Essential Chicago Blues (2cd set)

Artist: Various Artists
Format: 2CD
Bar-code: 5060143493522
Cat No: NOT2CD352


This is a compilation of Chicago blues. But it’s rather more than that. Run your finger down the list of songs here performed by the original artists and it’s highly likely you’ll recognize them from the repertoire of more recent artists. And while many of the singers here are, sadly, no longer with us, the blues’ ability to be creatively recycled has given the music a longevity that should ensure its future.


Back in the years following World War II, Black Americans were moving to where the jobs were. A massive influx of labour was needed to sustain the hectic pace war had established, and Chicago, with its steel mills and car factories, was a key industrial centre. When the newly arrived workers weren’t working they needed to be entertained. So it was that a live circuit of venues grew up offering live music aimed at the working man and woman.


If the cutting edge of innovation had passed from black blues to white rock as the Sixties progressed, the Chicago blues treasure trove has provided rich pickings for bands over the years. Our compilation proves this point many times over, so take a trip back in time to sweet home Chicago…


Also available on Vinyl

CD 1

1. Eyesight To The Blind – Sonny Boy Williamson
2. Walkin’ The Blues – Willie Dixon
3. I’m Ready – Muddy Waters
4. Groaning The Blues – Otis Rush
5. Sit And Cry (The Blues) – Buddy Guy and his Band
6. Junior’s Wail (Wells) – Junior Wells
7. It Must Have Been The Devil – Otis Spann
8. Moanin’ At Midnight – Howlin’ Wolf
9. Say Man – Bo Diddley
10. Shake It Baby – Sunnyland Slim
11. Five Long Years – Eddie Boyd
12. Easy Baby – Magic Sam
13. You’re So Fine – Little Walter and his Combo
14. I Don’t Know – Willie Mabon
15. Walking By Myself – Jimmy Rogers
16. The Sun Is Shining – Jimmy Reed
17. Make My Dreams Come True – Elmore James
18. Country Boy – Freddy King
19. Trouble No More – Muddy Waters
20. I’m A Man – Bo Diddley
21. How Many More Years? – Howlin’ Wolf
22. Try To Quit You Baby – Buddy Guy
23. Double Trouble – Otis Rush
24. I Could Cry – Junior Wells
25. On The Road Again – Floyd Jones

CD 2

1. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
2. Keep It To Yourself – Sonny Boy Williamson
3. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
4. I Could Cry – Junior Wells
5. All Your Love – Magic Sam
6. Poison Ivy – Willie Mabon
7. Cry For Me Baby – Elmore James
8. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush
9. Woman Trouble – Sunnyland Slim
10. Juke – Little Walter and his Combo
11. Ain’t That Loving You Baby – Jimmy Reed
12. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) – Howlin’ Wolf
13. Pretty Thing – Bo Diddley
14. All My Love In Vain – Sonny Boy Williamson
15. Cut That Out – Junior Wells
16. This Is The End – Buddy Guy
17. I’m Mad – Willie Mabon
18. Third Degree – Eddie Boyd
19. 29 Ways – Willie Dixon
20. That’s All Right – Jimmy Rogers
21. That’s What You Think – Freddy King
22. Early Morning – Floyd Jones
23. Two-Headed Women – Junior Wells
24. My Babe – Little Walter and his Combo
25. Just Make Love To Me – Muddy Waters