Windy City Blues [Stax]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though this compilation does have blues recorded in Chicago from 1959-1970 by notably famous and reasonably well-known bluesmen, it's a kind of patched-together product of odds'n'ends to which Fantasy holds the rights. Half a dozen performers are represented on these 17 tracks: Albert King, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Billy Boy Arnold, Sunnyland Slim, and Homesick James. Certainly the songs that will excite blues collectors the most are the four by King, as all of them were previously unreleased, recorded with the Willie Dixon Band in early 1970 though Dixon himself, oddly enough, doesn't play on the cuts. They're decent and representative of King's soul-tinged blues ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though this compilation does have blues recorded in Chicago from 1959-1970 by notably famous and reasonably well-known bluesmen, it's a kind of patched-together product of odds'n'ends to which Fantasy holds the rights. Half a dozen performers are represented on these 17 tracks: Albert King, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Billy Boy Arnold, Sunnyland Slim, and Homesick James. Certainly the songs that will excite blues collectors the most are the four by King, as all of them were previously unreleased, recorded with the Willie Dixon Band in early 1970 though Dixon himself, oddly enough, doesn't play on the cuts. They're decent and representative of King's soul-tinged blues in his Stax period, but not brilliant, though the band does feature impressive talent, including guitarists Matt Murphy and Mighty Joe Young, bassist Phil Upchurch, pianist Lafayette Leake, and a brass section including Gene Barge. Two of the tunes are obscure Dixon compositions, "Need More Mamma" and "Love Me to Death," and the liner notes speculate that another, "Put It All in There" first recorded in 1968 by Wild Child Butler, is also Dixon-penned, though it was credited to a friend. Elsewhere on the disc, the Spann, Dixon, Arnold, and Slim tracks are all taken from Prestige albums that were readily available on CD at the time this anthology was issued. These are, again, good but not great Chicago blues, and Arnold's three 1963 tracks are slightly perfunctory affairs that don't represent him at his best. The collection concludes with three raucous, slide guitar-heavy Homesick James tracks that might be of interest to heavy-duty collectors, as they were previously unissued. They're not of as much interest for their rarity value as the Albert King numbers, however, since these James performances are alternate takes rather than songs that were previously unreleased in any form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218861229
  • Catalog Number: 8612

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lovin'est Woman in Town - Willie Dixon Band (5:41)
  2. 2 Put It All in There - Willie Dixon Band (5:21)
  3. 3 Need More Mamma - Willie Dixon Band (3:58)
  4. 4 Love Me to Death - Willie Dixon Band (4:05)
  5. 5 Dust My Broom (2:39)
  6. 6 Must Have Been the Devil (2:42)
  7. 7 Move Me - Willie Dixon (3:22)
  8. 8 That's My Baby - Willie Dixon (3:24)
  9. 9 Two Drinks of Wine (3:12)
  10. 10 Playing With the Blues (2:45)
  11. 11 Billy Boy's Blues (2:47)
  12. 12 The Devil Is a Busy Man - Sunnyland Slim (3:58)
  13. 13 Every Time I Get to Drinking - Sunnyland Slim (2:45)
  14. 14 Tired of You Clowning - Sunnyland Slim (3:13)
  15. 15 Gotta Move - Homesick James Williamson (2:58)
  16. 16 The Cloud Is Crying - Homesick James Williamson (3:59)
  17. 17 Homesick's Shuffle - Homesick James Williamson (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Eddie Taylor Bass
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Harold Ashby Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Phil Upchurch Bass
Gene Barge Horn
Homesick James Williamson Guitar, Vocals
Jerome Arnold Electric Bass
Robert Banks Organ
Johnny Board Horn
Belton Evans Drums
Clifton James Drums
Morris Jennings Drums
Gus Johnson Drums
Albert King Guitar, Vocals
Lafayette Leake Piano
S.P. Leary Drums
Muddy Waters Guitar
Milton Rector Bass
Wally Richardson Guitar
Sunnyland Slim Piano, Vocals
Otis Spann Piano, Vocals
Murray Watson Horn
Mighty Joe Young Guitar
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Willie Dixon Band Accompaniment
Junior Blackmon Drums
Technical Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Homesick James Williamson Composer
Ozzie Cadena Producer
Samuel Charters Producer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Elmore James Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Albert King Composer
Albert Luandrew Composer
Otis Spann Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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