Chess Blues Guitar Two Decades of Killer Fretwork, 1949-1969 (1998)
01 - Robert Nighthawk - Anna Lee 02 - Jimmy Rogers - That's All Right 03 - Johnny Shines - So Glad I Found You 04 - Joe Hill Louis - When I Am Gone 05 - John Lee Hooker - Walkin' The Boogie 06 - Blue Smitty - Date Bait 07 - Morris Pejoe - Tired Of Crying Over You 08 - Muddy Waters - Sad, Sad Day 09 - John Brim - It Was A Dream 10 - Danny Overbea - Forty Cups Of Coffee 11 - Eddie Boyd - Just A Fool 12 - Muddy Waters - Loving Man 13 - Howlin Wolf - I've Got A Woman 14 - Lowell Fulson - Reconsider Baby 15 - J.B. Lenoir - Give Me One More Shot 16 - Lowell Fulson - Rollin' Blues 17 - Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love 18 - Earl Hooker - Guitar Rumba 19 - Jody Williams - What Kind Of Gal Is That 20 - Earl Hooker - Frog Hop 21 - Jody Williams - Lucky Lou 22 - Lafayette Thomas - Old Memories 23 - Chuck Berry - Guitar Boogie
01 - Muddy Waters - Walking Thru The PArk 02 - Eddie Burns - Treat Me Like I Treat You 03 - Lafayette Thomas - Claim On You 04 - Jimmy Rogers - Rock This House 05 - Otis Rush - I'm Satisfied 06 - Chuck Berry - I Still Got The Blues 07 - Buddy Guy - Broken Hearted Blues 08 - Elmore James - Talk To Me Baby (I Can't Hold Out) 09 - Bo Diddley - My Baby 10 - Albert King - Won't Be Hanging Around 11 - Bo Diddley - I Can Tell 12 - Howlin' Wolf - Hidden Charms 13 - Buddy Guy - Buddy's Boogie 14 - Little Milton - What kind Of Love Is This 15 - Robert Nighthawk - Someday 16 - Howlin Wolf - Killing Floor 17 - Buddy Guy - Leave My Girl Alone 18 - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Cross My Heart 19 - Hound Dog Taylor - Watch Out 20 - Lonnie Brooks - One Sunny Day 21 - Little Milton - I Can't Quit You Baby 22 - Johnny Littlejohn - She's Too Much
This 45-song, two-disc collection is subtitled "two decades of killer fretwork," and never was a set so aptly described. Chess Records was the home to seemingly every hot guitar player in the Chicago area, and many of them make their appearance here. Besides the usual label guitar hotshots (Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Earl Hooker, Otis Rush, Robert Nighthawk, Little Milton), space is given to sideman work from legends like Hubert Sumlin and Robert Jr. Lockwood and great one-offs by lesser-known artists like Jody Williams, Danny Overbea, Eddie Burns, Joe Hill Louis, Morris Pejoe, Lafayette Thomas and others. It seems as if everyone recorded for Chess at one time or another, also explaining the inclusion of tracks by John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James. If electric blues guitar's your thing, then look no further than this fine two-disc compilation...
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