Various Artists

Black and Blue, Vol. 2

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The Frémeaux & Associés label's obsession with teaching the history and evolution of music carries over to the blues, with the cleverly titled Black and Blue series. On Black and Blue, Vol. 2, the focus is on the mid-'70s to late-'80s and the shape of electric blues from the mammoth contributions of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, to lesser-known, but equally competent players such as Lafayette Leake, Lefty Dizz, and Michael Coleman. It's a nice collection for fans of electric blues because of these obscure tracks, and there are quite a few over the two discs. Black and Blue, Vol. 2 is also an excellent place for the curious newcomer to the style to jump into.

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