Homage to the Blues – For beginners only - Wishevoke

Homage to the Blues – For beginners only

Do you like the blues but feel guilty because you don’t have any blues records in your collection? Would you like to buy something representative of it but don’t know what it is? Are you afraid that if you happen to buy something, it will be miles away from your hearing? Don’t worry… Sakis is here to recommend you 10 records (…for starters, that is) from the genre that formed the basis of rock and modern music in general! The order in which the records are listed is such that we start with those that are more similar to rock music and end with those that characterize the traditional blues sound.


Gov’t Mule – “Gov’t Mule” (1995)
So the first suggestion is Gov’t Mule and their self-titled album. This trio (which is actually a project of Allman Brothers members Warren Haynes and the late Allen Woody) is one of the most representative representatives of the heavy blues rock sound. As a record, “Gov’t Mule” is probably the most ideal “bass” in the blues for someone who doesn’t want to lose much of the familiar rock sound. Proof; You’ll find them in titles like “Monkey Hill,” “Mule,” and “Mr. Large! Apart from that, the record contains a lot of psychedelic elements. Elements found in songs like “Trane” and “World of Difference.” Haynes’ playing is excellent and transports us to other times. Every self-respecting guitarist should own this record! In addition to the record, the great cover of “Mother Earth” by Memphis Slim!


ZZ Top – “Three Men” (1973)
The Texans’ third record ZZ Top is perhaps their best, but also one of the most influential blues rock records. He is the one who made them famous by establishing a hard and at the same time trampy sound in the blues. And who hasn’t drunk endless amounts of beer while listening to titles like “La Grange”, “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers”, “Waitin’ For The Bus” or “Jesus Just Chicago”? In addition to the above hits, the album also contains tracks such as “Masters Of Sparks”, “Precious And Grace”, “Hot”, “Blue And Righteous”, “Shiek” and “Have You Heard”, which deserve attention for the strange Combination of traditional blues riffs with the rock sound, but also with the intense joy of experimentation that characterizes Billy Gibbons.


John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
When the most important blues band in England met one of the greatest blues guitarists in the same country, the result could only be excellent! Where do you start? From the great covers of “All Your Love” (Dixon, Rush), “Hide Away” (Thomson, King), “What I Said” (Charles) and “Steppin’ Out” (Bracken), where his amazing bond with the group becomes clear from the impressive performance of “Rambling On My Mind” (Robert Johnson) by Clapton, or perhaps from “Parchman Farm” (Alison), “It Ain’t Right” (Little Walter), in which Mayall us with his takes the amazing harmonica to the Negro cotton plantations? The composition of the groups, however, is not decreasing. “Key To love”, “Little Girl”, “Another man” and “Have You Heard” (with a great solo from Eric) are not far behind the rest of the record.


Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – “Texas Flood” (1983)
At a time when the blues was teetering between wear and tear (early 80’s), a white Texas boy would bring it up and down! And what is this one called? Stevie Ray Vaughan! His first record, “Texas Flood”, was released in 1983 and it was basically the demo that he had written himself in just three days in the studio of the legendary John Hammond, who was amazed by his skills! The recording was so quick and easy that it feels like it’s a live recording! “Texas Flood” kicks off the rock and roll of “Love Struck Babe” and the classic Texas shuffle track “Pride Joy.” From there we are taken to the record’s eponymous track, where the influence of Albert King is evident. Then we find, among others, the great Hendrix-esque “Testify”, the fast “Rude Mood” and one of Buddy Guy’s most famous tracks, the famous “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. With this record, Stevie managed to revive the blues and give it new “air” by mixing influences from guitarists such as Albert King, Freddie King and of course Jimi Hendrix into his playing. The new release of “Texas Flood” available in record stores is highly recommended as it contains very good live recordings as bonus tracks!


Johnny Winter – “Captured Live” (1976)
For many, the Albino Johnny is the ultimate white bluesman. An impressive guitarist with a gifted voice. If you want to hear a blues guitarist who, as we say, “gets it,” then Winter is the one! This particular live consists of a series of live recordings in Texas. The good day seems to be from the morning, and so from the demonic way in which said life begins, especially with “Bony Moronie” (Williams), one can foresee the “doom” that follows! The absolutely progressive blues sound of Winter’s guitar has the ability to get anyone in the mood! The following “Roll With Me”, a track by Winter’s friend Rick Derringer, shows us what pure rock & roll means! The very good and “uplifting” arrangements of “Rock & Roll People” and “It’s All Over Now” (Womack/Womack) by the late John Lennon – with a unique intro – prepare us for the outstanding arrangement and the endless slide solo of Winter before Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”. The concert ends with a composition by Johnny himself, a slow blues entitled “Sweet Papa John” in which the… “Come and see” is finished! The “Solids” rain down from Winter and also from the group’s other guitarist, Floyd Radford. Although the record sounds very guitar-like, it will certainly satisfy any drummer, because what Richard Hughes plays… just doesn’t get played! The disc is released in a double version “package” with “Still Alive And Well”, a particularly good studio album by Winter. Just click and you won’t miss anything!


Roy Buchanan – “Sweet Dreams The Anthology”
Roy Buchanan has a truly incredible title! He was voted the best unknown guitarist of the past! If your interest is already piqued, then we would like to emphasize that Roy combines blues, country, rock & roll and even jazz with unique mastery! A truly great musician, in the truest sense of the word! “Sweet Dreams – The Anthology” is the most comprehensive of his best works. It’s a successful collection of tracks from his entire career! The CD contains some of his classics such as: “The Messiah Will Come Again”, “Five String Blues” (where his bands… reach for God!!!), “Sweet Dreams”, “After Hours”. ” and “I Am Ram” and even some unreleased ones, with “The Story Of Isaac” being a standout. Also look out for unique live performances of “Hey Joe” and “Down By The River” by Neil Young. Roy’s guitar might well fascinate you! Not to mention, it will leave you speechless!


BB King – “His Definitive Greatest Hits” (1999)
BB King: The King of the Blues in every way! It is difficult to find a music lover who doesn’t know him or who hasn’t even heard a piece by this likeable Negro. His absolutely “demanding” playing as well as his sweet and melodic voice can captivate you! Since it’s impossible to choose just one record from his endless discography, we’ll end up sticking with the collection solution. This particular masterpiece is an ideal start to BB King’s legacy as it contains most of his classic tracks such as “Thrill is Gone”, “Why I Sing The Blues”, “Rock Me Baby” and “Every Day I Have The”. “. Blues,” “3 O’clock Blues,” “Caldonia,” “Sweet Little Angel” and “Darlin’ You Know I love You.” For the record: BB stands for Blues Boy!


Albert King – “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967)
Albert King is one of the most important black blues guitarists. The left-handed Mr. Albert (who characteristically plays with the strings upside down) was the one who used Gibson’s first Flying V! He is considered one of the most influential musicians in later rock history. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paul Kossof and David Gilmour are just a few of those who count Albert King among their greatest influences. This special album (“Born Under A Bad Sign”) follows funk, blues, shuffle and jazz paths and contains a number of classic and at the same time multi-layered arranged titles such as “Born Under A Bad Sign”, “Kansas City”, “Oh Pretty Woman”, “The Hunter”, “Crosscut Saw”, but also “As The Years Go Passing By”, which clearly influenced Pink Floyd when they wrote “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. Also listen to the “Guitar Lessons” for “Personal Manger” and “Laundromat Blues” and you will quickly understand why Albert King influenced so many people!


Buddy Guy – “A Man And The Blues” (1968)
Buddy Guy… What else can you say? Perhaps the greatest blues voice. So easy. “The King Of Chicago Blues”, as they call him, was at the same time a great singer, a “merciless” guitarist and an incredible showman! His special record is one of the most important of his long career. A “diamond” record, including slow atmospheric blues music such as “A Man And The Blues”, “Room Country Shack”, “Sweet Little Angel” and “Worry Worry”, where Buddy enchants us with his expressive yet passionate voice , to infectious groove beats found in tracks like “I can’t Quit The Blues,” “Money (That’s What I Want),” “Mary Had A Little Lamp,” “Just Playing My Ax” and “Jam On Monday “Morning” can be found “. With the exception of “A Man And The Blues,” anything you find by Buddy (particularly Junior Wells) is guaranteed to be great!


Muddy Waters – “King Of Electric Blues” (1997)
The last sentence could not be other than the father of the blues, as Muddy Waters is rightly characterized by many! His heavy bass voice and his characteristic slide guitar were the elements that made Muddy Waters special and established. Once again, a best of is the best solution. Songs like “Mannish Boy”, “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I’m Ready”, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, “I am A King Bee” and “She Is Nineteen Years Old” demonstrate this Size of Waters. This particular artist is not as impressive as those mentioned above, as no musical instrument is mercilessly “solarized” on his records! But he is a “traditional” bluesman who does his job in the best possible way and has already gone down in history for it!

If you want to “search” for more, I recommend the following records: Albert Collin – “Iceman”, Freddie King – “Best Of”, Sonny Boy Williamson – “Best Of”, Willie Dixon – “Poet Of The Blues”, T- Bone Walker – “Nothing But The Blues”, Robert Johnson – “King Of Delta Blues Guitar”, Howlin’ Wolf – “The Collection”, Fleetwood Mac – “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac”, Savoy Brown – “Looking In Walter Trout / Live Trout”, Canned Heat – “On The Road Again”

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