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Blues Guitar Greats [Delmark]

  • 1. Down in the Bottoms - Big Joe Williams
    2. Government Money - Sleepy John Estes
    3. I Don't Want No Woman - Magic Sam
    4. Five Long Years - Luther Allison
    5. If You Change Your Mind - J.B. Hutto
    6. Chitlins con Carne - Jimmy Dawkins
    7. I Walked All Night - Mighty Joe Young
    8. Lockwood's Boogie - Robert Lockwood, Jr.
    9. Trouble Don't Last Always - Junior Wells
    10. So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Otis Rush
    11. Crash Head on into Love - Lonnie Brooks
    12. Strange How I Miss You - Jimmy Johnson
    13. Why's Life Got to Be This Way - Floyd McDaniel & the Blues Swingers
    14. Someday After Awhile (You'll Be Sorry) - Barkin' Bill
    15. West Side Stroll - Dave Specter & The Bluebirds
    16. West Side Woman - Lurrie Bell
    17. Mean Mistreater - Johnny B. Moore
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 697

  • Credits

    Compilation producers: Robert G. Koester, Scott Dirks.
    Engineers include: Ralph Bass.
    Recorded between 1961 and 1995. Includes liner notes by Justin O'Brien.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (02/09/1994).
    This 17-track collection runs from 1961 to 1995, a good 30-plus years of the label's existence. As such, it covers just about every strain of blues guitar that has ever appeared on Delmark. With standout tracks from Big Joe Williams, Magic Sam (an unreleased live track from 1968), Luther Allison, J.B. Hutto, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Junior Wells with Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks, and Lurrie Bell, this is a really nice overview of Chicago blues guitar-oriented recordings covering a good three decades of important music. Highly recommended. ~ Cub Koda

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (5/97, p.73) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...If nothing else, the road from [country blues] to [urban blues] demonstrates how broad [label owner Bob] Koester's interests range, and how complex the history of Chicago blues guitar really is."
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