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Essential Blues recordings

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by dragoon419, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Hey, I've just recently got into blues, and was wondering what recordings could be considered the most definitive for either the genre or for bass.

  2. Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues

    Jack Myers on bass
    Buddy Guy on guitar

    The version of "Good Morning Little School Girl" is downright evil!
  3. I would recommend:
    Eric Clapton "From the Cradle"
    Stevie Ray Vaughan "Blues at Sunrise"
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Essential blues, you say?

  5. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    +1 On Willie Dixon. He can sing, he writes great songs, and the bass lines are excellent.

    You are probably going to get a lot of recommendations for the Blues Rockers and Chicago Blues. So I am going to recommend R.L. Burnside for some Mississippi Blues.

    And for a more funky blues feel, Elvin Bishop.
  6. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    For a more jazzy feel, check out Robben Ford. He usually has THE MAN Roscoe Beck on a lot of his stuff. Talk to your daughter is a clinic CD on Blues bass.

    BB Kings, Live at Cook county jail is excellent, I believe he had Jerry Jammont on Bass. Jemmount is all over the BB king anthology.

    For Rock Blues check out Cactus, hard to go wrong with the Rhythm section of Tim Bogert and carmine Appice
  7. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Johnny B. Gayden's bass work with Albert Collins is outstanding. He was also house bassist on a lot of the Alligator recordings, very funky cat!
  8. scootron


    Jul 17, 2007
    Moved to Texas
    Driving back and forth to Dallas this past weekend, I listened almost exclusively to the Freddie King anthology, "King Of The Blues". It was released in 1995, I think, and has most of his work from the Shelter releases of the early 70's, including some great stuff with Leon Russell. I recommend it highly.

    I don't know if these would be essential or not, but here is what I find myself putting in the changer every week or so:

    B.B. King - Live at the Regal
    Bobby Bland and B.B. King - I Like To Live The Love
    Johnny Winter - Second Winter
    Johnny Winter - Guitar Slinger
    Robin Trower - 20th Century Blues
    Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings
    Elmore James - King of the Slide Guitar
    The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Scootron, have you heard B.B. King's Live at Cook County Jail? I read that it's one of the best live B.B. King live records he's put out. It's also the only one I heard and it is a smoking album. I was wondering if you could compare it with the ones you listed.

    One more thing: It should be obvious, but I'll say it in case some people are not sure: these "essential insert music style here threads are a great idea. We could use more threads like this, hopefully started by people who have a real interest in the music.
  10. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I really thought this thread would get more replies :confused:

    Buddy Guy "Stone Crazy!".

    If you only get one Buddy Guy album, and you have to have at least one Buddy Guy album, this is it! The emotion he puts into the songs is unbelievable, and on this album they where able to capture that.
  11. scootron


    Jul 17, 2007
    Moved to Texas
    Yes, I love "Cook County" too. The "Regal" was recorded in 1964 and released the following year, while the Cook County album was released in '71 and I think recorded right about the same time. Truly, two great live albums. It's hard to pick one over the other, but lately I have been playing the earlier one more. You cannot go wrong either way. The music is super on both, B.B. may work the crowd a little better at The Regal.

    You know, if someone were to ask me to recommend two B.B. King records to them, out of the dozens he has released, I would probably go with these two live recordings. Off the top of my head, I can't think of another artist from whom I would recommend two live offerings as their best work, save maybe for some jazz players. B.B. made some fine albums, which just proves how great I think these two are.
  12. Son House.
  13. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada

    For country blues, I really recommend Lightnin' Hopkins "The Swarthmore Concert."
  14. Whassap


    Jul 11, 2006
    Son House is a must, along with Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. Bukka White also kicks ass. Howlin' Wolf is another essential, his voice and style greatly influenced Captain Beefheart.
    Before blues became contained in 12 Bars with a similar progression in every song, there was a few people who truly lived it and believed in it. To really get the feel for the blues you have to start at the beginning, when it was full of passion and truth.
  15. +1

    Also check out the Blues Brothers soundtrack

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