Various Artists

Best of the Blues [Boxsets #2]

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As with the Boxsets companions The Ultimate Blues Collection and An Anthology of Blues, this is not a "best-of," although it does have its moments over two CDs. "The Things I Used to Do" by Albert Collins, the always poignant "War Is Starting Again" by Lightnin' Hopkins, "Sit and Cry" by Buddy Guy, "House Rent Boogie" by John Lee Hooker, "You Don't Know What Love Is" by Fenton Robinson, and "Christo Redemptor" by Charlie Musselwhite are definitive songs by the artists, just not their very best. Adding more heft to the collection are Eddy Clearwater, Magic Slim, Luther Allison, Byther Smith, and Jimmy Johnson, but it's a hit-and-miss gathering that is not the best of its genre.

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