Album Details

RELEASE
1997
LABEL
Chess
GENRES
Blues, Soul, Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Harmonica Blues, Soul-Blues, Electric Delta Blues, Early R&B, Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Memphis Blues, Harmonica Blues, Detroit Blues, Delta Blues, Blues Revival, Modern Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues, Regional Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Electric Blues, Retro-Soul

Album Review

This second volume of a two-volume entry in MCA's Chess 50th Anniversary reissue series chronicles the second decade of blues classics produced by the landmark company. Although Chess' big four (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson) are all finely represented, influential sides by Elmore James ("Madison Blues"), Otis Rush ("So Many Roads, So Many Trains"), and John Lee Hooker (his monochord boogie treatment of Amos Milburn's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer") pepper the mix as well. As Chess moved into the soul market, so it was that latter-day blues sides by Little Milton, Koko Taylor, and Etta James took on a more pronounced R&B edge, and it is these sides that close this compilation in a near perfect bookend fashion. Extra special highlight: Etta James' nitro reading of Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You Want Me to Do," recorded live in 1964.
Cub Koda, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Sitting on Top of the World
  2. Fattening Frogs for Snakes
  3. Key to the Highway
  4. Take the Bitter With the Sweet
  5. Spoonful
  6. So Many Roads, So Many Trains
  7. Madison Blues
  8. The Red Rooster
  9. You Shook Me
  10. Help Me
  11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do [Live]
  12. My Time After Awhile
  13. We're Gonna Make It
  14. I Got What It Takes
  15. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  16. I'd Rather Go Blind