Compiled by Bill Wyman
Informative 24 page full colour booklet by Bill Wyman & Richard Havers
Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman asked Document Records to produce a CD which would be part of a life long ambition; to pay tribute to and share with others the music that he has loved and been influenced by, The Blues. This double CD, accompanied by a twenty-four page colour booklet, compliments the book, television documentary and DVD of the same name. It features some of the very best blues to have been recorded from the early “Classic” female blues and “Country Blues” of the nineteen-twenties through to the electric “Down Home” blues of Chicago.
Whether you are a collector or just inquisitive about what the blues are and the history the music, this CD is one of the finest collections of vintage blues recordings available.
Bill Wyman writes in his introduction to the CDs booklet; “When I first began my Blues Odyssey project I concentrated on making a television series that would introduce people to the Blues. This soon expanded to include a book and it seemed only natural to produce this CD to accompany both the book and the television shows. Picking some of my favourite songs, by some of my favourite artists was great. It made me sit down and listen to countless records and CD’s of wonderful music. Listening to this music has been such a rich and rewarding experience for me and along the way I came to recognise the importance of the Blues in the development of 20th century music. Being fortunate enough to have been a member of the Rolling Stones placed me in the position where I was involved in a musical family tree with some of the greatest musicians of the last fifty years.
Listening to the Blues has taught me so much about history, social issues and even life itself. My Blues Odyssey is an opportunity for me to acknowledge my debt to the Blues men and women who have not only helped me to understand the music’s wonderfully rich tapestry, but who have also given me endless hours of musical pleasure. These recordings on this CD’s are what the Blues are all about.. the music. We can think about the Blues, write about them and talk about them, but ultimately we all need to listen to them. I hope that you will find this journey to the heart and soul of the Blues as fascinating as I have. Let the Odyssey continue.”