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Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: © 2003 Universal Music Enterprise / UMG Recordings
  • ASIN: B0000AOV6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
2. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) - Bessie Smith
3. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James
4. Evil (Is Going On) - Howlin' Ron Wolf
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
6. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
7. Death Letter Blues - Son House
8. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) - Ray Charles
9. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
10. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
11. All Your Love - Eric Clapton
12. One Good Man - Janis Joplin
13. Red House - Jimi Hendrix Experience
14. One Way Out (Live) - The Allman Brothers Band
15. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
16. Am I Wrong - Keb' Mo'
17. Just Won't Burn - Susan Tedeschi
18. Voodoo Music - Los Lobos
19. Vietnam Blues - Cassandra Wilson
20. Round And Round - Bonnie Raitt
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing October 4, 2003
By nojimbo
Format:Audio CD
While this compilation starts off well, the last few tracks are misguided at best. Susan Tedeschi is blues for soccer moms(do soccer moms get the blues?) and while Los Lobos is one of my favorite bands ever, I wouldn't immediately associate them with this type of music. A track by Taj Mahal, Little Charlie and The Nightcats, Charlie Musselwhite, Corey Harris, T-Bone Walker, Lightin' Hopkins, Mose Alison or the version of Fleetwood Mac that featured Peter Green (and the list goes on...) would have rounded the disc out in a more complete fashion.
The series of "essential" blues compilations The House of Blues label released a few years ago or the Blues Masters series on Rhino Records would be a better place for the novice to start.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the VERY Best of the Blues! August 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If I had to put together a compilation of great Blues music, I would have Track 1 be Robert Johnson's Cross Road Blues, then I'd have Bessie Smith, followed by Skip James, then Howlin' Wolf, finishing up the compilation with the 'new' Blues of Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Shemekia Copeland... well, heck! Lookee here! The Best of the Blues soundtrack has absolutely EVERY Blues tune I'd want if I were limited to 21 tracks. No slouchers here -- best of the old and best of the new! You've got to have this CD!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blues has your number ~ Martin Scorsese" September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Chuck full of the music you've been waiting for "Best of the Blues", featuring originals on originals. Spanning decades is just what the doctor ordered ~ best medicine from the likes of Ray Charles, Etta James, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Skip James, Howlin' Ron Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Son House, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keb' Mo', Susan Tedeschi, Los Lobos, Cassandra Wilson, Bonnie Raitt and Shemekia Copeland. Featuring 21 essential recordings covering the last half-century of the blues, with a few pleasant surprises.
This CD is proof, once and for all ~ that the "BLUES" was then, is now and IS FOREVER ~ we've hit pay-dirt...and that folks, is the truth, plain and simple...gotta love it!!
Total Time: 65:22 on 21 Tracks ~ UTV Records ~ (8/26/2003)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Blues Collection September 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a long time Blues player, I was very disappointed with this set from two perspectives: poor quality recordings on the CD itself (I expected a better digitally mastered sound, and the imprinted sound volume was sorta lower than normal) and the actual collection of selected songs (not overly representative of the best Blues by these artists or Blues in general). I had seen part of it on PBS TV and bought the collection w/o first listening to it. So after spending the big bucks for it, I was sorely disappointed and do NOT recommend it for anyone serious about the Blues. It's just an okay set. There are many other higher quality collections online. Check them out first.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely great introduction to the Blues September 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a great collection of Blues music from the beginning until present day. For those who want to know more about the Blues but aren't willing to jump in and buy a bunch of CD's, this is a great way to start.
Listen to this CD, pick out the musicians you like the most, then do some research and find some of their classic albums.
For those willing to go a little further, check out the "Martin Scorsese: Best of the Blues" 5 disc box set or the individuals CD's for many of the Blues artists featured on this CD.
Highly Recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perspective on the evolution of the blues June 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD, part of the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's PBS series, showcases blues hits and singers from Robert Johnson and Son House to Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers. One can trace the evolution of blues from its raw beginnings to its more contemporary manifestations. As such, it is fun to listen to, although one can quarrel with the selections chosen for this single CD (there are other products available that are more inclusive). But I'm not quarreling about anything after having listened to this CD.

It starts right off with Robert Johnson singing "Cross Road Blues." It is always interesting listening to this artist, legend that he is. He sings with a raw blues voice and his characteristic guitar work. His role in the history of the blues is unquestioned.

Another pioneer was Son House, who--after many years of absence from the musical scene--was happily rediscovered in the 1960s. Listen to him sing "Death Letter Blues." No wonder he is so well reputed! A rough and ready voice and simple guitar work, a link to the early days of blues.

One of my favorites is Howlin' Wolf, represented here by his wonderful "Evil (Is Going On)." His rough, raw blues singing always appeals to me. He sings of evil going on, with fine backing music. He sings of "Mule kickin' in a door" and "You better watch your happy home." I'd say there's a little tension in the air!

And then another of my very favorite artists--Muddy Waters, singing "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man." The opening bars represent some of the absolute best blues work in the repertoire. Momma said of the birth of the character in the song that "He's gonna make pretty women jump and shout." Waters' blues singing is absolutely classic (Yes, I'm a cheerleader here).
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