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Essential Blues CD'sRuler

2nd Edition (February 20, 2000)
Ranked
* = new additions (1st edition posted Februay 12, 2000)
No.

Artist(s)

Album

Label/Cat. No.

CDs
$
1

Big Bill Broonzy

The Young Big Bill Broonzy (1928-35)

Yazoo 1011

1
14
2

Blind Boy Fuller

Truckin' My Blues Away

Yazoo 1060

1
14
*3

Blind Willie Johnson

Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson

Col./Legacy 52835

2
18
*4

Blind Willie McTell

The Definitive Blind Willie McTell

Col./Legacy 475701

2
18
*5

Clapton, Eric

From the Cradle

Reprise 45735

1
14
*6

Collins, Albert

Ice Pickin'

Alligator ALCD-4713

1
14
7

Guy, Buddy

Buddy's Blues (Chess 50th Anniversary Coll.)

MCA 9374

1
12
8

Hooker, John Lee

The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954

Virgin 39658

1
12
9

Hooker, John Lee

The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990)

Rhino R2-70572

2
27
10

House, Son

Father of the Delta Blues: The Compl. '65 Sess.

Columbia C2K-48867

2
18
11

Howlin' Wolf

His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

MCA 9375

1
14
12

James, Elmore

The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James

Rhino R2-71190

1
13
*13

Johnson, Robert

The Complete Recordings

Col./Legacy 46222

2
22
14

Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Sony 57863

1
9
*15

King, Albert

King of the Blues Guitar

Atlantic 8213-2

1
13
16

King, B,B,

King of the Blues

MCA MCAD4-10677

4
58
17

King, B.B.

Live at the Regal

MCA 11646

1
12
*18

King, Freddie

Hide Away: The Best of Freddie King

Rhino R2-71510

1
13
19

Lightnin' Hopkins

Mojo Hand: The Anthology

R2-71226

2
27
*20

Little Walter

His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

MCA 9384

1
13
*21

Magic Sam

West Side Soul

Delmark DD-615

1
12
22

Memphis Minnie

Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937)

Columbia

1
12
23

Mississippi John Hurt

Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings

Sony 64986

1
12
24

Patton, Charley

Founder of the Delta Blues

Yazoo 1020

1
14
*25

Rush, Otis

Ain't Enough Comin' In

Polygram 518769

1
12
26

Shepherd, Kenny W.

Ledbetter Heights

WB 24621

1
13
27

Smith, Bessie

The Essential Bessie Smith

Col./Legacy 64922

2
22
*28

T-Bone Walker

The Complete Imperial Recordings

EMI 96737

2
12
29

Tedeschi, Susan

Just Won't Burn

Tone-Cool 1164

1
13
*30

Various artists

Alligator Records-25th Anniversary Collection

Alligator 110/111

2
14
31

Various artists

American Folk Blues Festival: 1962-1965

Evidence 26100

5
55
32

Various artists

Blues Masters, Vol. 2: Post-War Chicago Blues

Rhino R2-71122

1
12
33

Various artists

Blues Masters, Vol. 3: Texas Blues

Rhino R2-71123

1
12
34

Various artists

Blues Masters, Vol. 11: Classic Blues Women

Rhino R2-71134

1
12
35

Various artists

Chess Box

MCA 9340

4
502
361

Various artists

Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940 to 19941

Smithsonian Coll. 110

4
651
37

Various artists

The Atlantic Blues Box

Atlantic 82309

4
49
381

Various artists

The Blues: Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers1

Smithsonian Collection 101

4
651
39

Various artists

The Greatest in Country Blues (1927-'36), Vol. 2

Story o/t Blues 3522

1
13
40

Various artists

Trouble in Mind: Original Blues Standards

Indigo 2079

1
13
41

Vaughan, Stevie Ray

Greatest Hits

Sony 66217

1
14
42

Waters, Muddy

The Complete Plantation Recordings

MCA 9344

1
12
*43

Waters, Muddy

The Chess Box

MCA CHD3-80002

3
37
44

Williamson II, Sonny Boy

His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

MCA 9377

1
13
45

Witherspoon, Jimmy

Blowin' in from Kansas City

Capitol 86299

1
12

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Total no. of CD's, total estimated price:

75
925



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