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Whole Lotta Blues: Legends of Texas Blues

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Not a single Vaughan brother to be found here, but this anthology of Texas blues still packs a lot of punch. While not as comprehensive as, say, the Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues compilation on Rhino, Eclipse's Legends of Texas Blues generally covers all the bases for this kind of reissue: a few must-have classics ("One Room Country Shack," "Lucy Mae Blues"); a few titular tunes that fall in line with the theme (Larry Davis' "Angels in Houston," Floyd Dixon's "Dallas Blues"); and a few obscure gems to round out the album (Lou Ann Barton's rocking cover of "Shake Your Hips" almost steals the show). As expected, this is mostly an axe-slinging affair dominated by the likes of Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Johnny Copeland, and Johnny Winter, although the producers justly added to the mix some choice piano blues by Amos Milburn, Robert Shaw, and Mercy Dee Walton. Veteran electric blues and boogie-woogie fanatics already have most of these songs in their collections, but for newbies, this is a pretty good deal.

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