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Chess Blues [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Lollypop Mama - Clarence Samuels
    2. Bilbo Is Dead - Andrew Tibbs
    3. Johnson Machine Gun - Sunnyland Slim
    4. Fly Right, Little Girl - Sunnyland Slim
    5. Little Anna Mae - Muddy Waters
    6. I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
    7. My Sweet Lovin' Woman - Robert Nighthawk
    8. I Feel Like Going Home - Muddy Waters
    9. She Ain't Nowhere - Sunnyland Slim
    10. Florida Hurricane - St. Louis Jimmy Oden
    11. Memory of Sonny Boy - Forest City Joe
    12. Tonky Boogie - Forrest Sykes
    13. Cryin' the Blues - Laura Rucker (previously unreleased)
    14. My Head Can't Rest Anymore - Baby Face Leroy
    15. Big Town Playboy - Johnny Jones
    16. Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk
    17. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
    18. Luedella - Jimmy Rogers
    19. Mother Earth - Memphis Slim
    20. Dr. Ross' Boogie - Isaiah Ross
    21. Joliet Blues - Johnny Shines
    22. Moanin' at Midnight - Howlin' Wolf
    23. All Night Long - Muddy Waters (alternate take)
    24. Mr. Commissioner - Arbee Stidham (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    25. Gettin' Old and Grey - Howlin' Wolf
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Walkin' the Boogie - John Lee Hooker (alternate take)
    2. Juke - Little Walter
    3. Conjur Man - Memphis Minnie (previously unreleased)
    4. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone - Muddy Waters
    5. Broken Heart - Memphis Minnie (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    6. Truckin' Little Woman - Willie Nix
    7. Funeral Hearse at My Door - Rocky Fuller
    8. Hard Time Gettin' Started - Eddie Boyd (previously unreleased)
    9. Don't Need No Horse - Little Walter (previously unreleased)
    10. Eight Ball - Gus Jenkins
    11. Fast Boogie - Little Walter (previously unreleased)
    12. I'm Mad - Willie Mabon
    13. Ice Cream Man - John Brim
    14. Whose Muddy Shoes - Elmore James
    15. Got to Have It - Willie Mabon (previously unreleased)
    16. I Declare That Ain't Right - Henry Gray
    17. Remember - Alberta Adams (previously unreleased)
    18. Untitled Instrumental - Henry Gray/Morris Pejoe (previously unreleased)
    19. Blues With a Feeling - Little Walter
    20. Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
    21. Forty Four - Howlin' Wolf
    22. Got to Find My Baby - Little Walter (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    23. Evil - Howlin' Wolf
    24. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
    25. Mama Talk to Your Daughter - J.B. Lenoir
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter
    2. My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble) - Muddy Waters
    3. My Babe - Little Walter
    4. You Got to Love Me - Billy Boy Arnold (previously unreleased)
    5. Walking the Blues - Willie Dixon
    6. Don't Start Me to Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson
    7. Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
    8. 29 Ways - Willie Dixon
    9. Right to Love You - Paul Gayten/Myrtle Jones (previously unreleased)
    10. Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
    11. I'm Leaving You - Otis Spann
    12. Break of Day - Howlin' Wolf
    13. Please Don't Go - Floyd Dixon (previously unreleased)
    14. Keep It to Yourself - Sonny Boy Williamson
    15. Walking by Myself - Jimmy Rogers
    16. Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
    17. Fattening Frogs For Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson (alternate take)
    18. Slow Leake - Lafayette Leake (previously unreleased)
    19. Sitting on Top of the World - Howlin' Wolf
    20. She Don't Know - J.B. Lenoir
    21. Your Funeral and My Trial - Sonny Boy Williamson
    22. Key to the Highway - Little Walter
    23. Douhble Trouble - Muddy Waters (previously unreleased, alternate take)
    24. Come on Home - Eddie Boyd
    25. Goat, The - Sonny Boy Williamson (band track)
    26. So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Otis Rush
    0. DISC 4:
    1. First Time I Met the Blues - Buddy Guy
    2. Too Poor - Detroit Junior
    3. Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson
    4. Shakedown, The - Lloyd Glenn (previously unreleased)
    5. Sun Is Shining, The - Elmore James (alternate take)
    6. Calling on My Darling (A.K.A. Howlin' For My Darlin') - Albert King
    7. Red Rooster, The - Howlin' Wolf
    8. Nine Below Zero - Sonny Boy Williamson
    9. Goin' Down Slow - Howlin' Wolf
    10. Satisfied - Little Milton
    11. Something's Got a Hold on Me - Etta James
    12. Wrinkles - The Big Three Trio
    13. Bring It on Home - Sonny Boy Williamson
    14. Good Moanin' Blues - Big Walter Horton
    15. Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf
    16. What Kind of Man Is That? - Koko Taylor
    17. We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton
    18. Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
    19. Dirty Work Goin' On - Little Joe Blue
    20. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker
    21. Jinglin' Baby - Eddie Burns Blues Band (previously unreleased)
    22. That's Why I Don't Mind - Muddy Waters (previously unreleased)
    23. Keep It to Myself - Buddy Guy
    24. Sitting Here Alone - Hound Dog Taylor
    25. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9340

  • Credits
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    This 4 CD box set is comprised of 101 Chess tracks--including 46 rarites and 19 previously unreleased songs. The set includes a 64-page booklet with full track-by-track annotations, rare photos, and extensive liner notes by noted blues expert Mary Katherine Aldin.
    Producers include: Sam Phillips, Oliver Sain, Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon.
    Compilation producer: Andy McKaie.
    Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Studios, North Hollywood, California).
    Chess Blues is a superlative four-CD box set featuring important tracks by all the main stars of the label (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson), as well as much previously unreleased material. A well-done retrospective of Chicago blues in its heyday, as recorded by America's greatest blues label, Chess. ~ Cub Koda

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (5/93, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...abbreviated but still staggering account of [the Chess brothers's] proprietorial claim on Chicago blues....an astonishing collection..."
    Musician (5/93, p.86) - "...it's the mix of the familiar with the relatively obscure, the consistency of vision, that makes CHESS BLUES so compelling..."
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