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30 Suggested Blues Recordings For The Beginner's Collection

By Michael Henningsen

SEPTEMBER 15, 1997: 

Mose Allison Greatest Hits (Prestige)
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown The Original Peacock Recordings (MCA)
Albert Collins Ice Pickin' (Alligator)
Ry Cooder Music By Ry Cooder (Reprise)
Johnny "Clyde" Copeland Bringin' It All Back Home (Rounder)
James Cotton Best of the Verve Years (Verve)
John Hammond Live (Vanguard)
Ted Hawkins Happy Hour (Rounder)
Howlin' Wolf Rides Again (Flair)
Alberta Hunter Young Alberta Hunter (Vintage Jazz)
Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (BCS)
Albert King Born Under a Bad Sign (Mobile Fidelity)
B.B. King The Best of B.B. King Vol. 1 (Flair)
Leadbelly Midnight Special (Rounder)
Professor Longhair Fess: Professor Longhair Anthology (Rhino)
Percy Mayfield Poet of the Blues (Specialty)
Mississippi Fred McDowell Mississippi Delta Blues (Arhoolie)
Blind Willie McTell The Definitive Blind Willie McTell (Columbia)
Charlie Musselwhite Ace of Harps (Alligator)
Bessie Smith The Collection (CBS)
Otis Spann Otis Spann is the Blues (Candid)
Hound Dog Taylor Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers (Alligator)
Stevie Ray Vaughn Greatest Hits (Epic)
T-Bone Walker The Complete Capitol Black & White Recordings (Capitol)
Little Walter Essential (Chess)
Muddy Waters The Best of Muddy Waters (MCA-Chess)
Muddy Waters The Complete Plantation Recordings (MCA)
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Three Hours Past Midnight (Flair)
Katie Webster Katie Webster (Paula)
Sonny Boy Williamson Throw a Boogie-Woogie (with Big Joe Williams) (RCA)

--compiled by Michael Henningsen

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