Blind Pig Records—25th AnniversaryCollection

San Francisco's Blind Pig Records— which actually started in the basement of an Ann Arbor, Mich., blues joint in 1977—proudly celebrates its imminent 25th anniversary with a glorious sin

San Francisco's Blind Pig Records— which actually started in the basement of an Ann Arbor, Mich., blues joint in 1977—proudly celebrates its imminent 25th anniversary with a glorious single-disc-priced, 42-song, three-disc boxed set. Rather than a chronological presentation, the compilation is seamlessly programmed in a free-form radio style, seguing comfortably from the traditional to the contemporary blues and back, stopping along the way for the other blues-related genres covered in the Blind Pig ouevre. Key artists spotlighted range from legendary blues figures (Muddy Waters, James Cotton, and Johnny Shines, among others) to such contemporary successors as Deborah Coleman and Joanna Connor. Acts like the Gospel Hummingbirds and the Memphis Rockabilly Band also fit comfortably in the mix—as do a number of inspired pairings, including Muddy Waters' son Big Bill Morganfield and Taj Mahal. A concept video of Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo's "Ain't No Bread in the Breadbox" leads off the third disc, a CD-ROM that also includes interviews and performance footage. Altogether, the set offers a rich representation of a venerable but revitalized artform.—JB