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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

This five-disc, 116-track box set presents a sweeping history of the blues from its emergence in the early 1900s clear through to its various contemporary guises, and includes samples of country blues in all of its regional variations, as well as cuts from string bands, jug bands, jazz combos, gritty Chicago blues outfits, and a look at how rock artists like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix incorporated the blues into their distinctive styles. Intelligently gathered and arranged, it treats the blues both from a historical perspective and from a working assumption that the form is still alive and well, continually morphing and transforming itself. There simply isn't a better or deeper survey of the blues on the market.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:52 Amazon
2 Lightning & Group 05:25 Amazon
3 Mamie Smith 03:29 Amazon
4 W.C. Handy 03:02 Amazon
5 Bessie Smith 03:08 Amazon
6 Blind Lemon Jefferson 03:01 Amazon
7 Furry Lewis 02:36 Amazon
8
Ma Rainey 03:03 Amazon
9 Blind Willie Johnson 03:21 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong 03:27 Amazon
11 Frank Stokes 03:10 Amazon
12 Mississippi John Hurt 03:24 Amazon
13 Henry Thomas 02:43 Amazon
14 Leroy Carr 03:06 Amazon
15 Tommy Johnson 03:38 Amazon
16 Blind Willie McTell 02:30 Amazon
17 Tampa Red / Georgia Tom 03:04 Amazon
18 Pinetop Smith 03:22 Amazon
19 Lonnie Johnson 03:15 Amazon
20 Charley Patton 02:59 Amazon
21 Blind Blake 02:58 Amazon
22 Memphis Jug Band 02:32 Amazon
23 Jimmie Rodgers 02:39 Amazon
24 Mississippi Sheiks 03:04 Amazon
25 Son House 03:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Skip James 03:00 Amazon
2 Lead Belly 02:59 Amazon
3 Big Joe Williams 03:24 Amazon
4 Roosevelt Sykes 02:59 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 02:40 Amazon
6 Robert Johnson 02:40 Amazon
7
Sonny Boy Williamson I 03:01 Amazon
8 Bukka White 03:01 Amazon
9 Pete Johnson / Joe Turner 02:50 Amazon
10 Robert Petway 02:53 Amazon
11 Count Basie Orchestra / Jimmy Rushing 03:26 Amazon
12 Big Bill Broonzy 03:01 Amazon
13 Memphis Minnie 02:46 Amazon
14 Big Maceo Merriweather 02:56 Amazon
15 McClennon, Tommy 02:46 Amazon
16 Lionel Hampton / Dinah Washington 02:54 Amazon
17 Sister Rosetta Tharpe 02:52 Amazon
18 Joe Liggins 03:05 Amazon
19 Johnny Moore's Three Blazers / Charles Brown 03:14 Amazon
20 Louis Jordan 02:47 Amazon
21 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 02:55 Amazon
22 T-Bone Walker 03:02 Amazon
23 Wynonie Harris 02:47 Amazon
24 Jimmy Witherspoon 02:55 Amazon
25 Little Esther / Johnny Otis Quintette 02:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny Otis Quintette 02:42 Amazon
2 Percy Mayfield 02:55 Amazon
3 Jackie Brenston 02:50 Amazon
4 Elmore James 02:45 Amazon
5 Rosco Gordon 03:09 Amazon
6 Little Walter 02:45 Amazon
7 Big Mama Thornton 02:50 Amazon
8 Lowell Fulson 03:10 Amazon
9 Guitar Slim 03:02 Amazon
10 Professor Longhair 02:32 Amazon
11 Muddy Waters 02:51 Amazon
12 J.B. Lenoir 02:53 Amazon
13 Fats Domino 02:17 Amazon
14 Ray Charles 02:55 Amazon
15 Smiley Lewis 02:44 Amazon
16 Elvis Presley 02:27 Amazon
17 Sonny Boy Williamson II 02:34 Amazon
18 Howlin' Wolf 03:08 Amazon
19 Bo Diddley 02:30 Amazon
20 Slim Harpo 03:04 Amazon
21 Chuck Berry 02:42 Amazon
22 Bobby "Blue" Bland 02:58 Amazon
23 Otis Rush 03:13 Amazon
24 Buddy Guy 02:18 Amazon
25 Jimmy Reed 02:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Freddie King 02:35 Amazon
2 Junior Parker 02:37 Amazon
3 John Lee Hooker 02:32 Amazon
4 Albert Collins 03:03 Amazon
5 Muddy Waters 02:58 Amazon
6 Howlin' Wolf 02:50 Amazon
7 Son House 04:21 Amazon
8 Mississippi Fred McDowell 03:21 Amazon
9 Bob Dylan 03:26 Amazon
10 Junior Wells 02:05 Amazon
11 Koko Taylor 03:01 Amazon
12 John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers / Eric Clapton 03:34 Amazon
13 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band 04:58 Amazon
14 Jimi Hendrix 03:51 Amazon
15 Albert King 02:46 Amazon
16 Magic Sam 02:43 Amazon
17 Etta James 02:23 Amazon
18 Jeff Beck Group 04:53 Amazon
19 Taj Mahal 03:30 Amazon
20 Fleetwood Mac 02:52 Amazon
21 Janis Joplin 04:09 Amazon
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