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Chicago/The Blues/Today! [3 CD] Box set
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Rather than record full albums (which Charters had neither the budget nor legal resources to pull off), each artist simply came in for a union-approved session of four to six songs, with each volume featuring three different groupings. With these recordings, blues suddenly gained respectability as something much more vital and vibrant than just a poor cousin of jazz. A new market for this music began, one that exists today in full blossom.Their effect on musicians was enormous. It's fair to assume that most blues-influenced artists had all three volumes in their respective collections, and the songs on them ended up in the repertoires of everyone from Jimi Hendrix (Junior Wells' "Rock Me") to Led Zeppelin (a note-for-note copy of Otis
Rush's "I Can't Quit You Baby") to Steppenwolf (Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid") and beyond. These recordings have stayed in print and been reasonably good sellers over the 30 years since their original release, all coming out on compact disc in the mid 1980s.Read more ›
Rush is the only real modern in the bunch and even he is stronger drink than most modern blues. Junior Wells evinces a bit of a James Brown influence in this set.
This is not really for hi fi types, although the sound is very good. There was little time to record it so it's a warts and all job. But there's all kinds of excellent blues: barrelhouse from wizard Otis Spann, guitar from Rush and Buddy Guy, harp from Wells, Cotton, Walter Horton, and a very young Charlie Musselwhite. Just a wonderful set.
Those last four legends are NOT on these recordings--Walter and Sonny Boy had passed by then--but just about everyone who meant anything in Chicago blues is. Muddy's former harp player James Cotton and the one and only Otis Spann, his favorite keyboard man, are both in strong form. Cotton's version of Rocket '88 is the most rocking and explosive jump blues you will ever hear, truly a gigantically important recording. His harp performances on this set are tremendously powerful and creative, showcasing his inimitable style. Junior Wells and Buddy Guy play a strong mini-set, with Junior's vocals on Vietcong Blues some of the best he's ever done.
It is simply incredible that these recordings feature three guys who, over the years became some of my all-time favorite musicians, and remain so to this day: Johnny Shines, Otis Rush, and Charlie Musselwhite. Not that race matters, but Charlie, just as in the very first Ann Arbor Blues Festival in 1969, is the only white guy on the records. Since it's Chicago blues, Johnny Shines plays electric here, and he blows the doors off with his powerful and impassioned vocals.Read more ›
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Wow what a super 3- disk album.Blues from 1965 & Chicago hard to get but well worth the hunt!Published 13 months ago by Michael Goodman
I first heard this music on record in 1970 and it is still as fresh and exciting as it ever was!Published 15 months ago by Gary McKie
Many of the artists on this 1966 collection attained major fame in the years that followed: Junior Wells, Otis Rush, James Cotton, and J.B. Hutto among the most noteworthy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by reading man
Something special about the time frame this box set comes from and the city of Chicago, The Blues exploded and was introduced to its widest audience ever, that was the beginnings... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris Cummings
I think this is the finest collection of urban blues you will find anywhere. I was a kid in high school when Chicago The Blues Today LP's first came out, and I owned all three... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Duffy Sullivan
Vanguard Records deserves kudos for this outstanding three CD Volume set.
The artists on these three CDs epitomize what Chicago blues sounded like in the hey days of the... Read more
If there ever was a blues album that could be called a classic, this is it. These performances are the roots of urban blues, and are the music that people like Eric Clapton and... Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Jon Corelis
It's all been said- This blues set came out as originally 3 separate and if you like the samples then that should be good enough for you this is a steal, great Rockin' Blues (a lot... Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Billy Boy