Various Artists

Chess Blues

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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

Chess Blues is a superlative four-CD box set featuring important tracks by all the main stars of the label (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson), as well as much previously unreleased material. A well-done retrospective of Chicago blues in its heyday, as recorded by America's greatest blues label, Chess.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Clarence Samuels 02:49 Amazon
2 Andrew Tibbs 02:57 Amazon
3 Sunnyland Slim 02:52 Amazon
4 Sunnyland Slim 02:36 Amazon
5 Muddy Waters 02:33 Amazon
6 Muddy Waters 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
7 Robert Nighthawk 02:52 Amazon
8 Muddy Waters 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
9 Sunnyland Slim 02:47 Amazon
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St. Louis Jimmy 02:56 Amazon
11 Forest City Joe 03:17 Amazon
12 Forrest Sykes 03:10 Amazon
13
Laura Rucker 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
14
Baby Face Leroy 03:12 Amazon
15 Johnny Jones 02:57 Amazon
16 Robert Nighthawk 03:04
17 Muddy Waters 03:08
18 Jimmy Rogers 02:53 Amazon
19 Memphis Slim 02:43 Amazon
20 Doctor Ross 02:38 Amazon
21 Johnny Shines 02:41 Amazon
22 Howlin' Wolf 02:57
23 Muddy Waters 03:49 Amazon
24 Arbee Stidham 03:14 Amazon
25 Howlin' Wolf 02:37 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Lee Hooker 02:34
2 Little Walter 02:48
3
Memphis Minnie 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
4 Muddy Waters 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
5
Memphis Minnie 02:59 Amazon
6
Willie Nix 02:40 Amazon
7
Rocky Fuller 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
8 Eddie Boyd 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
9 Little Walter 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
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Gus Jenkins 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
11 Little Walter 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
12 Willie Mabon 02:39 Amazon
13 John Brim 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
14 Elmore James 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
15 Willie Mabon 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
16
Henry Gray 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
17
Alberta Adams 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
18
Henry Gray / Morris Pejoe 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
19 Little Walter 03:08 Amazon
20 Muddy Waters 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
21 Howlin' Wolf 02:50 Amazon
22 Little Walter 03:08
23 Howlin' Wolf 02:56
24 Lowell Fulson 03:11
25 J.B. Lenoir 02:19 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Little Walter 02:44 Amazon
2 Muddy Waters 03:13
3 Little Walter 02:43
4
Billy Boy Arnold 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
5 Willie Dixon 03:05 Amazon
6 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:36
7 Howlin' Wolf 03:09
8 Willie Dixon 02:11 Amazon
9 Paul Gayton / Myrtle Jones 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
10 Jimmy Witherspoon 02:43 Amazon
11 Otis Spann 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
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Howlin' Wolf 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
13 Floyd Dixon 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
14 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:51
15 Jimmy Rogers 02:49 Amazon
16 Muddy Waters 02:53
17 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:42 Amazon
18 Lafayette Leake 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
19 Howlin' Wolf 02:35
20 J.B. Lenoir 02:24 Amazon
21 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:30
22 Little Walter 02:49 Amazon
23 Muddy Waters 03:31 SpotifyAmazon
24 Eddie Boyd 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
25 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:23 Amazon
26 Otis Rush 03:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buddy Guy 02:20
2 Detroit Junior 02:17 Amazon
3 Lowell Fulson 02:27 Amazon
4 Lloyd Glenn 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
5 Elmore James 02:42 Amazon
6 Albert King 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
7 Howlin' Wolf 02:28 Amazon
8 Sonny Boy Williamson II 03:29
9 Howlin' Wolf 04:04 Amazon
10 Little Milton 02:18 Amazon
11 Etta James 02:49
12 The Big Three Trio 02:38 Amazon
13 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:37
14 Big Walter Horton 04:14 Amazon
15 Howlin' Wolf 02:51
16 Koko Taylor 03:05 Amazon
17 Little Milton 02:41 Amazon
18 Koko Taylor 03:02
19 Little Joe Blue 02:47 Amazon
20 John Lee Hooker 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
21 Eddie "Guitar" Burns 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
22 Muddy Waters 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
23 Buddy Guy 02:31 Amazon
24 Hound Dog Taylor 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
25 Etta James 02:34
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