(2013) Pure... Blues

Various Artists

... read moreThis four-disc, 68-track collection paints a broad definition of the blues, with cuts ranging from vintage country blues (Robert Johnson's “Cross Road Blues,” Son House's “Death Letter Blues”) to uptown jazz blues (Nina Simone's “Blues for My Mama,” Billie Holiday's “Billie’s Blues”), Chicago blues...

03:23′:03″ 62 Songs

Disk 1

1
Cross Road Blues (Take 1)
Various Artists
2:38
2
That's All Right
Various Artists
2:52
3
The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll
Various Artists
3:34
4
Need Your Love So Bad
Various Artists
3:26
5
Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
Various Artists
2:43
6
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Various Artists
4:48
7
Death Letter Blues
Various Artists
4:19
8
Whiskey Headed Blues (Remastered)
Various Artists
2:55
9
Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
Various Artists
3:07
10
Motherless Children
Various Artists
3:21
11
Fort Worth And Dallas Blues
Various Artists
3:00
12
Seminole Blues (Remastered)
Various Artists
3:03
13
Johnny B. Goode (Live)
Various Artists
3:23
15
River Of No Return
Various Artists
3:31

Disk 2

1
Blues For Mama
Various Artists
3:56
2
Pride And Joy
Various Artists
3:39
3
Killing Floor
Various Artists
4:11
4
I'd Rather Go Blind
Various Artists
3:15
5
Early In The Morning (Remastered)
Various Artists
2:51
6
Give Me An Old, Old Lady
Various Artists
2:32
7
Baby, Please Don't Go
Various Artists
2:45
8
Stormy Monday Blues
Various Artists
3:06
9
That Ain't Right
Various Artists
3:02
10
Bumble Bee Blues
Various Artists
2:53
11
Worried Life Blues
Various Artists
2:54
12
Confessin' The Blues
Various Artists
4:14
13
No More Women Blues
Various Artists
3:00
14
When The Sun Goes Down (Remastered)
Various Artists
2:55
15
Honky Tonk Train Blues
Various Artists
2:58
16
Beer Drinkin' Woman (Remastered)
Various Artists
2:56

Disk 3

1
Hard To Be
Various Artists
4:41
2
Sawbuk
Various Artists
2:17
3
Cleanhead Blues
Various Artists
2:31
4
Hold Me (Just A Little Longer Tonight)
Various Artists
3:41
5
Baby Don't You Think I Know
Various Artists
2:53
6
Everyday I Have The Blues (Live)
Various Artists
3:39
7
Broke And Hungry Blues
Various Artists
2:40
8
Prowling Night Hawk
Various Artists
3:03
9
Deep Down In The Ground (Remastered)
Various Artists
3:12
10
Rag Mama Rag
Various Artists
3:04
11
I Love My Baby
Various Artists
3:05
12
Mean Old Frisco Blues
Various Artists
2:35
13
Sweet Home Chicago
Various Artists
2:57
14
Friendless Blues
Various Artists
3:19
15
She's Makin' A Fool Out Of Me
Various Artists
3:03
16
Billie's Blues (I Love My Man)
Various Artists
2:38

Disk 4

1
Howling Wolf (Live)
Various Artists
6:03
2
I've Got To Forget You
Various Artists
2:50
3
Corinna (From "The Natch'l Blues")
Various Artists
3:01
4
Let Me Miss You, Baby (Remastered)
Various Artists
5:31
5
Back O' Town Blues (Live)
Various Artists
4:12
6
Rocks In My Bed (Remastered)
Various Artists
3:06
7
Brand New Wagon
Various Artists
2:54
8
St. Louis Blues
Various Artists
3:04
9
The Blues In My Flat (Remastered)
Various Artists
3:23
10
Kassie Jones, Pt. 1
Various Artists
3:04
11
Wipe It Off
Various Artists
3:17
12
Southern Can Is Mine
Various Artists
3:12
13
Key To The Highway 70 No. 1
Various Artists
2:38
14
Lend Me Your Love (Remastered - Take 2)
Various Artists
3:05
15
Am I Wrong
Various Artists
2:18
16
Jb's Blues
Various Artists
4:20
Released 25 March 2013, ℗ 2013 Sony Music Entertainment

Review

This four-disc, 68-track collection paints a broad definition of the blues, with cuts ranging from vintage country blues (Robert Johnson's “Cross Road Blues,” Son House's “Death Letter Blues”) to uptown jazz blues (Nina Simone's “Blues for My Mama,” Billie Holiday's “Billie’s Blues”), Chicago blues (a live version of “Howling Wolf” by Muddy Waters), British blues (Jeff Beck's “JB’s Blues”), and contemporary acoustic blues (“Am I Wrong” by Keb' Mo'), with plenty of stops in between, making for a random but varied playlist that circles the different approaches and musical definitions of the genre. ~ Steve Leggett