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Various Artists, The Best of Blues Guitar (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection) (MCA)
This release really gives a good name back to the whole idea of the Millennium Collection and compilations in general. The signature tunes of major blues greats like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Albert Collins, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Howlin' Wolf, and B.B. King all assembled on a single disc, one that plays like it's a late-night radio show programmed by a mysterious dj possessing the absolute best taste in music. Take my advice, go buy this right now. Though blues fans likely have many of these songs on other records and have these tunes ingrained in their blood, at about ten bucks, who can possibly resist another transfusion? One listen to Buddy Guy tearing himself up for "First Time I Met the Blues" and you'll fall in love with the blues all over again. His guitar is slashing and stinging, the saxophones are moaning, and Guy's voice seems like its going to shred apart. It can't get any better than this.