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Various Artists - Simply Blues [Union Square] (2005)
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When looking at this inflationary series of cheap 4-cd boxes ("Simply Classical Chillout" etc.), one who is seriously interested in Blues Music should expect the worst. However, this selection of 60 tracks is well chosen and sensibly compiled to make up 4 thematic discs: Blues Legends features some of the most famous electric blues recorded in the 50's, Blues Divas the grand ladys of the blues starting with Bessie Smith, Birth of the Blues some of the 20's and 30's most important country blues and finally Blues'n'Boogie gives a taste of the Piano Blues. The booklets to the discs even contain short but quite literate sleeve-notes for each track (sadly omiting the year of the recording). While this indeed surprinsigly well done for such an of-the-peg box, there is one major critizism: there are only 15 tracks or about 45 mintes of music on each disc, which is rather lean.
Disk 9/10 Insert 10/10 Case 8/10 4xCDs. Disks have seen very low use and there are a few very minor marks on the playing surface. Inserts are mint with no marks, creases or tears. Cases are mint with no marks or creases and the card cover is slightly dinged at the edges.