Various Artists

Stax: Superblues, Vol. 2: All-Time Classic Blues Hits

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More soul and R&B influences are heard on this volume than the first, though it's not a detriment. The 18 tracks include prize items by Guitar Slim, Lloyd Price, Lowell Fulson, Elmore James, and Sonny Boy Williamson, with some bluesy Southern soul by O.V. Wright and Johnnie Taylor. Also included are some little-anthologized gems, most notably Gene Allison's "You Can Make It If You Try" (covered by the Rolling Stones on their first album) and Jimmy Hughes' magnificent bluesy soul ballad "Steal Away."

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