101 - The Essential Blues Album
 
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101 - The Essential Blues Album


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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,901 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Foundation to Build On June 13, 2013
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What!? You don't have any Blues music in that collection of yours? Hurry up and hit that download button because this is a fantastic starting point. There are great examples of every style, some songs you've heard before and some you haven't, almost every track is a home run. These are old recordings, so the dynamic range is a little low, but they've been cleaned up nicely and sound great. This is an outstanding value (worth it for the Elmore James recordings alone). What are you waiting for?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of definitive blues here June 15, 2013
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This is a lot of great blues here, and is easy to recommend this album to anyone looking to explore some of the best blues around.

There are many tunes here that are among the definitive statements of some of the great all-time blues musicians. For instance:
Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
Little Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf
Crawlin' King Snake - Big Joe Williams
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker (although "Boogie Chillen" would have been even more definitive)

There is some music here that I would classify more as R&B than blues, but is still awesome and really significant, like "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley, or any of the terrific classics by Ray Charles featured here ("Hit the Road Jack", "What'd I Say" and "Unchain My Heart").

Some music is great but has become famous for other reasons, like "I Put a Spell On You" from Screamin' Jay Hawkins, which gained notoriety mainly after it featured prominently in the film "Stranger Than Paradise". And there is a ton of other great blues here.

We could all quibble with the selections. For example: Only one Robert Johnson track? And where's Leadbelly?

But the bottom line is this is a fine set and a fine bargain. Warmly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value! February 20, 2013
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This is an incredible collection for the price! Whether you are a blues lover or just discovering this music, you need this album. These are essential recordings from some of the all time greats.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't feel blue about buying this album December 27, 2012
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This album gives you 101 blues songs, some you might have heard many you will hear for the first time. I purchased this because I wanted to hear the different types of blues styles. This album should cost more, buy it you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"Boys, you've got to learn not to talk to nuns that way" was probably my introduction to the blues. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd introduced a generation to the music they loved so much they had to form a band, make a movie, create a concert venue and a weekly radio show dedicated to preserving and celebrating it. This collection is about as good as it gets in introducing one to that music. It is just loaded with incredible blues tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All thriller, no filler!!! June 16, 2013
By Crabby
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Paid 3 bucks for this album! Best 3 bucks you'll ever spend. The Howlin' Wolf songs alone are worth more than 3 dollars! Do yourself a favor and buy this, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection June 20, 2013
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A great mix you can listen to over and over and hear something new each time. Some I haven't heard before...especially "Get Back" by Big Bill Broonzy. If you aren't familiar with it, be sure to research it....very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues for everyone June 20, 2013
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You need some Blues in your life even if you don't think you do. Let it soak into your soul, it will revive it without any help from you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Blues
What's not to like? Great music, legendary artists, and excellent price. You really can't ask for much more then that.
Published 10 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Chip Value
Over 50 minutes of previews - I already got my money's worth and I haven't even downloaded it yet! Excuse me, while I kiss the sky
Published 10 months ago by Steven Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars 101-The Essential Blues Album
A really great album of classic blues tunes for an excellent price and I'm really happy that I bought it.
Published 10 months ago by Rodena M. Macneil
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This brings the 'past' back to life, and an easy way to preserve it. I will certainly be more careful any time i may move, in the future, as i lost a lot of records, and tapes, in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff
Lots of good music on this album. Got this for a very good price and was surprised by all of the big name blues artists featured as well as some great songs.
Published 10 months ago by JM Bunkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good blues
All the songs are good but the mp3 quality varies from good to barely acceptable.
impressive number of artists playing their best songs.
Published 10 months ago by bjorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Starter Collection of Blues...
This is a great collection of the very earliest blues. Some of the recording are quite old, yet the fidelity is much better than other releases of old blues recordings. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Bergh
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars
4 Stars for this one. Will listen to this in the car definetly. Amazon keep up the great deals always
Published 10 months ago by John Nealon
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic blues tracks
Some tracks are not the most famous versions of the songs, but still a fantastic collection of essential blues songs by the masters.
Published 10 months ago by Thomas Starkweather
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blues album
A friend told me about this album. After listening to a few samples, no decision. I downloaded immediately. Because of a credit, I got the download for $1.99. Read more
Published 10 months ago by crgator
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