There was one collection called “The Chess Box” or “The Chess Blues Box” [“Chess Blues,” a 100-song, four-CD boxset released in 1993] from Chess Records out of Chicago and that has Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters and a lot of other people. That whole style they came up with, the way of recording blues bands that became the format that rock ‘n’ roll bands began to play under. That’s very critical music. Great vocal performances. Just amazing stuff.
There is one Lightning Hopkins album that is simply called “Lightning Hopkins.” Samuel Charters went looking for Lightning Hopkins and recorded him in his apartment in Houston where he lived. It’s very simple. Just a recorder and a couple of microphones in his apartment and Lightning just plays and sings phenomenally well. Read Full article here: AL.com