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Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Poet

The title of this posting is stolen from an other album. "Willie Dixon, poet of the blues". But I like it so much that I'll re-use this honorary title here.
Willie Dixon is probably one of the most influential man in Blues (and that means in pop in general) ever. First of all he was a great performer. Willie had a beautiful voice and was a gifted bass player. More important he was a talented composer / songwriter with a productivity you wouldn't believe. I think he has over 1000 (THOUSAND) songs to his name. There is hardly any band in the world which hasn't covered Willie Dixon songs. And thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, He was the main recording man with Chess. During those famous Chess years (50's and 60's) Willie more or less ran the studio and was the bass player on all the recordings of Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, etc.

It is for that reason that this 2 CD box with 36 recordings only holds 5 songs where Willie was the recording artist. For the remaining 31 songs he was the bass player, the producer and sometimes the composer.

Of all the Chess boxes, that I know of, this is one of my favorites.

1990 - Willie Dixon : The Chess Box - Disc 1

1990 - Willie Dixon : The Chess Box - Disc 2 (part 1)

1990 - Willie Dixon : The Chess Box - Disc 2 (part 2)

The password = "scrooge".
Please delete these files within 24 hours. If you like this music buy the album and support the industry


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