Chess Blues Classics: 1957-1967

Chess Blues Classics: 1957-1967


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Chess
UPC: 0076732936825
catalogNumber: 9368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Cotton   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Buddy Guy   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Earl Hooker   Guitar
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Big Walter Horton   Harmonica
Etta James   Vocals,Track Performer
Freddie King   Guitar
Little Walter   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Robert Nighthawk   Guitar
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Koko Taylor   Vocals,Track Performer
Maurice White   Drums
Johnny Jones   Piano
Sam Lay   Drums
David T. Walker   Guitar
Jody Williams   Guitar
David Hines   Trumpet
Homesick James Williamson   Guitar
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Carl Banks   Organ
Fred Below   Drums
Freeman Brown   Drums
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie "Guitar" Burns   Guitar
Little Milton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Leonard Caston   Piano
Charles Chalmers   Saxophone
Francis Clay   Drums
Duncan   Drums
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone
Pat Hare   Guitar
David Hood   Electric Bass
George Hunter   Drums
Clifton James   Drums
Elmore James   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Albert Lowe   Guitar
Jack Meyers   Bass
Gene Miller   Trumpet
Muddy Waters   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Bob Neely   Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Saxophone
Odie Payne   Drums
Earl Phillips   Drums
Milton Rector   Bass
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Satterfield   Bass
Gerald Sims   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Charles Stepney   Piano
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Aaron Varnell   Saxophone
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker   Organ
Richard Waters   Drums
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Roger Dawkins   Drums
Dewey Oldham   Organ,Piano
Marion Wright   Bass
Gavrell Cooper   Tenor Saxophone
Vonzell Cooper   Organ

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Producer
Ralph Bass   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Bill Foster   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Ron Badger   Composer
Phil Wright   Arranger
Billy Davis   Producer
Sheldon Feinberg   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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