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Wolf Records 20th Anniversary Collection

  • 1. Morning Rain - Vaan Shaw
    2. Shake Your Booty - Michael Coleman
    3. Nobody's Special - Larry Garner
    4. Woman in Every Town - Vance Kelly
    5. Blues Behind Closed Doors - John Primer
    6. Blue Temptation - Dana Gillespie
    7. Spider in My Stew - Magic Slim
    8. Last Time - Jimmie F. Rodgers
    9. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
    10. I Wonder Why - Albert King
    11. Dust My Broom - Hound Dog Taylor
    12. I'm Gonna Let You Go - John Brim
    13. Driftin' Blues - Charles Brown
    14. Men's a Fool - Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis
    15. Bluebird - Sonny Boy Williamson
    16. Hold Me Blues - Memphis Minnie
    17. Drivin' Wheel - Roosevelt Sykes
    18. My Black Mama - Son House
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 120999

  • Credits

    Editor: Alex Munkas.
    There's no doubting the quality of blues that Wolf Records has been releasing over the last two decades; what this collection shows is its breadth. From the Delta stylings of Son House, with a superb take on "My Black Mama," to the easier, West Coast feel of Charles Brown, the raw Chicago pump of Muddy Waters on "Hoochie Coochie Man," and even as far as British blues, in the person of Dana Gillespie, the label has indeed covered the waterfront. In addition to the big names, they've also showcased some lesser-known (but equally talented) performers like John Primer and Larry Garner who deserve a wider hearing, certainly on the basis of the tracks included here. Louisiana guitar whiz Garner might be from a younger generation, but the roots of his blues still run deep. Still, it's impossible to deny the power of the old masters -- or even mistresses, as Memphis Minnie is superbly featured on "Hold Me Blues" -- like Roosevelt Sykes, whose piano style was always unmistakable, while the late Hound Dog Taylor lets his wild slide style loose on the classic "Dust My Broom." In many ways, this stands as more than a birthday party for a label, it's almost a primer on the development of the blues -- and for a label to be able to do that shows just how good they are. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (5/03, p.98) - "...Magic Slim hands in a fine brooding 'Spider in My Stew', and Jimmy Rogers shows up with a potent 'Last Time'..."
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