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Godfathers and Sons
1. Jimmy Rogers
Chicago Bound — 2:40
(James A. Lane)
Jimmy Rogers (vocal, guitar); Muddy Waters (guitar); Little Walter (harmonica); Henry Gray (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Elga Edmonds (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, January 7, 1954
Originally Chess 1574
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Limited Partnership By Arrangement With Warner Strategic Marketing

2. Muddy Waters
Mannish Boy — 2:54
(Melvin London-Ellas McDaniel-McKinley Morganfield)
Muddy Waters (vocal); Little Walter (harmonica); Jimmy Rogers (guitar); Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Francis Clay (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, May 24, 1955
Originally Chess 1602
Courtesy of MCA Records

3. Howlin' Wolf
Spoonful — 2:43
(Willie Dixon)
Howlin' Wolf (vocal, harmonica); Hubert Sumlin, possibly Freddy King (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, June 1960
Originally Chess 1762
Courtesy of MCA Records

4. Buddy Guy
I Cry And Sing The Blues — 3:02
(Willie Dixon)
Buddy Guy (vocal, guitar); remainder of personnel unknown
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, July 1967
Originally on MCA-Chess CHD2-9337, The Complete Chess Studio Recordings
Courtesy of MCA Records

5. Jimmy Reed
Bright Lights, Big City — 2:41
(Jimmy & Mary Reed)
Jimmy Reed (vocal, harmonica); Mama (Mary) Reed (vocal); Lefty Bates (guitar); Unknown (bass); Earl Phillips (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, 1961
Originally Vee-Jay 398
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Limited Partnership By Arrangement With Warner Strategic Marketing

6. Howlin' Wolf
Evil (Is Going On) — 2:53
(Willie Dixon)
Howlin' Wolf (vocal, harmonica); Otis Spann (piano); Jody Williams, Hubert Sumlin (guitars); Willie Dixon (bass); Earl Phillips (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, May 25, 1954
Originally Chess 1575
Courtesy of MCA Records

7. Little Walter
Key To The Highway — 2:46
(Bill Broonzy)
Little Walter (vocal, harmonica); Otis Spann (piano); Muddy Waters (slide guitar); Luther Tucker (guitar); Willie Dixon (bass); George Hunter (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, circa August 1958
Originally Checker 904
Courtesy of MCA Records

8. Koko Taylor
Wang Dang Doodle — 3:00
(Willie Dixon)
Koko Taylor (vocal); Buddy Guy, Johnny "Twist" Williams (guitars): Gene Barge, Donald Hankins (saxes); Lafayette Leake (piano); Jack Meyers (bass); Fred Below (drums); Willie Dixon (background vocal)
Produced by Willie Dixon
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, December 7, 1965
Originally Checker 1135
Courtesy of MCA Records

9. Howlin' Wolf
The Red Rooster — 2:27
(Willie Dixon)
Howlin' Wolf (vocal-guitar); Johnny Jones (piano); Hubert Sumlin (guitar); Willie Dixon (bass); Sam Lay (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, June 1961
Originally Chess 1804
Courtesy of MCA Records

10. Koko Taylor
I Got What It Takes — 3:05
(Willie Dixon)
Koko Taylor (vocal); Walter Horton (harmonica); Lafayette Leake (piano); Buddy Guy, Robert Nighthawk (guitars); Jack Meyers (bass); Clifton James (drums)
Produced by Willie Dixon
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, June 30, 1964
Courtesy of MCA Records

11. Otis Rush
Walking The Backstreets And Crying (live) — 5:59
(Sandy Jones, Jr.)
Otis Rush (vocal, guitar); Robert Lewis (guitar); Marty Sammons (piano); Harlan Terson (bass); Ray Stewart (drums); Gardner Burgess (trumpet); Willie Woods (trombone); Larry Weathersby (tenor sax); Willie Henderson Jr. (baritone sax)
Recording Engineer - Richard Pooler
Recorded at Chicago Blues Fest, Chicago, Illinois, June 9, 2001
First Issue
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12. Muddy Waters
(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man — 2:50
(Willie Dixon)
Muddy Waters (vocal, guitar); Little Walter (harmonica); Jimmy Rogers (guitar); Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Fred Below (drums)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, January 7, 1954
Originally Chess 1560
Courtesy of MCA Records

13. Lonnie Brooks
Feel Good Doin' Bad (live) — 5:37
(Lee Baker)
Lonnie Brooks (vocal, guitar); Calvin "Vino" Louden (guitar); Stanley Banks (keyboard); Melvin Smith (bass); Richard King (drums)
Recording Engineer - Timothy Powell; Mixer - Martin Czembor
Recorded at Koko Taylor's Celebrity, Chicago, Illinois, August 23, 2001
First Issue
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Lonnie Brooks appears courtesy of Alligator Records.

14. Bo Diddley
Diddley Daddy — 2:28
(Ellas McDaniel)
Bo Diddley (vocal, guitar); Little Walter (harmonica); Willie Dixon (bass); Clifton James (drums); Jerome Green (maracas); The Moonglows (backing vocals)
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 1955
Originally Checker 819
Courtesy of MCA Records

15. Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Talk To Me Baby (I Can't Hold Out) (live) — 6:55
(Elmore James)
Magic Slim (vocal, guitar); Michael Dotson (guitar); Danny O'Connor (bass); Allen Kirk (drums)
Recording Engineer - Richard Pooler
Recorded at Chicago Blues Fest, Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 2001
First Issue
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Magic Slim appears courtesy of Blind Pig Records, a division of Whole Hog Inc.

16. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Born In Chicago — 3:06
(Nick Gravenites)
Paul Butterfield (vocal, harmonica); Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop (guitars); Mark Naftalin (organ); Jerome Arnold (bass); Sam Lay (drums)
Produced by Paul Rothchild with Mark Abramson
Recorded 1965
Originally on Elektra LP 7294, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Produced Under License from Elektra Entertainment Group

17. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Shake Your Money Maker — 2:27
(Elmore James, adapted by Paul Butterfield)
Paul Butterfield (vocal-harmonica); Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop (guitars); Mark Naftalin (organ); Jerome Arnold (bass); Sam Lay (drums)
Produced by Paul Rothchild with Mark Abramson
Recorded 1965
Originally on Elektra LP 7294, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Produced Under License from Elektra Entertainment Group

18. Bob Dylan
Maggie's Farm — 3:56
(Bob Dylan)
Cumulative Session Credits: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Frank Owens (piano); Bruce Langhorne, Al Gorgoni, Kenneth Rankin (guitars); Will Lee, Joseph Macho, Jr. (bass); Bobby Gregg (drums)
Produced by Tom Wilson
Recorded New York, New York, January 15, 1965
Originally on Columbia LP 2328, Bringing It All Back Home
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

19. Public Enemy
Show 'Em Whatcha Got — 1:57
(Carlton Ridenhour-Eric Sadler-Hank Shocklee)
Chuck D (vocals); Flava Flav (vocals); Terminator X (lead & rhythm scratches); Hank Shocklee, Eric (Vietnam) Sadler (programming)
Produced by Hank Shocklee & Carl Ryder
Assistant Producer: Eric (Vietnam) Sadler
Executive Producer: Rick Rubin
Recorded New York, New York; Roslyn, New York; and Hempstead, New York
Originally on Def Jam 44303, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
(p) 1988 The Island Def Jam Music Group

20. Common
Dooinit — 3:38
(Lonnie Lynn-James Yancey)
Common (vocals); Jay Dee (scratches)
Produced by The Soulquarians' Jay Dee for the Ummah
Recorded Dearborn Heights, Michigan & New York, New York
Originally on MCA 088 111 970, Like Water For Chocolate
(P) 2000 MCA Records

21. The ElectriK Mud Kats A.K.A. (The Electric Mud Band)
with vocals by Chuck D, Common & Kyle Jason
Mannish Boy — 5:19
(Melvin London-Ellas McDaniel-McKinley Morganfield)
Chuck D (vocals); Common (vocals); Kyle Jason (vocals); Pete Cosey (guitar); Phil Upchurch (guitar); Louis Satterfield (bass); Morris Jennings (drums); Gene Barge (sax); Johnny "Juice" Rosado (turntables); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (percussion); Rahzel (beatbox); Kenny Siegal (guitar overdub)
Produced by Marshall Chess
Recording Engineers: Steve Mandel, Danny Leake; Remix Engineers: Steve Mandel, Mark McKenna
Recorded Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York, and Shokan, New York, 2002/2003
Copyright 2002, Marshall Chess Music Inc.
First Issue
(P) 2003 Common, Rahzel, ?uestlove appear courtesy of Geffen Records

22. Etta James
I'd Rather Go Blind — 2:34
(Ellington Jordan-Billy Foster)
Etta James (vocals); Jimmy Ray Johnson, Albert Lowe (guitars); Carl Banks (organ); Dewey Oldham (organ, piano); David Hood (electric bass); Roger Dawkins (drums); Gene "Bowlegs" Miller (trumpet); Charles Chalmers, Aaron Varnell, Floyd Newman (saxes);
Produced by Rick Hall
Recorded Muscle Shoals, Alabama, August 23, 1967
Originally Checker 5578
Courtesy of MCA Records

Chess/Checker recordings produced by Leonard & Phil Chess and/or Willie Dixon except as noted.


 

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