The Best Of The Blues - 6 CD Collection. Presenting… Big Bill Broonzy - stamped Arkansas country blues onto Chicago's urban style. Presenting… T-Bone Walker - blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, he had a profound effect on blues guitar. Presenting… Josh White - working as 'eyes' for visually challenged street singers led him to great success. Presenting… Robert Johnson - he died before his recordings brought him fame, and classed him as one of 'The Greats'. Presenting… Bessie Smith - one of the all time great stars of the gramophone record with her big, beautiful voice. Presenting… Dinah Shore - A long and successful career punctuated with numerous TV shows and awards.
Taken from the high-energy harpist's first three albums for Verve following his split from Muddy Waters (including the entirety of his fine eponymous 1967 debut), this 20-track anthology is a fine spot to begin any serious Cotton collection. In those days, Cotton was into soul as well as blues – witness his raucous versions of "Knock on Wood" and "Turn on Your Lovelight," backed by a large horn complement. Compiler Dick Shurman has chose judiciously from his uneven pair of Verve follow-ups, making for a very consistent compilation.