About a year into collecting, I saw one particular album called Blues Around Midnight that featured songs by B.B. King, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker, and Johnny Copeland. It looked like mostly after-hours blues, maybe on the jazzy side, so I decided to order it, along with a few others. Talk about a worthwhile purchase. Not only were the above mentioned artists there, but many others that I'd never heard of, but liked just as much. I've always been a sucker for anthologies because they feature so many different artists and a variety of tunes. Even though many of these are usually budget collections, they almost always end up costing me more money because I have to track down releases from the previously unknown artists that I hear on them.
|Jimmy "T-99" Nelson|
Ace Records has released many quality recordings from many genres of music for a long time. There have been some fantastic compilations during that time. Their recordings are highlighted by outstanding sound and some of the best liner notes you'll ever read, with loads of information about the featured artists from some of Britain's foremost blues scholars.
For blues fans who enjoy the late-night, after-hours, jazzy urban blues from the 50's and 60's, you won't find a better collection than Blues Around Midnight. Unfortunately, it's out of print, but copies can still be found at various music sites, including a few listed in the links on the right sidebar.