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Tuff Enuff, Vol. 3: The Ace Blues Masters

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The third entry in Westside's chronicling of the Ace blues masters lurking in Johnny Vincent's vaults yields yet another treasure trove of goodies from this Jackson, Mississippi based label. Kicking off with Joe Dyson's ultra-rare jump classic "Looped," athis 24-track compilation also includes the label's first-ever release, Al Collins' "I Got the Blues for You," as well as true rarities and other classics from Lightnin' Slim ("Bad Feeling Blues" and "Lightnin' Slim's Boogie"), Jerry McCain ("Steady" and "She's Tough") and Sammy Myers ("Sleeping In the Ground" and "My Love Is Here to Stay"). The first recordings from Buddy Guy are aboard ("The Way You Been Treating Me," "Baby Don't You Wanna Come Home") along with rare sides from Schoolboy Cleve, Jesse Allen and Guitar Reed and unissued items from Kenzie Moore and the mysterious Little Cameron and Frankie Fair. The usual strong quotient of New Orleans piano-dominated blues sides are here, but there's also a large number of down-home items peppering the mix to satisfy backwoods fans as well.

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