Rough Guide to the Blues

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Full marks to the Rough Guide people -- with this release they've hit it very squarely on the head. If you want one definitive guide to the blues, this is it. Granted, not every major figure is here -- no Skip James or Furry Lewis, for example, or Tampa Red -- but this is as good as you're going to find on a single CD, ranging from the very early days with Mamie Smith, through the Delta period of Charley Patton and the legendary Robert Johnson, Chicago and Detroit, to the harmonica players (Sonny Boy Williamson, although they could have picked a better track than having him backed by the Animals). It's all rounded off by taking the blues home to Africa with the late Ali ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Full marks to the Rough Guide people -- with this release they've hit it very squarely on the head. If you want one definitive guide to the blues, this is it. Granted, not every major figure is here -- no Skip James or Furry Lewis, for example, or Tampa Red -- but this is as good as you're going to find on a single CD, ranging from the very early days with Mamie Smith, through the Delta period of Charley Patton and the legendary Robert Johnson, Chicago and Detroit, to the harmonica players (Sonny Boy Williamson, although they could have picked a better track than having him backed by the Animals). It's all rounded off by taking the blues home to Africa with the late Ali Farka Touré. And it's not just the artists; the selection of tracks is USDA prime, too, from Big Bill Broonzy's "Keys to the Highway" to Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign." If you had access to many vaults, you end up feeling that, in most cases, these are the tracks you'd pick to represent the artists and the style, like the original version of "That's All Right" from Arthur Crudup, or T-Bone Walker's classic "Stormy Monday Blues." You might, however, select B.B. King caressing "The Thrill Is Gone," rather than the track here, "Ain't Nobody Home," but it's moot. Even the rough and ready Mississippi hill blues is represented by R.L. Burnside. The joker in the pack is Hound Dog Taylor, never a major figure, but when you hear his wild slide work, it's hard to quibble too much. Compilations don't come any better than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633118025
  • Catalog Number: 1180
  • Sales rank: 77,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy Blues - Erdi Smith (3:21)
  2. 2 Black Snake Moan (3:02)
  3. 3 Pony Blues (2:58)
  4. 4 Me and My Chauffeur Blues (2:48)
  5. 5 Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson (2:37)
  6. 6 Broke Down Engine Blues (3:09)
  7. 7 Key to the Highway (3:04)
  8. 8 Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Turner (2:50)
  9. 9 Mannish Boy (5:08)
  10. 10 Come Back Home (2:10)
  11. 11 Stormy Monday Blues (2:51)
  12. 12 That's All Right (2:21)
  13. 13 It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James (3:19)
  14. 14 Boom Boom (2:29)
  15. 15 Ain't Nobody Home (7:26)
  16. 16 Night Time Is the Right Time - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (4:11)
  17. 17 Try to Quit You Baby (2:37)
  18. 18 Born Under a Bad Sign (3:26)
  19. 19 Ice Pick - Albert Collins (3:10)
  20. 20 Give Me Back My Wig (3:36)
  21. 21 Goin' Down South (3:14)
  22. 22 Erdi (7:10)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Ali Farka Touré Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Elmore James Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
Aaron Walker Composer
James Sehorn Composer
Doctor Ragavoy Composer
DP Composer
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