Time-Life Album Discography, Part 31:
Living the Blues Series

By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries
Last update: February 9, 2008

The Living the Blues collection has proved to be a popular set, perhaps more so in Europe (where the volumes were 2-CD sets) than in the U.S. The different volumes cover a vast time period from the 1920s to the 1990s, making it perhaps one of the broadest blues sets ever produced.

Direct-mail sales material included sly references to blues songs such as, "Get the blues without paying your dues," along with eye-popping old blues photos such as the one of T-Bone Walker at near left. Even Walker's band mates seem impressed.

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

R859-01 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-35881) - Living the Blues: Blues Legends - Various Artists [1995] Dust My Broom - Elmore James (M)/I'm A King Bee - Slim Harpo (M)/Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters (M)/Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf (S, buzz in one channel)/Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed (S)/Bad Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn (M)/Frosty - Albert Collins (M)/Farther Up The Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland (M)/I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush (E)/Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad - T- Bone Walker (M)/Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley (M)/Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker (M)/My Babe - Little Walter (M)/Mama Talk To Your Daughter - J.B. Lenoir (M)/Bring It On Home - Sonny Boy Williamson (M)/Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor (S)/The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King (S, 5:24)/Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King (S)/Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy (M)/Trouble Blues - Charles Brown (M)

R859-02 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-35882) - Living the Blues: Blues Masters - Various Artists [1995] I'm Your Hoochie Cooche Man - Muddy Waters/Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton/Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf/Baby What You Want Me to Do - Jimmy Reed/The Sky Is Crying - Elmore James/Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd/Boogie Chillun - John Lee Hooker/Next Time You Saw Me - Little Junior Parker/Baby Scratch My Back - Slim Harpo/So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Otis Rush/Rock Me Baby - B. B. King/You're So Fine - Little Walter/I'm a Man - Bo Diddley/Don't Start Me Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson/The Things That I Used to Do - Guitar Slim/Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson/Turn On Your Lovelight - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Grits Ain't Groceries - Little Milton/Crosscut Saw - Albert King/I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James

R859-03 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-35883) - Living the Blues: Blues Greats - Various Artists [1995] Smoke Stack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf /Crawling King Snake Blues - John Lee Hooker/Double Trouble - Otis Rush/It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James/Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed/Little by Little - Junior Wells/29 Ways - Willie Dixon/One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn and His Aladdin Chickenshackers/T- Bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker/Every Day I Have the Blues - B. B. King/Juke - Little Walter and His Night Cats/I Just Want to Make Love to You - Muddy Waters/Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson/Fannie Mae - Buster Brown/Walking by Myself - Jimmy Rogers/Driving Wheel - Little Junior Parker/We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton/Cry Cry Cry - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Wee Wee Hours - Chuck Berry/Black Night - Charles Brown

R859-04 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-36045) - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1957-1959 - Various Artists [1996] I Hear You Knockin' - Lazy Lester (M)/All Your Love (I Miss Loving) - Otis Rush (M)/Rock Me - Muddy Waters (M)/Key To The Highway - Little Walter (M)/Please Accept My Love - B.B. King (M)/Rooster Blues - Lightnin' Slim (M)/The Walk - Jimmy McCracklin (M)/Gangster Of Love - Johnny "Guitar" Watson (M)/I'll Take Care Of You - Bobby "Blue" Bland (M)/Blues Early Early - Big Maybelle (M)/Number 9 Train - Tarheel Slim (M)/(Night Time Is) The Right Time - Ray Charles (S)/Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed (M)/Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison (E)/All Your Love - Magic Sam (M)/Got My Mojo Workin' - Ann Cole (M)/I Love You Honey - John Lee Hooker (M)/Barefoot Rock - Little Junior Parker (M)/I've Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo (M)/Texas Flood - Larry Davis (M)

R859-05 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-36046) - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1960-1964 - Various Artists [1996] Hide Away - Freddy King (M)/Hush Hush - Jimmy Reed (M)/I Pity The Fool - Bobby Bland (M)/You Shook Me - Muddy Waters (M)/Sweet 16, Part 1 - B.B. King (S)/Rainin' In My Heart - Slim Harpo (M)/Something's Got A Hold On Me - Etta James (M)/Part Time Love - Little Johnny Taylor (S)/Little Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf (M)/Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong - Albert King (M)/Watch Your Step - Bobby Parker (M)/Cuttin' In - Johnny "Guitar" Watson (M)/Just A Little Bit - Roscoe Gordon (M)/Stormy Monday Blues - Bobby "Blue" Bland (S)/Come On, Part 1 - Earl King (M)/The First Time I Met The Blues - Buddy Guy (M)/Shake Your Moneymaker - Elmore James (M)/Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Freddy King (M)/In The Dark - Little Junior Parker (M)/Blue Guitar - Earl Hooker (M)

R859-06 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD 36044) - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1955-1956 - Various Artists [1996] Manish Boy - Muddy Waters/Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - Jimmy Reed/Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter/One Night - Smiley Lewis/Those Lonely Lonely Lonely Nights - Earl King/Keep It To Yourself - Sonny BoyWilliamson/I Wanna Ramble - Little Junior Parker/Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John/When It Rain, It Pours - Billy "The Kid" Emerson/My Love Will Never Die - Otis Rush/Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Big Joe Turner/Dimples - John Lee Hooker/I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold/Lonely Avenue - Ray Charles/Sweet Little Angel - B. B. King/Poison Ivy - Willie Mabon/Baby Let's Play House - Arthur Gunter/I Asked For Water - Howlin' Wolf/Walking The Blues - Champion Jack Dupree/Candy - Big Maybelle

R859-07 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-37049) - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1965-1969 - Various Artists [1996] Tramp - Lowell Fulson/Who's Cheating Who? - Little Milton/Laundromat Blues - Albert King/These Hands (Small But Mighty) - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Messin' With The Kid - Junior Wells/Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) - Magic Sam/Madison Blues - Elmore James/Why I Sing The Blues - B. B. King/Think - Jimmy McCracklin/Ball And Chain - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton/Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu - Slim Harpo/Southern Country Boy - Carter Brothers/My Time After Awhile - Buddy Guy/Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf/29 Ways (To My Baby's Door) - KoKo Taylor/Paying The Cost To Be The Boss - B.B. King/It Serves Me Right - John Lee Hooker/Black Gal - Clifton Chenier/It's A Man Down There - G.L. Crockett/Conversation With Collins - Albert Collins

R859-08 (MCA Special Markets & Products MSD-37075) - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1953-1954 - Various Artists [1996] I Feel So Bad - Chuck Willis/Well I Done Got Over It - Guitar Slim/You Upset Me Baby - B. B. King/Blues With a Feeling - Little Walter/Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames/Hours - Eddie Boyd/I Smell a Rat - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton/Tiptina - Professor Longhair/One Room Country Shack - Mercy Dee/Gabbin' Blues - Big Maybelle/Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas/K. C. Loving - Little Willie Littlefield/I'm Mad - Willie Mabon/Let Me Go Home Whiskey - Amos Milburn/Okie Dookie Stomp - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown/Evil - Howlin' Wolf/Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis/When the Lights Go Out - Jimmy Witherspoon/Space Guitar - Young John Watson (aka Johnny "Guitar" Watson)/Hittin' On Me - Buddy Johnson

R859-09 - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1950-1952 - Various Artists [1996] Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston with his Delta Cats/How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf/I'm in the Mood - John Lee Hooker/I Don't Know - Willie Mabon/Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King/Goin' Home - Fats Domino/Rockin' With Red - Piano Red/No More Doggin' - Rosco Gordon/New Blowtop Blues - Dinah Washington/Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown/Lovin' Machine - Wynonie Harris/She's Dynamite - B.B. King/I Got Loaded - Peppermint Harris/Well Oh Well - Tiny Bradshaw/Chains of Love - Big Joe Turner/Double Crossing Blues - Little Esther with the Robins and the Johnny Otis Orchestra/Rollin' and Tumblin' - Muddy Waters/I'm Gonna Play the Honky Tonks - Marie Adams/T-99 (My Sweet Little Honey Dripper) -Jimmy Nelson/Call Operator 210 - Floyd Dixon

R859-10 - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1945-1949 - Various Artists [1997] Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris/Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn/Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five/Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington/Long About Midnight - Roy Brown/That's All Right - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup/Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker/My Gal's a Jockey - Big Joe Turner/Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton/Drifting Blues - Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers/Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five/He's a Real Gone Guy - Nellie Lutcher/Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me - Bull Moose Jackson/Old Maid Boogie - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson/I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters/Bobby Socks Blues - T-Bone Walker/(Opportunity Knocks But Once) Snatch and Grab It - Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends/The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers/My Heart Belongs to You - Arbee Stidham/It's Midnight - Little Willie Littlefield

R859-11 - Living the Blues: Blues Classics - The '70s - Various Artists [1997]

R859-12 - Living the Blues: Guitar Classics - Various Artists [199?] Love Me Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames/Just One More Time - Billy Gales with Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm/The Story Of My Life - Guitar Slim/Sweet Black Angel (Black Angel Blues) - Robert Nighthawk/Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker/Mojo Hand - Lightin' Hopkins/Three Hours Past Midnight - Johnny "Guitar" Watson/The Stumble - Freddy King/Easy Baby - Magic Sam/Night Life - B.B.King/You Did Me Wrong - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Gate's Salty Blues - Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown/Glory For Man - Robert Junior Lockwood/I Feel Like Going Home - Muddy Waters/The Leading Brand - Earl Hooker/She's Out There Somewhere - Buddy Guy/Avalanche - Albert Collins/T-Bone Shuffle - Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland/Phone Booth - Robert Cray Band/I'll Get To Heaven On My Own - Joe Louis Walker

R859-13 - Living the Blues: Vocal Classics - Various Artists [199?]

R859-14 - Living the Blues: Blues Classics: The '80s - Various Artists [199?]

R859-15 - Living the Blues: Raunchy Blues Classics - Various Artists [199?]

R859-16 - Living the Blues: Louisiana Blues Classics - Various Artists [199?]

R859-17 - Living the Blues: Texas and West Coast Blues Classics - Various Artists [199?]

R859-18 - Living the Blues: Chicago Blues Classics - Various Artists [199?]

R859-19 - Living the Blues: Blues Roots 1920-1930 - Various Artists [199?]

R859-20 - Living the Blues: Blues Roots 1930-1944 - Various Artists [199?]

R859-21 - Living the Blues: Jump Blues and Boogie - Various Artists [199?]

R859-22 - Living the Blues: Blues Christmas - Various Artists [199?]

R859-23 (Warner Special Products OPCD-2758) - Living the Blues: Blues Classics - The '90s - Various Artists [199?]

R859-24 - Living the Blues: Ladies Sing the Blues - Various Artists [199?]

R859-25 - Living the Blues: Blues for Fun - Various Artists [199?]

R859-?? - Living the Blues: Blues Classics 1942-1945 - Various Artists [199?]

Living the Blues Retail Samplers:

M185-18 - Living the Blues: The Collection - Various Artists [1998] (2-CD set) Disc 1: Rock Me Baby - B.B. King/Something's Got a Hold on Me - Etta James/Farther Up the Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton/Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf/Driving Wheel - Little Junior Parker/Wee Wee Hours - Chuck Berry/Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King/Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker/Hide Away - Freddie King/Things That I Used to Do - Guitar Slim/Dust My Broom - Elmore James/You Shook Me - Muddy Waters; Disc 2: Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters/Grits Ain't Groceries - Little Milton/My Babe - Little Walter/Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy/Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley/Feelin' Good - Willie Dixon/I'm a King Bee - Slim Harpo/Bring It on Home - Sonny Boy Williamson/Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor/I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush/Frosty - Albert Collins/Those Lonely, Lonely Nights - Earl King/Trouble Blues - Charles Brown

M881-04 (Universal Music Special Products MSD-36053) - Living the Blues: Chicago Blues Giants - Various Artists [1999] You Better Watch Yourself - Little Walter/Forty Days & Forty Nights - Muddy Waters/Mona - Bo Diddley/Fattening Frogs For Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson/Goin' Down Slow - Howlin' Wolf/Satisfied - Little Milton/What Kind of Man Is That? - Koko Taylor/You Know My Love - Otis Rush/Keep It To Myself - Buddy Guy/Sitting Here Alone - Hound Dog Taylor

Living the Blues Retail Budget Box Set:

M183-28 - Living the Blues: Greatest Hits - Various Artists [1999] 3-CD retail box set with the three CDs below in a thin cardboard box/sleeve. Cover artwork repeats some of the pictures in the regular series.

M183-25 - Living the Blues: Blues Masters - Various Artists [1999] Wee Wee Hours - Chuck Berry/One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn/Dust My Broom - Elmore James/Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters/Key To The Highway - Little Walter/Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf/Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed/Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker/Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy/Black Night - Charles Brown/Turn On Your Love Light - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Grits Ain't Groceries - Little Milton

M183-26 - Living the Blues: Blues Greats - Various Artists [1999] I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters/Walking By Myself - Jimmy Rogers/My Babe - Little Walter/Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf/I'm A Man - Bo Diddley/Bring It On Home - Sonny Boy Williamson/I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush/Baby What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed/Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thorton/Wang Dang Doogle - Koko Taylor/Farther Up The Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Paying The Cost To Be The Boss - B. B. King

M183-27 - Living the Blues: Blues Legends - Various Artists [1999] Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad - T-Bone Walker/Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson/The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim/Those Lonely Lonely Nights - Earl King/The Thrill Is Gone - B. B. King/My Time After Awhile - Buddy Guy/Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison/You Shook Me - Muddy Waters/Little Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf/I Pity The Fool - Bobby "Blue" Bland/Just A Little Bit - Rosco Gordon/Something's Got A Hold On Me - Etta James

Thanks to Dan Likins, Pamela Espeland, and Randy Anthony.

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