With a core band consisting of Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell and Carlos Johnson, the second installment of the Chicago Blues: A Living History series is journey through time. The (R)evolution Continues is a 2CD set with new interpretations of blues songs recorded between 1942 and 1998.
This compilation is a labor of love with extensive liner notes - all harp player during Rocket 88 are listed, detailing which bars they actually play.
Guest players are Buddy Guy, James Cotton and Magic Slim as well as Ronnie Baker Brooks, Zora Young and Mike Avery. It's nearly impossible to make a bad record with these people on board. Pop it in player and discover that the blues is very much alive and well in the Windy City. Good music is timeless and the sheer joy of the musicians comes tumbling out of the speakers. A lot of these songs may deal with good men feeling bad, but if doesn't cheer you up you need some serious counseling. With a treasure chest of great Chicago blues tunes, old and new, the Living History series can continue for many more years.
HCTF review of Chicago Blues: A Living History.