Tracklist

CD 1: Volume 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Dimples
John Lee Hooker 2:14
2 You’ll Be Mine
Howlin’ Wolf 2:30
3 My Babe
Little Walter 2:38
4 I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
Billie Holiday 2:35
5 The Stuff You Gotta Watch
Muddy Waters 2:40
6 Born Blind
Sonny Boy Williamson 2:32
7 Boogie Chillum
John Lee Hooker 2:33
8 Catfish Blues
B.B. King 2:27
9 Who’s Been Talkin’
Howlin’ Wolf 2:25
10 Early in the Morning
Roy Milton 2:42
11 Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Billie Holiday 1:59
12 Poor Howard Green Corn
Lead Belly 3:13
13 Sad Hours
Little Walter 3:09
14 Dust My Broom
Elmore James 2:59
15 Iodine in My Coffee
Muddy Waters 3:21
16 Tupelo
John Lee Hooker 3:25
17 Wang Dang Doodle
Howlin’ Wolf 2:26
18 Say
Joe Simon 2:26
19 B.B. Boogie
B.B. King 3:20
20 Nice Work If You Can Get It
Billie Holiday 2:37
21 Work with Me
Sonny Boy Williamson 2:54
22 Close to You
Muddy Waters 5 2:58
23 Drug Store Woman
John Lee Hooker 2:46
24 Little Baby
Howlin’ Wolf 2:48
25 You’re So Fine
Little Walter 3:03
CD 2: Volume 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Reed Rooster
Howlin’ Wolf 2:30
2 Boom Boom
John Lee Hooker 2:30
3 God Bless the Child
Billie Holiday 2:50
4 You Gonna Miss Me
Muddy Waters 2:37
5 Last Night
Little Walter 2:44
6 You Killing Me
Sonny Boy Williamson 3:31
7 Walkin’ and Cryin’
B.B. King 3:29
8 Boll Weevil Blues
Lead Belly 2:39
9 Shake for Me
Howlin’ Wolf 2:17
10 Frisco Blues
John Lee Hooker 2:41
11 Don’t Explain
Billie Holiday 2:50
12 Look On Yonder Wall
Elmore James 2:32
13 Mean Red Spider
Muddy Waters 2:12
14 Blues With a Feeling
Little Walter 3:07
15 Spoonful
Howlin’ Wolf 2:48
16 Please Love Me
B.B. King 2:50
17 No Shoes
John Lee Hooker 2:25
18 I Loves You Porgy
Billie Holiday 2:33
19 The Gallis Pole
Lead Belly 3:02
20 Keep It to Yourself
Sonny Boy Williamson 2:51
21 Diamonds at Your Feet
Muddy Waters 2:20
22 Can’t Hold Out Much Longer
Little Walter 3:01
23 I’m in the Mood
John Lee Hooker 2:42
24 Goin’ Down Slow
Howlin’ Wolf 3:27
25 Little Rain
Jimmy Reed 2:42
CD 3: Volume 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Baby Please Don’t Go
Muddy Waters 5 3:18
2 Hobo Blues
John Lee Hooker 2:46
3 Down in the Bottom
Howlin’ Wolf 2:14
4 Fine and Mellow
Billie Holiday 8:45
5 Don’t Lose Your Eye
Sonny Boy Williamson 3:05
6 Joke
Little Walter 2:46
7 Blue Tail Fly
Lead Belly 2:22
8 Walkin’ and Talkin’
Ray Charles 3:10
9 Baby Lee
John Lee Hooker 2:56
10 Trainfare Blues
Muddy Waters 5 2:48
11 Back Door Man
Howlin’ Wolf 5 2:52
12 It Hurts Me Too
Elmore James 3:20
13 Fooling Myself
Billie Holiday 2:30
14 Everyday I Have the Blues
B.B. King 5:06
15 Mean Old World
Little Walter 2:57
16 Trouble Blues
John Lee Hooker 2:49
17 Howlin’ for My Baby
Howlin’ Wolf 2:38
18 Where Can You Be
Jimmy Reed 2:39
19 One Way Out
Sonny Boy Williamson 1:58
20 Hey Now
Ray Charles 2:24
21 Easy to Remember
Billie Holiday 3:28
22 Settin’ Here Drinkin’
Muddy Waters 2:35
23 Old Time Shimmy
John Lee Hooker 2:19
24 Tell Me
Howlin’ Wolf 2:57
25 How Long
Lead Belly 2:11
CD 4: Volume 4
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 I Got a Rich Mans Woman
Muddy Waters 3:01
2 When Your Lover Has Gone
Billie Holiday 2:02
3 My Baby Walked Off
Howlin’ Wolf 3:02
4 Little Wheel
John Lee Hooker 2:34
5 How Blue Can You Get
B.B. King 3:28
6 Off the Wall
Little Walter 2:50
7 Cool Disposition
Sonny Boy Williamson 2:44
8 I’m Wonderin’ and Wonderin’
Ray Charles 3:21
9 Big Fat Woman
Lead Belly 1:21
10 Whiskey and Wimmen
John Lee Hooker 2:41
11 Killing Floor
Howlin’ Wolf 3:31
12 Easy to Remember
Billie Holiday 3:31
13 Mean Mistreater
Muddy Waters 2:49
14 Coming Home
Elmore James 2:27
15 You Better Watch Yourself
Little Walter 3:06
16 Moanin’ at Midnight
Howlin’ Wolf 4:58
17 Process
John Lee Hooker 3:43
18 In New Orleans
Lead Belly 3:18
19 Commit a Crime
Howlin’ Wolf 3:24
20 Hand in Hand
Elmore James 3:06
21 Dusty Road
John Lee Hooker 2:12
22 Sad Letter
Muddy Waters 3:02
23 Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Billie Holiday 2:23
24 I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
Ray Charles 2:25
25 What Do You Say
John Lee Hooker 2:30

Credits

CD 1: Volume 1

recorded in:
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1960-06) (track 17)
drums (drum set):
Earl Phillips (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Fred Below (1960-06) (track 17)
Sam Lay (1961-05) (track 24)
Sam Lay (1961-12) (track 2)
guitar:
John Lee Hooker (1956) (track 1)
Eddie Taylor (Electric blues guitarist & singer) (1956) (track 1)
Willie Johnson (Member of The Famous Flames) (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Hubert Sumlin (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Freddie King (American blues singer & guitarist) (1960-06) (track 17)
Hubert Sumlin (1960-06) (track 17)
Jimmy Rogers (blues artist) (1961-05) (track 24)
Hubert Sumlin (1961-05) (track 24)
Jimmy Rogers (blues artist) (1961-12) (track 2)
Hubert Sumlin (1961-12) (track 2)
Howlin’ Wolf (1961-12) (track 2)
harmonica:
Howlin’ Wolf (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Howlin’ Wolf (1960-06) (track 17)
bass:
George Washington (1950s bassist) (1956) (track 1)
double bass:
Willie Dixon (1960-06) (track 17)
Willie Dixon (1961-05) (track 24)
Willie Dixon (1961-12) (track 2)
piano:
Hosea Lee Kennard (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Otis Spann (1960-06) (track 17)
Little Johnny Jones (Chicago blues pianist) (1961-05) (track 24)
Henry Gray (1961-12) (track 2)
additional composer:
Robert Johnson (1930s blues legend) (track 14)
additional lyricist:
Robert Johnson (1930s blues legend) (track 14)
composer:
Willie Dixon (tracks 17, 22)
John Lee Hooker (tracks 16, 23)
Elmore James (track 14)
Marion Walter Jacobs (blues performer and songwriter) (track 25)
Sam H. Stept (track 11)
George Gershwin (composer) (1937) (tracks 20, 20)
lead vocals:
Howlin’ Wolf (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Howlin’ Wolf (1960-06) (track 17)
Howlin’ Wolf (1961-05) (track 24)
Howlin’ Wolf (1961-12) (track 2)
lyricist:
Willie Dixon (track 22)
John Lee Hooker (tracks 16, 23)
Elmore James (track 14)
Marion Walter Jacobs (blues performer and songwriter) (track 25)
Sidney Clare (track 11)
Ira Gershwin (1937) (tracks 20, 20)
Willie Dixon (1960-06) (track 17)
vocals:
John Lee Hooker (1956) (track 1)
Howlin’ Wolf (1960-06) (track 17)
writer:
James Bracken (track 1)
Willie Dixon (tracks 2, 24)
John Lee Hooker (1956) (track 1)
publisher:
Bourne Co. (track 11)
MPCA King of Spades (track 14)
Gershwin Publishing Corp (1937) (tracks 20, 20)
recorded at:
later versions:
Dust My Blues (track 14)
I Believe (track 14)
live recording of:
Tupelo (1960) (track 16)
part of:
A Damsel in Distress (1937 film score) (tracks 20, 20)
Crazy For You (1992 Musical) (tracks 20, 20)
recording of:
Drug Store Woman (track 23)
Dust My Broom (track 14)
You’re So Fine (track 25)
Dimples (1956) (track 1)
Nice Work If You Can Get It (1956) (track 20)
Who’s Been Talkin’ (1957-06-24) (track 9)
Close to You (1958-08) (track 22)
Wang Dang Doodle (1960-06) (track 17)
Little Baby (1961-05) (track 24)
You'll Be Mine (1961-12) (track 2)
referred to in medleys:
version of:

CD 2: Volume 2

membranophone:
Benny Benjamin (track 2)
guitar:
John Lee Hooker (track 2)
bass:
James Jamerson (track 2)
piano:
Joe Hunter (track 2)
tenor saxophone:
Hank Crosby (track 2)
composer:
Elmore James (track 12)
Marion Walter Jacobs (blues performer and songwriter) (track 14)
John Lee Hooker (track 2)
lyricist:
Marion Walter Jacobs (blues performer and songwriter) (track 14)
John Lee Hooker (track 2)
vocals:
John Lee Hooker (track 2)
writer:
Ewart G. Abner, Jr. (track 25)
Jimmy Reed (blues musician) (track 25)
Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller, 1899-1965) (track 20)
publisher:
Chappell Music Ltd. (track 12)
Conrad Music (publisher; do NOT use as release label) (track 25)
is based on:
Blues With a Feeling (original Rabon Tarrant / Jack McVea version) (track 14)
later translated versions:
Bom Bom Bom (track 2)
Tee mit Rum (track 2)
recording of:
Blues With a Feeling (Little Walter version) (track 14)
Keep It to Yourself (track 20)
Little Rain (track 25)
Look on Yonder Wall (track 12)
Boom Boom (1961) (track 2)
version of:

CD 3: Volume 3

recorded in:
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1960-06) (track 11)
drums (drum set):
Fred Below (1960-06) (track 11)
guitar:
Hubert Sumlin (1960-06) (track 11)
harmonica:
Howlin’ Wolf (1960-06) (track 11)
double bass:
Willie Dixon (1960-06) (track 11)
piano:
Otis Spann (1960-06) (track 11)
composer:
John Lee Hooker (track 23)
McKinley Morganfield (blues musician) (track 1)
Willie Dixon (track 11)
Mel London (track 12)
lead vocals:
Howlin’ Wolf (1960-06) (track 11)
lyricist:
John Lee Hooker (track 23)
McKinley Morganfield (blues musician) (track 1)
Willie Dixon (track 11)
Mel London (track 12)
writer:
Chester Burnett (track 11)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 20)
publisher:
Arc Music (U.S. rock & blues publisher) (track 11)
recording of:
Hey Now (track 20)
It Hurts Me Too (track 12)
Old Time Shimmy (track 23)
Back Door Man (1960-06) (track 11)

CD 4: Volume 4

composer:
Joseph E. Howard (track 24)
Elmore James (track 14)
Harold Orlob (track 24)
lyricist:
Elmore James (track 14)
Frank R. Adams (American author, screenwriter, composer & newspaper reporter) (track 24)
Will M. Hough (track 24)
writer:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 8)
Elmore James (track 20)
publisher:
Redwood Music Ltd. (Carlin) (track 24)
recording of:
Coming Home (track 14)
Hand in Hand (track 20)