Down Home Blues: Chicago Volume 2: Sweet Home Chicago

‘Down Home Blues: Sweet Home Chicago’ is the second volume of Chicago Blues post war down home blues music from Wienerworld, recorded from the mid-1940s through the golden decade years of the 1950s up to the early 1960s Sweet Home Chicago features 46 artists who were influential in developing the Chicago blues scene including Elmore James, Howling Wolf and Jimmy Rogers. Includes early down home blues recordings from Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley just before they were on the cusp of taking their music into the new big world of rock and roll

A five CD set, packaged in a deluxe digipak with an outer slip case, featuring 135 tracks all remastered and including alternate takes of well-known recordings. All unissued and alternate take records are from Peter Moody’s private collection, many of which are otherwise unavailable

Includes an outstanding 94 page book, featuring a new essay by renowned blues historian  Mike Rowe on the post war Chicago scene; over fifty rare period photographs illustrate the essay throughout; full track details, as well as full sessionography. A feature page section on some of the artists and a five page gallery of original 78 and 45 record labels

Features eight unique unpublished photos: Chuck Berry (inside cover), Johnnie Johnson (p.1), Memphis Minnie (p.2), Robert Lockwood with Sonny Boy Williamson (p.25), Honey Boy Edwards (p.31), Elmore James, Little Walter & Muddy Waters (p.34), Bo Diddley (p.42), Billy Boy Arnold (p.44)

Peter Moody, the compiler, was frustrated that as he worked on the Chicago 5 CD Fine Boogie set that was released in 2017, he was finding that he had many more prime recordings and ideas to bring to the ears of the blues music audience so he started work on this follow up collection.

Continuing the mix of well-known artists to the lesser-known, all the recordings are prime Chicago masterworks. With big hitters like Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, all their tracks are alternate takes or originally unissued masters by the record companies, most of which are currently not available on release.

Mixing with these three there are many more stars of this down home genre including Albert King, Jimmy Reed and Memphis Minnie, again with alternate recordings of their best well-known music. In this golden age of blues, there were so many superb recordings being made it was impossible to issue many of them into the singles record buying market place. Eventually when the new long playing albums began to surface they began to cater for this wealth of music when recording in later years.

CD 1
1 WHO BUT YOU *
James Clark
2 DRIFTING
Memphis Jimmy (James Clark)
3 DELTA PINE BLUES *
Johnny Shines
4 RIDE, RIDE MAMA *
Johnny Shines
5 EVIL-HEARTED WOMAN BLUES *
Johnny Shines
6 I’M GONNA CUT YOUR HEAD*
Homer Harris
7 TOMORROW WILL BE TOO LATE *
Homer Harris
8 DUE RESPECTS TO YOU
Willie ‘Long Time’ Smith
9 NO SPECIAL RIDER HERE
Willie ‘Long Time’ Smith
10 LITTLE BOY BLUE
“Blues Boy” Bill
11 BURYING GROUND BLUES * -ALT
Muddy Waters
12 COME TO ME BABY
James (Beal Street) Clark
13 YOU CAN’T MAKE THE GRADE
James (Beal Street) Clark
14 XMAS BLUES * -TEST
Herman Ray
15 SPECIAL DELIVERY MAN *
Forest City Joe
16 SHADY LANE WOMAN *
Forest City Joe
17 ATOMIC BOMB BLUES *
Homer Harris
18 TOMORROW WILL BE TOO LATE * – ALT
Homer Harris
19 DEVILMENT ON MY MIND *
Willie ‘Long Time’ Smith
20 HOMELESS BLUES *
Willie ‘Long Time’ Smith
21 MEAN MISTREATIN’ WOMAN*
Forest City Joe
22 LONESOME DAY BLUES *
Forest City Joe
23 MOTHER FUYER
Dirty Red
24 YOU DONE ME WRONG
Dirty Red
25 MR CHARLEY *
Pete Franklin
26 WATER COAST BLUES
Big Bill Broonzy

CD 2
1 HARD DAYS *
Muddy Waters
2 BURYING GROUND *
Muddy Waters
3 SCHOOL DAYS
Floyd Jones
4 COME ON, IF YOU’RE COMING
Tampa Red
5 I’LL FIND MY WAY
Tampa Red
6 BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAY
Johnny Temple
7 SIT RIGHT ON IT
Johnny Temple
8 HARD WORKING MAN *
Jimmy Rogers
9 MY LITTLE MACHINE *
Jimmy Rogers
10 CRYING SHAME *
Jimmy Rogers
11 GLORY FOR MAN *
Robert Lockwood Jr.
12 MY DAILY WISH *
Robert Lockwood Jr.
13 HOW MANY MORE YEARS -ALT
Howling Wolf
14 JUST MY KIND *
Howling Wolf
15 BROKEN HEART -ALT
Memphis Minnie
16 LAKE MICHIGAN *
Memphis Minnie
17 ME AND MY CHAUFFEUR -ALT
Memphis Minnie
18 LONESOME DAY *
Muddy Waters
19 STUFF YOU GOTTA WATCH *
Muddy Waters
20 CRYING – ALT
Blue Smitty
21 ELGIN MOVEMENT *
Blue Smitty
22 IN LOVE AGAIN *
Memphis Minnie
23 WHAT A NIGHT *
Memphis Minnie
24 FUNERAL HEARSE AT MY DOOR *
Rocky Fuller
25 DRIFTIN’ -ALT
Little Walter
26 OFF THE WALL -ALT
Little Walter

CD 3
1 SWEET HOME CHICAGO *-TAKE 2
Honey Boy Edwards
2 DROP DOWN MAMA *
Honey Boy Edwards
3 I DECLARE THAT AIN’T RIGHT * – TAKE 4
Henry Gray
4 MY BABY LEFT ME *
Big Boy Spires
5 THAT’S IT *
Little Walter
6 THAT’S IT * – EDITED VERSION
Little Walter
7 BLUES WITH A FEELING -ALT
Little Walter
8 I SEE MY BABY *
Elmore James
9 COUNTRY BOOGIE
Elmore James
10 I HAD A DREAM -ALT
Lazy Bill
11 SHE GOT ME WALKIN’ -ALT
Lazy Bill
12 LITTLE BOY BLUE * -ALT
Albert King
13 HAND ME DOWN * (SWEET WOMAN)
Albert King
14 MURDER *