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Anne Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 45rpm Box Set


Hands down one of the greatest festival recordings ever! Out of circulation for nearly twenty years, this great two-record set from 1973 was made available once again by Classic Records. It’s a document of an incredible three days (Sept. 8-10, 1972) of powerful music, attended by more than 15,000 fans at Otis Spann Memorial Field in Ann Arbor Michigan. Hopefully, future re-examination of the Ann Arbor Festival 1972 will yield full sets by each of the participants, including those not represented on this LP, such as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and Lightin’ Slim! Classic Records approached this obscure and rare release with the idea that it deserved the best sonic treatment ever. As such, the decision was made by Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records, to cut the original two record set at 45 rpm** and issue it as 8 single sided 180g LP’s.

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The dates: September 8-10, 1972, the place: Otis Spann Memorial Field, Ann Arbor, MI, the performers recorded: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf with Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Freddie King, Luther Allison, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor with Willie Dixon, Bobby Blue Bland, Dr. John, Chuck Leavell, Jr. Walker and The All Stars, Johnny Shines, Bonnie Raitt, Sippie Wallace and Sun Ra and His Solar Myth. An incredible three days of powerful music for the 15,000 plus in attendance, that hopefully someday will be revisited with the full sets by each artist including those who also performed, but are not represented in this LP, like Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and Lightnin’ Slim.

Despite the effort to bring some new life to the obscure and rare title and amazing live performances, the set did not sell well adding credence to the notion that “obscure records tend to remain obscure.” This long of of print box set was mastered and cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood CA using Classic Records “ALL TUBE” analog cutting system from the original 1/4″ analog tapes supplied directly from Atlantic’s tape vaults.


1. Introduction to the Festival – Michael Turner
2. Kitchen Sink Boogie – Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers
3. Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor
4. Ain’t That Loving You – Bobby Blue Bland
5. I Walk On Guilded Splinters – Dr. John
6. (I’m A) Roadrunner/These Things Will Keep Me Loving You – Junior Walker & the All Stars
7. Write Me A Few of Your Lines/Kokomo/Drop Down Mama – Bonnie Raitt
8. Highway 49 – Howlin’ Wolf
9. Honey Bee – Muddy Waters
10. Form Kinetic – CJQ
11. Dedication to Otis Spann – John Sinclair, Muddy Waters, Lucille Spann
12. Dedicated to Otis – Lucille Spann with Mighty Joe Young
13. Goin’ Down – Freddie King
14. Please Send Me Someone To Love – Luther Allison
15. My Last Meal – Boogie Brothers w/Sara Brown
16. Dust My Broom – Johnny Shines
17. Gambler’s Blues – Otis Rush
18. Women Be Wise – Sippie Wallace with Bonnie Raitt
19. Life Is Splendid – Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra



Additional information

Weight 3.200 kg
Dimensions 42.0 × 42.0 × 10.0 cm