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West Side Chicago Blues
     

West Side Chicago Blues

 
One of four simultaneously released bargain priced compilations celebrating the Delmark label's 50th anniversary in 2003, West Side Chicago Blues is the most logical. Delmark, after all, was home to Magic Sam, possibly the most popular of all West Side acts, and arguably the most influential. There's only one track from Sam here, but it's also one of his best.

Overview

One of four simultaneously released bargain priced compilations celebrating the Delmark label's 50th anniversary in 2003, West Side Chicago Blues is the most logical. Delmark, after all, was home to Magic Sam, possibly the most popular of all West Side acts, and arguably the most influential. There's only one track from Sam here, but it's also one of his best. "I Need You So Bad" originates from Delmark's West Side Soul disc, one of the definitive Chicago blues albums. But there is more where that came from, and the other eight tracks from such stalwarts as Syl Johnson, Luther Allison, Jimmy Dawkins (performing a blistering instrumental version of Kenny Burrell's "Chittlins Con Carne"), Willie Kent, and of course Otis Rush, are far from filler. Even the relatively obscure Tail Dragger, the album's least-known performer outside of Chicago and a ringer for Howlin' Wolf, checks in with a solid performance helped by Wolf's bandleader Eddie Shaw on tenor sax. The sequencing is random though, with Sam's track recorded back in 1967 sitting next to Willie Kent's 1997 "Do You Love Me?" Also impressive is Johnny B. Moore, whose quicksilver guitar and snappy horn section on "Sittin' Here Thinkin'" is one of this album's many highlights. The lack of liner notes describing the artists is a major omission though, even if the $7.98 suggested retail price is the bargain of the century for blues music this compelling.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153090623
catalogNumber:
906

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Allison   Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Shaw   Tenor Saxophone
Robert "Mojo" Elem   Bass
Jimmy Dawkins   Guitar
Willie Kent   Bass,Vocals
Sonny Thompson   Piano
Kenny Anderson   Trumpet
Kenny Barker   Piano
Sylvester Boines   Bass
Tyrone Centuray   Drums
James Green   Bass
Howard Grimes   Drums
Willie Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
Charles Hodges   Organ
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Earnest Johnson   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Syl Johnson   Guitar,Vocal Ad-Libs
Robin Lorenz   Drums
Magic Sam   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny B. Moore   Guitar
Odie Payne   Drums
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals
Stockholm Slim   Piano
Chuck Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker   Organ
Mighty Joe Young   Guitar
Hank Ford   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Hodges   Piano
Jake Dawson   Guitar
Tail Dragger & His Chicago Blues Band   Vocals
Baldhead Pete   Drums
Rockin' Johnny   Guitar
Minoru Maruyama   Rhythm Guitar
Abb Locke   Tenor Saxophone
Little Arthur Duncan   Harmonica,Vocals
Sho Komiya   Bass
Kenny Smith   Drums
Bobby Davis   Drums
James Carter   Drums
Bobby Flynn   Guitar
Mike "Sleepy" Riley   Bass
Willie "Vamp" Samuels   Bass
Will Davis   Rhythm Guitar
Jesse Lewis Green   Drums

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
McKinley Mitchell   Composer
Kenny Burrell   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Mel London   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Little Arthur Duncan   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer

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