VARIOUS ARTISTS Chicago / The Blues / Today! 3LP – Limited Edition 180g Black Vinyl (*Only 3,00 copies pressed worldwide. Housed in a triple gatefold sleeve.) [RSD2021-JUN12]
In 1965, musician, author, historian and producer Samuel Charters enlisted nine of the Midwest’s best blues artists to record a short set each for a Vanguard Records sampler, showcasing the electric sound of Chicago Blues. The distinct style, known for its use of electric guitars, amplified harmonicas, a rhythm section and often a piano, was exemplified by artists like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Jonny Young, Otis Spann and Big Walter Horton—all of whom appear in the three-volume set.
Released in 1966, the groundbreaking Chicago/The Blues/Today! trilogy introduced countless listeners to the blues—helping to popularize the genre in the US, the UK and beyond. These recordings also influenced a host of up-and-coming rock artists, including The Animals, Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and, later, The Allman Brothers Band. As AllMusic notes, “It’s fair to assume that most blues-influenced artists had all three volumes in their respective collections, and the songs on them ended up in the repertoires of everyone from Jimi Hendrix…to Led Zeppelin…to Steppenwolf.”
This deluxe, 3-LP reissue is limited to 3,000 units worldwide and features all-analog mastering from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Pressed on 180-gram black vinyl at MPO and housed in a triple gatefold jacket, Chicago/The Blues/Today! includes Charters’ original liner notes from 1966, as well as an essay which he wrote for a 1999 CD reissue. The triple gatefold jacket also includes a 1999 essay from acclaimed journalist, NPR “rock ’n’ roll historian” and SXSW Festival co-founder Ed Ward.