The Best Blues Album in the World...Ever! Volume 2

Published August 25, 2005.VariousThe Best Blues Album in the World...Ever! Volume 2 (EMI)From the Delta to Chicago skinny white boys, around label conflicts, this collection lives up to its title. The weakest of these 32 tracks kicks the ass of 90 percent of today's chart tunes and influences the other 10. What made the 60s rock was a ratio more like 40 asskick to 60 influence. Boiling rage (Son House), roaring lust (Howlin' Wolf) and pioneering licks (Elmore James) poke your spine just a bit more when presented cheek by jowl. This stuff was too scary for most white folks until their own tried it on. A pleasant surprise is how well Canada's own McKenna Mendelson Mainline, from 1969, stands up among the few tracks less than 40 years old. If you can't tell the old blues guys apart, let this be your dictionary. —Doug Taylor

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