Blues Masters, Vol. 6: Blues Originals

Blues Masters, Vol. 6: Blues Originals


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Blues Masters, Vol. 6: Blues Originals

It's unfortunate, but it's true: the original versions of many blues classics aren't nearly as well-known as their hit covers by (usually white) rock groups. That's not to say that some of these covers aren't great as well, but it's both educational and enjoyable to hear them from the source's mouth. Blues Originals contains 18 original versions of classics that went on to reach a wide audience via covers by the Stones, the Yardbirds, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and others. The Chess stable of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson is represented here, of course, along with standards by Elmore James, Otis Rush, Robert Johnson, Slim Harpo, and Jimmy Reed. Mixed in with great and fairly available performances like Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and Howlin' Wolf's "Back Door Man" are some quite obscure and collectable delights. Arthur Crudup's original version of "That's All Right," covered by Elvis Presley for his first single, has been surprisingly hard to find over the years; ditto for Muddy Waters' "You Need Love," which formed the blueprint for Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Even most Yardbirds fanatics are unaware that the prototype for "Lost Woman" was taken from (and retitled after) an obscure Snooky Pryor single, "Someone to Love Me." And even many Chicago blues fanatics will be surprised to find the original version of "Got My Mojo Working," which was not recorded by Muddy Waters, but little-known jump blues singer Ann Cole. A fine collection, mixing together famous standards and obscure gems with thorough liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/1993
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227112721
catalogNumber: 71127

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Davis   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Dixon   Bass
Henry Gray   Piano
John Hammond   Track Performer
Slim Harpo   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Earl Hooker   Guitar
Big Walter Horton   Harmonica
Freddie King   Guitar
Little Walter   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Louis Myers   Guitar
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Reed   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Fenton Robinson   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Henry Thomas   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,Reed Pipes
Harold Ashby   Tenor Saxophone
James Booker   Piano
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Johnny Jones   Piano
Sam Lay   Drums
Homesick James Williamson   Guitar
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Snooky Pryor   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Lester Davenport   Harmonica
Fred Below   Drums
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
Bo Diddley   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Reggie Boyd   Guitar
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Burks   Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ann Cole   Vocals,Track Performer
Lee Cooper   Guitar
Ernest Cotton   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
W.C. Dalton   Guitar
David Dean   Tenor Saxophone
Duncan   Drums
Guitar Gable   Guitar
Grady Gaines   Tenor Saxophone
Elmore James   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Kirkland   Drums
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Lafayette Leake   Organ,Guitar,Piano
Carl Lott   Bass
Muddy Waters   Vocals,Track Performer
Odie Payne   Drums
Fats Perrodin   Bass
Earl Phillips   Drums
Milton Rector   Bass
Judge Riley   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sammy Lay   Drums
Otis Spann   Piano
Suburbans   Vocals
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker   Organ
Lucius Washington   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harmonica,Track Performer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Walter   Vocals,Track Performer
Floyd Arceneaux   Trumpet
G.L. Crockett   Vocals,Track Performer
Odie Turner   Piano
Johnny Perry   Drums
Frank Green   Maracas
Jimmy Reed   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Davis & His Band   Track Performer
Jockey Etienne   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Slim Harpo   Composer
Cub Koda   Liner Notes
James Austin   Producer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction

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