Blues Guitar Blasters was an import, too, from the great U.K. label, Ace Records. For a new blues fan, Ace Records was an indispensable source. The label's catalog included numerous B. B. King collections, plus compilations of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elmore James, and also some fantastic anthology sets that covered recordings from the 50's and 60's. They usually mixed tracks by familiar artists to lure you in, then blew you away with tracks by artists you'd never heard of. I have never understood why the import labels have the best blues anthology collections, but it seems like they always do. They pack a single CD with TONS of great sides, just as much as they can fit, something rarely seen with domestic collections.
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The amazing thing about this disc is that we've barely scratched the surface. There are so many good songs on Blues Guitar Blasters that you almost have to hear it to really appreciate it. It's currently out of print, but can be found at a number of used CD sites, like Amazon.
If I were charged with showing a new blues fan the ropes, this disc would be one of the first ones that I would plug in for them. It will provide hours of essential listening for any blues fan.