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VA - Wolf Records 20th Anniversary Collection (2015)

11-03-2016, 23:15
Music | Blues

Title: Wolf Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Year Of Release: 2003/2015
Label: Wolf Records
Genre: Blues
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 73:09
Total Size: 173 MB

01 Vaan Shaw - Morning Rain (5:11)
02 Michael Coleman - Shake Your Booty (4:29)
03 Larry Garner - Nobody Special (3:37)
04 Vance Kelly - Woman In Every Town (6:03)
05 John Primer - Blues Behind Closed Doors (6:56)
06 Dana Gillespie - Blue Temptation (4:19)
07 Magic Slim - Spider In My Stew (4:34)
08 Jimmy Rogers - Last Time (2:51)
09 Muddy Waters - (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (2:42)
10 Albert King - I Wonder Why (6:06)
11 Hound Dog Taylor - Dust My Broom (3:07)
12 Pinetop Perkins - I'm Gonna Let You Go (3:30)
13 Charles Brown - Driftin' Blues (4:24)
14 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis - Men's A Fool (3:22)
15 Sonny Boy Williamson I - Bluebird Blues (3:07)
16 Memphis Minnie - Hold Me Blues (No. 2) (2:41)
17 Roosevelt Sykes - Drivin' Wheel (2:54)
18 Son House - My Black Mama, Pt. 1 (3:08)

There's no doubting the quality of blues that Wolf Records has been releasing over the last two decades; what this collection shows is its breadth. From the Delta stylings of Son House, with a superb take on "My Black Mama," to the easier, West Coast feel of Charles Brown, the raw Chicago pump of Muddy Waters on "Hoochie Coochie Man," and even as far as British blues, in the person of Dana Gillespie, the label has indeed covered the waterfront. In addition to the big names, they've also showcased some lesser-known (but equally talented) performers like John Primer and Larry Garner who deserve a wider hearing, certainly on the basis of the tracks included here. Louisiana guitar whiz Garner might be from a younger generation, but the roots of his blues still run deep. Still, it's impossible to deny the power of the old masters -- or even mistresses, as Memphis Minnie is superbly featured on "Hold Me Blues" -- like Roosevelt Sykes, whose piano style was always unmistakable, while the late Hound Dog Taylor lets his wild slide style loose on the classic "Dust My Broom." In many ways, this stands as more than a birthday party for a label, it's almost a primer on the development of the blues -- and for a label to be able to do that shows just how good they are. ~by Chris Nickson

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