Unknown Contributor Roles: Junior Parker; Donnie Elbert; Elmore James; Gene Allison; Guitar Slim ; Jimmy Hughes; Joe Hinton; Johnnie Taylor; Albert King; Little Joe Blue; Little Johnny Taylor; Lloyd Price; Lowell Fulson; O.V. Wright; Percy Mayfield; Rosco Gordon; Sonny Boy Williamson II ; Big Joe Turner.
More soul and R&B influences are heard on this volume than the first, though it's not a detriment. The 18 tracks include prize items by Guitar Slim, Lloyd Price, Lowell Fulson, Elmore James, and Sonny Boy Williamson, with some bluesy Southern soul by O.V. Wright and Johnnie Taylor. Also included are some little-anthologized gems, most notably Gene Allison's "You Can Make It If You Try" (covered by the Rolling Stones on their first album) and Jimmy Hughes' magnificent bluesy soul ballad "Steal Away." ~ Richie Unterberger