The Blues Collection

By swagski swagski
updated over 2 years ago

The Blues Collection" was a magazine series devoted to examining the wealth of history surrounding the emergence of 'electric blues' and the artists concerned. Each issue, published between 1993 & 1997, was devoted to an artist's work and was accompanied by a compilation recording of their songs. Some issues covered a mix of various artists and two Christmas issues of various artists were also included.

A total of 92 recordings - as listed below - were issued in this manner in the UK, mainly CDs, but with some Cassette alternatives. A similar series of recordings was released in the European market, although this range (so far) appears to have only been 75 recordings due to copyright constraints.

Six binders were made available in a 'roll-out' programme during the issues, enabling the containment of 15 issues per Binder; The Magazine Package

The entire series was developed under the aegis of the DeAgostini company and its subsidiary publishers Orbis. The magazine series numbering is reflected in the suffix to the recording's catalogue number. E.g.: Issue 28 is suffix 028.

A number of these compilations either previously existed, or subsequently appear, on other labels in their own right and under alternative titling.

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NOTE: This list is the UK issue order

  1. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Man

    Born: 22 August 1917, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
    Died: 21 June 2001, San Francisco, California, USA

    Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1991

  2. B.B. King - The King Of The Blues

    Born: Riley B. King, 16 September 1925, Itta Bena, MS, USA.

    Blues guitarist & vocalist. Cousin of Bukka White, 'B.B.' is an abbreviation of 'Blues Boy'.
    Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, 1987.

  3. Chuck Berry - Blues Berry

    Born: Charles Edward Anderson Berry 18 October 1926, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

    Guitarist, singer, songwriter & one of the pioneers of 'Rock n' Roll'.
    Inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame & the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1986.

  4. Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy

    Born: George Guy 30 July 1936, Lettsworth, Louisiana, USA.
    (Older brother of Phil Guy)

    Guitarist, singer, songwriter.
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2000.

  5. Bo Diddley - Jungle Music

    Born: Ellas Otha Bates 30 Dec 1928, McComb, Mississippi, USA.
    Died: 02 June 2008, Archer, Florida, USA.
    Bates changed his surname to Ellas O. B. McDaniel.

    Guitarist, singer, songwriter.
    Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, 1987.

  6. Howlin' Wolf - London Sessions

    Born: Chester Burnett, 10 June 1910, West Point, Mississippi, USA.
    Died: 10 January 1976, Hines, Illinois, USA.

    Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1991

  7. John Mayall - New Bluesbreakers

    Born: 29 November 1933.

    Blues pioneer & figurehead of the '60s and noted for his ability to spot & include young talent in his line-ups.
    eg: Clapton, Bruce, Green, McVie, Fleetwood, Dunbar and all...

  8. Bessie Smith - Classic Blues

    Born: 15 April 1895, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
    Died: 26 September 1937, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

    Renowned blues singer.
    Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, 1989.

  9. Sonny Boy Williamson II* - Nine Below Zero

    Born: Aleck Rice Miller, 05 December 1899, Glendora, Miss., USA.
    Died: 25 May 1965, Helena, Ark., USA.

    Blues harmonica player & vocalist who recorded on 'Checker'.
    Miller effectively 'poached' his nickname from that of bluesman John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson, who died in 1948.