The Blues, Vol. 2 [Chess/MCA]

The Blues, Vol. 2 [Chess/MCA]


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Only Chess Records could issue a blues compilation so laden with standards without even venturing beyond its own vault. This no-frills 1963 collection (later reissued by MCA) celebrates every blues powerhouse Chess ever had -- including Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, and Little Walter -- and packs into 31 minutes what feels like a motherlode of rock & roll roots. Countless reissuings of this material over the years have perhaps rendered The Blues, Vol. 2 a cheap relic in the current blues market; MCA, after all, gave the Chess catalog a celebrity facelift with the advent of the Chess 50th Anniversary Collection series in 1997. (Blues listeners who demand extensive documentation with their CD purchases are advised to go there.) But if you can ferret out a copy of The Blues, Vol. 2 -- check the vinyl bins, the discount bins, and the public libraries -- it's certainly worth the effort, if nothing else than to realize that the blues don't need fancy packaging to keep you riveted.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076731126326
catalogNumber: 31263


  1. Thirty Days  - Chuck Berry
  2. Sugar Mama  - John Lee Hooker
  3. Evil  - Howlin' Wolf
  4. Got My Mojo Working  - Muddy Waters
  5. I'm a Man  - Bo Diddley
  6. Blues with a Feeling  - Little Walter
  7. Key to the Highway  - Little Walter
  8. It Ain't No Secret  - Jimmy Witherspoon
  9. Wee Wee Hours  - Chuck Berry
  10. Ten Years Ago  - Buddy Guy
  11. So Many Roads, So Many Trains  - Otis Rush

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Cotton   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Henry Gray   Piano
Buddy Guy   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Little Walter   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Louis Myers   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Junior Wells   Harmonica
Chuck Berry   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie Chamblee   Tenor Saxophone
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Jody Williams   Guitar
Lester Davenport   Harmonica
Fred Below   Drums
Bo Diddley   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Howlin' Wolf   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Francis Clay   Drums
Jarrett Gibson   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Green   Maracas
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone
Pat Hare   Guitar
George Hunter   Drums
Frank Kirkland   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jack Myers   Bass
Bob Neely   Tenor Saxophone
Odie Payne   Drums
Earl Phillips   Drums
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Otis Spann   Piano
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Jasper Thomas   Drums
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Jimmy Witherspoon   Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Myers   Guitar

Technical Credits

Little Walter   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Contributor

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