The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook: The Classic Originals

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
While Chess Records' legacy as a dominating and shaping force on rock & roll is well chronicled, you don't really get the full range of it until you're ultimately confronted with the music itself. This two-disc, 36-track compilation drives that point home with an almost numbing intensity. Whether they're blues tunes that have been covered so many times they now are staples of everyone's set list Muddy Water's "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," "I Just Want to Make Love to You"; Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man"; or Howlin' Wolf's "Back Door Man", classics waiting to be covered "More and More," "Bring It On Home," "Ice Cream Man", or early rock classics themselves "Rock and Roll ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
While Chess Records' legacy as a dominating and shaping force on rock & roll is well chronicled, you don't really get the full range of it until you're ultimately confronted with the music itself. This two-disc, 36-track compilation drives that point home with an almost numbing intensity. Whether they're blues tunes that have been covered so many times they now are staples of everyone's set list Muddy Water's "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," "I Just Want to Make Love to You"; Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man"; or Howlin' Wolf's "Back Door Man", classics waiting to be covered "More and More," "Bring It On Home," "Ice Cream Man", or early rock classics themselves "Rock and Roll Music," "Johnny B. Goode," "Susie-Q," "See You Later Alligator", Chess seems to have laid the first set of musical footprints in the snow. No mere publishing sampler, this is an essential piece of rock & roll history and a great primer for ground-floor roots music enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076732938928
  • Catalog Number: 9389

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters (2:53)
  2. 2 Mother Earth - Memphis Slim (2:44)
  3. 3 I Don't Know - Willie Mabon (3:11)
  4. 4 Sugar Mama - John Lee Hooker (3:18)
  5. 5 24 Hours - Eddie Boyd (3:29)
  6. 6 Ice Cream Man - John Brim (2:47)
  7. 7 Jock-A-Mo - Sugar Boy Crawford (2:28)
  8. 8 Wang Dang Doodle - Willie Dixon (2:47)
  9. 9 I Just Want to Make Love to You - Muddy Waters (2:53)
  10. 10 Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson (3:13)
  11. 11 Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir (2:55)
  12. 12 My Babe - Little Walter (2:43)
  13. 13 I'm a Man - Bo Diddley (3:03)
  14. 14 The Seventh Son - Willie Mabon (2:55)
  15. 15 See You Later, Alligator - Bobby Charles (2:51)
  16. 16 Trouble No More - Muddy Waters (2:44)
  17. 17 Roll over Beethoven - Chuck Berry (2:26)
  18. 18 Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rock & Roll Music - Chuck Berry (2:36)
  2. 2 Walking by Myself - Jimmy Rogers (2:49)
  3. 3 Mona - Bo Diddley (2:23)
  4. 4 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry (2:43)
  5. 5 Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins (2:20)
  6. 6 Memphis - Chuck Berry (2:16)
  7. 7 Back in the U.S.A. - Chuck Berry (2:31)
  8. 8 Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf (2:52)
  9. 9 Madison Blues - Elmore James (2:26)
  10. 10 Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf (2:46)
  11. 11 You Shook Me - Muddy Waters (2:45)
  12. 12 The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf (2:30)
  13. 13 Bring It on Home - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:40)
  14. 14 Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (3:11)
  15. 15 Hi-Heel Sneakers (2:53)
  16. 16 Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf (2:53)
  17. 17 More and More - Little Milton (2:48)
  18. 18 Tell Mama - Etta James (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica
Eddie Boyd Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Snooks Eaglin Guitar
Lowell Fulson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Guy Guitar
John Lee Hooker Vocals, Track Performer
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Etta James Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Freddie King Guitar
J.B. Lenoir Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Little Walter Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Mabon Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Cash McCall Guitar
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Eddie Taylor Guitar
Chuck Berry Guitar, Vocals, Overdubs, Track Performer
Phil Upchurch Bass
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Lorenzo Smith Tenor Saxophone
James Burton Guitar
Choker Campbell Saxophone
Bobby Charles Track Performer
Sugar Boy Crawford Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Dale Hawkins Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Jones Piano
Sam Lay Drums
Andrew McMahon Bass
Jody Williams Guitar
Homesick James Williamson Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Jerome Arnold Maracas
Alex Atkins Alto Saxophone
Carl Banks Organ
Julien Beasley Saxophone
Fred Below Drums
Bo Diddley Track Performer
John Brim Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Little Milton Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Leonard Caston Guitar
Charles Chalmers Saxophone
Francis Clay Drums
Leroy Cooper Saxophone
Ernest Cotton Tenor Saxophone
Paul Drake Piano
Al Duncan Drums
Elgin Edmonds Drums
Alfred Elkins Bass
Frank Fields Bass
Al Galvin Drums
A.J. Gladney Drums
Jerome Green Maracas
Donald Hankins Baritone Saxophone
David Hood Electric Bass
Clifton James Drums
Elmore James Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Maurice Jennings Drums
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Dave Lastie Saxophone
Lafayette Leake Piano
Albert Lowe Guitar
Gene Miller Trumpet
Joe Montgomery Piano
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
David "Fathead" Newman Saxophone
Floyd Newman Saxophone
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
George Patterson Saxophone
Milton Rector Bass
Arnold Rogers Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rogers Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Otis Spann Piano
Billy Stepney Drums
Aaron Varnell Saxophone
Tom Washington Piano
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Weldon Dean Young Guitar
Alfred Bernard Saxophone
Larry Guidry Guitar
Leon Hooper Drums
Ronnie Lewis Drums
Carlo Marino Saxophone
Big Boy Myles Trombone
Raoul Prado Saxophone
Slim Saunders Vocals
Harry Simontaux Saxophone
Kenneth Theriot Drums
Eric Warner Drums
Chick Booth Drums
Little Sax Crowder Tenor Saxophone
Roger Dawkins Drums
Andrew Gardner Alto Saxophone
Peggy Jones Guitar, Background Vocals
Ed LeBlanc Piano
Fats Morris Trombone
Dewey Oldham Organ, Piano
Timothy Overton Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Trammel Bass
Johnny Williams Drums
Perry Walker Drums
Oliver Coleman Drums
Paul King Trumpet
The Marquees Background Vocals
Brenda Jones Bass
Bill Anderson Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Producer
Lowell Fulson Producer
Paul Gayten Producer
Little Walter Composer
Dale Hawkins Composer
Eric Kaz Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Rick Hall Producer
Stan Lewis Composer, Producer
Deadric Malone Composer
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Ron Holden Composer
Billy Davis Producer
Joseph Scott Composer
Willie Dixon Orchestra Contributor
Eleanor Broadwater Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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