Frett'n the Blues: Best of the Great Blues Guitarists

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 1960s, lovers of electric blues had a lot to choose from -- not only the Chicago blues, but also the electric blues of Texas, Louisiana, Detroit, and Memphis. Vanguard's electric blues output of the 1960s is the main focus of this 2000 compilation, which spans 1965-1968 and spotlights some of the guitar playing singers who recorded for the label. Vanguard was no stranger to acoustic country blues -- one of the CD's highlights, in fact, is Texas native Lightnin' Hopkins performing "Baby, Please Don't Go" at the Newport Folk Festival -- but for the most part, Frett'n the Blues concerns itself with electric Northern blues. Chicago-based artists dominate the CD, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 1960s, lovers of electric blues had a lot to choose from -- not only the Chicago blues, but also the electric blues of Texas, Louisiana, Detroit, and Memphis. Vanguard's electric blues output of the 1960s is the main focus of this 2000 compilation, which spans 1965-1968 and spotlights some of the guitar playing singers who recorded for the label. Vanguard was no stranger to acoustic country blues -- one of the CD's highlights, in fact, is Texas native Lightnin' Hopkins performing "Baby, Please Don't Go" at the Newport Folk Festival -- but for the most part, Frett'n the Blues concerns itself with electric Northern blues. Chicago-based artists dominate the CD, and the vitality of Chicago's blues scene of the 1960s is illustrated by such delights as Buddy Guy performing "Sweet Little Angel" and "One Room Country Shack," Homesick James tackling "Dust My Broom," and Otis Rush embracing "It's a Mean Old World." Muddy Waters, meanwhile, is in fine form on three Newport Folk Festival performances, including "She's Nineteen Years Old" and "I Can't Be Satisfied." And the unique John Lee Hooker, one of the non-Chicagoans on this CD, gives an enjoyable, if too brief, performance on "I Can't Quit You, Baby." Frett'n the Blues is far from the last word on blues singers/guitarists in the 1960s; nonetheless, it paints a generally impressive picture of Vanguard's contributions to the electric Northern blues during that decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707954822
  • Catalog Number: 79548
  • Sales rank: 269,069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poison Ivy (3:26)
  2. 2 One Room Country Shack (5:36)
  3. 3 Mary Had a Little Lamb (2:29)
  4. 4 Sweet Little Angel (5:37)
  5. 5 (I Got A) Stomach Ache (3:28)
  6. 6 Vietcong Blues (5:01)
  7. 7 Everything's Going to Turn out Alright (3:54)
  8. 8 Rock (3:35)
  9. 9 It's My Own Fault (5:58)
  10. 10 It's a Mean Old World (2:24)
  11. 11 Dust My Broom (3:19)
  12. 12 That's the Truth - J.B. Hutto (2:49)
  13. 13 Long Distance Call - Robbie Robertson (3:21)
  14. 14 Who Do You Love? - Robbie Robertson (3:01)
  15. 15 Rambling Blues - Robbie Robertson (3:16)
  16. 16 Baby Please Don't Go (2:45)
  17. 17 I Can't Quit You Baby/Stop Now Baby (2:49)
  18. 18 Walking Blues (4:05)
  19. 19 I Can't Be Satisfied (2:50)
  20. 20 She's Nineteen Years Old (5:01)
  21. 21 Down in the Bottom (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bloomfield Piano
Willie Dixon Bass
Buddy Guy Guitar, Vocals
John Hammond Jr. Vocals
John Lee Hooker Track Performer
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Siegel-Schwall Band Track Performer
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals
Robbie Robertson Guitar
Walter Beasley Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Lewis Bass
Corky Siegel Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Homesick James Williamson Guitar, Vocals
Fred Below Drums, Snare Drums
Wayne Bennett Rhythm Guitar
Russ Chadwick Drums, Snare Drums
Aaron Corthen Saxophone
Donald Hankins Saxophone
Levon Helm Drums, Snare Drums
Lightnin' Hopkins Track Performer
Garth Hudson Hammond Organ
J.B. Hutto Guitar, Vocals
Frank Kirkland Drums, Snare Drums
Little Al Drums, Snare Drums
Muddy Waters Track Performer
Jack Myers Bass
Otis Rush Guitar, Vocals
Jim Schwall Guitar, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano
Leroy Stewart Bass
Lonnie Taylor Snare Drums
Luther Tucker Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Fields Saxophone
Alan Hammond Guitar
Robert "Sax" Crowder Alto Saxophone
Jos Davidson Bass, Vocals
Willie Lion Snare Drums
Roger Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Buddy Guy Composer
Junior Wells Composer
Samuel Charters Producer
J.B. Hutto Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
B.B. King Composer
Mel London Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Barry C. Ridge Graphic Design
John Milward Liner Notes
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