V.A. - The Complete History Of The Blues 1920 - 1962 (2015)
100 songs by the Blues' biggest names from the genre's golden period of 1920-1962. This set contains the artists and songs that changed the musical landscape forever and influenced almost everything that followed. Features songs reintepreted and made more famous by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Doors, The Yardbirds and many more. This set comes with a 28 page illustrated booklet including discographical information and an essay about this fascinating subject. The perfect snapshot for anyone interested in the genre or those wanting to know how modern rock music was formulated.
This is a superb compilation of blues records that starts in 1920 with the first ever blues record "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith, together with songs from other classic blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey before going on to the cream of country blues singers, including Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Furry Lewis etc etc. As well as guitarists we also get piano players,, such as Albert Ammons, Little Brother Montgomery and Roosevelt Sykes and also the wonderful jug bands of Gus Cannon and the Mississippi Sheiks as we proceed in chronological order through the development of blues music.
The cut off date of 1962 also means that we take in classic 50s Chicago blues from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James and also the electric guitar players including the Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie), Buddy Guy, Otis Rush etc. However, it isn't just the inclusion of all these key names in blues history that makes this 4-CD set such a marvellous compilation that is invaluable as a one-stop-shop for blues veterans, as well as a great introduction for blues newbies. Every track is particularly well-chosen to represent both the artist and their influence, as well as rounding up particularly significant songs and performances - "Nobody's fault but mine" - Blind Willie Johnson, "Mama don't allow it" - Washboard Sam, "Junker Blues" - Champion Jack Dupree and on and on.
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