3:13)
  3. 3 My Baby - Little Walter (2:43)
  4. 4 You Got to Love Me - Billy Boy Arnold (2:27)
  5. 5 Walking the Blues - Willie Dixon (3:05)
  6. 6 Don't Start Me to Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:36)
  7. 7 Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf (3:09)
  8. 8 Twenty-Nine Ways to My Baby's Door - Willie Dixon (2:11)
  9. 9 Right to Love You - Paul Gayton (2:39)
  10. 10 Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon (2:43)
  11. 11 I'm Leaving You - Otis Spann (2:42)
  12. 12 Break of Day - Howlin' Wolf (2:47)
  13. 13 Please Don't Go - Floyd Dixon (3:33)
  14. 14 Keep It to Yourself - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:51)
  15. 15 Walking by Myself - Jimmy Rogers (2:49)
  16. 16 Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters (2:53)
  17. 17 Fattening Frogs for Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:42)
  18. 18 Slow Leake - Lafayette Leake (3:04)
  19. 19 Sitting on Top of the World - Howlin' Wolf (2:35)
  20. 20 She Don't Know - J.B. Lenoir (2:24)
  21. 21 Your Funeral and My Trial - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:30)
  22. 22 Key to the Highway - Little Walter (2:49)
  23. 23 Double Trouble - Muddy Waters (3:31)
  24. 24 Come on Home - Eddie Boyd (2:39)
  25. 25 Goat - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:23)
  26. 26 So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Otis Rush (3:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 First Time I Met the Blues - Buddy Guy (2:20)
  2. 2 Too Poor - Detroit Junior (2:17)
  3. 3 Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson (2:27)
  4. 4 The Shakedown - Lloyd Glenn (2:28)
  5. 5 Sun Is Shining - Elmore James (2:42)
  6. 6 Calling on My Darling - Albert King (3:06)
  7. 7 The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf (2:28)
  8. 8 Nine Below Zero - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:29)
  9. 9 Goin' Down Slow - Howlin' Wolf (4:04)
  10. 10 Satisfied - Little Milton (2:18)
  11. 11 Something's Got a Hold on Me - Etta James (2:49)
  12. 12 Wrinkles - The Big Three Trio (2:38)
  13. 13 Bring It on Home - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:37)
  14. 14 Good Moanin' Blues - Big Walter Horton (4:14)
  15. 15 Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf (2:51)
  16. 16 What Kind of Man Is That? - Koko Taylor (3:05)
  17. 17 We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton (2:41)
  18. 18 Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor (3:02)
  19. 19 Dirty Work Goin' On - Little Joe Blue (2:47)
  20. 20 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker (3:00)
  21. 21 Jinglin' Baby - Eddie "Guitar" Burns (2:06)
  22. 22 That's Why I Don't Mind - Muddy Waters (2:58)
  23. 23 Keep It to Myself - Buddy Guy (2:31)
  24. 24 Sitting Here Alone - Hound Dog Taylor (3:45)
  25. 25 I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James (2:34)
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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 Jr. Guitar
The 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
Al 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 Jr. 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
Al 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 Jr. 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
Erick Labson Remastering
Robert Stoughton Contributor
Ellington Jordan Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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