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Blues Legendes

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Blues L├ęgendes features 18 well-known blues legends performing some of their most representative songs. There's no shortage of big names here: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Jeff Healey, Jonny Lang, Etta James, and many more. The inclusion of more mainstream artists such as Santana and ZZ Top may seem a bit questionable to blues purists. Furthermore, with such oft-heard songs as J.J. Cale's "Cocaine" and Santana's "Black Magic Woman," there will be few surprises for anyone with a schooled background in blues music. It's this mass market approach, though, that makes Blues L├ęgendes such a great place to begin for anyone looking to begin exploring blues for the first time.

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