The Blues Collection magazine was published as a series between 1993 and 1997. Each issue paid homage to one or more electric blues artists including Chuck Berry, Bessie Smith, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush and Bukka White and examined the history of the popular genre. Special compilations of their songs were provided with each publication, mostly on CDs, but cassette alternatives were also available. The unique magazine series, which also included two eagerly anticipated Christmas editions, was developed by the aegis of the De Agostini Company and its publishers, Orbis. The Blues Collection magazine series has since become extremely popular with collectors, with many people looking to own every publication. Blues as a musical genre first originated from the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century and is melodically distinguished by the use of the flattened third, fifth and seventh notes of the major scale. The 12-bar blues tends to be the chord progression thatâs most commonly used and is based on the I-IV-V chords of a key. Electric blues, in particular, originated from Chicago and has a very unique sound thanks to the amplification of the guitar, bass guitar, drums and often the harmonica. The genre heavily inspired rock music and continues to be popular across the globe today.