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WILLIE DIXON and MEMPHIS SLIM - Willie's Blues

Some BB KING up next, not sure what. Hope all is well with him in hospice care...

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Hoodoo Man Blues - Junior Wells, with Buddy Guy  

Buddy Guy- Sweet Tea Buddy does the Mississippi hills trance/psych sound. Very well. Indeed.

And sadly the news has arrived of his passing .... EC & BB " Riding with the KING " seems appropriate tonight.

 

Will also play Keb Mo " Riley B King "

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All on vinyl today:

 

The Robert Cray Band - Bad Influence

 

John MAYALL - Jazz Blues Fusion

 

FIRST LIVE LEADBELLY

 

 

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The timing is interesting, but this has just gone up on the A.F. site. I heard the original CD all those years ago, and was not taken with the mastering; too clean.

I think Steve or Kevin will find the breathing heart of this one, and give it another lease of life.

A.F. are currently in an amazing phase with recent SACDs of Earth, Wind and Fire, and Labelle absolutely cooking.

ZM.

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Not having any BB to play in tribute (I know, a bit of a gap in music collection, there) I decided to play some blues anyway. This came to me yesterday and I put it on. Damn fine album it is, too!

 

Disclaimer: I know Mr. Rowe's sister from when I lived in Bermuda but only recently heard she had a muso brother.

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Rough Guide To African Blues LP

Will definitely be following up on few of these artists. Some really interesting and new sounding (at least to me) stuff here.

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3 LP boxset of Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Complete Recordings

 

Great stuff Citroen. I re-read Bob Dylan's Chronicles Volume 1 a couple of weeks ago. I had forgotten that it finishes with him discovering Robert Johnson. He gets signed by Columbia and John Hammond gives him a test pressing of King of the Delta Blues Singers. It blow his mind and he reflects on it as though this was the last piece of the conceptual framework, subconsciously assembled, that allowed him to find his own grasp on song form and language and so open the way for his transformation from a young sponge soaking up folk and blues songs to a prolific writer of original songs. I hope we writes Chronicles Volume 2 before his time is through.

 

Currently spinning King of the Delta Blues Singers on CD.

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Rough Guide To African Blues LP

Will definitely be following up on few of these artists. Some really interesting and new sounding (at least to me) stuff here.

 

It is quite interesting to see how blues has travelled the full circle.

 

The Americans 'discovered' blues through the Englishmen who were 'trying' to emulate the delta sound........then in turn discovered that it all goes back to West Africa via Diddley Bow and Jamaica ......... :)

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If you haven't heard her, you should

I have now, and I am damn sure I will be hearing lots more of her .....................  :love

 

Thanks very much for the tip  ............ :) :)

 

 

Edit. Just been watching this .................. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77umfi8fsCI ....... she comes on stage after a 10(ish) minute band intro .... and makes her presence felt ....... ;):)

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If you like Janiva, you should meet Rita Chiarelli ..................

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6EwWZM6Wc8

 

 

and Hannah Williams

 

not sure if she's technically "blues' but wow she's good

 

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Taj Mahal - The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 (Columbia ‎– 88765494151, Legacy ‎– 88765494151, 2 × Vinyl, LP 2013)

Rag bag collection of previously unreleased outtakes, and a second live disc.

LP1 is patchy at best. LP2 is where the real treasure lies.

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I just played the new Buddy Guy album, 'Born To Play Guitar'

 

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Well, I've got to hand it to Buddy Guy, at 79 he can still deliver the goods. I reckon this album is as good as anything he has done in recent years. There are a few guests appearing on this album on various tracks, including Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top), Joss Stone, Kim Wilson (from the Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Van Morrison. Kim Wilson plays harmonica on 2 tracks, and Van Morrison joins Buddy for a song dedicated to B.B. King. I also notice Doyle Bramhall's name in the credits, and there is a horn section on a couple of tracks.

 

There is a good range of material on this album, with sufficient variety to maintain interest. Nothing wrong with the tracks featuring the guest performers, but my personal preference leans towards the tracks which just feature Buddy Guy and his band.

 

Production is first class. Its a very nice, clean sounding recording with good dynamics. Buddy Guy's voice is fairly forward in the mix, and he sounds great. The band is very good too, and provide excellent backing.

 

Here are a couple of my favourite tracks from the album.

 

'Whiskey, Beer & Wine'. I really like the slightly grungy sounding bass line in this.

 

 

And the final track on the album, 'Come Back Muddy'. A rather nice acoustic number, a reminiscence/lament for Muddy Waters. Its probably the track which best demonstrates the good production quality of this album. Quite a nice way to round things off.

 

 

 

 

 

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I was listening to The Blues Show on the radio earlier this evening (in the car, outside the laundromat while waiting for the drier to finish its cycle  :rolleyes: ). They were playing mostly old recordings from the 50s, with a few even going back to the 40s and 30s). A lot of it was from old 78s, very crackly sounding. One that caught my attention was a 1954 recording by James Cotton (not so crackly). Unfortunately I didn't catch the title, so went looking on youtube. I think this might be the one.

 

 

I also came across this. The distorted guitar sound on this seems rather ahead of its time, for 1954.

 

 

Great stuff!

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Picked this up the other day.

 

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A 2005 CD reissue of B.B. King's first album, which was essentially a compilation of his early single releases, recorded between 1951 and 1957. The original album was released in 1957 and contained 12 tracks. This CD reissue contains an additional 8 tracks that were recorded over the same time period, some of them previously unreleased takes.

 

Listening to this, its obvious that the distinctive B.B. King sound was there right from the start. Its quite a good selection, includes 'Every Day I have The Blues', a song which was a feature of his live performances over the years.

 

Sound quality is not too bad, given the age of the material. Dynamics are a bit flat overall, but the recordings are quite clean sounding. There is some variation in the sound from track to track, but that is not really surprising given that they were recorded over a number of years.

 

 

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Spinning Earl Hooker and Junior Wells two of the great Chicago blues men

Hooker on slide

Never paid enough attention to Earl - john lee's cousin- described a a guitarist's guitarist.

Wells sings harder edged than say his Buddy Guy sessions.

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@@djb - Junior Wells sings and plays harmonica - I don't think he's known for his guitar work.  They did play together a lot, but I generally prefer the records on which he is leader, rather than Buddy Guy.

 

cheers

 

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Really enjoying Lonesome Road Blues by Frank Hovington at the moment. Country blues recorded at his home in Delaware in 1975 using the Library of Congress tape recorder. Recently found a copy on Rounder Records released in 1979 that sounds great, particularly considering the recording environment etc.

 

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Been really digging the new Gary Clarke Jr record. Sounds great on vinyl and has one of those awesome, unforgettable covers that can only ever really be appreciated on vinyl cover art.

Great artist with a fresh new take on the blues, fusing various genres to create his sound.

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