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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chess Records
  • ASIN: B000002OAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Diggin' My Potatoes - Washboard Sam
2. Walking The Blues - Willie Dixon
3. Lonely No More - Little Milton
4. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) - Howlin' Wolf
5. Off The Wall - Little Walter
6. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
7. It's My Own Fault - John Lee Hooker
8. Baby, Please Don't Go - Muddy Waters
9. Fattening Frogs For Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson
10. Time Brings About A Chance - Jimmy Witherspoon
11. The Sun Is Shining - Elmore James
12. The World's In A Tangle - Jimmy Rogers

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
When this 6 volume series came out in CD format in 1990 from MCA/Chess it was typical of the material we were being fed at the time in this relatively new medium since its inception in the early 1980s: 10 to 12 track CD versions of earlier vinyl with AAD sound quality and, in many cases, nothing in the way of liner notes or discographies.

But this series was different in that last respect in that it does, at least, provide "sessionographies" for each track along with the original LP sleeve notes, and while none of these tracks are especially rare or hard to find, and can be found in more recent compilations with improved sound quality, not to mention detailed background information, it remains to this day a unique reminder of the wealth of Blues sides cut for the Chess/Checker consortium during the heyday of R&R/R&B.

The tracks, with label details and chart performances where applicable, are:

1. Diggin' My Potatoes - Washboard Sam - Chess 1545 - 1953 - did not chart
2. Walking The Blues - Willie Dixon & The Allstars (featuring Lafayette Leake at the piano) - Checker 822 - # 6 R&B September 1955
3. Lonely No More - Little Milton - Checker 977 - 1961 - did not chart
4. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) - Howlin' Wolf - Chess 1632 - 1956 - did not chart
5. Off The Wall - Little Walter & His Jukes - Checker 770 - # 8 R&B May 1953
6. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters - Chess 1426 - 1950 - did not chart
7. It's My Own Fault - John Lee Hooker - Chess 1562 - 1954 - did not chart
8. Turn The Lamp Down Low (Baby, Please Don't Go) - Muddy Waters - unreleased 1953 Chess side
9. Fattening Frogs For Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson -Checker 864 - 1957 - did not chart (Aleck Ford as Sonny Boy Williamson)
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Format: Audio CD
This half-hour of music was originally issued by Chess Records in 1967 as part of their budget-priced LP series "The Blues", collecting then-current singles by Chess artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson (II).

Volume 3 is one of the best in the series. There is not a whole lot here for long-time blues collectors, sure, but this is nevertheless a great CD for a half-hour drive, and newcomers will find it to be a good introduction to classic Chicago blues.

It features two singles by John Lee Hooker (a gritty, band-backed "It's My Own Fault") and Elmore James (the slow grind of "The Sun Is Shining"), two artists who aren't usually associated with Chess, but they did record a few sides each for Chicago's premier blues label. And Muddy Waters is here as well, of course, repesented by an early "Rollin' Stone" and a later band-backed rendition of Big Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go". Howlin' Wolf's awesome "I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)" is another highlight.

There are also some relatively unfamiliar songs here, like Washboard Sam's up-tempo "Diggin' My Potatoes" (Sam, born Robert Brown, was the illegitimate son of Frank Broonzy, the father of Big Bill Broonzy), Jimmy Witherspoon's ballad (!) "Time Brings About A Change", and Little Milton Campbell's swinging soul-flavoured "Lonely No More".
Sonny Boy Williamson's "Fattening Frogs For Snakes" is perhaps the best song on the album, and one of the finest in Rice Miller's catalogue. And the album winds down with Jimmy Rogers' thoughtful "The World's In A Tangle".

All in all, this is a fine (albeit too brief) example of what the Chess vaults had to offer. A great listen.
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