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The Best of Blues, Vol. 2 [MCA]

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MCA Special Products' Best of Blues, Vol. 2 is an imperfect collection, but it's nevertheless quite entertaining, thanks to the high caliber of featured artists. T-Bone Walker ("Stormy Monday Blues"), Bobby Bland ("Do What You Set Out to Do"), Muddy Waters ("Rolling Stone"), B.B. King ("Guess Who," "Rainin' All the Time") and Howlin' Wolf ("Tail Dragger") share space with Memphis Minnie McCoy ("Weary Woman's Blues"), Joe Turner ("Doggin' the Dog"), Little Junior Parker ("Stand By Me") and Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry ("Hole in the Wall"). These may not be the best or most famous songs any of the artists have recorded, but there are no bad performances, since everything is culled from the MCA vaults. And, as far as budget-priced comps go, that means it's worth its price.

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