Yet another of many Chess starter discs, Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 1 offers a slim but strong mix of classic Chicago blues from the late ‘40s through the ‘50s. Including several key electric blues cuts and plenty seeds from which both early rock ‘n' roll and the bluesier side of the British Invasion took inspiration, the 14 tracks touch on both the legendary (Muddy Waters' "Rolling Stone" and Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby") and dark-horse gems (Robert Nighthawk's "Black Angel Blues" and J.B. Lenoir's "Eisenhower Blues"). And in between? Well, just several more milestones by the likes of Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. A great way to get to know the blues.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook