Sun Blues Box / Various
This grizzly of a Bear Family box packs 307 tracks into 10 CDs, bringing together their best (and rarest) blues, R&B and gospel sides plus Sam Phillips productions that were issued by Chess, RPM, Trumpet and other labels. The 184-page hardbound book, packed with photos and research from the Bear Family team, is a powerful blues experience in itself. And then there’s the music: almost 14 hours of Sleepy John Estes (Policy Man; Runnin’ Around), Howlin’ Wolf (Moanin’ at Midnight; How Many More Years), Walter Horton (In the Mood; We All Gotta Go Sometime), Joe Hill Louis (Gotta Let You Go), B.B. King (B.B. Blues; She’s Dynamite), Jackie Brenston (the immortal Rocket 88), Ike Turner (I’m Lonesome Baby), Rosco Gordon (T Model Boogie), Little Junior’s Blue Flames (Feelin’ God; Mystery Train), Rufus Thomas (Tiger Man), James Cotton (My Baby), Little Milton (If You Love Me; She’s My Queen), Earl Hooker (Blue Guitar), Southern Jubilees (Forgive Me Lord), Guitar Red (Go Ahead On) and more including ultra-rarities, new discoveries, outtakes and recordings by unknown artists! Bear Family.