Let Me Tell You About The Blues: The Evolution Of Chicago Blues

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 8 Jun 2009


"As good a primer as you'll find"  BLUES & RHYTHM




CAT No: FVTD012UPC TEXT: 5055311000121

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People call Chicago The Home Of The Blues. It may not be where the blues came from but it s where the blues came to live. It’s the place where Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed laid down the songs that inspired the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. The blues was the bedrock on which Jimmy Page created Led Zeppelin, the band that helped to change pop music forever. Chicago was the mecca for Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Elmore James and a host of others who arrived in the city to make their fortune. The process had begun decades earlier, when record companies first came to town.

Eighty years have passed since Papa Charlie Jackson, Leroy Carr, Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red and Ma Rainey championed the new music they called the blues. Men like Kokomo Arnold, Big Joe Williams, Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Boy Crudup were the stars of their day, and don’t forget ladies like Memphis Minnie and Georgia White.

The Evolution of Chicago Blues 1925-1958 is the first chapter in LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE BLUES, a series of multi-CD sets that will celebrate the blues as it was made in the cities and states of America. Each will provide an historic overview of the ways in which the music developed through the middle decades of the 20th century. Don’t see it as an education. Sit back and be entertained.




  1. Papa Charlie Jackson: Maxwell Street Blues
  2. Bo Weavil Jackson: You Can’t Keep No Brown
  3. Leroy Carr: Prison Bound Blues
  4. Meade Lux Lewis: Honky Tonk Train Blues
  5. Ma Rainey: Blame It On The Blues
  6. Blind Blake: Diddie Wa Diddie
  7. Roosevelt Sykes: “44” Blues
  8. Big Bill Broonzy: I Can't Be Satisfied
  9. Peetie Wheatstraw: Devil’s Son In Law
  10. Tampa Red: Turpentine Blues
  11. Pinetop & Lindberg: East Chicago Blues
  12. Kokomo Arnold: Milk Cow Blues
  13. Memphis Minnie: Chickasaw Train Blues
  14. Amos Easton (Bumble Bee Slim): Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On
  15. Jimmie Gordon: Bed Springs Blues
  16. Joe McCoy: Evil Devil Woman Blues
  17. Big Joe Williams: Baby Please Don't Go
  18. Sleepy John Estes: Drop Down Mama
  19. Walter Davis: Sweet Sixteen
  20. Washboard Sam: Who Pumped The Wind In My Doughnut
  21. Lil Johnson: Sam - The Hot Dog Man
  22. Jazz Gillum: Sarah Jane
  23. Georgia White: I’ll Keep Sittin’ On It
  24. Casey Bill Weldon: WPA Blues
  25. Johnny Temple: Louise Louise Blues


  1. Sonny Boy Williamson: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  2. Yank Rachell: Lake Michigan Blues
  3. Tommy McClennan: Bottle It Up And Go
  4. Bukka White: Good Gin Blues
  5. Robert Lee McCoy: Friar’s Point Blues
  6. Charlie Spand: Rock And Rye
  7. Big Joe & His Washboard Band: If You Take Me Back
  8. Champion Jack Dupree: Junker Blues
  9. Doctor Clayton: Love Is Gone
  10. Robert Lockwood: Take A Little Walk With Me
  11. St Louis Jimmy: Going Down Slow
  12. Big Maceo: Macy Special
  13. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup: Chicago Blues
  14. Jimmie Gordon: Jumping At The Club Blue Flame
  15. Lee Brown: Round The World Boogie
  16. Jimmy Rogers: Round About Boogie
  17. Sonny Boy Williamson: Better Cut That Out
  18. Memphis Slim: Rockin' The House
  19. Sunnyland Slim: Brown Skin Woman
  20. Snooky Pryor & Moody Jones: Boogie
  21. Floyd Jones with Snooky & Moody: Keep What You Got
  22. Eddie Boyd: Chicago Is Just That Way
  23. Muddy Waters: I Can’t Be Satisfied
  24. Little Johnny Jones: Big Town Playboy
  25. Memphis Minnie: Kidman Blues


  1. Jimmy Rogers: Goin’ Away Baby
  2. Little Walter: I Just Keep Loving Her
  3. Tampa Red: Love Her With A Feelin’
  4. Tony Hollins: Crawlin’ King Snake
  5. Big Bill Broonzy: South Bound Train
  6. Robert Lockwood: Dust My Broom
  7. Little Walter: Juke
  8. Robert Nighthawk: Seventy Four
  9. Sunnyland Slim: Worried About My Baby
  10. J B Lenoir: The Mojo
  11. John Brim: Tough Times
  12. Jimmy Reed: High And Lonesome
  13. Junior Wells: Hoodoo Man
  14. Roosevelt Sykes: Been Through The Mill
  15. Walter Horton: Hard Hearted Woman
  16. Eddie Taylor: Ride 'Em On Down
  17. Billy Boy Arnold: I Wish You Would
  18. Henry Gray: That Ain’t Right
  19. Muddy Waters: Mannish Boy
  20. Howlin' Wolf: Smokestack Lightnin'
  21. Otis Rush: I Can't Quit You Baby
  22. Magic Sam: All Your Love
  23. Elmore James: Coming Home
  24. Buddy Guy: Sit And Cry (The Blues)
  25. Sonny Boy Williamson: Your Funeral And My Trail