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Chess Box [Box set]

Willie DixonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. My BabeLittle Walter 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Violent LoveWillie Dixon 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Third DegreeEddie Boyd 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Seventh SonWillie Mabon 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Crazy For My BabyWillie Dixon 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. This Pain In My HeartWillie Dixon 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie ManMuddy Waters 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Evil (Is Going On)Howlin' Wolf 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mellow Down EasyLittle Walter 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. When The Lights Go OutJimmy Witherspoon 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Young Fashioned WaysMuddy Waters 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Pretty ThingBo Diddley 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I'm ReadyMuddy Waters 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Do Me RightLowell Fulson 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Just Want To Make Love To YouMuddy Waters 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tollin' BellsLowell Fulson 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. 29 WaysWillie Dixon 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Walking The BluesWillie Dixon 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. SpoonfulHowlin' Wolf 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You Know My LoveOtis Rush 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Can't Judge A Book By It's CoverBo Diddley 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Ain't SuperstitiousHowlin' Wolf 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You Need LoveMuddy Waters 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Little Red RoosterHowlin' Wolf 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Back Door ManHowlin' Wolf 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dead PresidentsLittle Walter 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hidden CharmsHowlin' Wolf 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. You Shook MeMuddy Waters 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bring It On HomeSonny Boy Williamson 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Three Hundred Pounds Of JoyHowlin' Wolf 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Weak Brain, Narrow MindWillie Dixon 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wang Dang DoodleKoko Taylor 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Same Thing (Live (1969/Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree))Muddy Waters 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Built For ComfortHowlin' Wolf 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Can't Quit You BabyLittle Milton 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Insane Asylum (Single Version) [feat. Willie Dixon]Koko Taylor 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Willie Dixon's life and work was virtually an embodiment of the progress of the blues, from an accidental creation of the descendants of freed slaves to a recognized and vital part of America's musical heritage. That Dixon was one of the first professional blues songwriters to benefit in a serious, material way -- and that he had to fight to do it -- from his work also made him an ... Read more in Amazon's Willie Dixon Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002P8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fittingly enough for a set profiling the songwriter in Chicago blues, this not only features Willie performing some of his best-known tunes, but also has the performances by the artists-Bo Diddley ( Pretty Thing ); Muddy Waters ( Hoochie Coochie Man ) and Howlin' Wolf ( Spoonful )-that make them famous! 36 songs, 8 unavailable in the U.S., with booklet.

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Best known for his work as a songwriter, producer, and talent scout, singer-bassist Willie Dixon essentially built Chicago's Cobra and Chess labels with his sweat. Although this double-disc set does include five performances by the man from Vicksburg, Mississippi, himself, it's really a testament to his songwriting prowess, packed with recordings that made his tunes classics of blues and early rock & roll. There's Howlin' Wolf tearing through "Spoonful," "Little Red Rooster," "Evil," and "Back Door Man." There's Muddy Waters belting "You Shook Me," "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "I'm Ready." There's Bo Diddley delivering "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover" and Koko Taylor launching her career with "Wang Dang Doodle." The set features excellent liner notes, and its only disappointment is that its label-centricity excludes Dixon's work for Cobra with then-youngsters Otis Rush and Buddy Guy. --Ted Drozdowski

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dixon IS The Blues On The Essential 2CD "Chess Box" April 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Willie Dixon gave the blues (and, by proxy, rock and roll) much of its identity and personality. As a songwriter, he created some of music's most indelible images: the Back Door Man, Little Red Rooster, Hootchie Coochie Man, and Seventh Son. He not only gave British and Southern rock and roll much of its early repetoire, but his songs became their monikers ("Spoonful," "Pretty Thing"). He played bass on many seminal Chess Records sides (for Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry), and himself recorded several first-class singles.
Chess celebrates Dixon's legacy on the 2-disc "Chess Box," and hearing these original versions is a revelation after exposure for years to their classic rock covers. Hear Waters' "You Need Love," and "You Shook Me," Little Milton's "I Can't Quit You Baby," or Sonny Boy Williamson's "Bring It On Home." Led Zeppelin covered these over their first two LPs, but could only amplify the raw power of Dixon's original words and melodies.
Dixon's prowess also shows through his influential bass work and the sides he did solo and with his group, The Big Three. Highlights here include "Crazy For My Baby," the humorous "Walkin' The Blues," and the acoustic "Weak Brain, Narrow Mind."
So, applying Willie Dixon's place in music history to freshman logic class goes like this: Dixon once named an album, "I Am the Blues." He also said in the liner notes, "As long as American music survives, so will the blues." Therefore, as long as American music survives, so will the songs of Willie Dixon. "The Chess Box" proves that to be no boast.Essential.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Songs of Chicago December 23, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Looking at the track listing for this album shows just what an impact Willie Dixon's songwriting had on Chicago Blues and popular music in general. The list of Chess artistes featured on this album speaks for itself. This is almost the "Best of Chess".
It's remarkable the number of songs on the album that were covered or "expanded on" by bands of the sixties and seventies: "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and "Little Red Rooster" - The Rolling Stones. "Spoonful" - Cream. "Back Door Man" - The Doors. "You Shook Me", "Bring It On Home", "I Can't Quit You Babe" and "You Need Love"(Whole Lotta Love) - Led Zeppelin. It's also worth noting that several songs we normally associated with Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf were in fact penned by Dixon.
"Third Degree" was covered by Eric Clapton in recent years. "Evil" is an excellent vehicle for Howlin' Wolf's voice. "Mellow Down Easy" has an unusual rhythm. "I Just Want To Make Love To You" is probably now better known for the Etta James version, rather than the Stones, thanks to TV. "I'm Ready" is one of my favourite Muddy Waters tracks. It's a perfect example of that unique Chess "sound". Little Walter's harp sound in the solo is unearthy.
Disc 2 features a series of classic Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters songs, with fine guitar from Hubert Sumlin on the Wolf tracks. There's a change of mood for the acoustic "Weak Brain, Narrow Mind", one of 5 tracks featuring lead vocals by Willie Dixon. He plays bass on many of the songs.
I would recommend this album to anyone you has enjoyed the covers of these songs, and is interested in hearing the originals. Or indeed to anyone who likes Dixon, Wolf, Muddy, or any of the artistes featured.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting addition to the "Chess Box" series November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Willie Dixon is the featured performer on only six of these thirty-six songs. But he is there on the rest as well, composing, producing, playing bass, and usually taking a back seat to stars like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Bo Diddley.

All of these songs are written and composed or co-composed by Willie Dixon, including classic blues hits like Little Walter's "My Babe", Bo Diddley's "Pretty Thing", Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man", and Howlin' Wolf's magnificent "Hidden Charms" with its fiery guitar solo.

But there are many other superb songs here as well, including lesser-known tracks like the delightful jazzy number "Violent Love", performed by Dixon, guitarist Ollie Crawford, and pianist Leonard Caston, and Dixon's own performance of the catchy "29 Ways".
Eddie Boyd's "Third Degree" is here too, co-written by Dixon, and from Howlin' Wolf's incredible catalogue comes "Evil", along with "I Ain't Superstitious", and "Little Red Rooster".
Little Milton performs "I Can't Quit You Baby" (usually associated with Otis Rush), Willie Mabon contributes the excellent "Seventh Son", and Muddy Waters' "I Just Want To Make Love To You" ranks among the highlights as well, as do Little Walter's rendition of "Dead Presidents" and Jimmy Witherspoon's take on "When The Lights Go Out".
Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) usually composed his own songs, but he pops up as well, doing "Bring It On Home".

Willie Dixon's "Chess Box" is a great collection of 50s and 60s blues, proving if proof was needed that Dixon deserves his place alongside the greats of Chess Records, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Rice Miller.
Furthemore, the sound is impeccable, and this fine set includes a well-illustrated and annotated booklet.
4 1/2 stars - highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blues Box Set
This is one of the best compilations I've ever listened to. The songs are great examples of blues by one of the all time great songwriters, Willie Dixon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BairdGuitarStudio
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blues
I have to admit that I didn't know what I was missing until I bought this collection. While I have had Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Albert King and others I was simply unaware of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Ear
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dixon's Chess Box
This collection was not what I was expecting. But I liked it. Willie's best tunes done by the great Chess artist. If you don't have the old 78s or 45s get this collection.
Published 5 months ago by Gil the Thrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Collection
This is not exactly a box set as CD buyers think of a box set , although it does come in a box . It's really a 2 disc set . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nothintosay
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dixon is a master of the blues.
Willie Dixon is a master of the blues as a song writer, singer and as a brilliant musician. It is amazing what a prolific writer he was. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rick.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blues
I love the old sound. I can't get enough of the old jazz & blues of the 50's & 60's
Published 16 months ago by Joy S Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ulimate Blues
What can I say - a collection of blues masters together on 2 CDs. You con't go wrong with this set. I'm buying another one for my mate's birthday.
Published 17 months ago by GLAJMA
4.0 out of 5 stars A great bunch of music
Although few songs on this set are actually sung by Willie Dixon himself, this collection showcase's his talent as a writer as well as performer. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peter A. Brazie
5.0 out of 5 stars CHESS SET
WILLIE DIXON-THE CHESS BOX: Two cds hardly constitute a "box"...perhaps CHESS SET would have been a more imaginative title, but there's certainly no denying the immense quality of... Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dixon says all that's needed...
If you love the Blues AND you love Willie Dixon, this is one set ya' gotta have! After hearing Willie's "I Am The Blues" we wanted to hear more. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by LakeKids
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