Blues: Gold

Various Artists

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Blues: Gold Review

by Steve Leggett

None of the cuts on this two-disc, 38-track collection is particularly obscure or hard to find elsewhere, but what makes it a useful set is having them all in one package, and the end result is a nice introduction to modern electric blues. Included are such classic blues performances as Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," T-Bone Walker's "Call It Stormy Monday," Slim Harpo's "I'm a King Bee," Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man," John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign," Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind," and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Flood Down in Texas," among many others. Again, nothing here is going to make a blues collector jump up and shout, but they aren't going to complain, either, since every cut is a stone cold classic.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Muddy Waters 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
2 Big Mama Thornton 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
3 T-Bone Walker 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
4 Lowell Fulson 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
5 Guitar Slim 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
6 Little Walter 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
7 Bo Diddley 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
8 Ray Charles 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
9 Slim Harpo 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
10 Slim Harpo 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
11 Jimmy Reed 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
12 Howlin' Wolf 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
13 Freddie King 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
14 Junior Parker 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
15 Bobby "Blue" Bland 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
16 Albert Collins 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
17 Sonny Boy Williamson I 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
18 Buddy Guy 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
19 Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band 02:04 SpotifyAmazon
20 Koko Taylor 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
21 John Lee Hooker 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
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