Blues, Early R&B, Classic Female Blues, West Coast Blues, Soul, Electric Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Blues Revival, Early American Blues, Memphis Blues, Urban Blues, Piano Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues, Soul-Blues, Blues-Rock, Harmonica Blues, Jump Blues, Rock & Roll, Electric Blues, Regional Blues, Slide Guitar Blues

Album Review

Unlike most of the Madacy collections on the market, the Best of Blues set consists of mostly high-quality blues recordings from some of the biggest names in the genre. Many different aspects of the blues are here, from the delicate piano ballads of Billie Holiday and Ray Charles to the rock/blues rave-ups of Rare Earth and John Mayall to the traditional guitar-based work of B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Some incredible songs are unearthed for this collection too, like Charles Brown's guitar workout "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand," Howlin' Wolf's incredible stop-and-start crawler "Ain't Superstitious," and Leadbelly's depressing race relations tale "The Bourgeois Blues." While many of these are songs that appear quite frequently on these types of collections, this particular set has a great track listing that complements the genre nicely. The sound quality is rough in spots, particularly on anything released before 1950, but the songs are still quite listenable despite the audible scratches and clicks. Fans of the genre may have most of these tracks, but to anyone looking to hear an inexpensive blues sampler that features some high-quality music, this is a great album to start with. [Best of Blues, Vol. 3 includes the same songs as the third of the three discs included in Madacy's triple-disc Best of Blues collection.]
Bradley Torreano, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Cannon's Blues
  2. Black Night
  3. Big Road Blues
  4. Late in the Evening Blues
  5. Blues After Hours
  6. Walkin' and Talkin'
  7. Loser for You Baby
  8. Every Day I Have the Blues
  9. Billie's Blues
  10. Last Night
  11. You've Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
  12. Put Yourself in My Place
  13. 44 Blues
  14. I Got a Big Fat Mama
  15. Poor Fool
  16. Wee Baby Blues