In 1965, musician, author, historian and producer Samuel Charters enlisted nine of the Midwest's best blues artists to record a short set each for a Vanguard Records sampler, showcasing the electric sound of Chicago Blues. The distinct style, known for its use of electric guitars, amplified harmonicas, a rhythm section and often a piano, was exemplified by artists like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Jonny Young, Otis Spann and Big Walter Horton - all of whom appear in the three-volume set.
Released in 1966, the groundbreaking Chicago / The Blues / Today! trilogy introduced countless listeners to the blues - helping to popularize the genre in the US, the UK and beyond. These recordings also influenced a host of up-and-coming rock artists, including The Animals, Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and, later, The Allman Brothers Band. As AllMusic notes, "It's fair to assume that most blues-influenced artists had all three volumes in their respective collections, and the songs on them ended up in the repertoires of everyone from Jimi Hendrix...to Led Zeppelin...to Steppenwolf."
Vol. 1 includes J. B. Hutto, Otis Spann and Junior Wells with contributions from Buddy Guy. This LP features all-analog mastering from the original stereo tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a tip-on jacket.
- 180g Vinyl
- All-Analog mastering from the original stereo tapes
- First installment of Vanguard Records' definitive 3-part series
- Tip-on jacket
- A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson - The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
- It Hurts Me Too - The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
- Messin' With The Kid - The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
- Vietcong Blues - The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
- All Night Long - The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
- Going Ahead - J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
- Please Help - J.B. Hutto And His Hawks
- Too Much Alcohol - J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
- Married Woman Blues - J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
- That's The Truth - J. B. Hutto And His Hawks
- Marie - Otis Spann's South Side Piano
- Burning Fire - Otis Spann's South Side Piano
- P. Blues - Otis Spann's South Side Piano
- Sometimes I Wonder - Otis Spann's South Side Piano
- Spann's Stomp - Otis Spann's South Side Piano