This budget three-disc, 75-track box does a great job of surveying the 1950s golden age of modern blues in all of its incarnations, from vintage Chicago blues to urbane, uptown jump blues to material like Dale Hawkins
' "Susie Q" and Bobby Charles
' "See You Later Alligator" that drifts close to early rock & roll. Side after side is a genre classic, including Elmore James
' "Dust My Broom" (featuring his signature roaring slide guitar), Jimmy Reed
's laconic "Ain't That Loving You Baby," Slim Harpo
's funky and swampy "I'm a King Bee," Bo Diddley
's semi-obscure "Pretty Thing," and Willie Mabon
's uptown take on "Poison Ivy," but everything collected here is essential to a modern blues library in one way or another, making this set a very efficient and economical purchase.