CD This Is Blues (CD 1146845), Audio Other
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This Is Blues

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Blind Lemon Jefferson
    2. High Water - Charley Patton
    3. Garlic Blues - Helen Blues
    4. Morning Sun Blues - Mary Johnson
    5. Goin' to Chicago - Jimmy Rushing
    6. How Long Blues - The Esquires
    7. Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker
    8. Chewin' Mama Blues - Dinah Washington
    9. Dream Lucky Blues - Julia Lee
    10. Mean Red Spider - Muddy Waters
    11. Lovin' Blues - Martha Davis & the Esquires
    12. Confession Blues - Ray Charles/Maxin Trio
    13. She Knows How to Love a Man - Robert Nighthawk
    14. Bad Luck Got My Man - Big Mama Thornton
    15. Midnight Dreams - Big Jay McNeely
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Mother Earth - Memphis Slim
    2. Catfish Blues - Bob 'Slim Thomas
    3. Everybody's Fishing - Elmore James/Willie Love & His Three Aces
    4. Delta Blues - Big Joe Williams
    5. Smile at Me - Howlin' Wolf
    6. Make a Litte Love With Me - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
    7. From the Bottom - Sonny Boy Williamson
    8. Come on in This House - Junior Wells
    9. You've Done Lost Your Good Thing Now - B.B. King
    10. Broken-Hearted Blues - Buddy Guy
    11. Majo Hand - Lightnin' Hopkins
    12. Blues - Roosevelt Sykes
    13. Little Dreamer - John Lee Hooker/Groundhogs
    14. You Got to Move - Mississippi Fred McDowell
    15. Driftin' Blues - Charles Brown
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Heartbreaker - Ray Charles
    2. Alone in the City - Ray Charles
    3. Can Anyone Ask For More? - Ray Charles
    4. Rockin'chair Blues - Ray Charles
    5. How Long Blues - Ray Charles
    6. You'll Always Miss the Water - Ray Charles
    7. You Be My Baby - Ray Charles
    8. I've Had My Fun - Ray Charles
    9. Honey, Honey - Ray Charles
    10. Tell Me How Do You Feel - Ray Charles
    11. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
    12. Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MCS-80742

  • Credits
    ProducerAthan Maroulis

    There are countless blues compilations out there, and at first glance, this two-disc, 30-track selection doesn't seem to be anything special, but a closer look reveals that it covers a fairly wide spectrum, both in the number of blues styles it includes (prewar country-blues to Chicago blues, jump blues, folk-blues and more) and in the years it considers (disc one covers 1927 to 1950, while disc two carries things from 1950 through 1973). It also features relatively rare tracks even when the artist is well known (Muddy Waters is represented by "Mean Red Spider," for instance, rather than one of his better known songs like "I Can't Be Satisfied"), which doesn't necessarily make this collection essential, but it does make it more likely to fill in some cracks for listeners who may already have a large blues library. [Some editions of This Is Blues included a bonus third disc of twelve Ray Charles' tracks that were originally released by Cleopatra Records as a standalone album called Essentials.] ~ Steve Leggett

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