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Essential Blues CD'sRuler

3rd Edition (March 12, 2000)
Ranked
* = new additions (1st edition posted Februay 12, 2000, 2nd edition posted February 20. 2000)
No

Artist(s)

Album

Label/Cat.No.

Blues Style3

CD
1

Big Bill Broonzy

The Young Big Bill Broonzy (1928-35)

Yazoo 1011

ac. Chicago

1
2

Blind Boy Fuller

Truckin' My Blues Away

Yazoo 1060

East coast

1
3

Blind Willie Johnson

Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson

Col./Legacy 52835

acoustic Texas

2
4

Blind Willie McTell

The Definitive Blind Willie McTell

Col./Legacy 475701

prewar country

2
5

Clapton, Eric

From the Cradle

Reprise 45735

electric Britisch

1
6

Collins, Albert

Ice Pickin'

Alligator 4713

electric Texas

1
*7

Guitar Slim

Sufferin' Mind

Specialty 7007

el. New Orleans

1
8

Guy, Buddy

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

MCA 9374

electric Chicago

1
9

Hooker, John Lee

The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954

Virgin 39658

Delta

1
10

Hooker, John Lee

The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990)

Rhino R2-70572

Delta

2
11

House, Son

Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete '65 Sessions

Columbia 48867

Delta

2
12

Howlin' Wolf

His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

MCA 9375

Chicago

1
13

James, Elmore

The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James

Rhino R2-71190

electric Chicago

1
14

Johnson, Robert

The Complete Recordings

Col./Legacy 46222

Delta

2
15

Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Sony 57863

modern blues

1
16

King, Albert

King of the Blues Guitar

Atlantic 8213-2

soul blues

1
17

King, B.B.

King of the Blues

MCA D4-10677

modern electric

4
18

King, B.B.

Live at the Regal

MCA 11646

modern electric

1
19

King, Freddie

Hide Away: The Best of Freddie King

Rhino R2-71510

modern electric

1
*20

Lewis, Furry

In His Prime (1927-1928)

Yazoo 1050

ac. Memphis

1
21

Lightnin' Hopkins

Mojo Hand: The Anthology

R2-71226

Texas

2
22

Little Walter

His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

MCA 9384

el. harmonica

1
23

Magic Sam

West Side Soul

Delmark DD-615

electric Chicago

1
*24

Mayfield, Percy

Poet of the Blues

Specialty 7001

West coast

1
25

Memphis Minnie

Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937)

Columbia

ac. Chicago

1
26

Mississippi John Hurt

Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings

Sony 64986

prewar country

1
27

Patton, Charley

Founder of the Delta Blues

Yazoo 1020

Delta

1
*28

Piazza, Rod

The Essential Collection

Hightone 8041

West coast

1
29

Rush, Otis

Ain't Enough Comin' In

Polygram 518769

electric Chicago

1
30

Shepherd, Kenny W.

Ledbetter Heights

WB 24621

contemporary

1
*31

Slim Harpo

Scratch My Back: The Best of Slim Harpo

Rhino R2-70169

el. Louisiana

1
32

Smith, Bessie

The Essential Bessie Smith

Col./Legacy 64922

classic female

2
*33

Sykes, Roosevelt

Roosevelt Sykes (1929-1941)

Story o/t Blues 3542

piano blues

1
*34

Tampa Red

The Guitar Wizard

Col./Legacy 53235

ac. Chicago

1
*35

Taylor, Koko

What It Takes: The Chess Years

MCA 9328

electric Chicago

1
36

T-Bone Walker

The Complete Imperial Recordings

EMI 96737

electric Texas

2
37

Tedeschi, Susan

Just Won't Burn

Tone-Cool 1164

modern electric

1
38

Various artists

Alligator Records-25th Anniversary Collection

Alligator 110/111

contemporary

2
39

Various artists

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

Rhino R2-71122

Chicago

1
40

Various artists

Blues Masters, Vol. 3: Texas Blues

Rhino R2-71123

Texas

1
41

Various artists

Blues Masters, Vol. 11: Classic Blues Women

Rhino R2-71134

classic female

1
42

Various artists

Chess Blues

MCA 9340

Chicago

4
431

Various artists

Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940 to 19941

Smithsonian Collection 110

various styles

4
441

Various artists

The Blues: Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers1

Smithsonian Collection 101

various styles

4
45

Various artists

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

Story o/t Blues 3522

country

1
46

Various artists

Trouble in Mind: Original Blues Standards

Indigo 2079

various styles

1
47

Vaughan, Stevie Ray

Greatest Hits

Sony 66217

mod. el. Texas

1
48

Waters, Muddy

The Complete Plantation Recordings

MCA 9344

electric Chicago

1
49

Waters, Muddy

The Chess Box

MCA CHD3-80002

electric Chicago

3
*50

White, Josh

Blues Singer 1932-1936

Sony 67001

Piedmont

1
51

Williamson II, Sonny Boy

His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

MCA 9377

harmonica

1
52

Witherspoon, Jimmy

Blowin' in from Kansas City

Capitol 86299

Jazz blues

1

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Total no. of CD's

75




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