In many respects, England was a more hospitable home for the blues in the mid-/late-1950's than America was -- where even labels such as Chicago's Chess usually limited their blues LPs to collections of singles. In England it was possible for artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee to record entire LPs while touring. Pye/Nixa Records reissued these sides many times, but it wasn't until 2003 that the current owner of their library, Castle Communications, did a state-of-the-art digital remastering of their three classic U.K. albums, Broonzy's Tribute to Big Bill (1955), White's Blues and . . . (1956), and Terry and McGhee's Sonny, Brownie & Chris (1958), with full annotation. The music is a mix of virtuoso acoustic blues with some small jazz-style group accompaniment, from some top players, including Chris Barber and Phil Seamen, all of which is worth hearing and a lot of which is filled with surprises for all of us.