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5 essential Blues Albums

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by redrider, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. redrider


    Jun 6, 2007

    Just want to know what you consider the 5 most essential blues albums to own (double length albums only count as a single).
  2. anything by Willie Dixon
  3. texas flood
    born under a bad sign
    Muddy waters live
    completely well - bb king
    Roy Buchanann - self titled
  4. jkramer5


    Jul 14, 2008
    Fairfield, CA
  5. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
    Jimi Hendrix Blues.
  6. Howlin' Wolf - The Chess Box
    Muddy Waters - Fathers and Sons ( Most any Muddy really.....)
    John Lee Hooker - Live at the Cafe au Go-Go
    B.B. King - Live at the Regal/Cook County Jail
    Any Albert King
    Any Freddie King

    Something by Albert Colllins

    Son Seals......

    This is a great box set ,tho it has nothing from the 30's.Good overview of early electric blues tho.



    Too many for me to narrow down to 5.
  7. bassman1987


    Dec 1, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Everything by Robert Johnson and everything by Cream
  8. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Buddy Guy "Stone Crazy"
  9. ^ this

    I knew I forgot something.

    And some T-Bone Walker. :)
  10. thedrones


    Nov 19, 2009
    los angeles
    You absolutely NEED Son House. Once you have that, expand to Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Blind Willie McTell.
  11. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    Depends on what you're looking for in terms of blues. If you like the older, straight ahead blues from back when blues was really blues (what can I say? I'm a purist ;)), anything by Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Son House, or Skip James would do you fine. The list goes on, but those are some of my favorites.

    If you're more into later stuff, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, etc. are all good. Again, a long list that only gets longer as you get into later eras.

    Once you get into the '60s, that's where it explodes. Hendrix, Bluesbreakers, Butterfield Blues Band, Yardbirds, Cream, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Led Zeppelin, yadda yadda. Depends on how deep into blues rock you want to get.

    So basically, there's way too much out there to be able to effectively recommend just five of anything without knowing more specifically what you're after. The good news is that you won't be short of stuff to check out. ;)
  12. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Huh.....I Cant do just Five!Just pick 5 of these..

    The Complete Robert Johnson recordings

    Muddy Waters,,,,,Folk Singer

    T-Bone Walker,,,,,,,T-Bone Blues

    I Am the Blues,,,,,Willie Dixon

    Mississippi Fred McDowell....Fred McDowell

    Down and Out Blues....Sonny Boy Williamson

    Moanin' In The Moonlight, Howlin Wolf

    Otis Is The Blues,, Otis Spam

    Born Under a Bad Sign,,,Albert King

    West Side Soul,,, Magic Sam

    Hoodoo Man Blues.,,,, Jr. Wells
  13. What about Bukka White?
  14. Daveomd


    Feb 28, 2010
    Any of the Muddy Waters stuff that Johnny Winter produced. Can't recall the names right now except for "Hard Again". Great recordings and killer performances.
  15. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Electric Mud.
  16. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
    theres a great record with muddy waters, dixon and buddy guy playing acoustic and dixon produce it... great record!!
  17. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Johnny Winter - Progressive Blues Experiment
  18. Coughdrops

    Coughdrops Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Florida
    +1 on Hoodoo Man Blues by Jr. Wells


    The Natch'l Blues - Taj Mahal
    Serves You Right to Suffer - John Lee Hooker

    Not to be a Debbie downer but I disagree with the Electric Mud album. The songs and the playing just aren't there. It was a couple of psychedelic rock guys on that album and just didn't do Muddy justice. Muddy also famously hated this album. The album that followed Electric Mud, Fathers and Sons (mentioned above), is killer and features our collective bass hero Duck Dunn.
  19. oren


    Aug 7, 2007
    Salem, OR
    +1 on Andrew Jones' list. I'd add BB King's Live At The Regal.

    For white boy blues my faves are still the first two Fabulous Thunderbird albums, Girls Go Wild and What's The Word? They used to be available as a CD set, not sure if they still are.

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