Charlie Musselwhite: Best of the Vanguard Years

Musselwhite’s Best of the Vanguard Years (Vanguard 79556-2; 71:56) is culled from his classic 1967 release, Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s South Side Band (featuring some incredible guitar work by Harvey Mandel), his 1968 follow-up, Stone Blues, and his third and final Vanguard CD, 1969’s Tennessee Woman. The collection includes two tracks from 1965 with Musselwhite and The Hawks (soon to be known as The Band) and two early ’60s basement tapes with Musselwhite and Magic Sam.