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Artist: Various Artists
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Vee-Jay Records Presents The Blu Various Artists Vee-Jay CD

For contractual reasons this release is not available for sale in North America

Original 1960 compilation along with bonus disc featuring Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and other classic Vee-Jay artists
 
 
In the sixties, the legendary Vee-Jay label was the one of the leading independent labels specialising in music for Black Americans. 
 
The label became hugely successful when their long-term relationship with EMI gave them the opportunity to be the first label in the United States to release The Beatles but by this time the label had already built up a formidable catalogue featuring an amazing array of doo-wop, gospel, soul, rock'n'roll and of course blues. 
 
'The Blues' was a compilation was originally released in America in 1960 and contained several of the label's biggest commercial hits of the previous few years. When it was released in 1961 it was also probably the first blues compilation of its kind in the United Kingdom, introducing artists like Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Witherspoon, J.B. Lenoir and Memphis Slim to a whole new audience.
 
The second disc of this deluxe digipak edition features 21 other classic blues tracks from the label's back catalogue. 
CD1
 THE BLUES
1. Hands Off - Priscilla Bowman
2. With Jay Mcshann
3. You Don't Have To Go - Jimmy Reed
4. Just A Little Bit - Roscoe Gordon
5. Dimples - John Lee Hooker
6. You Can Make It If You Try - Gene Allison
7. Ain't That Lovin You Baby - Jimmy Reed
8. I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
9. Messin' Around - Memphis Slim
10. Do What I Say - J.B.Lenoir
11. Cryin' For My Baby - Harold Burrage
12. Coming Home - Elmore James &
13. His Broomdusters
14. Kansas City - Jimmy Witherspoon
 
 
CD2 
BONUS TRACKS
1. Shame Shame Shame - Jimmy Reed
2. Boogie Chillun - John Lee Hooker
3. I Ain't Got You - Billy Boy Arnold
4. Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed
5. Every Woman I Know - Billy'the Kid' Emerson
6. The Twelve Year Old Boy - Elmore James
7. And His Broomdusters
8. Bright Lights Big City - Jimmy Reed
9. Blues Get Off My Shoulder - Bobby Parker
10. No More Doggin' - Roscoe Gordon
11. Steppin' Out - Memphis Slim
12. Take Me Where You Go - Elmore James
13. And His Broomdusters
14. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
15. It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James And His
16. Bad Boy - Eddie Taylor
17. Go On To School - Jimmy Reed
18. Don't Stay Out All Night - Billy Boy Arnold
19. Hush Hush - Jimmy Reed
20. Ride Em On Down - Eddie Taylor
21. Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
22. Big Town Playboy - Eddie Taylor
23. Take Out Some Insurance - Jimmy Reed