The blues moved north following World War II, taking on an urban energy in Chicago, where clubs and street markets fostered colorful and creative performers who amplified the genre and laid the groundwork for the rock ’n’ roll revolution.
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1 out of 1100%of Starbucks reviewers recommend this product.
After a fantastic string of compilations coming from Starbucks in early 2012, I had high hopes for the perfect year. Alas we went through a few misses after, but you started gaining steam back with the “Sunset Strip To Haight-Ashbury” set and when this compilation dropped, which is an absolutely fantastic mix, well thought out, well rounded and as interesting as they get, I knew we had returned to the heights of early 2012.
I only know a teardrop in the bucket in which Blues music is, but this is a solid set of enjoyable tunes. These selections sound like early designs, rough sketches if you will of what Rock & Roll was to become, filled with a heck of a lot of rhythm and soul!
Standout cuts include “Otis Spann – Five Spot”, “Little Walter – Rock Bottom”, “The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Born In Chicago”, “Junior Wells – In The Wee Hours” & “Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers – Goodnight Boogie”. The surprise here for any music obsessed fan, when we normal think of the Blues we think B.B. King, Muddy Waters or Bo Diddley, which two of the three do show up here. But as I was saying, the surprise for me was that the stand out cuts were all by artists I’ve never heard of, so fantastic job Starbucks for bringing some lesser known artists to the mainstream. ~!