Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Howlin' for My Baby
Howlin’ Wolf 2:57
2 Red Hot
Billy “The Kid” Emerson 2:25
3 Ella Hums the Blues
Ella Fitzgerald 5:16
4 Dust My Blues
Elmore James 3:11
5 Please, Mr. Johnson
Amos Milburn 2:42
6 Meaning of the Blues
Kitty White 2:32
7 My Baby's Gone
Lightning Hopkins 2:46
8 Rockin' Chair
Mildred Bailey 3:12
9 Weed Head Woman
Champion Jack Dupree 2:55
10 The Birth of the Blues
Pearl Bailey 3:02
11 Stack O'Lee Blues
Mississippi John Hurt 2:47
12 Mean Old World
T‐Bone Walker 2:56
13 Two Kinds of Women
Roscoe Gordon 3:05
14 Blues and Trouble
Jimmy Witherspoon 2:51
15 Louisiana Glide
Blind Leroy Garnett 3:04
16 Blues for Turfers
Gene Ammons 4:04
17 Texas Blues
Charles Brown 2:54
18 Salty Papa
Albinia Jones 3:04
19 Lookin' for My Baby
Little Milton 2:51
20 Born for Bad Luck
Brownie McGhee 2:51
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Everyday I Have the Blues
B.B. King 2:47
2 Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday 4 3:05
3 What's the Matter Baby
Fats Domino 2:20
4 Loud Talkin' Woman
Helen Humes 2:57
5 East St. Louis Blues
Faber Smith 2:51
6 St. Louis Blues
Lena Horne 3:04
7 Ethel Mea
Lightning Slim 3:14
8 Blues in My Heart
Miss Rhapsody 2:40
9 Life Is Like That
Bonita Cole with Bill Forte's Orchestra 3:08
10 Wolf Call Boogie
Coy "Hot Shot" Love 2:39
11 Midnight Hour Blues
Leroy Carr 3:09
12 Why Did You Waste My Time
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with Tiny Grimes & the Rockin’ Highlanders 2:56
13 Pratt City Blues
Bertha "Chippie" Hill 2:56
14 Rockin' Chair Daddy
Harmonica Frank Floyd 3:10
15 Kind Hearted Woman Blues
Robert Johnson 2:50
16 Balky Mule Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson 2:42
17 Peddlin' Man
Liza Brown 2:53
18 It Won't Be Long Now
Barbecue Bob 3:06
19 Blues With a Feeling
Little Walter 3:33
20 Mister, You've Gone and Got the Blues
Billy Eckstine 3:30
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Boogie Chillen
John Lee Hooker 3:09
2 Gabbin' Blues
Big Maybelle 2:42
3 Black Snake
Lead Belly 3:10
4 They Call Me Mr. Blues
Grant "Mr Blues" Jones 2:59
5 Going to Chicago Blues
Big Joe Turner 2:59
6 Memphis Blues
Lizzie Miles 3:45
7 Late in the Evening Blues
Ray Charles 3:05
8 Big City Blues
Wynonie Harris 2:30
9 Black Mountain Blues
Bessie Smith 3:06
10 Cool Kind Treatment
Eddie Boyd 3:07
11 Meet Me With Your Black Dress
Jimmy Nelson 2:53
12 Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
Ruth Brown 2:53
13 Here Is a Letter
Little Caesar 2:35
14 Church Street Sobbin' Blues
Blind Willie Dunn 3:05
15 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Sarah Vaughan 2:58
16 Stone Pony Blues
Charley Patton 2:49
17 Louella Brown
Pee Wee Crayton 3:23
18 Got My Application, Baby
Handy Jackson 3:07
19 New Kind of Loving
R.B. Thibadeaux 2:54
20 You See Me Smiling
Elmore Nixon 2:49
CD 4
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 The Blues
Eartha Kitt 2:52
2 All by Myself
Big Bill Broonzy 2:29
3 Wise Woman Blues
Dinah Washington 2:49
4 False Friend Blues
Ivory Joe Hunter 2:41
5 A Stranger Called the Blues
June Christy 3:58
6 Miss Stella Brown
Sonny Boy Williamson 2:50
7 RM Blues
Roy Milton & His Solid Senders 2:59
8 Army Blues
Bobby “Blue” Bland 2:36
9 Creole Gal Blues
Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers 2:33
10 Why Don't You Do Right
Lil Green 2:56
11 Parchman Farm Blues
Bukka White 2:41
12 Hard Time Blues
Ida Cox & Her All-Star Band 2:58
13 Coffee Daddy Blues
Danny Taylor 2:36
14 Bad Neighborhood
Floyd Dixon 3:02
15 Double Crossing Woman
Roy Brown 3:00
16 Stacked Deck
Billy Wright 3:00
17 One Room Country Shack
Mercy Dee 2:48
18 Reliefin' Blues
Blow-Top Lynn & His House Rockers 2:24
19 Schoolboy
Long John Hunter 2:50
20 Worn Out Engine Blues
Blind Boy Fuller 3:00
CD 5
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Call Me Anything (But Call Me)
Big Memphis Ma Rainey 2:59
2 I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters 3:02
3 No More Crying Blues
Mabel Scott 3:13
4 Bullmoose Jackson Blues
Bull Moose Jackson 2:38
5 A Trumpet Blows the Blues
Gwen Johnson & Quintin Batiste Orchestra 2:42
6 Greyhound Blues
D.A. Hunt 2:39
7 The Blues Pick on Me
Peppermint Harris 2:04
8 Train Train Blues
John Peek & The Blues Caravan 2:50
9 Dragnet Blues
Frankie Ervin with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers 2:36
10 Bad Housing Blues
Josh White 2:36
11 The Question
Memphis Slim 2:54
12 Moanin' the Blues
Charlie Spand 3:13
13 Sorry Feeling Blues
Bo Carter 3:11
14 W.P.A. Blues
Casey Bill Weldon 3:18
15 Free Lancin' Again
Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown 2:31
16 Cotton Crop Blues
James Cotton 3:01
17 Dark Hour Blues
Jimmy Liggins 2:23
18 Travellin' Blues
Blind Willie McTell 3:21
19 Well, I Done Got Over It
Guitar Slim 2:30
20 The End
Jimmy McCracklin 3:08

Credits

CD 1

drums (drum set):
Jimmie Smith (jazz drummer) (track 14)
guitar:
Kenny Burrell (track 14)
bass:
George Tucker (track 14)
alto saxophone:
Leo Wright (track 14)
piano:
Gildo Mahones (track 14)
vocals:
Jimmy Witherspoon (track 14)
writer:
Joe Bihari (track 4)
Elmore James (track 4)
recording of:
Dust My Blues (track 4)
My Baby's Gone (track 7)
version of:
Dust My Broom (track 4)

CD 2

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1956-06-07) (track 2)
trumpet:
Charlie Shavers (track 2)
membranophone:
Lenny McBrowne (US jazz drummer) (track 2)
guitar:
Kenny Burrell (track 2)
Blind Lemon Jefferson (US blues & gospel) (1928-02) (track 16)
bass:
Aaron Bell (track 2)
piano:
Wynton Kelly (track 2)
composer:
Lewis Allan (track 2)
lyricist:
Lewis Allan (track 2)
vocals:
Blind Lemon Jefferson (US blues & gospel) (1928-02) (track 16)
publisher:
Basart Editions (track 2)
Edward B. Marks Music Co. (founded originally as J. Stern & Co. in 1894, renamed in 1919) (track 2)
is the basis for:
Strange Fruit (track 2)
recording of:
Balky Mule Blues (track 16)
Strange Fruit (track 2)
What's the Matter Baby (1951-01) (track 3)
version of:
Bitter Fruit (track 2)

CD 3

drums (drum set):
guitar:
Billy Butler (jazz guitarist) (track 8)
double bass:
Percy Joell (track 8)
alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone and trumpet:
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (track 8)
piano:
Chester Slater (track 8)
composer:
Charley Patton (American Delta blues musician) (track 16)
lyricist:
Charley Patton (American Delta blues musician) (track 16)
vocals:
Percy Joell (track 8)
Billy Butler (jazz guitarist) (track 8)
Wynonie Harris (R & B singer. Nicknamed “Mr. Blues”) (track 8)
Chester Slater (track 8)
writer:
phonographic copyright by:
Proper Records Ltd. (Please do not use for release label) (track 8)
recording of:
Stone Pony Blues (track 16)

CD 4

recorded in:
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1941-07-17) (track 2)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1944-12-14) (track 6)
drums (drum set):
Shelly Manne (1954-01-19) (track 5)
trumpet:
Maynard Ferguson (1954-01-19) (track 5)
Conrad Gozzo (1954-01-19) (track 5)
Shorty Rogers (1954-01-19) (track 5)
washboard:
Washboard Sam (1941-07-17) (track 2)
woodwind:
Bob Cooper (US jazz saxophonist) (1954-01-19) (track 5)
Harry Klee (1954-01-19) (track 5)
membranophone:
Armand “Jump” Jackson (1944-12-14) (track 6)
flute:
Ted Nash (40s-80s US swing reedman, uncle of the other) (1954-01-19) (track 5)
guitar:
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1941-07-17) (track 2)
Ted Summitt (1944-12-14) (track 6)
Howard Roberts (jazz guitarist, educator, session musician and producer) (1954-01-19) (track 5)
harmonica:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, 1914–1948) (1944-12-14) (track 6)
bass:
Joe Mondragon (1954-01-19) (track 5)
double bass:
Ransom Knowling (1941-07-17) (track 2)
alto saxophone:
Bud Shank (1954-01-19) (track 5)
piano:
Memphis Slim (1941-07-17) (track 2)
Blind John Davis (1944-12-14) (track 6)
Russ Freeman (pianist) (1954-01-19) (track 5)
baritone saxophone:
Chuck Gentry (1954-01-19) (track 5)
tuba:
Paul Sarmento (jazz tubist) (1954-01-19) (track 5)
tenor saxophone:
Ted Nash (40s-80s US swing reedman, uncle of the other) (1954-01-19) (track 5)
trombone:
Milt Bernhart (1954-01-19) (track 5)
Harry Betts (1954-01-19) (track 5)
Tommy Pederson (1954-01-19) (track 5)
French horn:
John Graas (1954-01-19) (track 5)
arranger:
Pete Rugolo (track 5)
conductor:
Pete Rugolo (1954-01-19) (track 5)
lead vocals:
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, 1914–1948) (1944-12-14) (track 6)
producer:
Lee Gillette (track 5)
vocals:
Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy Bradley) (1941-07-17) (track 2)
June Christy (1954-01-19) (track 5)
writer:
Mel Tormé (track 5)
Robert Wells (songwriter) (track 5)
recorded at:
Capitol Studios (1949–1956) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1954-01-19) (track 5)
recording of:
A Stranger Called the Blues (1954-01-19) (track 5)

CD 5

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1931-06-04) (track 13)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1936-02-12) (track 14)
guitar:
Josh White (American folk-blues singer/songwriter) (track 10)
Bo Carter (blues musician, aka Bo Chatmon) (1931-06-04) (track 13)
double bass:
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (1936-02-12) (track 14)
steel guitar:
Casey Bill Weldon (blues slide guitar player) (1936-02-12) (track 14)
piano:
Black Bob (1936-02-12) (track 14)
composer:
Willie Dixon (track 2)
James Cotton (US blues harmonica player, singer & songwriter) (track 16)
Blind Willie McTell (track 18)
lyricist:
Willie Dixon (track 2)
James Cotton (US blues harmonica player, singer & songwriter) (track 16)
Blind Willie McTell (track 18)
vocals:
Josh White (American folk-blues singer/songwriter) (track 10)
Bo Carter (blues musician, aka Bo Chatmon) (1931-06-04) (track 13)
Casey Bill Weldon (blues slide guitar player) (1936-02-12) (track 14)
publisher:
Bug Music Ltd. (track 2)
Jewel Music Pub Co Ltd (publisher; do NOT use as release label) (track 2)
live recording of:
recording of:
Cotton Crop Blues (track 16)
Travelin' Blues (track 18)

Release

ASIN:US: B000LMPFHU [info]