Various Artists - Blues Guitar Greats, Part 1
  • 01 Big Joe Williams - Down In The Bottoms
  • 02 Sleepy John Estes - Government Money
  • 03 Magic Sam - I Don't Want No Woman
  • 04 Luther Allison - Five Long Years
  • 05 J.B. Hutto - If You Change Your Mind
  • 06 Jimmy Dawkins - Chitlins Con Carne
  • 07 Mighty Joe Young - I Walked All Night
  • 08 Robert Jr. Lockwood - Lockwood's Boogie
  • 09 Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Trouble Don't Last Always
  • 10 Otis Rush - So Many Roads
  • 11 Lonnie Brooks - Crash Head On Into Love
  • 12 Jimmy Johnson - Strange How I Miss You
  • 13 Floyd McDaniel - Why's Life Got To Be This Way
  • 14 Barkin' Bill & Steve Freund - Someday After Awhile
  • 15 Dave Specter & The Bluebirds - West Side Stroll
  • 01 Big Joe Williams - Down In The Bottoms
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:34) [5.88 MB]
  • 02 Sleepy John Estes - Government Money
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:29) [5.69 MB]
  • 03 Magic Sam - I Don't Want No Woman
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:07) [7.12 MB]
  • 04 Luther Allison - Five Long Years
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:19) [9.87 MB]
  • 05 J.B. Hutto - If You Change Your Mind
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:17) [7.51 MB]
  • 06 Jimmy Dawkins - Chitlins Con Carne
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:51) [8.83 MB]
  • 07 Mighty Joe Young - I Walked All Night
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:11) [7.28 MB]
  • 08 Robert Jr. Lockwood - Lockwood's Boogie
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:08) [7.17 MB]
  • 09 Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Trouble Don't Last Always
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (07:35) [17.37 MB]
  • 10 Otis Rush - So Many Roads
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:34) [12.74 MB]
  • 11 Lonnie Brooks - Crash Head On Into Love
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:11) [11.88 MB]
  • 12 Jimmy Johnson - Strange How I Miss You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:28) [10.21 MB]
  • 13 Floyd McDaniel - Why's Life Got To Be This Way
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:29) [5.7 MB]
  • 14 Barkin' Bill & Steve Freund - Someday After Awhile
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (06:38) [15.19 MB]
  • 15 Dave Specter & The Bluebirds - West Side Stroll
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:31) [10.36 MB]
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Blues Guitar Greats Anthology
Delmark DE 697 (1996)
Compact Disc

with Magic Sam, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and more…

Chicago figures prominently in the development of blues guitar. It is here that the guitar came into its own as a lead instrument, stepping up from behind the piano to the front of the stage during the evolving urban ensemble blues of the 1950s, while the trend toward long, emotionally charged guitar solos–best epitomized by Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Luther Allison and others–began on the West Side of Chicago.

It’s remarkable that Delmark’s recordings of blues guitarists have documented the evolving art form as it has changed from the solo acoustic expression of itinerant country artists like Big Joe Williams and Sleepy John Estes, to the blistering raw emotionalism of the West Side turks, to the latter-day urban intensity of Johnny B. Moore and Lurrie Bell — capturing arguably the best talent of this period of Chicago blues while creating some of those artists’ most memorable recordings.

— Justin O’Brien

1 Big Joe Williams– Down In The Bottoms 2:30
2 Sleepy John Estes– Government Money 2:25
3 Magic Sam– I Don't Want No Woman 3:02
4 Luther Allison– Five Long Years 4:14
5 J.B. Hutto– If You Change Your Mind 3:12
6 Jimmy Dawkins– Chitlins Con Carne 4:47
7 Mighty Joe Young– I Walked All Night 3:07
8 Robert Lockwood Jr.– Lockwood's Boogie 3:03
9 Junior Wells, Buddy Guy– Trouble Don't Last Always 7:31
10 Otis Rush– So Many Roads 5:29
11 Lonnie Brooks– Crash Head On Into Love 5:07
12 Jimmy Johnson– Strange How I Miss You 4:23
13 Floyd McDaniel & The Blues Swingers– Why's Life Got To Be This Way 2:25
14 Barkin' Bill Smith With Steve Freund– Someday After Awhile 6:34
15 Dave Specter And The Bluebirds– West Side Stroll 4:27
16 Lurrie Bell– West Side Woman 3:07
17 Johnny B. Moore– Mean Mistreater 4:57

AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

This 17-track collection runs from 1961 to 1995, a good 30-plus years of the label's existence. As such, it covers just about every strain of blues guitar that has ever appeared on Delmark. With standout tracks from Big Joe Williams, Magic Sam (an unreleased live track from 1968), Luther Allison, J.B. Hutto, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Junior Wells with Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks, and Lurrie Bell, this is a really nice overview of Chicago blues guitar-oriented recordings covering a good three decades of important music. Highly recommended.
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  • Members:
    Sleepy John Estes, Magic Sam, Luther Allison, J.B. Hutto, Jimmy Dawkins, Mighty Joe Young, Robert Lockwood Jr, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Floyd McDanie, Barkin Bill Smith with Steve Freund, Dave Specte, Lurrie Bell,
  • Sounds Like:
    Chicago blues
  • Influences:
    Delta blues
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