Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Digital Album)

Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Digital Album)

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In 1965, musician, author, historian and producer Samuel Charters enlisted nine of the Midwest’s best blues artists to record a short set each for a Vanguard Records sampler, showcasing the electric sound of Chicago Blues. The distinct style, known for its use of electric guitars, amplified harmonicas, a rhythm section and often a piano, was exemplified by artists like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Jonny Young, Otis Spann and Big Walter Horton—all of whom appear on the compilation.

Released in 1966, the groundbreaking Chicago/The Blues/Today! trilogy introduced countless listeners to the blues—helping to popularize the genre in the US, the UK and beyond. These recordings also influenced a host of up-and-coming rock artists, including The Animals, Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and, later, The Allman Brothers Band. As AllMusic notes, “It’s fair to assume that most blues-influenced artists had all three volumes in their respective collections, and the songs on them ended up in the repertoires of everyone from Jimi Hendrix…to Led Zeppelin…to Steppenwolf.”

1. A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson – The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
2. It Hurts Me Too – The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
3. Messin’ With The Kid – The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
4. Vietcong Blues – The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
5. All Night Long – The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
6. Going Ahead – J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
7. Please Help – J.B. Hutto And His Hawks
8. Too Much Alcohol – J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
9. Married Woman Blues – J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
10. That's The Truth – J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
11. Marie – Otis Spann’s South Side Piano
12. Burning Fire – Otis Spann’s South Side Piano
13. S. P. Blues – Otis Spann’s South Side Piano
14. Sometimes I Wonder – Otis Spann’s South Side Piano
15. Spann’s Stomp – Otis Spann’s South Side Piano
16. Cotton Crop Blues – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
17. The Blues Keep Falling – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
18. Love Me Or Leave Me – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
19. Rocket 88 – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
20. West Helena Blues – The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet
21. Everything’s Going To Turn Out Alright – The Otis Rush Blues Band
22. It’s A Mean Old World – The Otis Rush Blues Band
23. I Can’t Quit You Baby – The Otis Rush Blues Band
24. Rock – The Otis Rush Blues Band
25. It’s My Own Fault – The Otis Rush Blues Band
26. Dust My Broom – Homesick James And His Dusters
27. Somebody Been Talkin’ – Homesick James And His Dusters
28. Set A Date – Homesick James And His Dusters
29. So Mean To Me – Homesick James And His Dusters
30. One More Time – Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band
31. Kid Man Blues – Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band
32. My Black Mare – Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band
33. Stealin’ Back – Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band
34. I Got Mine In Time – Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band
35. Tighten Up On It – Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band
36. Dynaflow Blues – The Johnny Shines Blues Band
37. Black Spider Blues – The Johnny Shines Blues Band
38. Layin’ Down My Shoes And Clothes – The Johnny Shines Blues Band
39. If I Get Lucky – The Johnny Shines Blues Band
40. Rockin’ My Boogie – Big Walter Horton’s Blues Harp Band With Memphis Charlie
41. Mr. Boweevil – The Johnny Shines Blues Band
42. Hey, Hey – The Johnny Shines Blues Band

• An essential archive of Chicago's influential mid-’60s blues scene
• Featuring groundbreaking performances from Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Jonny Young, Otis Spann and Big Walter Horton