Various Artists

The Blues Box [Laserlight]

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Here are five discs, originally issued separately on the label, boxed up together as sort of a "deluxe" budget set. All of the material is licensed from the Delmark label and, as such, it is all top-notch, with classic performances throughout. Chicago Blues Bash features tracks from Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, J.B. Hutto, and Jimmy Johnson, while Windy City Blues features tracks from Robert Jr. Lockwood, Otis Rush, Mighty Joe Young, and Roosevelt Sykes. Early sides from Robert Night Hawk and Little Walter show up on Blues Legends, whereas Chicago Blues Masters spotlights the work of Magic Sam, Carey Bell, Junior Wells, Arthur Crudup, and Big Walter Horton. The final disc, Midnight Blues, features more tracks from Little Walter, Junior Wells, Louis Myers, Luther Allison, and Dave Specter. A lot of great blues for only pennies a serving.

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