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Various Artists
Various Artists


Pop the champagne: Ruf Records is 20. A lot has changed in rock 'n' roll since 1994. We've seen a thousand bands rise and fall. We've watched a hundred rock scenes blow up and burn out. All the while, Ruf has steadily evolved, from its roots as one man's vision, to the most respected blues/rock label around, with a roll-call of talent to top any independent on the planet. And if that sounds like a bold statement, you're holding the proof in your hands... Of course, Thomas Ruf didn't expect any of those accolades back in 1994. Back then, Ruf's charismatic founder and leader created the label simply to give the legendary Chicago bandleader Luther Allison a platform to release some of the best albums of his career. Tragically, Luther himself was lost to cancer in 1997, but Ruf Records never missed a beat, continuing to develop some of the brightest talent in America, Britain, Europe and beyond, while always retaining its fearsomely independent spirit. Walter Trout. Royal Southern Brotherhood. Joanne Shaw Taylor. Spin Doctors. Jeff Healey. Savoy Brown. Dana Fuchs. Laurence Jones. Samantha Fish. To anyone with even a passing interest in quality blues, the Ruf roster since 1994 reads like a hall of fame, taking in legends, supergroups and bright young talents. As such, when it came to compiling this special 20th anniversary release, the songs selected by Thomas across these two CDs are all killer, no filler. So here it is. Twenty-eight classic tracks by Ruf artists, celebrating the brightest and best Girls & Guys With Guitars to record for the label since 1994 (plus a new unreleased song from the latest addition to Ruf's family, Eliana Cargnelutti). You'll even find track-by-track sleevenotes written by Thomas himself, telling the true stories behind the songs and giving personal memories of the artists. Twenty years. It's been quite a ride, with one hell of a soundtrack. So here's to the story so far - and the next twenty years...


  1. Name
  2. Bitch Feat. Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor, Dani Wilde
  3. Bliss Avenue Feat. Dana Fuchs
  4. Can't Keep Living Like This Feat. Joanne Shaw Taylor
  5. Down In The Swamp Feat. Samantha Fish
  6. Shine Feat. Dani Wilde
  7. Try Me Feat. Meena
  8. Love Fever Feat. Ana Popovic
  9. Stranded In Memphis Feat. Eliana Cargnelutti
  10. Never Been Rocked Enough Feat. Joanna Connor
  11. Skinny Girl Feat. Erja Lyytinen
  12. Show Me Feat. Sue Foley
  13. Toughest Girl Alive Feat. Candye Kane & Laura Chavez
  14. In The Basement Feat. Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin
  15. If You Wanna Leave Feat.Thorbjørn Risager
  16. Rock And Roll Feat. Royal Southern Brotherhood
  17. Livin' Every Day Feat. Walter Trout
  18. Speechless Feat. Oli Brown
  19. Temptation Feat. Laurence Jones
  20. Voices In Dallas Feat. Mike Zito
  21. Waitin On Daylight Feat. Bart Walker
  22. Some Other Man Instead Feat. Spin Doctors
  23. Blues Caravan Feat. Aynsley Lister, Erja Lyytinen, Ian Parker
  24. I'm Torn Down Feat. Jeff Healey
  25. Swamp Funk Feat. Cyril Neville
  26. Homesick Feat. Devon Allman
  27. Nuthin' Like The Blues Feat. Kim Simmonds And Savoy Brown
  28. Bad Avenue Feat. Albert Castiglia
  29. You Can't Always Get What You Want Feat. Luther Allison
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